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“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read.”
Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014
Material: hard cover
Summary: Conn hates titles. It is all well and good that Rowan named him Ducal Minister, but! To the wizards of Wellmet he is still Connwaer the thief. Even before locus stones go missing, Conn senses that the balance of magic is shifting. To find out why and who may be behind it, Conn must balance his role in Rowan's court with the need for secrecy, and not tip Wellmet's magic balance any further in the wrong direction. This is the final book in The Magic Thief series.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 and Up; read yourself: 10 and Up
Interest Level: 9 and Up
Reading Level: 5
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The Magic Thief has gotten better with each book, and this finale is no exception. Connwaer's relationships with Nevery, Benet, Rowan, and Embre continue to evolve. Connwaer's search for who / what he is easily leaps from Wellmet into the thoughts of every preteen / teen / young adult and would be a great conversation starter.
Pros: Wonderfully rich writing, mystery, and great characters make The Magic Thief a rewarding, enjoyable read. Highly recommended as a read aloud.
Cons: None. This is a series where the reader needs to start with Book 1. I wish the Wellmet Runic Alphabet was a pull-out that you could use as you read along. Given the size and shape of the book, trying to decipher the letters by flipping back and forth got tedious.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a wonderful series that can be enjoyed by reading aloud with mixed-age audiences. It is highly likely it will be passed down to younger siblings (like Harry Potter was) and shared with peers.
Educational Themes: The Magic Thief is a middle grade series to enjoy for the fun of reading. In Home, there are subtexts about trust, faith, and integrity. Several of the letters are written in code, which can add fun - and might inspire coded writing.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, series
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2015
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.