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By Singing Light

Pretty much everything here originally appeared at my actual blog: By Singing Light. I particularly focus on upper middle-grade and young adult books. I also enjoy adult genre books, especially speculative fiction.

Currently reading

The Lost Tools of Learning and the Mind of the Maker
Dorothy L. Sayers
The Seventh Bride
T. Kingfisher
Hope in the Dark
Rebecca Solnit
Outrun the Moon
Stacey Lee
Midnight Thief
Livia Blackburne
The White Hart
Nancy Springer
The Great Wall Of Lucy Wu
Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Jim C. Hines
Elizabeth & Leicester: Power, Passion, Politics
Sarah Gristwood
The Magic Thief: Lost - Sarah Prineas by Sarah Prineas

Opening line--"A wizard is a lot like a pyrotechnist."

After the events of The Magic Thief, Conn continues to search for his locus magicalus, while Nevery does battle with the academicos. But Wellmet itself is threatened by the mysterious Shadows, and Conn faces some hard choices.

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in this one. I never felt a real connection to any of the events that were occurring. Despite all of the adventure, I didn't feel particularly sad or horrified, or anything. Now, this might be a function of my age. I'm a fair bit older than the intended audience. However, I did feel like the characters themselves were kind of bursting at the seams, metaphorically speaking. I kept expecting them to do something unexpected which would astound me and show their growth. But they never quite did.

It was still nice to catch up the the characters, who I continue to enjoy. And there are certainly a lot of twists and turns. I think part of the problem is with me, because I kept comparing them and the story with a certain other Thief who I know and love. But Gen's story isn't Conn's, and Gen's audience isn't Conn's either. So, while the comparison is natural (for reasons I can't divulge because they're spoilers), I don't think it's a fair one.

Book source: public library
Book information: Harper Collins, 2009