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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,111 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Prineas Narrator: Greg Steinbruner Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Magic Thief Series Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780062009432
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In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure.

Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery’s pocket and touched the wizard’s locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus magic and work spells. But for some reason he did not. Nevery finds that interesting, and he takes Conn as his apprentice on the provision that the boy find a locus stone of his own. But Conn has little time to search for his stone between wizard lessons and helping Nevery discover who—or what—is stealing the city of Wellmet’s magic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What works wonderfully well here is the boy’s irresistible voice.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A delight to read…Since Conn has a lot yet to learn, he is sure to draw avid fans back for more.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “An uncommonly engaging young narrator kicks this debut fantasy ahead of the general run…Conn works his way into the hearts of both his master and the mystery…along the way to a literally explosive climax.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Readers clamoring for magical tales will enjoy Prineas’ fast-paced first novel…Prineas depicts Conn, the narrator, as refreshingly candid and a quick study while revealing Nevery as insightful and unexpectedly caring…The magical fireworks do not explode until the end, leaving readers confident that Prineas will turn up the heat in the next installment.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Prineas has created an appealing cast of characters, which she carefully reveals through their actions. The story is told primarily by Conn, and is interspersed with cryptic journal entries by Nevery, which offer a tantalizing counterpoint to the protagonist’s viewpoint…This novel would work well as a read-aloud, as it has a conversational rhythm that moves the plot along.”

    School Library Journal

  • “It is a mystery accompanied by danger, intrigue, and betrayal. This first book in a projected series will appeal to readers who appreciate Jonathan Stroud and J. K. Rowling…An eccentric cast of characters, sure to figure more prominently in other series books yet to come, are introduced and explained sufficiently here…[as it] illustrates the blend of the comic and darker elements of this novel.”

    VOYA

  • “An amiable tale akin to that of another well-known boy wizard…Young readers will also find the familiar character types and straightforward plotting easy to grasp, while the evolving conflicts and distinctive setting draw them on.”

    Horn Book

  • “Danger, humor, magic, and mystery combine to make an entertaining fantasy tale.”

    Kliatt

  • “This is typical boy-wizard-rags-to-riches fare. What lifts it above the ordinary is a puckish interpretation of its main character, Conn, by narrator Greg Steinbruner. Also in its favor, and something quite often missing in young adult fantasy, is a likable and trustworthy, if somewhat curmudgeonly, adult…Nevery Finglas…Steinbruner’s skillful performance helps differentiate a wide array of characters and enhances the story’s entertainment.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of the Beehive Award in 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hirondelle | 2/16/2014

    " Just saying, I keep hoping somebody will translate this into Portuguese (Portuguese Portuguese that is), this book belongs to that really rare type, the real books perfect for very young BOY readers. There is tons for little girls, for little boys not so much. And this would be so perfect, simple, easy to follow, but with great characters and lots of payoff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 2/10/2014

    " This is a really good book. it has a good storyline and interesting characters that keep you reading the book until you are finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina | 2/4/2014

    " This book is more for younger kids... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 2/3/2014

    " Enjoyable fantasy with steampunky elements; I enjoyed the conceit that industry is powered by magic in the land of Wellmet, with urban decline explained by a decrease in the amount of magic available to Wellmet's wizards. Conn is an endearing main character, whose voice leads us through the majority of the story. The chapters which he narrates are much more compelling than the short snippets we read from the journal of Nevery, the wizard who somewhat unwillingly takes Conn on as an apprentice following Conn's attempt to steal his "locus magicalicus." The plot is familiar but mostly well-done; Conn is "the chosen one" (a la Harry Potter), meant to save Wellmet's magic from destruction. Our young hero recognizes the true villains early on, but cannot convince the arrogant Nevery to listen to him, leaving him to face the baddies on his own. Nevery does not have the gravitas, empathy, or perspective of Dumbledore; in general, the adult characters are not particularly well-drawn, especially the villains, whose motives are unclear. The mystery of the disappearing magic is too straightforward; as I said, Conn figures it out early in the book. The language has a few lovely quirks -- "keen-gleam eyes" (p. 5), "the wizard Nevery loom-doomed up before me" (p. 8), "steep, rain-dark streets" (p. 10). The explicit separation of the haves and have-nots at the demarcation of the river was also interesting; the have-not side of town, in which Conn grew up, had a Dickensian feel to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 1/28/2014

    " The set up is compelling, and the action moves well. Ilike that the Magic is a defined character. This series works as a whole. I am glad to have more to recommend to readers of Angie Sage, Cornelia Funke and Brian Jacques. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/25/2014

    " I loved it soooooo much! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 1/22/2014

    " This is a pretty good start to an awesome series. (: "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 1/16/2014

    " I never expected it, but I loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley | 1/9/2014

    " So good. I loved this book it made me happy and curious to find out more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 1/7/2014

    " Read this really quick, always like to check out the Beehive Nominees. That's how I found Jessica Day George last year, and I wasn't sorry. Anyway, good story, liked the main characters a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/28/2013

    " Fun read. I didn't like that there were no surprises at all. The main character told you everything and no one believed him and then it was true. The end. Other than that, it was a quick, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlou Lunsford | 11/1/2013

    " A less complicated book about magic and wizards, it makes a quick and easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Anne | 10/17/2013

    " Cute, fun children's fantasy, first in a trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 9/10/2013

    " it was a wonderful book. I think anyone who read it will love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dru | 7/7/2013

    " cool story and setting, with a neat glimpse into the wizard's journal at the end of most chapters. great main and secondary characters with the exception of the wizard who 3/4s of the way through the story becomes a complete idiot (he was great before that) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mauri | 9/16/2012

    " A fun kids book but I had a hard time getting into it at first. It was good, but not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Marshall | 7/11/2012

    " What a clever little book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Dinvers | 1/17/2012

    " Very good book.I liked the messages that you had to decode best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 7/19/2011

    " Very simple, basic fantasy plot and characters, but immensely charming and likable. I particularly liked the sections written as though taken from the older wizard's journal; they were quite the best part. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Helemcole | 6/18/2011

    " love it i found itmad interesting a idefinit\ly recomend it to anyone who wants to read sci fi mysery it had me griping the page till the end~!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/28/2011

    " This is a very clever series; an enjoyable read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 3/17/2011

    " For some reason I liked the first two books more than this one but it's a great series. I loved how they caught Conn in the end by setting a biscuits and bacon trap for him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 3/5/2011

    " This was my favorite of the series thus far. This is turning into quite the magical world with several little intricacies that keep tying it together. It's refreshing to see a series that improves as it goes on and I hope it continues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/28/2011

    " Wow, siapa sangka kalo sihir adalah naga? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffery | 2/20/2011

    " Just as funny, fast-paced, and witty as the first two volumes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breanna | 1/8/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book and this series. They were thoroughly enjoyable. At first I didn't like the end, but after I read the end again I liked it.
    This is a series that is definitely worth reading more than once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 12/31/2010

    " Great narration! The magical construct of this world is very interesting and constantly revealing itself through the stories. I see a number of possible paths for the series. The characters are interesting and well-detailed. Can't wait for the next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 12/28/2010

    " I really liked the book until the end. I didn't like the wrap-up. I didn't buy a number of the explanations, and I wanted a couple more things to happen before the story ended. Last I looked, this is the end of the story, but I'm still hoping for more. Another book could save the series for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M | 10/26/2010

    " Loved the whole series from beginning to end. Great job. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Prineas

Sarah Prineas Sarah Prineas is an author of fantasy fiction books for children, young adults, and grownups. She is the author of the Winterling trilogy and the Magic Thief series, which was published in the United States and in seventeen other languages around the world.

About the Narrator

Greg Steinbruner is an actor, audiobook narrator, playwright, and public-speaking consultant. He studied at NYU’s Tisch School and writes, directs, and produces his own plays in New York City. He has lent his vocal talents to such books as The Magic Thief, Larklight, Starcross, and the Origami Yoda series.