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"Conn is a talented thief in a world powered by magic, not electricity, but the magic is fading and Conn thinks he knows why. When he picks the pocket of a prominent but disgraced wizard he is rewarded with an apprentices hip and must prove that his theory should be heeded."— Topher
Never mix fire with magic
Conn may only be a wizard's apprentice, but even he knows it's dangerous to play with fire . . . especially around magic. His master, Nevery, warns him that it could all blow up in his face. Besides, they have bigger problems to deal with. There is evil afoot in the city of Wellmet, an evil that isn't human.
But Conn is drawn to the murmurs he hears every time he sets off an explosion something is trying to talk to him, to warn him. When none of the wizards listen, Conn takes matters into his own hands. His quest to protect everything he loves brings him face-to-face with a powerful sorcerer-king and a treachery beyond even his vivid imagination.
Sarah Prineas works her own spells as she transports us to an extraordinary world where cities are run on living magic and even a thief can become a wizard's apprentice.
About the Author
Sarah Prineas lives in the midst of the corn in rural Iowa, where she wrangles dogs, cats, chickens, and goats, goes on lots of hikes, and finds time to write. She is married to a physics professor and has two kids.
Antonio Javier Caparo has illustrated many books for children, including the Magic Thief series and "The Young Reader s Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night s Dream". He lives in Montreal, Canada.