Conn knows Wellmet is in danger. Why won't anyone believe him?


Freeing the magic of Wellmet cost Connwaer (Conn) his locus magicalicus. His experiments to recontact the magic totally destroyed Heartsease, the home of Nevery Flinglas, his mentor. His hopes for returning to the academy have been dashed, and he has been exiled. Still, he can sense the magic is trying to tell him something. Wellmet is again in danger, and the presence of quicksilver from Desh is a clue. Through his friendship with Princess Rowan, Conn is able to join her diplomatic caravan as a servant. Conn isn't happy ... can he swallow his pride long enough to find out what's happening, or will it become personal?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Strong, vivid characters (male and female, youth and adult) and fast-paced adventure take readers into a world that is far from their own, but one they can relate to.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

Lost is a fantasy adventure for advanced elementary school and junior high students. All aspects of this book are well-rounded and contribute wonderfully to the whole of the story. Each character has a relatable personality; their relationships are friendly and remindful of real life. This book is a relatively simple read, but enjoyable at all times. Despite the abundant number of books with magic out now, the plot of Lost contains twists that make it original. All the details fall in place, forming a solid background that supported the rest of the story. I definitely wish I could have read the prequel before. The Magic Thief series is one I would suggest to my peers at the library.

Parent Reaction

Lost is as engaging and fast-paced as the first book in this series. There is an excellent ensemble cast, and the author does an excellent job giving each one a chance to take center stage. The setting may be fantasy, but the relationships, perceptions, personal history, and how they affect choices and consequences are very realistic. This is a superb story that will engage reluctant and remedial readers alike. With an upper elementary reading level, it has great potential as a high/low book.

Type of Book:
This is the second title in this fantasy adventure series for preteens. It is an excellent option for high interest / low readability students.
Educational Themes:

This is largely a novel meant to be enjoyed as leisure reading. The story unfolds in a way that would allow you to stop to talk about characters and predictions. This is a story that is interesting enough to engage older remedial readers.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a fast-paced book that kids will enjoy reading again, just to see if the clues stick out better the second time. These are engaging characters to whom all audiences can relate.

Title The Magic Thief: Lost!

The Magic Thief, Book 2

Author Sarah Prineas
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2009
Illustrators Antonio Javier Caparo
ISBN 9780061375897
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Adventure, Fantasy
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