Rating: High Three
Who I'd Recommend to: Fans of the Thief Lord, Inkheart, Magyk, and other books with similar contexts.
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.
This book was hard to get through, honestly. Connwaer's "journey" to find his locus magicalicus was hardly a journey at all, and I really wasn't that interested. We, as readers, could definitely have done without those fifty or some pages. The diminishing magic was the only thing that kept me intrigued, however, there was not as much mystery with Pettivox as I would've liked. I guess, really, my only problems with this book is the writing and plot. Conn, Rowan, Nevery, Keeston, Benet, etc, where all great characters with distinct, at times humorous personalities that kept the story going. I liked the Duchess, and Keeston's story, as well as seeing all of the characters evolve as the story went on. I love books with young thieves as the main character, and Conn didn't disappoint. The sort-of charm of Wellmet and the characters was a high-point too - I liked seeing the similarities to Magyk. So really, my only issues were where the plot was concerned - I just felt some parts were hyped up too much, so I became disappointed. Conn finding the locus stone was not really a huge part of the book - in my opinion. The writing was decent,so again, it was just the plot. I'd recommend this book to most, but younger ages.