My Rating: 4/5
Author: C Greenwood
Title: Magic of Thieves: Legends of Dimminwood, Book 1
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult
Background: “In a province where magic is forbidden and its possessors are murdered by the cruel Praetor, young Ilan, born with the powerful gift of her ancestors, has only one hope for survival. Concealment. In the shadow of Dimmingwood, she finds temporary protection with a band of forest brigands led by the infamous outlaw Rideon the Red Hand.
But as Ilan matures, learns the skills of survival, and struggles to master the inherent magic of her dying race, danger is always close behind. When old enemies reappear and new friendships lead to betrayal, will her discovery of an enchanted bow prove to be Ilan’s final salvation or her ultimate downfall?
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When I was small, my mother taught me about the magickless–evil men who hunted our kind to destroy us. They came from across the water to steal the lands of our ancestors. Pretending to want peace, they enslaved us and sought to extinguish what they couldn’t possess, the one thing their harsh laws could never control. Our ancient powers. One day, my mother warned me, violence would shatter the safety of our home, and when that day came, we must fight. And we must win.”
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Magic of Thieves is a young adult fantasy novel that mirrors a medieval period. This is the first book in the series and introduces the reader to Ilan’s world.
This book is written in first person, through Ilan. The reader sees her grow from a child to young teenager with the hardships of losing her home and parents. Ilan is not your usual heroine. She can be a little selfish and speaks her mind without thinking about how it hurts the other person. This of course might be because she is a young teenage girl—who has magical abilities that must be hidden. The characters have complexities to them. They are not all good or bad. As for the villain(s) of the story, we do not see much of them, but hear about them. I have a feeling the next book might change this.
The plot begins when Ilan is a little girl and how she became involved with the brigand led by Red Hand. Ilan grows to try to find acceptance in her world. She lost her parents young. She has magic that must be hidden even from her comrades in the brigand. Magic is hunted because of a plague and only a small number of people have this gift. She has a few friends in the brigand, but no one very close. To me, the plot seems like it is setting up for the second book of the series, much like a prequel. It gives the reader the background knowledge as to why Ilan makes the decisions she does at the end. Although the ending leads the reader to continue to the next book, it does not stop abruptly.
The Bottom Line:
I was able to read this book within a day. It was a nice quick read. I won the second book and will continue to see how the story progresses. If you like young adult fantasies with magic, you might like this book.