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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

January 15th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars.

Description: 12 year old Prosper and his 5 year old brother, Bo, run away to Venice when their aunt wants to adopt Bo after their mother’s death and send Prosper away.  In Venice they join the child called the thief lord’s band of children all trying to survive on the streeets. They thief lord takes on a caper that puts them on the trail of a magical merry-go-round that is supposed to turn children into adults and adults into children.  Follow the story of this band of children and the brothers endeavor to stay together.

A friend gave me this book as a Christmas gift and wanted to see what I had to say about it in comparison to Inkheart.  She said she enjoyed this one more than Inkheart but her friend enjoyed Inkheart more than The Thief Lord.  I hope Inkeart is more enjoyable than this one.  The story was ok but it took probably half the book to get even somewhat into it.  Even after that it was not a book that I had to keep reading so I had to push myself.

I enjoyed the characters of Hornet, Victor and Ida.  They were all charming in an unconventional way.  The character the thief lord did not grab me as much and in fact was down right irritating at times.  I understood that the thief lord did not happiest of lives but I expected there to be some sort of maturation process through out the book and he turn into a more reasonable person.

The story definitely took a surprising turn and definitely was not what I was expecting.  There were amusing moments but not one of the better YA books I have read.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

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  1. J. Kaye

    I just read a review where it took a reader 100 pages to really get interested in INKHEART, but that it was well worth it. Sorry this one wasn’t as good as you’d hoped.

  2. dsuzuki

    That seems to be the trend nowadays, taking awhile to really get into books. Thanks for letting me know though!

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