The Magic Thief
by Sarah Prineas
Quercus Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781847244321
Date: 04 September 2008 List Price £9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Quercus continue to develop their YA line with the publication of The Magic Thief, a delightful fantasy for youngsters by Sarah Prineas and already seen in the US, published there by HarperCollins to much acclaim. As well as this UK deal (which will see the book appear in Australia and New Zealand) rights have been sold in a dozen or so territories.
"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."