The Magic Thieves

It’s not TOO long before the fourth Magic Thief book comes out, and I figured it’d be a good idea to give a summary of each one, so you’re ready to read it on September 16th!

Magic Thief 4 Home hc c

If I forget anything, put it in the comments, okay?

In The Magic Thief, Conn is a gutterboy, who stupidly intrepidly picks the pocket of a wizard named Nevery and becomes the wizard’s servant apprentice. Magic Thief cover Conn simultaneously has to stay hidden from the Underlord, Crowe, find his own locus magicalicus stone so he can become a wizard, eat lots of biscuits, and figure out what is happening to the magic of the city of Wellmet. He finds his stone, a beautiful jewel, but loses it when he uses it to blow up the wickedly cool completely evil Device that Crowe has been using to steal the magic of the city.

Character note: Nevery1 Nevery is a grumpy, gray-bearded old wizard who does not want an apprentice.


In The Magic Thief: Lost,The Magic Thief: Lost Conn is a wizard without a locus stone, so he has this really stupid genius plan to communicate with the magic using pyrotechnics–blowing stuff up. At the same time, there are ominous signs in Wellmet that some sort of evil magic is approaching the city, originating from the desert city of Desh. Conn’s best friend, Rowan, is sent as an envoy to Desh. By mistake, Conn blows up the home that he shares with Nevery and Benet, and for using pyrotechnics (which are illegal, duh), he is exiled from the city–sent away, never to return! While in Desh, Conn and Rowan discover that the Sorcerer-King has been preparing to invade Wellmet with a predator magic called Arhionvar. The city of Wellmet is in terrible danger! Conn rushes back to the city and is immediately arrested for returning from exile.

Character note: Benet is Nevery’s servant, a tough guy Benet1 bodyguard who knits and bakes delicious biscuits. In the explosion that destroys Heartsease, Benet is seriously injured.


In The Magic Thief: Found, The Magic Thief: Found Conn has escaped from prison, and he and Nevery are working on a plan to fight the predator magic. Conn still needs a locus stone to be a true wizard, and to fight Arhionvar, so he does a finding spell that leads him out of Wellmet, to a far-away mountain, where he encounters a huge dragon. He also encounters a tiny Pip adorable fierce dragon called Pip, who immediately eats Conn’s newly discovered locus stone. Returning to Wellmet, ready to fight, Conn is arrested (again!) and almost hanged as punishment, but then the predator magic Arhionvar arrives and the city is thrown into chaos. Conn figures out that the magics of the cities where people live were once dragons. He is faced with a choice: he can banish the Arhionvar magic/dragon and save Wellmet–but he knows that Arhionvar is only a predator because it is alone and wants its own city. In the end, Conn figures out a way to let the old Wellmet magic share the city with Arhionvar, though he almost loses himself in the process. And so the city is saved, and Conn is pretty much the most powerful wizard ever.

Magic Thief interior art collage

(artwork/collage by Antonio Javier Caparo)


And then there’s The Magic Thief: Home, which is a stand-alone story. Conn’s greatest enemy has returned to Wellmet! Conn and Pip have to figure out his nefarious plan while trying not to be the ducal magister, the most powerful wizard in the city. It’s about friendship tested, power and responsibility, and the true meaning of biscuits home.

Posted in The Magic Thief on 08/01/2014 at 1:17 pm  |  7 Comments

Win The Magic Thief: Home! (contest over)


Magic Thief 4 Home hc c

I’m giving away a signed ARC (early reviewer copy) of The Magic Thief: Home to one lucky reader (open to all countries).  All you have to do to enter is comment and tell me which Magic Thief character is your favorite, and why.  In a week (Monday, June 15), I’ll choose a winner.  Easy!

The actual book will be published on September 16th.  You can pre-order a copy at your local independent bookstore, or if you want a hardcover copy signed by me, contact Shawna at

If you’re a member of Goodreads, you can also enter there to win one of two copies of the book.

Good luck!!

Posted in Contests,The Magic Thief on 06/09/2014 at 2:47 pm  |  71 Comments

Magic Thief: Home COVER!!!!

If you’ve visited my blog before, you might remember a post that I wrote asking for predictions about what color the cover of the fourth Magic Thief book would be.  Purple?  Sooty gray?  Black?  Bright yellow?

Well, now’s your chance to find out!  Today I’m excited to show you the cover of The Magic Thief: Home, the fourth book in the Magic Thief trilogy, coming in September from HarperCollins Children’s Books.  Thanks so much to the lovely Charlotte for hosting the cover on her blog!! Included in the post are some sneak peeks of interior artwork by Antonio Javier Caparo.

To see the cover CLICK HERE!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on 02/12/2014 at 1:43 pm  |  12 Comments