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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 oIn 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? * * * * *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....

Title : Magic of Thieves
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Magic of Thieves Reviews

  • Bookwraiths
    2019-04-20 21:32

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths ReviewsI’m a book lover. More importantly, I am a lover of stories. Stories that draw me into the life of a stranger, sweep me away from my ordinary concerns, and carry me into a fantastic world full of mystery, danger, magic, and warriors with swords are my favorites. ( What can I say other than I read what I think is cool.) And I’m always looking for my next fix; a new fantasy flavor that lets me experience another high. That is how I discovered this e-book on Amazon as a free download. The cover looked cool. The story description sounded intriguing. So I took a chance on this unknown self-published novel.Well, I’m done now, and I have to admit the beginning of Magic of Thieves — where armed warriors are slaughtering civilians and a family desperately flees before them — sucked me in, making me want to see who all these people were, why the killings were occurring, and what was to become of the young child involved. It really was a masterful start to the narrative.After such a promising beginning though, the story just sort of fizzles like a dud firecracker. Our rescued heroine settling in to her life with a band of forest outlaws, growing up the favorite child of the camp, and knowing that she has a shadowy past that she needs to escape her benefactors to find for herself. Her growth from innocent child to angsty teenage whiner really resembled that dud firecracker I mentioned earlier, because, like it, our heroines story hisses and smokes a little, but it never really explodes like it should. Let me explain what I think went wrong. First, it takes a very masterful storyteller to pull off a good anti-heroes. Such characters balance between two worlds; they are a person whose actions scream “bad guy,” but whose motives or background explains away that vile conduct into something understandable. Old school anti-heroes like Elric of Melnibone and Thomas Covenant come to mind as prime examples, or even the darker Jorg Ancrath of The Broken Empire (though some might say Jorg never fully excuses his actions.) And this sort of protagonist is what the author was going for in Magic of Thieves, but she fails to find the perfect mixture of good/bad to make this female lead palpable. Instead our heroine becomes progressively sulkier and whinier; a hateful teenager who does nothing but insult her family/friends, blames everyone around her for every minor annoyance she experiences, and is more than willing to let them be harmed to further her ends. And unlike the anti-heroes above, there is no black sword, no leprosy, and no thorn scene to explain away why she is such a despicable piece of work. Nope, she is horribly self-centered, egotistical, and unlikeable just because she wants to be, it seems. How exactly does one like that sort of person?I couldn’t as the story progressed. Her questionable actions beginning to mount, and her snarky, angst ridden action continuing to grow. And before you know it, she was not an anti-hero in my mind but a villain in fair form who really needed to get over herself already.Second, the story was pretty much a linear affair about our heroine growing up in the outlaw camp. Nothing much else seems to be happening except for her growing desire to escape the caring oversight of her benefactors. The only excitement in this rather dull existence is when she will get in a fight with a loved one or friend, break out in a whine-fest about how no one understands her, or decide to throw one of her loved ones into the teeth of destruction to save her golden ass from what is coming to her. By the end, it all read like a fantasy Twilight to me.Lastly, the ending. Honestly, I love fantastical weapons like Sting, Frostmourne, Andúril, Stormbringer, or Roland Deschain’s six shooters. They add a special quality to their wielders. Set them apart in a place where magic is the norm. But they have to be special and attained in a memorable way. I mean, none of the weapons I mentioned above were found sitting around a barn or gained by accident. But in Magic of Thieves, our heroine stumbles upon a magic bow, which whispers into her mind how to kill people, and instantly she is a super-powered individual. It really ended this whole story on a poor note.All in all, I did not enjoy this one very much. It didn’t speak to at all. But that may be because I left my angst ridden teenage self behind a few decades ago. Perhaps others might find this heroine more to their liking, empathizing with her feelings and angst fueled rants. As for me, I don’t think I’ll be revisiting Dimmingwood, even though there really are some mysteries hidden there that could be mined for an interesting story.

  • Dee Arr
    2019-04-16 19:18

    While there are good things about “Magic of Thieves,” there are also reasons that prevent it from being as good as it could be. The little girl magic-wielder taken in by a group of thieves is an unwieldy premise. Thieves who think nothing of killing another person take in a female child? It was hard to swallow, but I chose to suspend disbelief and continue to read.Character development should have been a main focus, but lack of development was more apparent. Ilan is the only female of consequence in the book, and although having the tale told in first person allows us insight into Ilan’s thoughts, she is not that interesting. The outlaw chief, Rideon, could have been a fascinating character, but the opportunity was ignored, and some of his appearances came off stilted. Ilan’s savior, Brig, is not fleshed out, and thus the predominant person in Ilan’s life is not memorable.This has a negative bearing on the plot. Much of the book plods along, and only picks up the pace near the end. By the last few pages, the book has reverted back to its old ways, and an ending that had the ability to be powerful falls flat.The prose could have been tighter, and at times I felt I was reading a talented first draft. The descriptive passages range from very good to paragraphs of words that desperately need to be pruned. Permitting the wordiness to flourish causes the book to slow in many places, and although readers may feel the lack of energy, they may not understand why because the author definitely has a gift. C. Greenwood possesses great talent and can certainly string sentences together. However, when she allows them to bloat with unnecessary words, the entire book is affected. Bottom line: Stronger editing could have improved the book by making it much shorter, which would have sped up the pace and generated excitement. Perhaps the next book could have been combined with this one, leading to a powerful ending. Increasing the action and pacing would have spotlighted the author’s gifts. When not overloading readers with too much description, she has a wonderful command of words. Three stars.

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-04-15 16:28

    I picked this book up on a whim, mainly because I liked the cover. That's a lot more common with me than I like to admit. I wish the book had lived up to the visual cool factor. Unfortunately it doesn't.The book isn't horrible, really. The writing is tight enough and the character is, at first, engaging. I was drawn immediately into the heroine's world as she suffers the tragedy of losing her parents and being thrust into the company of bandits and thieves. Sadly, that's where the charm ended. The story bogs down badly, once Ilan (as she comes to be called—I don't think we ever actually learned her real name) is taken in by the bandits. She's only days away from losing her parents and still very, very young. Greenwood slows down to show us every significant event in her life from that point forward. Which might have worked well enough if that didn't become pretty much the entirety of the novel.Indeed, I was surprised with how short the book ended up being. I might have felt ripped off if it hadn't been offered free at Amazon. Ilan is still young when the book ends and I was still waiting for it to start. It didn't help that Ilan turns out to be kind of a mercenary jerk and that we never got to see her actually use that little bow that stands out so well on the cover.I actually ended up purchasing the next book, and I've come to regret doing so. I don't usually mash up a series in a single review or allow a sequel to affect my review of the first in a series, but this has bearing, I think. Namely, the second book has all the weaknesses of the first (too short, a tendency to bog down, and Ilan is a kind of a jerk) but with the added bonus of completely separating Ilan from anybody else in the first book who you might have been attached to. This book needed people to be attached to, so this was a bad move by the author. In some series, it's perfectly legitimate to put up with the initial weaknesses because you eventually end up somewhere you'd like to be. This is not the case here.

  • Maxxi
    2019-03-25 15:17

    This book started off with so much potential. It could have gone anywhere. Ilan could have been someone readers could relate with but also respect because of her strength. She grew up in a hard life, and yet she was selfish, bitchy, and just overall stupid. She attacked at supposed threats and couldn't seem to be nice to the few people who showed her any sort of kindness. She was continually lashing out at these people and hurting them for no other reason than imagined hurts of her own. It drove me crazy to listen to her constantly complaining about the slights that were dealt. She even sold out one of her "friends" to die to rescue another "friend" that she had treated cruelly for years. How can anyone relate to someone like that? I was waiting for her to grow up and maybe take responsibility for her actions, but she never did...instead she chose to cry and whine and bitch to everyone. That being said, the rest of the story was alright. Nothing really happened, just a lot of Ilan being angry and training, it seemed to be setting up for something, but never got to any true action. I guess the second book will have the rest of the story, but I don't think I'll even attempt to read about Ilan's selfish little world.

  • Gabrielle
    2019-04-19 16:23

    I wish I could give this book a negative 5. I hated it. I've read my share of fantasy, from excellent to mind-bogglingly awful. And while this one doesn't rank so high up on the list of "fantasy I'd rather burn and use as tinder", it certainly belongs there. It's a really, really badly written book, so bad that the author should be questioned on two things: the writing level and the level of the author's maturity.The prose is choppy and juvenile. Considering that the narrator is a teenager, I suppose that's one technique. It's written in 1st person, which is an excellent POV to provide insights to the main character's mind, but unfortunately the author takes no advantage whatsoever of this, instead leaving us with "I did this, I did that, I sang knicknack on my drum" tune that we quickly get bored of. But what infuriated me - and will permanently inhibit me from reading book 2, 3, 4, 5, or any of the future releases - is just amazingly horrible the protagonist is. Okay, she's a teenager. But I was a teenager as well, and never - I repeat, never - had I been this awful to anyone, this spiteful, and this wishy-washy, whilst believing myself to be the epitome of "epic toughness", as modern-day boys would call it. She really embodies Hamlet's "frailty, thy name is woman".Point number 1. The boy she grows up with is really a kind-hearted boy; refuses violence, refuses to lie, teaches her how to read. She constantly mocks and belittles him, thinking that would make her tougher. Do note that not once does she feel she is inferior to any of the bandits for anything, so this belittling isn't to make up for some inferiority complex, it's just meanness. She calls him a coward, calls him names, tells him just how inept he is and then proceeds to order him about. Now, my question is, if he really is inept, why let him do anything? He's bound to fail the task anyway. Which leaves the conclusion - she really is just mocking him for the sake of it. But that doesn't preclude her from checking out his abs. And in the end, she betrays him to the enemy, and goes, "well, he's dumb anyway". Is the author someone like her to be able to write her like this? Because I felt irritated just reading about her, so I'd be raging if I had to WRITE about her.Point number 2. Her father-figure is a kind man. A man with mistakes, but nevertheless kind. At one point she hits his weak point - his almost fatally weak point - and she feels the trust is gone. So what does she do? Belittle him at every chance. Mock him at any given opportunity, despite his continued kindness. She then cries over all the mocking she's done when he's dead, yells at the aforementioned boy when he points out that her father-figure was a brigand, and that those who killed him was just doing the job (as he was killed by the law enforcers). Right. The enforcers are bad guys for killing someone who has robbed innocent travellers of all their livelihoods and killed them as well.Point number 3. Throughout 80% of the book, the protagonist fawns over the bandit leader. The bandit leader is quite possibly yours truly generic stock bandit leader character - no morals, abusive and aggressive, and probably a sociopath - and she constantly looks to him, so much so that one of the bandits casually comments that she licks his boots. So when this much-admired bandit leader forbids anyone to go chasing after the law enforcers who raided and killed his men - he knew they were dead anyway, and the camp was in danger - what does she do? GO CHASE AFTER THEM. Oh, and then she packs up and leaves the camp, never mind that the camp has fed her and clothed her all these years. She apparently hasn't thought anything about leaving the boy behind to face the fallout.She is selfishness and thoughtlessness and cruelty and idiocy personified. I'm amazed anyone would WANT to read about her after this. She can't even bootlick properly. I would have ripped the book apart in my fury, but alas it was on Kindle. I've been plenty angry at characters before but this one takes the cake. Seriously, I have never hoped for the main character to die some gruesome, miserable death in the middle of the book... until this one. I was hoping she'd fall in the ditch and break her neck. I hate this girl that much. That's saying something. I even wanted Richard Rahl to find happiness. I'm generally not a violent person, but I want to bash the main character's head repeatedly over the head with this excuse of a book. Of course, considering that she seems to have little else than ego between her ears, the book would probably bounce off. I regret ever reading the first page of it.

  • Katelyn Powers
    2019-04-07 22:23

    This was rough. Really rough.I took a chance on this on Amazon because the premise seemed interesting enough, and I've been successful with the "lesser known" or "indie/self-published" section of the kindle books before. But this was a lost one.Here are my main two reasons as to why I didn't like this book:1) The story was weak at best.2) I still have no idea what the plot was.I realize that this is a first in a series, so perhaps it becomes more obvious later on, but I surely will not continue to read this series.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-07 18:22

    Suckered in by the title and the fact that it was free, I'm now glad I hadn't paid for this as there really wasnt much magic in it for me.Orphaned as a young child by the Praetor's men as they cleanse the land of those with magic, Ilan soon finds herself in the keeping of a band of thieves after being rescued from abandonment by one of their number, Brig. Growing up among the gang, she's soon joined by Terrac, a young priest wannabe whom she saves during the course of one of their robberies. It's during the course of another, unsuccessful, robbery that Ilan meets another priest, who recognises the magic within her and offers to teach her, which she turns down for now. But seems to take up after Brig is killed, and she wanders off into the end of the book.For something that wants to be character driven this was a rather shallow and flimsy read. I couldn't really get into the characters and their relationships as it skipped so quickly across the years, and couldnt get into the character of Ilan at all, who I found inconsistent and completely unlikeable.Starting off as Brig's adoring shadow, soon she's slavishly loyal to the outlaw's cruel leader, Rideon, instead, especially once he gives her the mother of all kickings. Thoughtless, spiteful and cold, she's soon being a snide little cow to Brig, for no apparent reason. When she's not being an ungrateful little wretch to him, she's being a complete cow to Terrac, who she seems to have saved mostly so she has someone at her side that she can always be a bitch to. Until Brig is captured, when suddenly he means more to her than the world and she'll stop at nothing to get him back, including throwing Terrac under the bus.Having seemed to have picked up a magic bow during her attempted rescue of Brig, that's the only bit of the book that really intrigued me, but I'm not so bothered that I'll be reading any other entries to find out more.**Also posted at Randomly Reading & Ranting**

  • Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
    2019-04-09 14:24

    The story begins with a small girl and her family being chased out of their homes by Praetor’s menas they attempt at cleansing the land of all magic. Having lost both her parents in one night, the child survives with the help of a neighbor who then sends her off to the another land to be with other magicians, who can help her wield her own power. But as fate would have it, she lands up among a band of thieves and is adopted by Brig – a soft hearted one. As she grows up among the band, she has to keep her magic a secret. She is soon joined by Terrac, a wannabe priest. Things get stirred up and soon Ilan is looking for revenge… Will she be able to avenge Brig’s death. What is in store for her next?Ilan is a character that I had a love-hate connection with throughout. Though she is the only girl among the band of thieves, I think we should cut her some slack. But still, I could not understand her outbursts against Brig and Terrac and neither could I understand her fascination towards Rideon or the Red Hand. Terrac is a comparatively straightforward character that I liked. But I liked Brig the most. The plot read more like a prequel to the actual story. It reminded me of the prequel novellas to the Throne of glass series. I am guessing that the actual story of Ilan going up against or along with Praetor is the actual storyline that we are going to see in the coming instalments. The narration style of the author is however, simple and easy to get into. Overall this makes for an interesting fast and easy read.

  • Enzo
    2019-03-29 19:23

    Good introductory novel into what seems so far to be a promising series. It left me wanting so much more and the promises of the magic in upcoming volumes. The story is fast paced and it feels a lot shorter than it is. Ilan is an orphan girl who while running away lands in the care of thieves in the Dimmingwood. There she learns much and discovers a few things along the way. More important she grows into herself and leaves us all right when the this will become very interesting. I could complain about the cliffhanger but it seems fair. Good story, good characters. If Goodreads only allowed half stars. 3.5 in my scoring.

  • Kassi Waagen
    2019-04-21 16:28

    The start of this book is really engaging. But it goes downhill from there. Very lackluster. Makes sense that it was a free download. Will not finish the series.

  • DoodlePanda
    2019-04-03 15:37

    I enjoyed this, and will be reading the next book in the series. I don't think it's the best piece of literature I have ever encountered, but fine for a quick entertaining read. And I want to know what will happen next :)Note: When I started this book I was listening to the audible narration. But the narrator really didn't work for me and I decided I'd rather read it myself. Glad I did, as I enjoyed it a lot more after that!

  • Adele
    2019-04-03 18:30

    couldn't understand the premise of the story

  • Karekon
    2019-03-28 15:17

    This book has a major flaw. The protagonist is utterly unlikable. She will lash out with spiteful comments, mock her friends, use one of them as a decoy, and just in general has no redeeming qualities to make you care for her whatsoever. Is she supposed to be some kind of crappy version of an anti-hero or something?Also if you want to write a book about elves, do it. Not this "IM TOTES A HUMAN BEING GUYS" when you describe your character as having silver hair and pointed ears.

  • Sadia
    2019-03-22 20:10

    I hate short books. I mean, I like that its a quick read, but almost all short books have no potential, have no character development, and have no movement in plot. If the plot does move, then it moves too sharply.This, however, did not move sharply. It barely even moved at all!The beginning, I have to say, was pretty epic. I liked the idea that Ilan was six and she was orphaned and everything, but it went downhill way fast.Almost 100 pages of the thing is about her growing up.Look, C. Greenwood, I DON'T CARE ABOUT HER CHILDHOOD.I care about blood, violence, possibly even romance. I want action.But, nope, we learn how Ilan was a dumb little girl who eventually learned to be a thief and everything.And then, it turns out she's stuck up and insults everyone. Even her "friend" that treats her like his daughter. Even her "friend" who she saved and is her age.What even was her real name?? The outlaws named her Ilan, and what was totally stupid to me, her mother never said her name. It was always "little one" or "chickling" or whatever.Another thing: the book ends and she's only 14.She still is and acts like a child.We don't even get to see her actually USE that bow she gets at the END.The one that's in the COVER. Why is it in the cover when its barely important??And what about the brooch? The author acts like the thing is a huge deal, but the book ends and we still have barely any idea why it's important to the plot.The writing style was pretty, but it actually sort of aggravated me.The whole thing sounds more like a poem.I barely understood some of the sentences, and actually had to think what it could mean, and it was talking about the freaking ground, or a tree, or something that shouldn't have to make me THINK about.The ending (as in, like, the last 30 pages) is pretty much why this book gets 2 stars.I FINALLY get some of the action I want! There's killing, and smartness, and all that!I would have expected Ilan to be stronger, but she just sat there and cried, which made even Terrac, a guy who was always described as "weak," look and act stronger than her.Ilan had no character development. Well, it was all really in the last three pages.She was the same the whole time: stuck up, rude, disrespectful, and annoying.Is Ilan an elf or something?? A faerie? She has pointed ears, right? It only mentioned that, like, once.ANOTHER THING: The world in this book was poorly built.I know next to NOTHING about the Praetor. What the heck even is a Tarius?It was hard to imagine the provinces and all that, and what province to they even live in? I think I need a map or something, because I just can't.There was a mention of giants and goblins. Dradac was a giant, but GOBLINS? We don't know anything about the creatures and such in this fictional world!We barely get to know anything about the other characters.Why is Rideon the leader of the outlaws? How did he get to the position? Why is he called "Rideon the Red Hand?"Who, exactly, is Brig, and what happened to his wife and children that was pointed out a few times?What happened during Terrac's childhood?Who is the leader of the Praetor? What's his freaking intention for killing all the magickers?!Will we ever figure out why Resid betrayed them, now that he's dead?What's the main purpose of the little group of outlaws? Why did they even join together in the first place?So yeah.This book could have been SO MUCH MORE. It could have been totally epic.I'm truly disappointed. I'm probably not going to read the next book, nor finish the series.

  • **✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
    2019-04-16 15:32

    This book felt a lot shorter than it looked. There wasn't much plot introduced - the story was more focused on building characters, setting up the world, and explaining motivations.The book starts with Ilan narrating the events that brought her to where she is now...which is the end of the book. It makes me wonder if each book is just going to be a sort of diary, recounting only one part of her journey rather than the entire story being told retrospectively.The story was...okay. Not much of the plot is explained. Ilna can use magic (but almost never does in this book), some guy purged the land of magic users, and Ilna managed to escape and got taken in by bandits. That's about it.Character and scene descriptions are done well, as well as Ilna's back story. That's all I can really say the book has going for it, though.All of the characters are horrible people. In a story where the main character is an anti-hero, or raised by villains, you have to have some way for your readers to connect to the main character. Take, for instance, David Dalglish's Shadowdance trilogy. Haern, the main character, is absolutely an anti-hero...his father raised him to be a perfect killing machine, so when he decides to rebel and start a war against his father, that's the only way he knows how to do it. You can understand why Haern is the way he is, and feel sorry that such a young boy was brought into that world.Ilna doesn't really have that excuse. While she was raised by bandits, they don't kill men of the cloth...they avoid killing when at all possible. While that's not really a matter of the group having morals (they avoid killing to avoid drawing attention to themselves), but it's still better than how most bandit groups would be set up. So she was raised with at least a hint of morals. But the only time you really see that is when she saves the priest her age - and even that she constantly turns to, "I saved your life, you should be grateful to me, I could have left you to die!" whenever he so much as disagrees with her. Otherwise, all she does is start fight after fight with everyone.Having dead parents will only get you so much sympathy.To be fair, her character starts to change in the last few chapters of the book, but after everything else she's done it comes off as too little, too late.

  • Christine Cooney
    2019-04-04 17:26

    I was given a free review copy of this book in exchange for this review.This book is a first person narrative revolving around a female character named Ilan. She is a young magicker and unfortunately the Praetor has ordered their cleansing. As such Ilan loses her parents and she has to travel to another village to be with others like herself. On the way there the cart Ilan is travel in is attacked by bandits and she is the lone survivor of the attack. Ilan grows up with the bandits, but since they don’t possess magic Ilan has to figure out her magic on her own. During her time there Ilan inadvertently discovers a traveling magicker who offers her a chance to learn about her powers and to develop them. But to do so she has to leave her bandit home, a choice that would lead her to be hunted by the bandits themselves and killed before she could tell of their hiding places.The book is short and feels like the beginnings of a much larger book. There are other books planned to follow, but part of me wishes the next book could have just been added to this one. Still the descriptions the author uses in this book are wonderful. There’s just enough to help you picture the world without it being overwhelming.I didn’t realize that Ilan’s true birth name was never mentioned in the book. It took a re-reading to confirm this fact, a testament to the author’s skill to word things so I didn’t take note of it at the time. (The name Ilan is given to her by the leader of the bandit camp, since she refused to speak and give her name.)Ilan makes some mistakes in the book that made me wince. I’m not sure if it’s because of her personality, or some bout of rebelliousness brought about during her teen years. However it was refreshing to read a character making mistakes and having the face the consequences of them.I have always loved a good medieval fantasy book and this quenched my appetite very nicely. I’m eager for the next book to see what happens next. The magical bow presented at the end seems like a very interesting concept that I’m looking forward to the author expanding on, along with finding out what Ilan’s magical abilities will fully become.In summary it’s a very good start of hopefully a longer story.

  • Susie Toman
    2019-03-23 16:29

    There are a lot of reviewers who found this book to be less than fantastic, but as I read the book I found myself questioning what they expected it to be. Looking at the cover I expected an action packed book about some girl with a magic bow kicking butt. What I got was a story about a young teenage girl with magical potential growing up among a band of thieves and finding a magic bow that she's going to do some serious damage with in the next installment. The writing was what I would expect from a book written for young adults. It was cinematic without getting too complex. (Honestly, the amount of depth reminded me of Crispin by Avi.) Its a charming story that sets the main character up for bigger adventures. This is a coming of age story, and it shows. The main character is about 14, and she acts like a 14 year old. She's moody and no matter how bad she feels about mouthing off to her father-figure she's confrontational with him time and again. I totally remember what that was like, and if I was still my 14 year old self I would have loved the heck out of this series. I would have devoured the first book and been hungry for more.At my current age of 30 I understand that the complexity I typically desire from my fiction is best found elsewhere, and my interaction with this series probably ends here, but in a heart beat I'd recommend Magic of Thieves to readers in its intended age group.

  • Ragne
    2019-04-12 22:34

    This was an OK book. As a rule, I don't normally like female authors (with some exceptions, of course), and I think you should be a brilliant author to even try writing a book in 1. person. I am probably going to read the second book, but as I suspect it's written in 1. person present, it really needs to be a much better author. I can't really put my finger on what it was missing, but it was a certainsomething . Maybe it's the fact that the story sort of dies a bit after a good beginning, maybe it's the fact that the main character lacks personality in a way, I don't know. I do wish we got to know Ilan better, so we could understand why she's being a bitch. I also wish we got to know more characters, like Brig and the priest, especially as the reader won't have too much sympathy with Ilan. I would also like to know more about this Praetor. Why was he killing the magickers? Who is he? How is the society built up? I understand that a girl living in a wood with outlaws won't really know or care much about such things, but she does mention she's getting an education, and these things would be natural to explain then.Maybe that sums up my problem; The reader doesn't know anything about either characters, or the world in which the story takes place.

  • Kenneth
    2019-04-03 16:19

    A compelling and thoroughly enjoyable young adult fantasy book. It is part one of a series to come. (Personally I would love to see works like this published as one volume, but alas, the publishing business demands otherwise.) I really liked the story that starts and begins to develop here in Act One.The writing is rich and satisfying without resorting to too many cliches or plodding narrative. The author serves up a ponderous protagonist named Ilan in first person POV. She evokes an enigma while at the time compels the reader to compassion. Her conflicts are poignant, her motivations complicated, and her morality pleasantly murky.The plot line comes off as natural and original not stuffy or contrived. The setting is a bit standard fantasy fare, but I found the concept of magic as empathy fresh and interesting.I will eagerly await reading about the rest of the journey.

  • -`ˏ maci ˎ´˗
    2019-04-09 14:21

    *Rating: 3.5That was surprisingly enjoyable. I liked Ilan well enough, and Terrac was nice. I, of course, think they would be a cute couple, so I'm definitely hoping for that in the next books. The story was not very fast, yet I was still interested enough to continue. Not very much action, until the end, but I assume that's because of how short the book was. My only problem was that there wasn't much of a plot. It was very random, and I sometimes struggled to keep up and remember the characters. Overall, though, I did like it and am planning to continue with the series. P.S. I got this book for free on Amazon a couple of days ago! Thanks Bookbub for letting me know of this great deal! :)

  • John Olsen
    2019-03-26 14:26

    The main character just wasn't terribly engaging. She's orphaned at six years old and is taken in by a band of brigands, most of which ignore her. She spends a few years doing not much of anything but being weak, petty and childish, then ends the story with a somewhat heroic but totally foolish act. But even then she betrays those she should be bonding with, continuing her petty streak.The magic promised in the title didn't really have a significant role, which was disappointing. The story does set up a few things which are clearly seeds for the rest of the series, but they're all so vague that the reader has no sense of why those things could change her.

  • Dan
    2019-04-02 18:32

    An enjoyable read! I look forward to the rest of the series.

  • Joyce (The book worm)
    2019-04-09 16:25

    I really like it

  • Judi Easley
    2019-04-18 14:26

    My Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book by the author's newsletter. I am providing an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own.~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat ReviewMy Review: C. Greenwood is one smart lady! She has hooked up with a fantastic artist for her cover art and kept the cover art consistent through all of the Dimmingwood books. Too many self-published authors don't have great cover art and don't stay consistent with the art or look of their books throughout a series or related series. The eye-catching art created by Michal Gauss has served her well in the marketplace and been worth whatever it cost. It has given her instant identification early on.Writing in first-person makes book one a bit of a diary type piece, but the drama of the story carries it through. I mean, Dad goes back to stall the Praetor's Fist so that you and Mom can escape. Then Mom goes back to stall them so you can escape. Then you're attacked and taken away. Raised in the woods. You literally stumble across a magic bow in a barn. All this time you are wandering around with a little flame of magic in you that you don't quite know how to use. And you're the only female in a male environment.There's good pacing throughout the story letting you take in the details you need to absorb. There's not a lot of scenery, but there's plenty of action and dialogue. The ending isn't exactly a cliffhanger, but it does lead you towards book two rather firmly. And there were enough loose ends in the book to make you want to find out what happened to this or that. Personally, I'd like to locate Hadrian. And I think Ilan would, too. I'd like to know more about the magical bow. And I'd like to know about Ilan's magic and see her learn to use it. It's frustrating to her as it is. And, of course, the words on her mother's brooch. Those need to be explained, too.The fact that the titles of this series all have the word "thieves" in them tells me that Ilan doesn't really ever cut her ties with the band in the woods. Is it still Rideon the Red Hand in charge through all this? And is Terran still with the thieves? Or does he ever get his chance to train as a priest?I was confused by the number of two-star reviews for this book. I'm not sure what these people were looking for when they read it. But it has an interesting storyline and plenty of action. It definitely sets itself up well to continue into the series the author has obligingly written for us. I feel it is well-deserving of the 4 stars I gave it. And I am looking forward to reading more of the series. The cover art is so appealing, I would get it to see more of that! I wish more authors paid such attention to this important detail.I wholeheartedly recommend this young-adult fantasy book to you and feel sure that you and I will both be reading the whole series in time.

  • Darsie
    2019-04-14 16:19

    The book cover is cool and the blurb seems exciting. The first chapter gives the story a powerful start .. and thereafter the story fizzles out.This was more of an adventure/ growing up story with some teenage angst, than one about magic (disappointing in that aspect). Ilan is a very young child when the story begins. Circumstances lead her to be travelling with a peddler who is subsequently attacked by a band of robbers. It's pure chance that one of these robbers is missing his own children and decides to protect and defend the little girl. Good so far.Everything after that, is her growing up and living in the woods with mostly men (its mentioned women are at the camp occasionally but they are not named or featured in the story and do not appear to interact with Ilan). At this early age and until almost the end of the book there is only really one time she uses her magic (her "little flame"). The talisman her mother presses into her hand turns out to be non magical, but may prove to have another significance in the following books (possibly a connection to her "real" father - that's just a guess though).The story jogs along ok, there are incidents along the way to make the story moderately interesting but I honestly found it difficult to like Ilan. More often than not, she would say mean things just to seem tough. She is mostly horrible to everyone who is kind to her, even putting them in danger to suit her purposes. Her protector continues to watch over her but she is a typical ungrateful and resentful teenager. Her ongoing slavish admiration for the appalling leader, is possibly rooted in self-preservation but is also not admirable. I found it somewhat encouraging that at the end of the story she is seeking some independence and leaving behind the robber band (and also some characters that made the story interesting) but I'm already done with this tale and uninterested in finding out what happens next. Seems to me this book was really just one long set up for the "real" story to come. A promising beginning that ended up as a wasted opportunity.

  • Jason Duby
    2019-03-23 15:37

    Ilan is a young girl who has been driven from her home by the forces of a man simply known as the Praetor. Her family was killed because of their natural affinity with magic, and now she finds herself on the run and in hiding. Ilan's journey to safety is interrupted by an encounter with brigands, and soon Ilan finds herself living in the bandit's camp in the wilderness. Inevitably, though, destiny catches up with the turned teenager…as the new leader of the land turns his attention to quelling any lawlessness in his lands.C. Greenwood brings us a very intriguing tale of this young heroine, allowing the reader to share the young woman's journey as she grows into herself in this fantasy world. The details of the world are fleshed out as the main character learns them, so the world unfolds slowly but naturally. Greenwood has a natural ability to use just the right amount of description to convey the action without forgetting important details or lingering too long on any one point. The novel is short, but moves at a reasonable pace and introduces many elements which will no doubt be expanded later in the series. Characters have their own voices, and are as fleshed out as needed depending on his or her importance.I have very few complaints with this work and would very definitely recommend this work for someone looking to start a new and promising series. One thing that bothers me just a little is the sudden introduction of what is likely to be an important piece of the story (the bow) as it develops further, but since the tale is obviously not complete I'm not sure yet what to think on this point. By all means, though, check this book out if you are a fan of the fantasy genre.(Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock)Addendum: I've seen many people here remark that the main character is unlikable, and while some of her choices are questionable...well, she's a teenager and an impulsive one at that. I didn't find that horribly out of place.

  • Briennai Jackson
    2019-04-21 19:30

    Ilan was born with magic, but thanks to the Praetor, magic has been banned in her province. Now, there are sweeps done to eliminate people with magic. Ilan loses both of her parents to one when she was only 6 years old, and on her way to live in a city she was taken by bandits. At first the bandits simply wanted to dispose of her, as a child is a liability. However, a giant named Brig was determined to protect her, and took her on as his own project. This story shows the growth of Ilan from her childhood as an orphan who saw her parents killed to a teenager, raised by bandits. I truly enjoyed this story, as I am a sucker for stories where the main character was raised by the "bad guys". Ilan trained and learned how to protect herself so that someday she could join the group of bandits in their day to day work. She even saved a priest boy herself, and he taught her the basics of reading and writing. As the story was told year by year, I found it to flow very well. Finally, when it ended, I felt that it was satisfying. I did not feel as if I had to rush to read the next book in the series, but instead that I had just finished a good novel. This is what I like about a good series, rather than feeling pushed to read the next book by a bunch of cliffhangers. Overall, this was a very good read, and I would recommend it for anyone looking for a refreshing new YA fantasy novel. 

  • Lana
    2019-04-15 19:34

    I really loved reading this lovely book about a young girl who lived in a land run by a Praetor who hated anything to do with magic and had a group of trained soldiers known as the fist to find this magic users and kill them and this young girl witnessed the death of her parents and was orphaned and she herself is imbued with magic but has no one to train her! She is rescued by a band of thieves and brigands run by the red hand and whilst she is taught to fight and to survive in the forest she is taught nothing about her magic powers! As she grows older she starts to become quite a nasty tongued bitch to the man who had saved her skin but she soon regrets her ways as things happen which she really was not ready for! I love the way C greenwood writes an easy and flowing narrative about the bond between thieves and their sense of honour when sticking up for their own!! Llan has great potential, if only she finds someone to guide her during this treacherous times where magic is so hounded and feared!

  • A.M.
    2019-03-22 17:26

    Ilan is raised by brigands in the forest after her parents are killed. One, Brig, couldn’t leave her behind and he became a kind of father figure for her.She’s tolerated and half trained by the Red hand gang run by Ridion.***There’s a few inconsistencies here: magic is reviled but then she runs into people who use it and are trained so it can’t be that illegal, and she uses her magic to detect others but then can’t do it other days. They’re thieves but they don’t rob her of the brooch.The pacing is a bit off. Her parents are fridged in the first chapter, then the man who is taking her to ‘safety’ is killed, then it just drags. And she’s not a great character to be in the head of. She’s quite capable of betraying her friends.There’s no real antagonist, and nothing much happens plot wise.There’s hints and flashbacks that presumably will have more relevance in later books. And the magic bow is literally found in the last chapter, so the summary raises a question that it never intends to answer.2 stars

  • Charles Miske
    2019-04-10 21:19

    I went into this not expecting a lot, and boy was I surprised. A bit slow in the middle, but great fun in the beginning and especially the end. It's a series, yes, but the hanging loose threads didn't seem unnatural, as though placed there for something to suck you into the next book. Nope. All the loose ends were natural to the story, and nothing made me want to skip the rest of the series. The protagonist, the apparent sole survivor from her village, destroyed in a pogrom against "magickers" by the government, lives with a band of highway robbers. She has forgotten most of her real family, and only has fitful dreams to tease her memories. Eventually she will outgrow her band of brigands, and what waits for her as she seeks to learn more of the magic that calls out to her?Why 5? I tried to think of anything to detract from the rating, but aside from the slowness (typical of fantasy) I could find nothing negative.