Book Review: Magic of Thieves

Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I’ve given this book four stars simply because it is part of a series, and as it leaves us with a cliffhanger for an ending, I do believe that this book told the story that needed to be told. However, several issues kept me from giving it a 5-star.

One, the title is extremely misleading. For a book called Magic of Thieves, I’m expecting, well, magic. The only amazing amount of magic used in this novel is done by her parents in the very beginning. Yes, Ilan has that magical emotional connection to the thief who took her in, but she never casts a true spell.

Two, I know it is part of a series, so I’m expecting a bit of a cliffhanger ending, but the one we were left with was a bit of a letdown. I feel that the author could have continued for a few more chapters, told the rest of the story, then left a small cliffhanger to make us want to read on to the next book. With the way it was left, I have questions that I would love to continue reading to get the answers to, but the ending was handled in such a way that I really don’t want to read on to get another ending that is just as much of a letdown in the second book.

Three, I feel that Ilan and her priest friend could have been developed so much more. I wanted to see more of them, but every time either of them performed any action, it felt like the same action they did before just rehashed into new words.

If you want to pay for the entire series, I do believe that this story could be an awesome read, but the first book could have been handled a bit better.

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The Daily Prompt: May 22, 2017

May 22

Take the following words, and use them in a short story or poem:

count, holiday, dirt, caption, smash

Weekly Update: May 14 through May 20

Another week has passed, and I really didn’t do a good job staying on track with my writing.  I wrote.  A lot.  Just not on anything that I would call “creative.”  I did a lot of journal writing this week, getting my ideas down on paper and organizing what I needed to do to accomplish each of them in a timely manner.  My biggest issue is that I have a lot of ideas, but I tend to flit from idea to idea without ever finishing any of them unless I have a structured plan to work from.  That is what I have been doing this week.

I will be returning to Pangaea this week, planning out the seasons and the episodes within the seasons.  I will also be finishing up the edits on “Trenches” because I did not quite finish working through those.

I’m not planning a lot for this week because I am nursing a kitten back to good health, so most of my attention will be on him.

What do you have planned for your week?

The Daily Prompt: May 21, 2017

May 21

Using the following setting, write a short story or poem:

In an orange room, 7:00 PM

The Daily Prompt: May 20, 2017

May 20

Take the following words, and use them in a short story or poem:

new, subtract, amused, escape, second-hand

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