blo Teens Read and Write: The Thief Lord

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Thief Lord


The Thief Lord
by Cornelia Funke
pub: April 2006

352 pages


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Synopsis:
Welcome to the magical underworld of Venice, Italy. Here, hidden canals and crumbling rooftops shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets...

After escaping from their cruel aunt and uncle, orphans Prosper and Bo meet a mysterious boy who calls himself "The Thief Lord." Clever and charming, the Thief Lord leads a band of street children who enjoy making mischief, but the Thief Lord also has a dark secret. And suddenly Prosper and Bo find themselves on a fantastical journey to a forgotten place. What the discover there will change the course of their destiny forever...


Full of fantasy and mystery woven with dark and dangerous elements and a group of characters that you'll alternately boo and cheer for… Well, if you’re familiar with Cornelia Funke you already know that her books are worth reading. The Thief Lord is no exception.

The beauty of Venice comes alive with evocative description. Funke takes us careening down the twisting maze of streets and cruises us along the canals in a rich story full of engaging individuals traveling through an enchanting adventure fraught with peril and intrigue. The characters are complicated, sympathetic, unique, fun and full of wit. Even the villains are written with depth and dimension.

More MG than YA, The Thief Lord is a charming, fast-paced ride and just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, you’ll find out how wrong you were. So sit down, crack it open and be swept away to a magical world where you can experience fantastical adventure along side one of my favorite band of characters. You won’t go wrong.


The Cover:
I love it! Okay blue is my favorite color but... the image showcases the amazing architecture of Venice and the city is really a character in this book. The image is beautiful on its own, however it also captures the magical feel of the story as well as evoking an eerie sense of danger and mystery. And the guy silhouetted against the full moon is perfect! While not so much a 'wow' cover, I think it's one of the best I've seen that expresses the essence of the book.

And don't forget we have a copy of
The Thief Lord available in our MegaBook giveaway. So go to the contest post to enter. We're up to 17 winners and have just added an ARC of Fallen by Lauren Kate to the pile! Good Luck!

61 comments:

Lindsay's Photographys said...

Wow! Sound NEAT! I read her books, Inkheart, Inkspell, & Inkdeath. Have you read them?

Aik said...

Beautiful cover! This book sounds really interesting!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oh
Fab!
I love Venetian tales!

Blodeuedd said...

It does have a very nice cover,, great setting for the book

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I love Cornelia Funke. I've read Inkheart and Dragon Rider.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I love Cornelia Funke. I've read Inkheart and Dragon Rider.

Nikki said...

Sounds like another book to add to my endless TBR pile!

donnas said...

Amazing cover. I have not read her books before but this one sounds interesting.

asides said...

Love the look of this one, sounds great. Great contest, count me in.

ninefly said...

I remember reading this a while ago, but can't for the life of me remember the ending...
I do know there were crows...or some kind of bird...in there somewhere
this probably needs a reread XD;

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melissa @ 1lbr said...

I liked this one, especially the setting, but found it a bit too long. I find this is true of all the Funke books I've read.

Lisa said...

I've had this book forever but have never read it! Your review has made me put it further up my TBR pile!

elaing8 said...

great review.sounds like a great book.

throuthehaze said...

I love Cornelia Funke's books!

Jessy said...

Your right the cover is great. I always thought Funke's books were for young children, are they not?

justaiv said...

I read this book last year. I thought it was a good book for middle school kids.

Milka said...

This one sounds really good, one of my friend read it and said that it was really good. I really need to look for it.

Melissa said...

This book seems great! I've never read any of her books, I'm going to go and look into her others.

Justine said...

Ooh. Sounds like a great read. And I loveeee the cover too!

Silent Raven said...

I've never read any of her book, but this one sounds like a good one.

oO Mariana Oo said...

Havent read any of her book, but I really want to, this looks pretty good, nice cover too.

Orchid said...

Loved the Thief Lord. Awesome review (blue is my favorite color too). :)

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

Nice review! O-M-G you've added Fallen to the giveaway *faints* lol yayyy more entriessss!! You guys are the besttt

booklover said...

I don't know...this seems kind of a middle school-ish book.

But maybe it's still a good read. We'll see...

Cherie J said...

Sounds great! Love that cover. Blue is my favorite color and that particular shade is beautiful.

pepsivanilla said...

This sounds good, plus Inkheart is awesome :)

booklover said...

Okay, I have to admit - the cover is pretty amazing.

Nikki (A Haunt of Ancient Peace) said...

I completely agree with Cherie J. That particular shade of blue is gorgeous.

Great review. I have yet to read any of Funke's novels, but this just may be my first.

YA Vampire Books said...

I love that this book is set in Venice, it's such a beautiful town!

Sheere said...

Yeaaah the cover is simple but lovely! And it is setted in Venice.. I love that city :)

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RevolutionaryGirlEden said...

Cornelia Funke is one of my favorite authors, I love her books. I haven't read The Thief Lord yet, but it does sound really good.

ladystorm said...

I have heard of this one, I have read her book Inkheart and it was okay, but it just drug on a bit for me..have the second in the series but haven't tried to read it. The Thief Lord sounds good though.

cait045 said...

I love reading books in places I know the settings. I have been to venice and it was beautiful.

Chase92 said...

The Thief Lord sounds like a great book. I have the Inkheart trilogy (also by Cornelia), and I enjoyed them.

Thanks for the extra entries!

~*Ruby*~ said...

nice book and review you did!

i managed to chance upon this whilst i was at a secondhand bookstore. of course i couldn't resist getting it and adding it to the neverending TBR pila :)

Lizzy said...

This book sounds really fun! Plus, I absolutely adore the cover. I'm not really sure why...I'll definitely have to add this to my list

Jenn-ay said...

I didn't really like book 1 of the Inkheart series, but enjoyed book 2. My niece tells me I'll really enjoy The Thief Lord (it's on her top 10 all time faves).

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Bunny B said...

I haven't read any of Cornelia Funke's, but the plot for this story sounds interesting! Thanks for the review :)

Teddyree said...

Great review, I loved The Thief Lord too, havent read her others but I did see the movie Inkheart. It is a gorgeous cover :-)

Sandra Stiles said...

I love Cornelia Funke's work. I have not read this one. I have owned two copies, both checked out of my class and never returned. I guess someone else loves her work as well. I guess I will try a 3rd time and read it first before putting it on my shelf.

gapyeargirl123 said...

I read this book back in primary school - so, what, maybe 7 or 8 years ago? I loved it. And I still remember it, despite never having found a copy to reread. I think that says somehing about how great this book was to me. It was fascinaing to see Venice like tha - I love stories like this. It was amazing.
It would be so cool to win that from the giveaway now, and rediscover it!

Glacia said...

I love Cornelia Funke's books.

Brodie said...

Oh, oh, oh! You had me at "Venice, Italy" - I LOVE Italy. And a fantasy book set in Italy is just... well, it's totally on my list now. I loved your review, you've definitely got me wanting to devour this page turner :D

Bella said...

Great review, thanks. Really helpful in trying to decide whether or not to buy, without giving away spoilers! Gotta check this one out!

Sarbear said...

Venice??? Oooh, I just watched a movie this weekend in a similar setting... Venice, I mean. It was called Dangerous Beauty, about a courtesan. This sounds good.

Alexa said...

This book sounds awesome and the cover is so pretty! I love blue too.

babygirlG said...

I have this on my tbr pile!

Jenny N. said...

Thanks for introducing me to this book. Its my first time hearing about it.

mariska said...

I've never read any of Cornelia's books. Looking forward to read this.

Icejewel said...

I love the Cover !

BrittLit said...

I haven't read any of her books yet, but this one looks amazing. I love this cover.

booklover said...

I think she also wrote the Ink____ series, right? Like Inkheart and Inkspell...

Miss Reith Jerevinan said...

It's nice review... so, it means that there's a lot of great books I don't know.. need to be on your blog more to get to know 'em

brizmus said...

This sounds cool. . .but then at the same time, I thought INkheart sounded cool, and I really didn't like it (or the movie) in the end. I do love Venetian tales, though.

1inseveralbillion said...

I love fantasy reads, i'm sure this one will be a great read!

Sassy CC said...

I enjoy fantasy, this one looks good.

Seahn

Ciel said...

Great review!
Cornelia Funke is one of my favorite authors. I've read the The Thief Lord, the Inkheart trilogy, and Dragon Rider. They're all really good =)

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Kelsey said...

I really want to read this book!

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A Life Bound By Books said...

Love the cover, sounds very interesting! Thanks for the review :o)

-Lisa
alifeboundbybooks@hotmail.com

Llehn said...

I need to read this book!!

booklover said...

Hmmm I haven't heard about Funke's Dragon Rider. I wonder what it's about...

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