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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable ride.
My introduction to Cornelia Funke was "Inkheart" which I enjoyed. I looked forward to the sequel, "Inkspell", but wasn't so quick to pick up and read the already published "Thief Lord". For a fantasy lover like me, the book looked "too ordinary" with not enough promises of enchanted adventures. However, when I finally bought my copy of the book, it hooked me from the very...
Published on 29 Aug 2006 by Timbertwig

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas but over-long
Prosper and Bo are orphaned brothers who run away from their aunt to Venice and meet a group of street kids. Quickly accepted, they become part of the group, surviving on the profits made by goods stolen by a mysterious Thief Lord. However, the aunt has hired a private detective who is hot on the trail of the runaways, and soon he, the aunt, the kids, the Thief Lord and a...
Published on 18 Feb 2007 by IcedGems


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable ride., 29 Aug 2006
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Timbertwig (UK) - See all my reviews
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My introduction to Cornelia Funke was "Inkheart" which I enjoyed. I looked forward to the sequel, "Inkspell", but wasn't so quick to pick up and read the already published "Thief Lord". For a fantasy lover like me, the book looked "too ordinary" with not enough promises of enchanted adventures. However, when I finally bought my copy of the book, it hooked me from the very first chapter.

"The Thief Lord" is often compared to the Harry Potter series but I'd advise potential readers to be wary of this comparison. While there are certainly similarities (like the main characters being children), "The Thief Lord" is also a very different book. Those who expect to read about wizards, magical creatures and enchanted objects will be disappointed. Apart from the magic roundabout that does not appear until towards the end, "The Thief Lord" deals with more earthly themes that children in the real world deal with such as family conflicts, loyalty and friendship, and wanting to grow up too soon.

That said, those who appreciate a fast-paced story with daring escapades will find much to enjoy in this book. "The Thief Lord" is every bit as exciting as the Harry Potter books. Children will enjoy reading about adults being outwitted by kids and adults will be drawn into the Venetian setting with its dark alleyways and alluring rivers that all seem to lead to adventures.

Any regrets about this book? I regret ever hesitating to read it and I regret the fact that Funke seems to have no plans to write a sequel despite the fact that the ending cries out for one. So grab your copy and prepare for an enjoyable ride.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Venetian fantasy, 28 Aug 2002
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My 11 year old daughter recommended this to me, and it certainly lived up to her recommendation. The story is part mystery, part fantasy - the Venetian setting is so appropriate! - and keeps you guessing at every turn. The characters are well delineated, and there is a philosophical substratum that will appeal to adults and children.
More books from Cornelia Funke please!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE THIEF LORD, 15 Feb 2007
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J. Burns "J9" (Cornwall UK) - See all my reviews
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As an adult i still enjoy reading childrens books and this one did not disappoint me. a little slow to start (but perhaps that is me being impatient) but once i got in to it i found it very difficult to put down. An interesting adventure with lots of twists and turns.I also like the way she sumarises at the end. Im not the kind of reader who likes long discriptive sentences about setting the scene - get on with the story - which she does so well. I have also thoroughly enjoyed her inkheart trioloigy and dragon rider.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cornelia Funke's Mysterious Reality, 26 Feb 2004
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D. J. Clayton (Chester, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Cornelia Funke has the ability to describe a world in which reality and fantasy melt together in a magical mist. The Venice in which runaway children are sought by a strict aunt and an eccentric detective is not the real Venice but a dream world of dark alleys, derelict cinemas, lost treasures, strange unknown islands and elusive clues. Reach out and you catch a handful of mist - until the next chapter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A puzzling children's novel ( a must read), 6 July 2006
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If you like a tense read that you cant put down then this is the book for you. The story line is about orphaned children who have a hide out in an old abandon cinema. But their dream doesn't last for long. A detective becomes aware of the situation, and gets on the case right away. This becomes a problem for the children, and then the leader turns out to be someone else.

This book gets off a bit slowly but soon becomes a tense detective chase that leaves you on the edge of the seat and reading under the covers at midnight.

This book also fills you in with a lot of fascinating facts about Venice. The islands all excist and urge you to visit them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting story, a great idea- a beautiful setting!, 16 April 2009
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Susan Kalnitsky (Munich Germany) - See all my reviews
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Prosper and Bo, two orphaned children have two choices: Either Bo goes to stay with their Aunt and Uncle and Prosper goes to an orphanage, or Prosper collects Bo from the Aunt and Uncle's house at midnight and they set off on a journey they will never forget- a journey to Venice. When they get to Venice, a mysterious boy who likes to call himnself ' The thief lord' takes them back to his hide-out, where he is keeping many other orphaned children. The hide-out is an abandoned hotel in a dark alleyway in Venice. Every night the thief lord breaks into rich peoples' mansions- where else would he get all the gold from?- and the children use it to make a living ( and so on- it's a great book).
I thought this book was fabulously written and also done in such a way that children as well as teenagers and adults can enjoy it. It is not written using an extremely simple choice of vocabulary, but at the same time, everything is described in a way that everyone can understand, whether young or old. There was never a moment in the book when you could stop reading- it was an absoloute page-turner from start to finish- and Cornelia Funke takes great care in describing the beauties and wonders of Venice. A fantastic read! I hope this review is helpful when it comes to buying the book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Theif Lord, 31 July 2002
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An extremely amazing book. I haven't had such an enthrilling read for a long time.
*****
A gang of children lie low in an old disused cinema, with the help of scipio the theif lord they manage to stay alive and well. Their continuous dealings with "the redbeard" lead them into something of, what more sinister. And finally the truth comes out about their leader.
An adventure is just around the corner, with help from some odd people, a detective who's obsessed with his pet tortoises and one of their culprits from a break in. Each page turns into another suprize.
A brilliant read for all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 21 Jan 2004
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S. Sargeant (Canterbury, Kent United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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My son hates reading and I have struggled for years to find something he would really like. Finally this book has come up trumps, he hasn't put it down since the day he got it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read, 21 April 2005
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This book called Thief Lord is an amazing and thrilling book. It is a must read once i started this book i couldn't wait to read it when i got home from school.This book is very exciting and a book that you just can't miss.Cornelia Funke is an amazing author and i would also recomend some of her other books such as Dragon Rider and Ink Heart.I hope this review was helpful to you and enjoy the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Venice Again..., 12 Nov 2003
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A very strange thing seems to be happening with Cornelia Funke, Jamilla Gavan and Mary Hoffman all writing children's books for the same age group set in Venice - something in the air I suppose: a smell of drains and canals, perhaps? Still, you can see why it appeals as a setting as it is a most seductive city. The Thief Lord is a neat little book, with horrible blood relatives, caring strangers, sinister islands, one piece of 'real' magic and a great bit of revenge. My whole family have enjoyed this hugely and anticipate her next one eagerly. The characters are enduring - Ida the sassy grown up saver-of-the-day is a particularly fine character. The awful sneery uncle and aunt are gorgeously vile. The kids, while not EXACTLY believable are great. A thoroughly well-crafted and rewarding book written with zest and fluently translated from the German.
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