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on 17 November 2014
Absolutely brilliant read.
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on 8 January 2015
Very pleased with this book - ideal gift!
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Good value and service
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on 29 October 2014
Grate the book was just grate the story was great the scene was grate all of this grate book was grate
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on 3 April 2013
I read this to our 9 year old daughter, and she really enjoyed it (so much so, that she asked me to order this copy for a friend's birthday present!).
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on 31 March 2014
A very good book with a great ending. Makes you feel great. A must read. Got to. Go on now
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VINE VOICEon 29 August 2006
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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on 16 April 2009
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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on 6 July 2008
The plot: two children have run away from their aunt and have been befriended by a gang of street kids and their leader, the Thief Lord, also known as Scipio. A detective, who has been hired by the aunt, is looking for the children. However, a mysterious comte asks them to steal something for him, something that can help to spin time!

When I read the book, the plot seemed to me to be a little bit like Oliver Twist, as Scipio is like Fagin and the Dodger rolled into one, and Prosper and Bo are like two Olivers.

If you like reading about drama, fantasy and magic, then this book is for you.
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on 12 November 2003
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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