Friday, April 23, 2010

Lost by Sarah Prineas

Prineas, Sarah. Lost, illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo. 416 pgs. Harper Collins, 2009. $16.99. Sexual Content-G; Language-G; Violence-PG. In the first book, The Magic Thief (2008), Conn saved the city’s magic but destroyed his locus magicalicus. Each wizard has a locus stone to perform magic, without one Conn can no longer be an apprentice or attend school. He still lives with the Wizard Nevery and has found that he can hear the magic if explodes things. Meanwhile all is not well in Wellmet, shadowmen are turning people to stone. Conn makes a big explosion that destroys Nevery’s house and get’s Conn banished. Conn heard the magic say “Desh.” So he stows away with a royal envoy that is on its way to Desh to learn about the shadowmen and why the magic wants him to go there. The book is told from multiple viewpoints, which keeps the plot moving quickly. Fans of Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap series and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series will enjoy this magical adventure. EL – ADVISABLE. Samantha, Public Librarian.

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