Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Magic Thief: A Book and Recipe Review

Have any of you read The Magic Thief?  I just did and I loved it!  And what's better--it's part one of a trilogy, so there's more for me to read!  And just to make it better, it has two biscuit recipes at the end, one of which I had to try with the above result.

The magic thief is the story of a pickpocket named Conn who attempts to steal a powerful wizard's locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus the wizard's magic.  Although he should be killed instantly in the attempt, for some reason Conn survives.  Intrigued by his survival, the wizard takes him on as a servant and later as an apprentice.  As the magic in the city in which they live dries up, they work together to find the source and stop it in time to save the city.

Conn was one of the most likeable protagonists I've met in a while.  He is humble and honest, and his liking for biscuits made my own mouth water (thank goodness for the recipes at the end).  The pacing was good and the other characters were vivid and interesting.  This is a quick, easy read and would be a good one to get boys reading.

The recipes for the biscuits I won't post here--you'll have to check out the book to get them, but the one I tried was buttery and very tasty.  I've been wanting to find a good biscuit recipe for a while and I think I'll be using this one until I can find one that's just a touch softer and fluffier.  Skip to the back and use the recipe to bake some before you start reading.  Believe me, you'll get a hankering for them halfway through and be glad you did.


  1. I'll have to look for this for Blake. I'm always on the lookout for good books for boys. He's just started reading the first Harry Potter and is LOVING it.

  2. Becca--I just barely caught up with your blog since like October! I need to put it in my blog feed. I love all the stuff you posted--you are such a great food photographer---SERIOUSLY!! We've read that book, THe End at our house and loved it too.
    And I never did thank you for that spice pear jam--so so yummy! It was a HUGE favorite of Emerson's and he doesn't like much.
    how are you guys?? hope you are doing well!