Adventures in Books… Thief’s Magic


“In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.

Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it – should she dare to risk the Angels’ wrath.

But not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands.”

I struggled through this book a bit, which was a shame as I have really liked the author’s previous series, but I have not been drawn in with this one as I was with the others.

I think it’s because I’m not sure if I like the main characters. I found them both a bit annoying, which is never a good thing. I found the concept of the book interesting, but there was not enough information about the history of the world to keep me drawn in. That is, however the only pull to bring me back for the second book in the series.

I won’t be rushing to get the next book in this series as I was disappointed by this one. I hate when this happens, but it has happened before the author has returned with a different series I enjoyed like the first.

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