The day after the government take the ‘i before e’ rule out of the curriculum, I have to write thief in a title.
My reader’s block has been super solid of late. I think the main problem is that I’ve been writing and working on plotlines so much that other stories just aren’t allowed in. Free time also plays its part: I’m bad at creating spare time when I could be working, and I no longer have train journeys on which to open a book and read. However, I did go on a long train ride the other day and I did manage to read a book.
The book happened to be The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas. It’s a tale about a boy plucked from obscurity after stealing a magic device, who then becomes a wizard’s apprentice. There are elements of all the good ‘magic’ books in here – magic school, magical objects, shapeshifting into animals and so on – but what I enjoyed above all about this was how nicely it was written. It’s a cut above most children’s books. There’s no flab (Oh! Harry Potter how you could have learnt a thing or two from this), and there’s some real fun to be had. There are illustrations (not enough, though, tsk!), codes, and even real recipes for food that appears in the story. The recipes are a brilliant addition.
It’s rich and warm, and there’s even a hired thug who bakes and knits. That last fact alone would sell it to me and should be written on the cover.