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Publisher's Summary

In a province where magic is forbidden and its possessors are murdered by the magickless, young Ilan has only one hope for survival. Concealment. In the shadow of Dimmingwood, she finds temporary protection among a band of forest brigands led by the infamous outlaw Rideon the Red Hand. But when old enemies reappear and new friendships lead to betrayal, will Ilan's magic and the power of her enchanted bow be enough to save her?

©2013 C. Greenwood (P)2013 C. Greenwood

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Poor narrator, maybe good story

I think the story might be good, if not for the narrator. Very monotone, odd cadence and pronunciation of some words. It shows that a good story can be ruined by a poor narrator 😒

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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An enchanting story

What did you love best about Magic of Thieves?

I enjoyed the tale and the characters. I felt like they were acquaintances after the first few chapters.

What other book might you compare Magic of Thieves to and why?

I saw similarities with many different saga types I have read but with a unique twist and an air of mystery surrounding the players<br/>

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

This is where I found the biggest fault with this production. The narrator lacked any semblance of emotion or ability to inflect her voice to show the difference in feeling coming from the parts read. Also, disappointing was her lack of vocabulary and mispronunciation of several words repeatedly. I would relate her narration to a monotone with no feeling.<br/>

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I was able to finish listening to the story in one sitting while I groomed the dog.<br/>

Any additional comments?

I really would like to read the next book in this series but I would rather not hear it read to me by this inadequate narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Nick
  • Long Island, New York
  • 12-17-13

Didn't spark any feelings or emotions.

It's hard to tell if it is the story or the narration, but I do not get any feelings or emotions when listening to this story. The cover makes the story look cool, but the narration is kind of flat and it made it hard to stay interested. It was hard to tell which sentences had exclamations, which sentences were meant to convey sadness, thrill or anything. It felt like listening to a monotone lecture. I was very disappointed in both the story, which seems to progress slowly and the narration. I am still not sure where the story is leading the reader to. I think I will try to pick up this up again in a month or two and read it on my Kindle rather than listen to it and see if makes a difference. If I wasn't so hard-nosed about finishing books, this would have probably ended up on my DNF list, if I had a DNF list.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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OK but...

there is too much narrative - no character development due to no conversations between them

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I desperately wanted to like this story

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The author needed to have an editor or a critique partner tell him to deepen the story. I found myself listening and thinking "wait that doesn't make sense" or "I know I should feel empathy toward the protagonist, but she is really just a jerk. If he had expanded on the relationship the protagonist and her surrogate father had, then I would have been a bit more emotionally involved with the story. Instead, I felt myself not able to be drawn in because of the lack of empathy I had toward the protagonist.

Would you ever listen to anything by C. Greenwood again?

I had already purchased the second book in this series and I am going to listen to it, and I truly hope the short-falls that plagued this novel are corrected in the second. This story had the potential to be excellent.

Did Ashley Arnold do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes she did a fine job with her part in reading.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Magic of Thieves?

I would not have cut them so much as modified and enhanced some of them. As in her relationships with people. She is at times kind then in the very next scene, she is a complete witch to these people who she was kind to a moment before. That made it very hard to empathize with her.

Any additional comments?

Make the protagonists character more consistent. I could not decide whether I was supposed to like and empathize with her or if I was supposed to hate her. So, in the end, I ended up not liking her and being very disinterested in whether she achieved her goals or died in the attempt. I truly wanted to like this book but I just couldn't.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Quick, Light read

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend it to a younger person. It is what I consider to be a "light/fluffy book". it is entertaining, but doesn't have much depth.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

the bow.

Which character – as performed by Ashley Arnold – was your favorite?

I was impressed with all of the characters.

Was Magic of Thieves worth the listening time?

Since I was doing other things while I was listening, yes. I could/would not have devoted my entire focus to this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It's has decent story line.

It's entertaining but the narrator just sounds like a robot for most of the story.

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Well written but ruined by Ashley Arnold

Would you consider the audio edition of Magic of Thieves to be better than the print version?

No, Ashley Arnold gives a flat, uninspired and droning monotone recitation of a wonderfully written book. Listening to her read a book is like watching Kristen Stewart act. A long, unending, emotionless mockery of narrating.

What did you like best about this story?

The writing itself is wonderful. I found it easy to attach myself to the characters, though there were moments when I felt they were a bit bi-polar in their reactions to situations. All in all though it kept me interested.

How could the performance have been better?

How about some emotion? Maybe some difference in cadence, intonation, voice, and character so that someone can keep track of who is speaking and when? Every single character in the book sounded and spoke exactly the same. Heck, he's not a professional voice actor, but even Patrick Rothfuss reads better than this.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No idea at all. I would never make a film of this book.

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Poor Narration

Narration not very good. Lack of needed inflections, barely noticeable voice changes. Chosen dialect mismatched, writer keeps changing tones and you lose a sense of the error as the story progresses. With that said, although the first volume is very short, the story line is interesting enough to compel you to move on to the second. Hopefully it will be better written.

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  • B
  • 06-29-16

Pretty good but nothing great

I found the narrator funny (although I probably want supposed to).
The book was likeable enough, but I doubt I'll be continuing the series.

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  • Fantasia
  • 10-26-17

nothing special, bought all books and regretted it

boring, no magic no figthing and just a plain girl and an annoying story narrator