A Tuesday Ten: A Thicket of Thieves

A fast list tonight. Thieves and con artist characters pop up routinely in fantasy.  Here’s ten stories for you!


The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey (HarperCollins, 2012)

Jaxter Grimjinx is from a long line of con artists and thieves–but he just can’t seem to get the hang of the family business.  When the family’s latest con goes horribly wrong, however, he’s the only one who can fix the problem.


Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner (Delacorte, 2010)

Goldie lives in a tyrannical city where all children are chained to their parents or at school, never free to wander far.  When  the longed for day of separation is postponed, she runs away to the strange and mysterious Museum of Dunt.  To survive the museum, Goldie will have to call on all her clever thieving talents!


The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic, 2012)

Sage is a thief in a deadly game of political intrigue.  He’s one of several boys being taught to impersonate the long lost prince of the kingdom.  In the end only one of them will be chosen . . .


The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow Books, 1996)

Gen is a skilled thief whose been roped into a mission for the king’s magus–whether he wishes it or not.  Great first person political fantasy, and the series only gets better!


The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (Chicken House, 2000)

Two orphan children on the run meet a clever and charming character called the Thief Lord.  He and his secrets will change the children’s lives forever.


The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2012)

When Louisa’s father is accused of stealing and dragged off to jail, it’s up to her to discover who’s really been behind things disappearing.


Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier (Amulet, 2011)

This is the legend of Peter Nimble , one of the greatest thieves that ever lived, and how he sought out his destiny with the help of his fantastic eyes.


Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale (Bloomsbury, 2010)

Like most Jacks of fairy tale legend, this Jack has been known to pull a fast one, and this time it lands him in supremely hot what.  It’ll be up to Rapunzel and her trusty braids to help get this hapless thief out of another mess.


Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (Simon Pulse, c1983)

While our main character is not a thief, one of her best friends is the King of Thieves.  Charming, handsome, and with a heart of gold, George Cooper shows up in all four volumes of this quartet.


The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas (HarperCollins, 2008)

It may take one thief to catch another!  When Conn is caught picking the pocket of a wizard, he never expected to wind up as the wizard’s apprentice.  But can he figure out who is stealing all the magic in the land?

That’s ten thieves for you today.  What other popular thieves can you think of?


About Stephanie Whelan

I'm a children's librarian with a life-long love of all things science fiction and fantasy.

Posted on August 6, 2013, in General Posts, Lists and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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