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The Legend Thief: The Hunter Chronicles, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Frenetically paced, complex monster fantasy.

Book E. J. Patten Fantasy 2013
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THE LEGEND THIEF starts off with quite a bang. Sky bests hundreds of hunters and it's clear that a year in Exile fighting monsters, setting traps, and hanging out with his ubersmart weapon-making friends has made a real hunter out of him. It's a great, fast-paced opening, and the pace never lets up. That's good and bad. It will keep kids engaged, sure, but sometimes the storytelling suffers. Patten has many characters in play (and many aren't who they seem), so it can be really hard to take it all in at that pace. And it also allows him no chance for subtlety. For example, Sky's birthday present of a shield that repels fire is thrown at him right before he heads into a bowling alley filled with fiery monsters. Convenient.

Still, Legend Thief is a stronger book than Book 1, Return to Exile, and there's plenty here that will keep the series engaging for fantasy fans, especially as Sky and Errand's complex relationship develops.

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