Published by HarperCollins on October 4th 2016
Number of Pages: 480
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Purchase: At Amazon
Orphan. Thief. Witch.
Twelve-year-old Quicksilver dreams of becoming the greatest thief in the Star Lands. With her faithful dog and partner-in-crime Fox, she’s well on her way—even if that constantly lands them both in trouble. It’s a lonesome life, sleeping on rooftops and stealing food for dinner, but Quicksilver doesn’t mind. When you’re alone, no one can hurt you. Or abandon you.
But the seemingly peaceful Star Lands are full of danger. Witches still exist—although the powerful Wolf King and his seven wolves have been hunting them for years. Thankfully, his bloody work is almost complete. Soon the Star Lands will be safe, free of the witches and their dark magic.
Then one day a strange old woman and her scruffy dog arrive in Quicksilver’s town and perform extraordinary magic. Real magic—forbidden and dangerous. Magic Quicksilver is desperate to learn. With magic like that, she could steal anything her heart desires. She could even find her parents.
But the old woman is not what she seems, and soon Quicksilver has to decide—will she stay at home and remain a thief? Or will she embark upon the adventure of a lifetime and become a legend?
I’m not sure what it was about this book, but it was kind of a chore to get through it. It’s not that I disliked the characters or the story, but I just kept coming up with all kinds of things to do other than read. When I was reading it, I really liked most of what was happening, and wanted to know what would happen next. But the moment my attention wandered, it was like pulling teeth to pick the book back up again.
I loved Quicksilver and Fox, they really were the best parts of the book. I didn’t care for Sly Boots all that much though. I liked the way magic worked in the book, and how all witches had a demon. It was also neat how the bones they were searching for all had personalities.
There are some sad parts in the book, a few places where you might want to have tissues handy. There are also a lot of funny moments, and sweet ones. There isn’t a lot of world-building in the book, you never really learn much beyond the very very basics, and even some of those were skipped over.
At almost 500 pages, you would expect more information about how the world works. And less dragging of the plot. I liked a number of things in the book, but they didn’t stick with me for long after finishing it.