THIEF EYES by Janni Lee Simner


Age Range: 12 - 15
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When 16-year-old Haley accompanies her geologist father to Iceland, she’s determined to discover exactly what happened the previous year when her mother disappeared. She finds that out, as well as discovering that she, too, is in danger from a centuries-old magical spell. Simner’s second book, a fantasy set in modern times but rooted in ancient Icelandic sagas, has great reader appeal. The plot is compelling—a page-turner that catapults Haley and Ari, an attractive Icelandic berserker, from crisis to crisis. The main characters and the animals—natural and mythological—are engaging but may not satisfy those looking for a fully developed cast. The climax is a humdinger, and while the resolution is bittersweet, it makes sense and is consistent with the magical rules of the book. There’s some innocent romance to pique reader interest, while dark magic will attract readers who enjoy touches of Norse mythology in their fantasy reading. Liberties taken with Norse mythology are explained in the text and author’s note. Light, romantic fiction with an engaging fantasy punch. (Fantasy. 12-15)

Pub Date: April 27th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-375-86670-8
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2010


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