Reviews for Legend Thief

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
Twelve-year-old Sky and his friends hunt monsters, but things are not as clear-cut as they seem. Everyone--including renowned hunter Alexander Drake and feared monster Bedlam--has secret motives. The constant action is exciting, but it's difficult to keep all the characters and their allegiances straight, and an ill-defined setting leaves the whole story somewhat weightless.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 December #2
After moving to Exile and watching his Uncle Phineas get attacked then disappear (Return to Exile, 2011), Sky learned that monsters are real. A year later, he is monster-hunting with his friends when a greater threat comes to light. Morton, Phineas' foe and father of the imprisoned Hunter of Legend Solomon Rose, intends to free his son and bring to fruition Solomon's nefarious plan to claim the powers that the monster Legend had held over "all other forces and nature itself." The only threat to the agenda is Legend's son, Bedlam, who is physically incapacitated but able to Edgewalk and thus possess another's body. Sky's oddities make him the most likely host; therefore, Morton wants Sky dead. Fans of the first book will continue to root for snarky, wily Sky; new readers will thrill at the monster clashes--especially the one that occurs in the middle of the homecoming game (Sky's bossy, cheerleader sister leads players and hunters forward in team formation: "Hike!"). All will continue to be perplexed by the complex back story and the confusing cast of characters and monsters who change loyalties, identities and shapes. Some threads are left dangling, no doubt to be tied up in future installments, and another plot twist is revealed in the epilogue to hook readers. Alas, many will be unwilling to return to Exile. (Fantasy. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2013 January

Gr 5-8--Sky Weathers and his band of monster hunters are about to face another challenge. Bedlam, an ancient and powerful beast able to enter his victim's mind and steal it, is on his way to Exile with his army of monsters. He was trapped in a chrysalis hundreds of years ago, but now his spirit is free. He is coming for Sky, because the 12-year-old possesses both the Hunter's Mark and the Eye of Legend Mark. If he takes over Sky's body, he will be even more powerful than if he can regain his own. The Hunters of Exile are determined to stop Bedlam, and their solution is to kill Sky before Bedlam can reach Exile. As Sky and his friends search for another way to save Exile, they also uncover a deeper, more sinister plot-one that reveals a traitor in the Hunters' midst. This novel is a nonstop action adventure with lots of imagination and unique mythology. The myriad cast is interesting, though Sky is the obvious focus and the most developed. Kids won't care, though, because this is not the kind of book you read for depth of character. Though it would be best to read the series in order, it's not imperative. Give this inventive fantasy to fans of Scott Mebus's Gods of Manhattan (Dutton, 2008), Suzanne Collins's Gregor the Overlander (Scholastic, 2003), and Jenny Nimmo's "Charlie Bone" series (Scholastic), and watch it fly off the shelves faster than a Piebald.--Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL

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