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The book opens up with the thief Gen being locked in a prison. We are soon introduced to the Magus of Sounis, who proposes that Gen helps the King obtain the Hamiathe's Gift, a legendary stone with magical powers. The Magus's two students and one of the students' bodyguard come along. Although Gen is not liked in the beginning, eventually he makes friends with everyone but the older of the Magus's students.
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When the party reaches the river where the Magus thinks the Hamiathe's Gift is located, Gen needs three tries before he can bring back the stone to the surface. On the journey back, however, the protagonists are being hunted by a neighboring country. Soon Gen is back in a prison, but this time he plans to get out of there.
The review of this Book prepared by Monika Chitra

Gen, a thief, brags about stealing the king's seal only to be dragged out of the Shadeoak Wineshop and put in prison. He is taken out by the king's scholar and told to steal an ancient artifact known to hold the power of immortality. Along the way he tells stories and encounters frequent painful episodes. Once he has stolen the artifact not once but twice he uses it to his own advantAge and not the ones you may think.
The review of this Book prepared by Swanny

Gen, travelling with the King's Magus of Sounis and his two apprentices (and a bodyguard), takes a "professional risk" (stupid plan) to find and steal the legendary Hamiathe's Gift in order to secure fame and fortune for himself.
The review of this Book prepared by sonia

Gen is a great thief but, unfortunately, he bragged just a bit too much; he is languishing in prison in Sounis when he's offered a way out. He can help the king's Magus on his search for a magical stone called Hamiathes's Gift - which, among its other powers, will make the king of Sounis also the king of a neighboring country called Eddis. Gen agrees (what choice does he have?) and sets out with the Magus to do the near-impossible; no one has succeeded at this in the hundreds of years that people have been trying. This is a fun adventure story set in a world based closely on ancient Greece, but the best part is the twist at the end.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 40%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   magical artifact Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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