Author: John David Anderson
Length: 448 Pages
Reading Ram Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Colm has eight sisters, and two parents. In other words, their house is EXTREMELY crowded. Money is super tight, their father's job is as a shoe cobbler barely pays for the bare necessities. And of course Colm's mother doesn't work. So often the family goes without a treat for a week. Say sugar, or butter, or even (gasp) soap. Colm is tired of living in such a horrible way. He decides to go out in the market to get some money. Except he doesn't get it by working, he pickpockets off of every rich nobleman or woman in the square. When gives it too his parents, they tell the local law enforcer. Instead of him, a strange man named Finn Argos shows up at his door, offering him a choice. He can either be punished for his crime, or he can become a dungeoneer. Of course, Colm chooses the latter. The world of thievery is very complicated, thieves are only welcome at the dungeoneers castle fortress. Things are not as they should be, however, and Colm teams up with 3 other dungeoneers to pass the tests and find out what is wrong.
I did like this book, it was very creative. It told a story from a different side of view than the hero, the thieves. I really enjoyed that part, although they really didn't encounter any do-gooders that tried to catch them. But it was still interesting to me. The reason I gave it 4 out of 5 Stars, was because it was a little childish. It was probably directed towards a younger audience, but still. I would recommend this book to 4th grade to 6th grade. Just because of the age thing. But if you like Fantasy and want a different story, you could try this book.