Herr der Diebe

ISBN: 3791504576
ISBN 13: 9783791504575
By: Cornelia Funke

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"Du bist also wirklich der Herr der Diebe", sagte der Fremde leise. "Nun gut, behalte deine Maske auf, wenn du dein Gesicht nicht zeigen möchtest. Ich sehe auch so, dass du sehr jung bist."

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Cornelia Funke is a great story teller, no doubt. This was a very fun book, full of elements to pique one's interest. It was chosen by staff at my daugter's school as one of the "Battle of the Books" reading promotion and competition.I just have to mention, though, that Cornelia Funke's writing doesn't quite sit right with me, though. (I felt this way about Inkheart and Inkspell as well.) Her moral framework is not...to the standards I would like. Although it may be reality that sometimes even good people lie or steal, etc., those are not the kind of traits I want my children to emulate. It would be one thing if these things were written into the story in such a way as to describe or explore the complexities of human character and a person's heart (which would make it an entirely different book, and probably one children wouldn't be interested in). But it is not written that way. Rather, all of these things are presented as just the way things are. To a young mind it would be another imprint, another example of mediocre morals being acceptable and just "the way things are." It may be the way things are in a lot of the world around us, but somehow to have it put in writing makes it a little too concrete. It's not the way things must be. We can choose to be different. This is not a book I will hand to my daughter. It won't be the end of the world if she finds it and reads it. It's not like it's outright damaging or that there's anything obscene in it. It's just the subtle message..."even the good guys can stoop to do bad things, but it's okay."


I am not sure why I picked this up to reread. I have a sneaking suspicion that the first time I read this I was sick and unable to concentrate and I skipped to the ending without reading the last quarter or so of the book. No wonder that when I thought about the story I thought it had an unsatisfying ending, too magical, I thought. Well, I was wrong. This is a well told adventure that takes place in Venice about a gang of street kids. Actually they are a pretty harmless lot and and they rely on their leader, the Thief Lord, to help them survive. They live in an abandoned theater and the thief lord brings them things he has stolen to either use or to pawn so they can eat and be comfortable. Two of the children are new to the gang, having runaway from their home in Germany. Their mother has just died and their aunt wants to adopt the younger child and send the older one to boarding school. Determined that they shall stay together the older child, Prosper, decides they shall escape to Venice, a city about which their mother often told them wondrous stories. The story revolves around how they try to stay out of the clutches of their aunt and uncle. A second storyline is about the gang's attempt to steal something but I don't want to give too much away. The characters are well drawn and the story is enchanting. A must read for anyone who loves Venice and mysteries.


** spoiler alert ** Why I decided to read the book :I decided to read the book the thief lord because my friend had recommended to me that this book could complete a category on my bingo board and i wanted to read something adventurous.Bingo Board:The category on the bingo board that this book completes is a book that teaches me about another culture or history. I think that having this category on the bingo board is a good idea because books like these educate us about other cultures by reading.Favorite quote:My Favorite quote from the book is “Are you really going to catch us and take us back to Esther? We don’t belong to her, you know.” Embarrassed, Victor stared at his shoes. “Well, children all have to belong to somebody,” he muttered. “Do you belong to someone?”“That’s different.”“Because you’re a grown-up?” I like this quote because Prosper is standing up for himself against Victor Getz when he tries to find Bo. i think that this quote is really important because we shouldn't have to listen to adults if they are wrong and we (kids) are right also we shouldn't have to belong to an adult we are all free and belong to ourselvesSomething I learnt: I didn't learn much from the book but i did learn that you don't have to be an adult to have your freedom, no matter what age you are you can still have fun and also we should keep our words if we say we promise to do something.Favourite character:My favorite character from the book was Prosper because prosper was separated from him little brother Bo and he promised him that he wouldn't leave him with their aunt this shows us that Prosper is trustworthy. Prosper tends to worry excessively, but is mature for his age. Prosper is sensitive and does not like stealing. Prosper forbids Bo from stealing, worrying that Esther would have reason to point out Prosper is turning him into a thief.

Hyunjun Ku

The best-selling author, Cornelia Funke, introduces a story of two orphans and some other orphans of venice who gets the help of a mysterious charactor theif lord and is followed by a dectective named Victor. This book tells of the truth of the past. Enjoy the land of fantasy and thrills of thief lord. As the dectective tries to follow the thief lord, the thief lord gets away as the story continues. He has the responsibility of taking care of the orphans. This book reminds me of a book called 'Hong-gil-dong Jun'. In the book 'Hong-gil-dong Jun' the main charactor Hong-gil-dong feels responsible for every single person, so he uses his strange skills and steals food and divides it with the poor. This is why I think this 'Hong-gil-dong Jun' could be related to theif lord. I strongly recommend the Theif lord to everybody because it is a book full of great fantasies and a lot of thrills. Come in to the world of fantasy!


I was told to start with this book, but began with Inkheart instead. Inkheart is entirely of a different variety, totally magical, but this one is destined to be the classic. Set in the streets of Venice, this book has it all: Italian culture, street savvy kids, the Robin Hood-like notion of stealing from the rich to give to the poor, all the while echoing a sort of Les Miserables-like Griviche type thing.Everybody loves a gang of orphans! These orphans live in a run down movie theater and rule the streets of Venice, while their leader steals from rich families around the area to support them. Two new boys are taken in by the gang, which also means a private detective (sort of a Lou Grant a la Mary Tyler Moore character, gruff on outside but totally soft on the edges), trails them from afar, one espresso at a time.There are specialty shops all around the place, fountains, marble and antiques, mansions and canals, and of course, that romantic run down movie house as a back drop. In a world of wanna-be clever kids books that try to hard (Searching for Vermeer...blark--teach kids about art and Chicago, but make the story better than this...)this book is a classic reminder not to over look the basic archetypes and plot structures which have satisfied and guided reader and writers alike for centuries. Everybody likes a hero--and sometimes it's easier to take a spoon full of sugar to help the medicine go down: I bet tons of kids read this or had it read to them, and through unknowing osmosis, could now tell you a thing or two about Venician culture, artifact and landscape. Kiss that tired geosafari goodbye and remember how you learned what a moore was, and found that Yorkshire was a real place--you heard about it in a book!

Melon Manis

Anak-anak sering tidak sabar ingin cepat dewasa.Karena jika sudah dewasa, boleh melakukan banyak hal, serta tidak melulu diperintah dan dilarang oleh orang dewasa. Bebas.Sebaliknya, orang dewasa pun adakalanya ingin kembali menjadi anak-anak.Tak perlu memikul tanggung jawab orang dewasa, tak banyak hal yang perlu dipikirkan dan dipertimbangkan. Bebas. Herr der Diebe (atau dalam rilisan Indonesia diterjemahkan menjadi Pangeran Pencuri), membawa tema demikian. Bagaimana anak-anak dan orang dewasa ingin bertukar posisi. Tokoh-tokoh utama dalam novel ini adalah anak-anak jalanan, yang di antaranya kabur dari keluarga karena tidak ingin diasuh famili yang sebenarnya tidak peduli dengan mereka. Dalam kumpulan mereka, ada tokoh yang dianggap idola dan dijadikan panutan, yaitu Scipio alias sang Pangeran Pencuri.Scipio juga anak-anak seperti mereka. Tetapi kehadirannya yang bak Robin Hood, tiba-tiba datang berkunjung membawakan benda-benda yang bisa mereka jual, kemudian pergi lagi entah ke mana, memposisikan Scipio bagai pemimpin mereka. Belum lagi topeng yang kerap ia gunakan menambah kesan berkharisma.Situasi yang lalu mereka alami yang melibatkan seorang detektif sampai bangsawan tua, perlahan merenggangkan hubungan anak-anak yang lain dengan Scipio, apalagi setelah identitas si Pangeran Pencuri diketahui oleh mereka.Sebenarnya benda apa yang diincar si bangsawan tua, sampai ia tega berbuat apapun?Hal yang saya suka dari novel ini adalah poin bahwa 'orang dewasa sering lupa bahwa mereka dulunya juga anak-anak'.Karena lupa, maka sering memperlakukan anak-anak tanpa ingat bagaimana mereka dulu ingin diperlakukan.Anak-anak, walau sudut pandang dan pengalamannya belum sekaya orang dewasa, bukan berarti mereka tidak bisa menilai dan tidak bisa berpendapat.Dan yang terpenting, bukan berarti penilaian dan pendapat mereka tidak bermakna :DSeandainya komunikasi dengan anak-anak juga melibatkan pemikiran dan pendapat mereka, mungkin tidak ada Scipio yang terus berpikir ingin lekas jadi orang dewasa dan tidak membutuhkan fase anak-anak :))

Minne Chu

The Thief Lord is a story I've read written by Cornelia Furnke. It is a fiction and is also a fantasy thriller. In the Thief Lord, two orphan brothers ran away to Venice from their aunt and uncle. Because of this, Bo and his older brother, Prosper, ran away from them and went to Venice because of their mother's fantastical stories of Venice. One day, they meets an orphan girl called Hornet, and meets other many orphans; Riccio, Mosca, and their leader, who calls himself the Thief Lord. The orphans go on an adventure that threatens the orphans' happiness, and shows the orphans a great treasure that can change one's life.. and then for the next part, you can read the book and find out now.This book is fun and is a good story to me at first. It was a thrilling and fun book. I kept reading and it became more and more engaging. Then suddenly it became so boring. I don't enjoy reading fantasy books, especially something about magicians, like Harry Potter. But at first, I thought that this book was not a fantasy book, so I was so happy and enjoyed reading. But when I read nearly to the end, I realized that this contained fantasy! Sometimes, I enjoy reading full-fantasy books too(if it's not about magicians). But I really didn't like when those who doesn't has any magic at all suddenly meets a fairy-tale-like something and then it ends in this book. I wished that the orphans solve the problems they have for each of themselves. And also, I wanted for the writer to teach us that if we all gather our small powers, it can be really strong. But at the end, it kind of breaks. I could see the writer trying to make the gathering a little bit more, but still it broke apart. Even if the end was not so good to me, the rest was really fun. It reminded me of Venice, where I went on a trip a few weeks before. The story often tells about Venice's old houses and the Vaporetto, and the Rialto Bridge, and it's really in Venice. It's the similarities of the story's Venice and the 'real' Venice. However, the gorgeous house which is shown at this book is not in 'real' Venice. (Well.. It is a fiction..but there were no gorgeous houses in Venice!! Not even one!!) Well, there might be some houses that are a little more richer than others, but there were no really big houses with a gorgeous door like a house at The Thief Lord. That is the difference between the 'real' Venice and the book's Venice.I recommend this for someone who likes adventures. That's because there are a lots of adventures in this book. Also, I recommend this for someone who knows the Italian language well because there are some Italian words in the book and you have to find the meaning at the back of the book to know what it means! It really irked me because I don't know Italian language. I also recommend this book for somebody who likes fantasy AND a realistic fiction, and likes a book mixed up with both of them. That's because this book is realistic at first, but has fantasy at the end. It is mixed up. If you don't like just one, this book would be boring to you. This book made me think that if we gather each of our small powers, we can do anything. (Even if the end doesn't really mentions this..) If we don't gather our powers, our own powers are so weak that we cannot do anything except just follow orders and do as we are told."He had given himself a name that everyone had to call him. It was 'The Thief Lord.'" Yes, The Thief Lord.


I was recommended this book years ago by my roommate and finally got around to reading it. A tale of charm, intrigue and adventure set in Venice, Italy. It follows two runaway brothers who travel to Venice after their mother has died. They travel to the magical city their mother always told them about and to escape their aunt and uncle, a cold unfeeling couple who only have an interest in the five year old Bo and his angelic looks. Prosper, not even in his teens was to be disposed of in boarding school, splitting up the brothers. Once in Venice, cold and hungry, they are taken in by a gang of street orphans and their leader, Scipio, better known as the Thief Lord. The book follows the children through an adventure, stealing a desired item for a wealthy client, trying to avoid a snoopy private detective on the hunt for Bo and Prosper, the police and a bevy of other threats. There is a bit of magic thrown in the latter half of the book, making it all the richer, a great quick read.

Sandee (The Whimsical Reader)

Venice would be one of the places I'd visit before I die.The story of The Thief Lord weaved wonderfully with the gorgeous city of Venice.If this story had been in a different location it might not have been as appealing.I love it when a book takes me to places I have never been before.I rarely travel so that factor is very important to me.This book did just that.It took me straight to Venice.Not only did it take me to Venice, I felt like I was right in the midst of the story.Like I was one of the kids who lived in the old cinema.The story began with the Hartliebs seeking Victor Getz's services in locating Prosper and Bo, the sons of Mrs. Harlieb's deceased sister.Prosper and Bo ran away because their aunt wanted to adopt Bo but not Prosper.Prosper not wanting to leave his brother with their aunt decided to run away with Bo to Venice which was a city their mother loved dearly.While in Venice, the brothers met Hornet who took sanctuary in an abandoned movie theater along with other children who were either orphans or abandoned.The kids from the theater were cared for and helped by the Thief Lord.He steals from the rich people of Venice and gives it to them so they would have food to eat.The plot thickens when the Thief Lord was asked to find a missing piece from an antique collection.It was a very interesting read for me.I got my copy as a gift for Christmas.(Thanks jzhunagev! :D)I didn’t know what to expect when I opened this book.I thought it was something like Harry Potter but it wasn’t.I have read another book of Cornelia Funke which was Inkheart.I liked Inkheart so I was expecting to like The Thief Lord too.So I was not at all that surprised when I found myself liking this book.It was not really that original for me because I watched Neverland (a TV movie) which was somehow similar to this.Neverland was like a different version of Peter Pan.Peter there was an orphan who grew up with a bunch other kids who were care for by a thief.Things got messed up when they got a hold of a magic ball which turned out to be a portal to Neverland.And in this case they were looking for a broken wooden wing for the merry-go-around.They were different but the same at the same time.The characters for me were very distinct from each other.Each of them had their own distinguishing characteristic.Prosper would have to be my favorite character.I could relate to his character because I have younger siblings too that I need to protect.I also liked the detective Victor.At first I thought he was an evil man but turns out he was the opposite of that.I liked his two pet tortoises.It was a really cute touch.I liked the setting, the characters but I had a bit of a problem with the magical stuff that happens near the end of the book.Why did she have to put it near the end of the book?Why now?Why not earlier?It was a good twist but then again, it doesn’t jive with the rest of the book.It was like a different puzzle piece that was forced to fit the puzzle that was missing a piece.Anyways, I thought this book was still good.The setting and the characters made this book a success.This book was not bad but then again its not one of my favorites.I still prefer Inkheart over this one.I did enjoy it.This is the first book I’ve read about Venice and it didn’t disappoint me.I look forward to reading more of Cornelia Funke's work in the future.


Ages: 8 - 12Format: CDCornelia Funke's "The Thief Lord" reads like a modern-day Oliver Twist story for children (with an added splash of fantasy). It centers around two young boys from Germany who are recently orphaned. They do not like the relatives they are forced to live with, so they run away to Venice, a city that provides a rich backdrop for the novel. In Venice, the boys, Bo and Prospero, run across a gang of young orphans led by a slighter older boy known as the Thief Lord. The group commits petty crimes and lives in an abandoned movie theater. As the plot progresses, the group finds out some interesting things about the Thief Lord's background and gets tangled up in situations that are much larger than they are prepared to deal with. This book would be perfect to read to elementary school students. There is plenty of imagery that will encourage children to imagine the setting and physical appearance of the characters. The story will engage readers because it deals with children breaking all kinds of laws, a concept that most children, especially boys, are fascinated by. The reader for the audio version of the book was effective and did a good job changing his voice for different characters. However, his intense British accent didn't quite fit the book, considering that the protagonists are from Germany and the book takes place in Venice. Having a British reader was slightly distracting. An Italian or German reader probably would have been more appropriate.

Taylor Natkin

The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke, is a fantasy novel about a two orphaned kids. After being told Prosper, a boy around twelve years of age, and his younger brother, Bo, were going to be separated through adoption, they run away to Venice, Italy. Nearing winter, Prosper believed he would have to turn themselves in to save his little brother, who was ill. Luckily, the boys were saved by a young girl, with the nickname Hornet. She brought them to her hideout, which held two more boys. Their leader Scipio, the Thief Lord, does what he says he's best at, and keeps the children safe by stealing and selling. Little did the children know that their lives would change forever after being offered five million lire for stealing something sentimental for an elderly man. With this, the adventure began. The children learn the dark truth of the Thief Lord, and how he came to be, and they find something powerful that will change their lives forever. The plot of the novel was well thought out. You have this group of kids, and at first you don't know where the story is going. Then this one little thing happens that changes the whole book, from the children having a pretty simple and quiet life, to much running and excitement. As the novel moves forward, you begin to understand that the characters are stuck making a very important decision: will you do everything in your power to keep yourself safe and out of trouble, or are you willing to give up your childhood for the ones you love, and to keep THEM safe. "Do you sometimes wish you were grown- up?" was the question Prosper often asked. Would he be willing to give everything up to stay with his brother? This novel teaches you that there's more to life than wanting good for yourself, and if you only want for yourself, there won't be much good at all. It's about others, because they're the ones that keep life going. There is always another reason to keep going. The author, Cornelia Funke, did an amazing job writing this novel. She knew just when to add little hints to the story to pull you in, and to keep you wanting more. For example, when you first meet Scipio, the Thief Lord, you don't know anything about him. He's a mystery. You begin to wonder why he's protecting these children and how he can possibly make so much money stealing being only a kid. Funke, slowly unfolding the truth, makes it so it is absolutely impossible to put the book down. She brings magic to Venice, and life to the characters. In opinion, I believe that Funke's style of writing is brilliant. She chooses exactly the right words, and she puts them in a way that makes you feel as if the book is coming alive.


Orang dewasa tidak ingat lagi, bagaimana rasanya,menjadi anak-anak.Walaupun mereka mengaku begitu.Mereka tidak tahu lagi. Percayalah padaku.Mereka sudah lupa semuanya.Betapa dunia dahulu berkesan lebih besar bagi mereka.Betapa repotnya memanjat ke atas kursi.Bagaimana rasanya kalau harus selalu menengadah?Lupa.Mereka tidak tahu lagi.Kau pun akan melupakannya.Kadang-kadang orang dewasa bercerita, betapa indahnyaketika mereka masih anak-anak.Mereka bahkan bermimpi menjadi anak-anak lagi.Tetapi apa yang mereka mimpikan ketika masih anak-anak?Tahukan kau?Aku rasa, mereka bermimpi ingin cepat-cepat dewasa.Kata-kata ini mengawali kisah yang terjalin di buku ini. Kisah tentang kakak beradik yatim piatu Prosper & Bo, yang meninggalkan rumah Bibinya menuju kota rembulan, Venezia. Kota yang selalu mereka ingin datangi dan mimpikan hanya dengan mendengar cerita ttg Venezia dari sang Ibunda.Kehidupan Prosper & Bo berubah saat di Venezia mereka bertemu dengan Riccio, Mosca & Tawon serta Scipio yang selalu menyebut dirinya Pangeran Pencuri. Yang menghidupkan ke 4 temannya dari hasil mencuri.Pertualangan semakin seru saat Bibi Esther, Ibu Angkat Prosper & Bo menyewa seorang detektif handal, Victor Getz. Dan itu belum cukup. Seorang pedagang antik yang tukang tipu, seorang conte yang misterius dan seorang fotografer wanita aneh, melengkapi petualangan mereka.Membaca buku ini benar-benar membuat gw berada di Kota Rembulan Venesia. Penggambaran Venesia detil sekali digambarkan oleh Funke. Tidak sekedar menceritakan fantasi tapi di sini Funke menyelipkan bagaimana Prosper sebagai kakak melindungi adiknya. Pertemanan yang tulus. Dan menunjukan bahwa orang tidak pernah puas dengan apa yang dimilikinya sekarang. Anak-anak yang ingin cepat dewasa karena peraturan yang mengekangnya dan orang dewasa yang ingin kembali ke masa kanak-kanaknya karena merasa masa kanak-kanaknya tidak sebahagia yang dipikirkan.


Book of the Year Awards... Really? Is it unsympathetic of me to think that this book is... childish? How reductive should authors of children's lit be?I've been working with a young student this summer, and The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke, is a big favorite on the sixth grade circuit. This particular boy had chosen it for summer reading, and so I picked up a copy for myself.Enh.Billed as a "fantastical journey" through "the magical underworld of Venice, Italy", The Thief Lord follows a pair of orphaned boys on the run from their condescending aunt. They survive with the help of a small gang of children run by one boy, Scipio, who takes on the titular moniker. Trouble comes their way, though, as the boys' aunt hires a detective to track them down and as the gang discovers a secret that their leader has been hiding.Ok: Venice, gangs of child thieves, possessive relatives on the prowl... Prime fixin's for a romantic vision; sounds like the makings of a Dickensian tale. But as the story reveals itself--strict, impatient fathers; detectives with fake moustaches; grumpy shopkeepers--the more cliche and the less compelling it becomes.The Thief Lord doesn't run too deep. It's a fun tale that takes the reader through modern day Venice, and it seems to begin and end there: a fun tale. Well, a fun tale for kids. Everyone acts like children in this novel. Even the grumpy grown-ups. Especially the grumpy grown-ups.Even as a cultural piece (Venice!), the novel falls short. Aside from a few choice phrases in Italian, Funke doesn't take advantage of the opportunity to educate her readers (young and old) the way she could. The novel bounces from piazza to ponte, but everything--settings, characters, etc..--feels vague and undefined.Do I recommend this? Not really.Would I teach this? Nope.Lasting impression: The world of The Thief Lord didn't glow with it's own hidden knowledge the way Pullman or Rowling's worlds do. Characters move impulsively. "Brilliant" ideas don't seem so brilliant. Plot twists rely too much on coincidence and contrivances. Enh.

Jihyeon Oh

The book I’m currently reading now is ‘The Thief Lord’ by an author called ‘Cornella Funke.’ This book’s genre is fiction and takes place in the city of Venice, Italy. Prosper, one of the main characters is a boy who is twelve years old and has ran away from his aunt and uncle with his little brother, Bo since they were trying to adopt Bo and put Prosper in a boarding school. Victor, the detective who tries to find Prosper and Bo likes to boast about himself and Scipio, the thief lord, also the leader of the group takes care of them by providing a shelter and provisions with the stolen goods. In the book, Prosper and Bo, whose mother had passed away has come to Venice to live their dreams. They met good friends like Riccio, Hornet, Scipio and Mosco but their aunt and uncle tracked them to Italy. The aunt and uncle hire a detective to chase the children down. I think this book is very interesting and entertaining because it is about two orphaned brothers’ adventure! Also, the detective who follows them increases the interest of the book. The thief lord steals many precious things from people, and supports his friends. He makes infallible plans and succeeds every time he steals. This scene has reminded me of the film ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox.’ Fantastic Mr. Fox also steals a bunch of chickens from the farmers and makes an impeccable plan of luring a guarding dog with a blueberry filled with sleeping pill and gets into the farm without anyone noticing. There are some other connections between the thief lord and the fantastic Mr. Fox. First of all, both of them steal. While the thief lord steals valuables from people, Mr. Fox steals a few chickens from a farmer. Second, they are both poor as well. Mr. Fox steals foods because it is hard to live on without stealing. The thief lord steals valuables since he is responsible for his companions and has to take care of them. Thirdly, they hide something from their family. The thief lord kept the fact that he is the son of a rich man and Mr. Fox didn’t tell his family that he was stealing chickens and was instead going to the book party to his wife. This is such an amazing book. If you are thinking about whether to read this book or not, go for it immediately! You will never regret it. This book taught me an important lesson that we shouldn’t lie to our family. Lastly, I’d like to share my favorite quote from the book with you. “We all belong together. Your problems are our problems.” This quote is spoken by one of the characters ‘Hornet.’ This is important to me because it gave me hope and huge impression.

Clarissa Amabel

What a wonderful story!My favorite character, aside from the kids, is Venice herself. Cornelia Funke has weaved her story so brilliantly in a gorgeous setting, describing the city as if it had its own personality. I think the story wouldn't be as awesome if it were set somewhere else. The mystery that is Venice, the beauty that is Venice... it took my breath away more than once. I also adore the simple illustrations that began each chapter, allowing us a glimpse of the wonderful world these kids live in.Ah, the kids. My favorite out of the children has to be Prosper. I imagine him to be this sort-of emo kid who doesn't talk much but has very sharp wits and cares for his brother with his life. Um, maybe the emo part is not very cool, but I love him anyway. And what kind of name is Prosper? It sounds just splendid on your lips, doesn't it? I bet my Chinese grandparents would love that name.The story itself is spellbinding, for me. I love to imagine how it would be, living in an abandoned movie theater with a bunch of friends. I imagined it a bit like August Rush and his hideout. Cornelia Funke has also created some action scenes that made my heart rush and my eyes read several lines at once, just because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.Truly, though, the gold nugget lies with the story's characters. Victor the detective with his kindness and two pet tortoises, Ida the quirky bachelorette, and of course the Thief Lord himself, Scipio. Beautiful characters, with fun personalities.The only problem that I sort of have with the book is the near ending, where the plot twist happens. The fantasy part was a bit out of tune with the rest of the book. I also didn't really like how Barbarossa got whatever he wanted--I'm a bit old fashioned, I think villains should be punished :pBut that said, the book managed to keep me up until 5.30 in the morning, and hopefully I'll dream of Venice tonight. How I long to run my fingers across the stone walls that hold so many stories! How I long to gaze at the proud winged lions that keep the city safe! How... strange that I am writing like this.

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