Review! The Thief’s Apprentice by Bryan Methods

19 Jul

theifapprenticeMaster Diplexito and Mr. Scant: The Thief’s Apprentice

By Bryan Methods

272 pages – ages 9+

Will be published by Carolrhoda Books on October 1, 2016

Synopsis- The Ruminating Claw. A name with no face behind it. The greatest thief London – perhaps all of England, even – has ever know. The butler at Oliver Diplexito’s house. Of course, Oliver Diplexito (and his family) didn’t know this at the time. That is, Oliver didn’t know until the Claw was in their gallery battling a man with a sword. The Claw, AKA Mr. Scant, soon figures out that Oliver knows, and through some chain of events, Oliver gets caught up in the Claw’s thieving schemes. That is, if the Claw was the actual thief. It appears as if an elitist society has been trying to steal the priceless artifacts, which the Ruminating Claw steals back, and returns. An honorable ploy, yes, but one that doesn’t leave one with no enemies…

What I Thought- This was an awesome book! It is set in the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, and has a fair amount of steampunk mixed in – most of the world is average, but the claw that Mr. Scant wears is very steampunky, along with a few other details. I like that sort of mix. The plot is very thrilling, and keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting more. The small details really make the book, as you can really imagine as if this took place yesterday, or 100 years ago, which creates a timeless sort of feel. I really enjoyed this debut from Mr. Methods, and wish to read more of the series (of course, when they come out!)

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

12 Responses to “Review! The Thief’s Apprentice by Bryan Methods”

  1. Pragmatic Mom July 19, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

    The Claw hand is a nice touch!


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks July 20, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

      It’s pretty cool! It’s actually a glove (not the type of steampunk where it’s like a prosthetic), but it’s still really neat! 🙂


  2. Pragmatic Mom July 19, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

    It reminds me of a Bruce Lee movie!


  3. Julie Grasso July 20, 2016 at 5:27 am #

    I am a bit mad for anything steam punky at the moment, as I have a manuscript in the works with a little bit of steam punk, hurrahhh.

    Liked by 1 person

    • ThisKidReviewsBooks July 20, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

      YAY! Steampunk! It’s just a really cool genre. I like that this book doesn’t overboard it either – only certain elements are steampunk. 🙂


  4. Jemima Pett July 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

    Sounds like a great book!


  5. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews July 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    I love the cover, especially all the detail in the blue background.



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