Book Review – The Thief Lord
The Thief Lord
This is my first read by this author, and I can see why she’s quite famous for writing for children. It’s a story of two brothers who have run away after the death of their mother because their aunt only wants to adopt one of them. They go to Venice, Italy, a place their mother loved. Once there, they meet some others and the story progresses. The Thief Lord does well in creating a mood, and a feeling for the city of Venice. I’ve wanted to visit and I’d like to go there even more now. I read part of an interview yesterday where Funke said that Venice, the city itself, could be considered the main character of this novel. I can understand why, the characteristics of the city are integrated into most scenes of the book. All of the characters are likable though, while all being very different. Funke also said that she spent some time doing social working, which I’m sure helped quite a bit for this work. I would say that I never escaped into this book, but that’s okay. It is a story, and it’s a good one. I think children would really love this tale, and if I had children, this would be a great pick.