From Sarah Prineas, the author of the acclaimed Magic Thief series, comes a stunning new tween fantasy series where books literally come to life! The powerful Lost Books are infecting the rest with an evil magic, and one boy must save not only the books but the entire kingdom. Prineas returns to her classic middle grade roots with this imaginative, fast-paced adventure for book lovers everywhere.
One strange morning, Alex finds the current librarian dead, and soon after, the book his mentor was reading attacks him! Something dark is afoot. But Alex’s plans to get to the bottom of things are foiled when the duchess refuses to keep him. Just as they’re kicking him out, Alex finds a letter from the queen asking his now dead master to become the new royal librarian... and knows this is his chance.
Alex arrives at the palace library only to discover that now all books have come to life. And the powerful, and thought to be destroyed, Lost Books are infecting the rest with an evil magic. As the infected weather books attack with lightning bolts, the sword-fighting books brandish steel, and the books about explosives... well, you know. Alex must find out who has awoken the books and wants to send their readers to their doom. If Alex can stop them, he can find a way to save not only the new young queen but the entire kingdom. A job fit only for a librarian.
Sarah Prineas is from Iowa City, where she works at the University. She is married to John Prineas, a physics professor, and she says the evil device in Magic Thief bears a striking resemblance to some of his laboratory equipment. They have two children. The Magic Thief is her first novel.