The Shadowhand Covenant (The Vengekeep Prophecies) by Brian Farrey

9780062049292_38354 The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey
The Vengekeep Prophecies, #1
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
Pages: 416 Trade Paperback
Date Published: October 22nd, 2013 (Orig. 2012)
Publisher: Harper

Forget what you know about prophecies-this Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year is an epic middle-grade fantasy about a clumsy boy born into a family of thieves that’s fresh, fun, and anything but predictable!

Jaxter Grimjinx is a born thief. At least, he’s supposed to be. For generations, the Grimjinx clan has produced the swiftest, cleverest thieves in Vengekeep, pulling off ingenious heists without ever leaving behind enough evidence to be convicted of a crime. The problem is, Jaxter is clumsy. So clumsy that in his first solo heist, he sets the Castellan’s house on fire and lands his family in prison. Even Jaxter’s talent for breaking magical locks can’t get them out of this bind.

Then a suspiciously convenient prophecy emerges, naming the Grimjinx clan as the soon-to-be heroes of Vengekeep. It’s good enough to get his family out of the gaol, but when the doomsday prophecy starts to come true, Jaxter is pretty sure a life in the gaol would be a better fate. Now, with the help of his new friend, Callie, Jaxter will have to face down flaming monsters, a bazaar of thieves, and a renegade sorcerer to become the hero he was truly born to be.

Full of twists and turns, friendship and adventure, The Vengekeep Prophecies is the first in an unforgettable trilogy that takes everything you thought you knew about fantasy and spins it into pure magic.

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The Shadowhand Covenant by Brian Farrey
The Vengekeep Prophecies, #2
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
Pages: 384 Hardcover
Date Published: October 22nd, 2013
Publisher: Harper

Jaxter Grimjinx is back in this exciting sequel to The Vengekeep Prophecies, a “rich fantasy” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) featuring a family of thieves that “couldn’t be more likable” (Kirkus Reviews).

Trouble is brewing in the Five Provinces. Mysterious magical artifacts have gone missing from the royal vaults. Master thieves from a secret society known as the Shadowhands are disappearing. And without explanation, the High Laird has begun imprisoning the peaceful Sarosan people.

Jaxter Grimjinx suspects all these things are connected, but after the tapestry fiasco involving his family nearly destroyed Vengekeep, he knows better than to get involved. Then he and his parents receive a summons from the Shadowhands-a summons that they would be foolish to ignore-and Jaxter is thrust into the heart of the conspiracy. With the help of a few new friends and an old friend he’d rather forget, Jaxter will have to delve deep into some long-buried-and dangerous-secrets.

With more twists and turns than a palace vault and one unforgettable family of thieves, this second book in the epic Vengekeep trilogy will leave you breathless for the final installment. Bangers!

 

Brian Farrey completed his MFA in creative writing at Hamline University in St. Paul. He is the author of the teen novel With or Without You, and he’s currently an acquisitions editor at Flux Books. You can find him online at www.grimjinx.com.

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