Magic of Thieves: Legends of Dimmingwood, Book 1

Rated 3.88/5 based on 8 reviews
In a province where magic is forbidden and its possessors are murdered by the cruel Praetor, young Ilan, born with the powerful gift of her ancestors, has only one hope for survival. Concealment. In the shadow of Dimmingwood, she finds temporary protection with a band of forest brigands led by the infamous outlaw Rideon the Red Hand. More
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About C. Greenwood

USA TODAY bestselling author C. Greenwood started writing stories shortly after learning her ABCs and hasn't put down her pen since. After falling in love with the fantasy genre more than a decade ago, she began writing sword and sorcery novels. The result was the birth of her best known works, the Legends of Dimmingwood series. In addition to her writing, Ms. Greenwood is a wife and mom and a graphic designer.

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***Fantasy Works by C. Greenwood***

(Legends of Dimmingwood Series)

Magic of Thieves ~ Book I
Betrayal of Thieves ~ Book II
Circle of Thieves ~ Book III
Redemption of Thieves ~ Book IV
Journey of Thieves ~ Book V
Rule of Thieves ~ Book VI

(Catalysts of Chaos Series)

Mistress of Masks ~ Book I
Betrayer of Blood ~ Book II *Coming soon*
Summoner of Storms ~ Book III *Coming soon*

Learn more about C. Greenwood

Reviews of Magic of Thieves: Legends of Dimmingwood, Book 1 by C. Greenwood

Travis Siegel reviewed on April 29, 2021

According to goodreads, I'd read this book back in 2014, only I don't remember a thing about this book, so either I didn't read it, (possible, but not likely, since I'm very careful about adding books to the read category after the major fubar with my initial import from shelfari, or the book was so mundane, I simply forgot the story entirely. Well, unfortunately, the second possibility is quite likely. The story isn't a bad one, but it's not exactly a memorable one either. If you're looking for a new series to read, don't give this one a pas on my say so, but if you want something with lots of action, high society, and lots of memorable scenes, I'd say give this one a pass.
(review of free book)
M. Pars reviewed on Aug. 27, 2018

I kept waiting for the story to pick up, but it just never did. Definitely not a stay-up-all-night tale. Three stars for effort.
(review of free book)
Clinton A. Seeber reviewed on Sep. 26, 2017

It's kind of short, but it's okay. Kind of reminds me of the "Fable" video game on X-Box. I'm not disappointed - just not blown away. I already have book two and shall read it also.
(review of free book)
crpgnut reviewed on March 6, 2014

This is 1/4 of a full length novel broken into four pieces and being sold for $9. That's pretty expensive for a new author. You will not get to read a full book, but a sample.

Outside of this, the little novella is fine. It takes a couple hours to read and not a whole lot goes on except a teenage girl with a tiny bit of magic makes a bunch of stupid decisions because of immaturity and pays the consequences. No romance to speak of, in case that interests some readers.
(review of free book)
Dark Rider reviewed on July 13, 2013

This was a great read, I found the plot, the characters, pretty much everything about it enjoyable - and because this was the free version, it didn't bother me that I finished the read in not much over an hour.

But as much as loved this book, even if I could afford the rest I don't think I'd buy them. Ebooks seem to be way thinner page-wise than the paperbacks I read these days. I understand both sides of it I think, cheaper production and lower sale price. But I'm not willing to pay $9 for the next three in the series when all four could have been easily combined and sold as a single $6 paperback at any big-box shop.

That said, it WAS a great read! Read this one even if you don't read the others and if you've got money to burn read them all and tell the poor among us (me :) ) what happens to Ilan!
(review of free book)
Christine Cooney reviewed on Jan. 28, 2013

This book is a first person narrative revolving around a female character named Ilan. She is a young magicker and unfortunately the Praetor has ordered their cleansing. As such Ilan loses her parents and she has to travel to another village to be with others like herself. On the way there the cart Ilan is travel in is attacked by bandits and she is the lone survivor of the attack. Ilan grows up with the bandits, but since they don’t possess magic Ilan has to figure out her magic on her own. During her time there Ilan inadvertently discovers a traveling magicker who offers her a chance to learn about her powers and to develop them. But to do so she has to leave her bandit home, a choice that would lead her to be hunted by the bandits themselves and killed before she could tell of their hiding places.

The book is short and feels like the beginnings of a much larger book. There are other books planned to follow, but part of me wishes the next book could have just been added to this one. Still the descriptions the author uses in this book are wonderful. There’s just enough to help you picture the world without it being overwhelming.

I didn’t realize that Ilan’s true birth name was never mentioned in the book. It took a re-reading to confirm this fact, a testament to the author’s skill to word things so I didn’t take note of it at the time. (The name Ilan is given to her by the leader of the bandit camp, since she refused to speak and give her name.)

Ilan makes some mistakes in the book that made me wince. I’m not sure if it’s because of her personality, or some bout of rebelliousness brought about during her teen years. However it was refreshing to read a character making mistakes and having the face the consequences of them.

I have always loved a good medieval fantasy book and this quenched my appetite very nicely. I’m eager for the next book to see what happens next. The magical bow presented at the end seems like a very interesting concept that I’m looking forward to the author expanding on, along with finding out what Ilan’s magical abilities will fully become.

In summary it’s a very good start of hopefully a longer story.
(review of free book)
Suzanne reviewed on Jan. 7, 2013

I enjoyed it. I too will be looking for the rest of the series.
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aramide reviewed on Dec. 29, 2012

It was a good story as firsts go, i'm guessing it picks up even more in the coming sequels. Fans of David Eddings would really enjoy this series. i'm going hunting for the others. Pls put them on smashwords, thanks.
(review of free book)

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