Kid’s Book Review: The Thief of Farrowfell

Kid’s Book Review: The Thief of Farrowfell

About the Book and Author

This is the first book in a new series published by Faber from author Raven Guron.

Welcome to a fantasy world where edible magic is the hottest commodity, traded between those who can pay or – in the case of Jude Ripon, the youngest thief in Farrowfell – those who can steal it! An epic debut series from a FAB Prize winner. Twelve-year-old Jude Ripon has never been taken seriously by her family of magic-stealing masterminds.

To them, she’s just the youngest, only good for keeping watch while they carry out daring heists. Desperate to prove her worth, Jude decides to steal valuable magic from the fanciest house in town . . . But Jude’s stolen prize was protected by a curse which threatens to wreak havoc on the family business.

Ravena writes MG and YA, usually featuring antiheroines or snarky narrators. Growing up she always read the last page of books first, but discovering Agatha Christie in her early teens stopped that habit, igniting a love of twisty murder-mysteries with jaw-dropping endings the reader never saw coming. Ravena is a lawyer with a degree in biochemistry, and hopes to use the knowledge gained from her experiences to plot the perfect murder (for a book, of course!)

Book Review

I loved the way that even though the Ripons were magic-stealing masterminds, they are extremely relatable

The Thief of Farowell’ is a very engaging book and within the first two chapters, I was hooked. From the very first page, the book practically screamed mystery and adventure to me.

I loved the way that even though the Ripons were magic-stealing masterminds, they are extremely relatable. They argue, they have family dinners, there is one person who is never taken seriously and there is an annoying sibling. All of these qualities mirror your typical day to day family life.

I feel like the aspect of friendship is quite important because the main character, Jude, doesn’t have any friends and then she meets two children who she starts to like and who greatly assist her on her quest.

The description in this book is not complicated or limited: it is just the right amount to draw the reader in and not distract them from the story. An example of this is when they are describing the Ripons’ house, it doesn’t go into too much detail and only takes a sentence or two to describe.

Overall this was a very good and detailed book that makes you want to keep reading. I think that it is suitable for ages 9+ and would rate it 10/10.

If you would would like to buy a copy of the book we invite you to order it from your local independent book shop.

Or, you can shop on-line and support our Kids Reviews page by sourcing your discounted book via this link

Please By Here

Alternatively, we suggest that you visit your local library and request to borrow a copy from a friendly librarian.

Whichever you choose we hope you enjoy being part of your unique reading community – happy reading everyone!

Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Reeya
  • Age: 12 years
  • Likes: Reading, Writing, English
  • Dislikes: Maths and Science
  • Favourite Book: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • Favourite Song: Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  • Favourite Film: The Hunger Games