Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review: Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

Title:  Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes
Author:  Jonathan Auxier
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Pages:  381
Published:  August 2011
Source:  via Publisher for honest review

Synopsis: (via Goodreads)

Now, for those of you who know anything about blind children, you are aware that they make the very best thieves. As you can well imagine, blind children have incredible senses of smell, and they can tell what lies behind a locked door- be it fine cloth, gold, or peanut brittle- at fifty paces.

Moreover, their fingers are so small and nimble that they can slip right through keyholes, and their ears so keen that they can hear the faint clicks and clacks of every moving part inside even the most complicated lock. Of course, the age of great thievery has long since passed;today there are few child-thieves left, blind or otherwise. At one time, however, the world was simply thick with them.

This is the story of the greatest thief who ever lived. His name, as you've probably guessed, is Peter Nimble.

Peter Nimble is on an epic adventure - from the time he was found floating in the harbour he's been learning, listening and feeling his way through life.  Blinded by a pair of crows, he is left to fend for himself until taken under the care of a gentleman who taught him to pick locks and become one of the best thieves in the village.

One day while out on his jaunts through the village he meets the most unusual man, and steals a box containing 6 eggs - little does he know these are meant for him and him alone!

This adventure takes Peter to far off lands and places he didn't know existed.  He meets funny, witty characters who help him along on his journey.  Sir Tode - his closest companion and best friend is along for the ride.  They shipwreck on a desert of all places - filled with thieves!  This is just the start of a journey that changes Peter's life forever!

I really enjoyed this story - it reminded me of the Lemony Snickett books and the stories written by Ronald Dahl.  This was a bit more violent then I would have expected based on the blurb and the cover art - definitely made me think twice about judging a cover!  The artwork through the book was amazing and suited the whole theme of the book.

The author did a fantastic job of weaving all the various stories of each character together - from the evil king, the lost princess, the mysterious desert with the thieves, the crows, the missing children.. all of it was woven together into a story that I couldn't put down!

Pick it up, you'll enjoy it!



  1. The cover is awesome! The synopsis is great and I loved your review!

    Lah @ LazyGirl Reads

  2. I love the cover and this book sounds really great. I'm looking forward to reading down the road.


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