The most powerful advisor to the King of Sounis is the magus. He's not a wizard, he's a scholar, an aging solider, not a thief. When he needs something stolen, he pulls a young thief from the King's prison to do the job for him.
Gen is a thief and proud of it. When his bragging lands him behind bars he has one chance to win his freedom-- journey to a neighboring kingdom with the magus, find a legendary stone called Hamiathes's Gift and steal it.
The magus has plans for his King and his country. Gen has plans of his own.
Book Award, 1997
ALA List of Notable Books, 1997
Best Books for Young Adults, 1997
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books,
Blue Ribbon List
Horn Book Fanfare List
Selection of the Junior Library Guild