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The Vengekeep Prophecies

Farrey, Brian (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"A magical tapestry prophesies doom for the town of Vengekeep, and to everyone's surprise twelve-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx and his family of con artists appear to be the town's saviors"--
Authors: Farrey, Brian
Statement of Responsibility: Brian Farrey ; illustrated by Brett Helquist
Title: The Vengekeep prophecies
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 390 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Summary: "A magical tapestry prophesies doom for the town of Vengekeep, and to everyone's surprise twelve-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx and his family of con artists appear to be the town's saviors"--
Subject Headings: Fantasy Monsters Fiction Magic Fiction Prophecies Fiction Swindlers and swindling Fiction
Topical Term: Fantasy
Monsters
Magic
Prophecies
Swindlers and swindling
Additional Contributors: Helquist, Brett
LCCN: 2012025282
ISBN: 9780062049285
Branch Call Number: J FIC F
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A family of con artists counterfeits a prophetic tapestry only to find the dire events they “predicted” are suddenly coming true.


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really liked the book. i'm quite annoyed that there isn't #2 yet. I really like the whole idea of a prophecies ruling a village. But i kinda think( if ur smart) you could change a fate of a village. MY DREAM

"Twelve-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx comes from a family of thieves, but he's yet to perfect his own skills at the family business. When Jaxter's botched first burglary attempt results in the rest of his family being jailed - and a bizarre series of strange and dangerous events begins - the lad must leave his home in order to search for a way to save it. Fans of action-packed adventures that are filled with twists, turns, just enough danger to be a little scary, and plenty of humour will love The Vengekeep Prophecies." February 2013 Kids' Books http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=606238

Jan 21, 2013
  • Rather_be_reading rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Boy who doesn't fit in family goes on quest and discovers himself and his unique talent, blah blah blah-- read it all before, right? Nope, this is fresh and different and funny. Even though it would be great to meet these characters again (and I think there is a sequel coming--bangers!), this story has an ending, not a cliffhanger.

Nov 17, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You want prophecies? Fine. Then let’s come up with a concept that sort of turns the whole idea behind them on its head. With great humor and dexterity Farrey creates a new fantasy world where magic is kept in check, only popping up once in a while to bite our heroes on the bum. Fast and funny, this is one of those rare 400-page novels where I wouldn’t cut so much as a sentence or a paragraph if it meant making the story any shorter.

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Constantinethegreat thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

Dec 28, 2012
  • chaysim rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

chaysim thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 16

Nov 17, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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Nov 17, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It’s tough being the black sheep in a family OF black sheep, but such is the lot of Jaxter Grimjinx. It’s certainly an honor to be next in a long line of thieves, con artists, forgers, fleet-fingered pilferers, etc. It’s significantly less of an honor to be a clumsy klutz unable to pick even the simplest lock. But what he lacks in delicacy Jaxter more than makes up for with his love of herbs and spells, capable of undoing every protective magic they come across. Then it happens. In the village of Vengekeep it is customary to reveal once a year a tapestry that will predict the coming year. Produced hundreds of years ago by prophetic twins, Vengekeep relies on these prophecies. So imagine the horror of the townspeople when they discover that this year a horrific series of plagues and disasters will be visited upon them and their saviors will be those no good Grimjinxes. Of course they will be. The Grimjinxes found a way to fake the tapestry this year and they envision it as brilliant cover for their daring exploits. But that’s all before the stories on the fake tapestry start coming true. Suddenly, it’s up to the least reputable citizens in town to save everyone. And it’s up to Jaxter to ultimate undo the damage his family has wrought.

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Dec 20, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“If you must steal from a wise man or a foolish one, steal from the wise. You’ll leave him with something he’ll value: a lesson.”

Nov 19, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Even weeks later, I heard rumors that I had ruined the Festival of the Twins. Which was complete rubbish. I was nowhere near the Festival grounds at the time. I was too busy escaping from a house fire. That I’d caused. Accidentally.”

Nov 19, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Fate is a lazy man’s excuse for avoiding curiosity.”

Nov 19, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Accusations are merely the envy of the unenlightened given form.”

Nov 19, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Keep your enemies close, your friends closer, and let them fight it out.”

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Nov 19, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Author Brian Farrey discusses The Vengekeep Prophecies

YOU CAN'T CONVICT WHAT YOU CAN'T CONFIRM. 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. 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 the gaol. Even Jaxter's skill 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 with a firestorm, a flood, and a host of skeletal beasts among the dangers listed in the prophecy, Jaxter is pretty sure a life in the gaol would be a better fate. Now—like it or not—Jaxter Grimjinx will have to become the hero he was truly born to be.

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