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Chris High reviews Terry Deary


Terry Deary

Publisher: Kingfisher Press
ISBN: 0-7534-1148-2
January, 2006

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Terry Deary is nothing short of being a phenomenon. Not only is he incredibly prolific – managing to write some thirty books a year – he is also highly respected and incredibly talented. As author of the Horrible Histories series, Terry’s name is revered in schools and homes across the land.

With The Fire Thief he turns his hand to children’s fiction and, unsurprisingly, delivers a story that is better than anything written by J K Rowling, with more depth than a well and more style than a shiny red Ferrari. More good news, as if this wasn’t enough – this is the first of a trilogy.


Reinventing the myth of Prometheus, the Titan who stole fire from the gods and gave it to the human race, Terry Deary has spun gold from old straw. To escape the gods’ revenge, Prometheus travels through time to a murky metropolis called Eden City. There he befriends a motley assortment of comic characters and learns what humans have done with his gift of fire. Enter our narrator: Jim, a young orphan, actor, aspiring novelist, and petty criminal who rids the wealthy of their worldly possessions. With the help of Jim, Terry Deary masterfully interweaves two plots, with the action jumping at a whirlwind pace from Mount Olympus to the seedy taverns and elegant mansions of Dickensian Eden City. Prometheus has a soft spot for humans in need, but will using his powers to get his new friends out of trouble betray his hiding place to the gods!

Written to carry the reader along at a breathtaking pace, The Fire Thief smacks of Terry Pratchett at his finest, without ever borrowing from the great man. Funny, frightening and, above all, fun, The Fire Thief is the must have addition to your child’s library of the year.

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