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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Reprint edition (April 18 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753461188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753461181
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 12.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #251,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
I think kids between the ages of 4th to 8th grade would love this book. It is short and easy to read and the footnotes are hilarious.

It begins at the dawn of time with Prometheus, who is chained to a rock because he brought fire to humankind. Theus, for short, was a titan and Zeus, the king of the Gods, made sure that he never forgot what he did. Every morning while chained to the rock, a fury would come and tear out his liver. Of course by nightfall Theus would be alive again. Well, when we start the story, Hercules has arrived and helped Theus escape. Zeus discovers this and challenges Theus to find a hero among the humans. If he does he will be forgiven.

Theus sets out and crosses time to 1858 and lands in the murky city known as Eden City. Eden City is very Dickens-like. It is full of zany characters, poor people, rich fiends, and thrilling situations. There Theus meets Jim, an orphan, who has fallen in with a diabolical thief, Uncle Edward. He gets involved with their caper and within twenty-four hours all of the characters lives have changed for the better.

Terry Deary, while teaching about Greek mythology, has written a story that is exciting and funny -- which is a wonderful combination. This is the first of three books in THE FIRE THIEF series, and I need to go finish the second one. Go pick up a copy of THE FIRE THIEF. You won't be sorry.

Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Courtesy of Teens Read Too July 3 2007
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think kids between the ages of 4th to 8th grade would love this book. It is short and easy to read and the footnotes are hilarious.

It begins at the dawn of time with Prometheus, who is chained to a rock because he brought fire to humankind. Theus, for short, was a titan and Zeus, the king of the Gods, made sure that he never forgot what he did. Every morning while chained to the rock, a fury would come and tear out his liver. Of course by nightfall Theus would be alive again. Well, when we start the story, Hercules has arrived and helped Theus escape. Zeus discovers this and challenges Theus to find a hero among the humans. If he does he will be forgiven.

Theus sets out and crosses time to 1858 and lands in the murky city known as Eden City. Eden City is very Dickens-like. It is full of zany characters, poor people, rich fiends, and thrilling situations. There Theus meets Jim, an orphan, who has fallen in with a diabolical thief, Uncle Edward. He gets involved with their caper and within twenty-four hours all of the characters lives have changed for the better.

Terry Deary, while teaching about Greek mythology, has written a story that is exciting and funny -- which is a wonderful combination. This is the first of three books in THE FIRE THIEF series, and I need to go finish the second one. Go pick up a copy of THE FIRE THIEF. You won't be sorry.

Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Delightful July 12 2008
By Zelda Clutchbucket - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have a grandson who loves reading about the Greek gods. I picked this up for him and found myself reading it first. It was so enjoyable. Deary made you laugh while learning about mythology. I am off to order the other two in the series.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Fire Thief Feb. 12 2008
By Denine M. Benedetto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Fire Thief is about a half-god named Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods. His punishment was for him to get chained to a huge bolder and every morning a bird rips him up. One day Prometheus escapes and hides in Victorian Eden City, and befriends an orphan named Jim.

He is hiding from the most powerful God, Zeus. Zeus takes over a man's body named Mucklethrift. Prometheus and his "uncle" go to Mucklethrift's house and plan to do a magic show. While the magic show is being upheld, Prometheus goes and scavenges through Mucklethrift's house to find any valuables. Prometheus has many adventures such as this one and the huge bolder.

I recommend this for readers from 8 to 13 years of age. There are also 2 other books in the series. Check them out!

-Richard Goble
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Highly entertaining Oct. 15 2005
By Team LitPick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book begins with Prometheus (yes the Greek Titan) escaping his bonds of captivity. Then he flies two million years into the future (around 1858) trying to escape the fury of the gods. In this future he meets a boy and his uncle. Jim, the boy, is an orphan that Edward, the uncle, adopted. They are actors (and thieves) whom befriend Prometheus. Will Prometheus be able to escape the wrath of the gods? Will Jim and Edward be able to help him? Find out by reading Fire Thief.

I found this book highly entertaining. It had many, many funny parts in it. The footnotes at the bottom of the pages made it even more hilarious*. I also enjoyed how the two stories (Ancient Greece and Eden City 1858) were combined together. It was a fairly easy-to-read book and isn't very big, so I think you should take a few hours and read Fire Thief. Anyone who needs a good laugh should read this book.

*Things like this would be at the bottom of the pages, except that they would have something funny written on them.

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Great June 13 2014
By Cynthia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book arrived in great condition and it was a very good novel. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Greek mythology or fiction

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