The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey is a creative and enjoyable juvenile fantasy.
Grimjinx is a thief. In fact, members of his family have been thieves
for generations. But Jaxter has a problem: he's clumsy. So clumsy, in
fact, that he manages to set a house on fire during his first real
heist. Jaxter's bumble lands his family in jail, until an
all-too-convenient prophecy arises, featuring numerous disasters set to
befall the city of Vengekeep, and naming the Grimjinx family as the
city's only possible saviors. It's a con, of course, created by Jaxter's
mother . . . but then the prophecies start coming true. Can the
Grimjinx family save the city -- and live to tell the tale?
story is simply a lot of fun. There's humor, mystery, and adventure. I
particularly like the way that the story plays with the "Child of
Prophecy" trope that is so popular in juvenile fantasy, since the
prophecies in question were created (and inadvertently brought to life)
by one of the main characters. Highly recommended to fans of juvenile
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)