What do a thief and a wizard have in common?
They are both trying to discover why the magic in their city of Wellmet is disappearing.
When Connwaer, a young thief, picks the pocket of the wizard Nevery and steals the wizards locus magicalicus (a stone that helps a wizard focus his magic), the wizard can only wonder that the locus didn't kill the boy.
Nevery takes the boy home, curious about his affinity to magic. Conn will be Nevery's apprentice, on the condition that he find a locus magicalicus of his own. Conn has only a month to do this, and it becomes a near impossible task as he also spends his time trying to discover who... or what... is stealing Wellmet's magic.
This is a romping good story, the first in a trilogy. Conn was a good character, personable, likable, with a distinctive voice.