Jaxter Grimjinx is from a long line of thieves. It goes way back, the Grimjinx family, and they have a history of cons, burglaries, forgeries, and general misdemeanors throughout the Five Provinces. So Jaxter feels a lot of pressure to live up to his family's expectations. Because Jaxter isn't a good thief. In fact, he's a horrible one. What is is good at is
bookish things: mixing potions to negate magic, studying, learning, and collecting.
But things are going wrong in the Five Provences, and the Grimjinx family (especially Jaxter), whether they like it or not, is involved.
A lot happens in this trilogy: Jaxter finds something he's good at, makes some friends, goes on more than one adventure, helps his family become "respectable", and stops the mages from overthrowing the government. That's a lot to pack in over three books, but Farrey does it so well. He give us individual stories for all three books, but also one that ties the three together. There are tense, fast-moving plots, with tons of action and
humor along the way. And it's not just a magical adventure story: there are themes of freedom, choice, and who has the right to rule, which makes for a more thoughtful trilogy than most.
It's also deeply grounded in family: the whole Grimjinx clan is fantastic (even the wayward uncle) and they pull for each other, and help whenever and wherever help is needed. Each family member can do things individually, sure. But as a family unit? They are a force to be reckoned with.
I also loved how this wrapped up, but didn't tie everything up in a nice, neat bow. Farrey chose to leave things hanging; and I appreciated the ambiguity. In the end, Jaxter could do just about anything which is a great way to wrap things up.
It's definitely a series worth binge-reading.