The Pen Thief and the Orbit of Uncertainty by Tasha Madison

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Pen Thief and the Orbit of Uncertainty

Author: Tasha Madison

Book Series: The Pen Thief Book 1

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: young adult readers, fantasy

Publication Date: October 4, 2022

Genre: YA Fantasy

Age Relevance: 12+ (violence, underage alcohol consumption, bullying)

Explanation of Above: There is some violence shown in the form of punching. Underage alcohol consumption is mentioned. There is also some bullying mentioned in the book.

Publisher: Author Academy Elite

Pages:236

Synopsis: How do you pen your own destiny when you’re destined to control a magical pen?


Arnie Schmidt is an unremarkable seventeen-year-old nerd who works at his uncle’s accounting firm. Nothing exciting happens to him. Ever. The most exhilarating experience he had was sharing an elevator with his office crush once. It was a pleasure never to be repeated!

When his high school bully gets a job in the mail room and starts to make moves on Arnie’s dream girl, Arnie thinks his dull existence is over. However, a chance encounter at a yard sale changes his boring life forever.

An endless array of peculiar circumstances emerge, transforming Arnie’s average existence into one more extraordinary. One moment, he’s planning the epitaph on his tombstone, the next he’s trying to keep a vintage relic from sending him to an early grave and upsetting the entire balance of the universe.

What’s a timid number cruncher to do? Can Arnie protect his newfound treasure before it’s lost or stolen? Only time—and the unparalleled power of an enchanted fountain pen—will tell!

Review: For the most part the book was pretty good. The book had pretty good writing and the characters were well developed. I liked the premise of the story and I was interested in the book from beginning to end.

However, there were some issues I had with the book. The book didn’t do well to develop the magic system or the world building. I thought that the book was entirely too fast paced. I also felt like the book was all dialogue and very little atmosphere setting. The book is also targeted to much younger audiences.

Verdict: It’s ok.

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