Fire Thief

Author : Deary, Terry

ISBN : 0753461188

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Retelling of the tale of Prometheus, in which Prometheus becomes a time traveller in order to escape the wrath of the gods and befriends a Victorian orphan. Prometheus gave fire to humans and was punished for it--only in this story, Zeus frees him and gives him a quest: find a human hero and Theus will be forgiven. The story of Theus alternates with the story of Jim, an orphan and a thief in 1858 who is narrating the whole book, in very funny style. In each volume of the trilogy, Theus befriends different characters as he travels through time.

 See also Book 2: Flight of the Fire Thief, Book 3: The Fire Thief Fights Back