Yes, I watched the original show of that title featuring the handsome Robert Wagner in the late 60s. The main character was a cat burglar who got caught thieving and was recruited by the government to steal for Uncle Sam.
Connwaer got caught thieving by a magician. He also was recruited. But not to steal.
Conn may not be living on the streets anymore, but life is even more dangerous than before. At least he's more likely to get a decent meal now that he's a wizard's apprentice.
I've read the first two books, The Magic Thief (HarperCollins, 2008) and The Magic Thief: Lost (HarperCollins, 2009), both by Sarah Prineas. Connwaer has caught my imagination and stolen my heart. I must know what's going to happen to him next! And I will as soon as I get my hands on The Magic Thief: Found (HarperCollins, 2010). Fortunately, I am reading these in English. Those in Germany have to wait for book 3 till 2011.
I love the illustrator's work with these books, too. See more of Antonio Javier Caparo's work. I bet you'll agree the work is lovely.