The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)

Title: The Thief (The Queen’s Thief # 1)

Author: Megan Whalen Turner

Genre/Demographic: Fantasy / Mythology / Historical Fiction / Young Adult

Format: Purchased (Paperback Edition)

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Release Date:  December 27th, 2005 (first published 1996)

Synopsis:

The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.

What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses

Thoughts:

The Queen’s Thief was in my shelf sitting for some time now. As I scroll through Instagram I saw that Kayla of @caughtbetweenpages was hosting a read-along for the series. I took that as a sign for me to finally pick it up and get it going. And the schedule is hard not to too, it is scheduled right on with the release of the sixth novel, Return of the Thief. That’ll be a huge change for me. Why not? Right?

The Thief was a slow such a slow read, monotonous for the 89% and the remaining left me jaw-hanging well. Despite the tedious slow adventure, I liked it. I was immensely focused on the storytelling within the story, highly enamoring it was some clever twist on plain sight.

It began with Gen a prisoner who made quite a reputation for himself, that he couldn’t steal anything. When selected by the magus to steal something for the king. Gen was released, to be on the way to steal something closest to a myth. Most of the book took up the traveling and the world building of it. During pauses and rest stops, it was like over the fire stories. The Magus, his apprentice, and Pol the soldier to guard the prisoner, Gen. The stories were lyrical which I am a huge fan of reading.

It is not entirely a retelling of mythology rather a new one basing of from the old ones. It mainly is the reason that made me read farther till the end. The characters’ motivations and script behind the facade has a deeper agenda within. As I mentioned it was paced in slowly. Sometimes I may have missed such because I was skimming but stopped immediately. It is that type of book where one has to give it full attention even the most tedious area in it. There are more reading between the lines and picturing the characters’ stares or look on their faces would give out more answers.

Another thing that made me hold onto was the world building, the new system of the gods and goddesses. And the presence of the atmosphere in the confinement of my room made up a whole lot. I am looking forward to seeing it explored in the next books. I feel that it does get better in the next ones too or so I kept hearing.

Rating:

three

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The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)Title: The Queen of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief # 2)

Author: Megan Whalen Turner

Genre/Demographic: Fantasy / Mythology / Historical Fiction / Young Adult

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Release Date:  January 24th, 2006 (first published 2000)

Format:  Purchased (Paperback Edition)

Synopsis:

Revenge
When Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, stole Hamiathes’s Gift, the Queen of Attolia lost more than a mythical relic. She lost face. Everyone knew that Eugenides had outwitted and escaped her. To restore her reputation and reassert her power, the Queen of Attolia will go to any length and accept any help that is offered…she will risk her country to execute the perfect revenge.

…but
Eugenides can steal anything. And he taunts the Queen of Attolia, moving through her strongholds seemingly at will. So Attolia waits, secure in the knowledge that the Thief will slip, that he will haunt her palace one too many times.

…at what price?
When Eugenides finds his small mountain country at war with Attolia, he must steal a man, he must steal a queen, he must steal peace. But his greatest triumph, and his greatest loss, comes in capturing something that the Queen of Attolia thought she had sacrificed long ago…

Thoughts:

And the read-along continues,

After the events in The Thief. I felt detached someway with the series, but as like I always do when a possible slump is coming up, I would read reviews or spoil myself with the book I wanted to read. I succeeded in that order. I may, umm, have peek into the last page of The Queen of Attolia. AND, PHEW, AM I SHAKEN. GOOD. To pick it up and finally be up to date and ahead of the read-along group. Sorry, I am not sorry.

The world building has expanded more, which made it more compelling for me to read. My experience than with the sequel grows more impatient and grows more intrigue into which events will unfold. The story-telling element about the gods and goddesses were once again done in The Queen of Attolia. I portion I very much love.

The narration has changed, it is multifaced. It is changed into the third point of view. A reader can see glimpses of different character takes on a certain scenario they are all bound in. It is fitting and more effective too, for the bigger picture crafted by Turner. Geographically expanded. The locations are far more extensive and detailed. The political game intrigue is bigger than it already was. When it comes to the brewing war, the finance, the moves planned against each nation, the manpower, everything!  Tables were always turning to which directions I cannot even forgo. Another the take on the twist for romance had shaken me awake. I find it unsettling at first but the supplication of history surely will throw off other readers out there too.

The characters had improved in-depth characterization and development. Eugenides -had shown the side of how his disability is affecting his life. In which I find tastefully done. Done in a manner that one naturally goes through. The thoughts and the support around. I love that The Queen of Attolia sent out the message of positivity out of it. Attolia – I liked her then in The Thief but I had a feeling that she’ll be back, hence book two’s title known by me before beginning the series. She had displayed a wonderful character that had captured me. Her strong persona, and her rulerships way. Eddis – I saw her this new side of her, as a ruling queen and as Gen’s close relative.

Script and banter among characters’ were charming. There had been a time where I may have been screeching weirdly. I couldn’t contain myself to publicly burst due to the goodness of these scripts. Giving the special highlights for the last chapters. One would be bursting out loud reading them. It had both contained humor and witty comebacks from both characters. Pulling off that twist into a satisfying ending.

trigger warning/content: ableist slurs, murder, war themes

Rating:

four

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About Author

Megan Whalen TurnerMegan Whalen Turner is the author of short stories and novels for children, teenagers and adults. She has won the LA Times Book Award for Young Adult LIterature, a Boston Globe/ Horn Book Honor and a Newbery Honor. She won the Mythopoeic Award and was shortlisted twice for the Andre Norton Award.

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