Series: The Queen's Thief,
Also in this series: The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings
Published by Greenwillow Books on 01 January 1996
Genres: Action & Adventure, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Espionage, Politics & Intrigue, Road Trip, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Also by this author: The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings
Place(s) Traveled To: Souis: Methana, Matinaea, Evisa // Hephestial Mountains // Eddis: Profactia, Pirrhea, Kahlia // Attolia
First Line(s): I didn’t know how long I had been in the king’s prison.
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner is one of those books that has been recommended to me so many times that I’ve lost count. Its a book that’s been hyped up but not in an over the top way that I was wary of it but just enough to peak my curiosity and add it to my ‘books to read list.’ I finally got around to reading it was I stumbled across it while doing a search on my libraries digital catalog and so put in the request. I found The Thief to be a quick read and entertaining enough but it wasn’t a book that I feel head over heels in love with either. For one, its a book with lots of random head jumping and I’ve never been a fan of that. There were times when it wasn’t always easy to determine whose head I was in at the time and that was off putting. Though, overall, the head we ‘lived’ in most was that of Gen’s, the thief of the title.
The journey taken is Gen’s and the mystery is in trying to figure out why he stole the item he did and what his end game really was. The Thief is at its base a story of political intrigue and tense relations between neighboring lands while set in a fantastical world where the gods may still play an active role in the lives of those who believe in them. Its an interesting story and one that I read in a single sitting. Its an easy read and did hold my attention as I wanted to see what the love all my fantasy friends had for this book. When I finished I wondered what was it about The Thief that captured them so. For some, I think it may have been nostalgia since this book was first released in 1996 and I think that if I’d read this when I was younger I would have liked it more.
As it was, the way it was written never allowed for me to become fully attached to any one character. There was a lot of descriptive telling of what was happening and very little dialogue between the characters. It was like there was a glass wall between me as a reader and what was going on in the pages of the story. There wasn’t a lot of emotion and it just came across as this matter of fact telling that lacked feeling. Despite this though I am curious to see where the rest of the series goes now that the base of this world and these characters have been established. I did enjoy Gen’s snark and his relationship with those around him. I liked the various twists that this story took and am looking forward to seeing what new adventures await. So while it wasn’t love at first sight for me it was still a worthwhile read and one that I will recommend to others looking to read fantasy, especially younger teens who are too old for middle grade but too young for likes of George RR Martin. lol