Series: The Queen's Thief, Book 2
Also in this series: The Thief, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings
Published by Greenwillow Books on 01 January 2000
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Emotions & Feelings, Espionage, Family, Love & Romance, People & Places, Politics & Intrigue, Royalty, Social Issues, War & Military, Young Adult
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Also by this author: The Thief, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings
Place(s) Traveled To: Attolia // Eddis
First Line(s): He was asleep, but woke at the sound of the key turning in the lock.
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner is the second book in her Queen’s Thief series and picks up not long after the first book ends. While I didn’t love The Thief I was intrigued enough to pick up this book and found it to be a quick and engrossing read. The Queen of Attolia starts off in the middle of the action and it made me gasp aloud within just a few chapters. The start of this one was just so much darker than the first book and I liked the grittiness of it. I also liked the Gen in this book better than the Gen in The Thief as he just seemed have more personality and quirks to him. Though there were still things that just seemed to come out of nowhere like when he declared his love for the Queen.
The Queen of Attolia is set up in a similar manner to The Thief in that there is very little dialogue so it just makes what little dialogue there is seem choppy and out of place. There is also no rhyme or reason to the changing POVs and one paragragh you can be in Gen’s head, the next Attolia’s and then the one after that in Eddis’s head. I have never been a fan of random head jumping and that doesn’t change with this book. I like my change in POV to be a bit more structured and obvious as it could take a few sentences to realize that you were no longer in the head you thought that you were in.
As I said above, I found The Queen of Attolia to be a bit of a darker story but it also was a bit more humorous as well. I liked what little dialogue scenes there were and think if there was more talking and less description/telling then I would have liked this one so much more. But despite the things about this one that irked me a bit I was still engaged in this story. Once I started reading it I didn’t put it down unless I absolutely had to. So I managed to read this in just a couple of sittings. And at the end of this one I had a strong and burning desire to pick up the third book, The King of Attolia, which is something that didn’t happen when I finished the first book. I liked the political intrigue of this story and how fast paced it was. It was a gripping story and I am looking forward to seeing where things go as the series progresses.