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Series: The Queen's Thief

Friday, March 27, 2015

Review: A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen TurnerA Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
Series: The Queen's Thief,
Also in this series: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia
Published by Greenwillow Books on 23 March 2010
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Emotions & Feelings, Espionage, Fantasy, Friendship, Mythology, Politics & Intrigue, Royalty, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 316
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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three-stars
Also by this author: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia

Place(s) Traveled To: Letnos, Sounis // Elias, Sounis// Bremmis, Sounis // Attolia // Eddis

First Line(s): My father sacked another tutor.

 

Many moons ago I received an ARC of A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner and I meant to read the first books in the series right there and then. But as so often does life and other books got in the way and I didn’t think about this series again until late last year when I finally picked up The Thief (my review.) While I haven’t loved the series as much as others I know I did really enjoy The King of Attolia (my review) and was really looking forward to diving into A Conspiracy of Kings. Unfortunately, I didn’t like A Conspiracy of Kings as much as The King of Attolia but I did find it to be a quick read.

 

A Conspiracy of Kings follows Sophos, who we first meet in The Thief and his journey from when we last saw/heard about him in previous books. A lot has changed in Sophos’s life and he’s had to grow up fast and has been thrust into the political shenanigans and turmoil that Sounis has become. But Sophos remembers traveling with his friend Gen over the mountain pass in Eddis and he’s learned a few tricks of the trade when it comes to deception and survival and so he’s often able to make the best of a bad situation.

 

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As with the previous books, the events in A Conspiracy of Kings are pretty nonstop which makes it hard to stop turning the pages. I just didn’t connect with Sophos as much as I ended up connecting with Gen or Costis. Costis’s story in The King of Attolia really intrigued me and got under my skin and I was really hoping that A Conspiracy of Kings would be further tales of him but alas that was not to be. I think, that disappointment is partially to blame on why I didn’t enjoy this book as much.

 

Overall though, The Queen’s Thief is a well plotted and well written fantasy series. I am glad that I finally made the time to read it and am joining ranks with all the other Megan Whalen Turner fans who want more stories from her. Goodreads lists that there will be a fifth and a sixth book in The Queen’s Thief series but its been five years since A Conspiracy of Kings came out that who knows when or if these books. Though, looking at the time span between previous releases perhaps all hope isn’t lost. If you are looking for a “new” fantasy series and you haven’t picked this one up yet then you may want to give it a try.

 

irishdarkblue

 

 

Irish Recommends - Thief

 

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Review: The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen TurnerThe King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Series: The Queen's Thief,
Also in this series: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings
Published by Greenwillow Books on 24 January 2006
Genres: Action & Adventure, Assassins, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Friendship, Mythology, Politics & Intrigue, Royalty, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 387
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
Also by this author: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings

Place(s) Traveled To: Attolia

First Line(s): The queen waited. Sitting at the window, she watched the lights of the town glow in the last of the long twilight.

I have been late to the party with the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner but while an older series of books its definitely one that holds up over time. The third book in the series, The King of Attolia, is by far my most favorite one yet. This is a series that just keeps getting better and also a good reason why I don’t always judge a series by its first book (unless it was well and truly terrible.) Unlike the previous two book, The Thief (my review) and The Queen of Attolia (my review), this one was primarily told from the point of view of Clovis a guard in the Queen of Attolia’s army. The King of Attolia does switch POVs like the previous ones but it didn’t seem to happen as often and the transitions were smoother.

There also seemed to be a bit more dialogue and I’m becoming more and more aware that I am a dialogue girl so this made me happy. Although as the book was less choppy this could just be a bit of a perceived notion on my part as things did go a little more smoother. I did find that The King of Attolia had a bit of a slow start and part of this was because it was hard to get used to Clovis as the primary character. It was almost like starting a new series as I had to get to know a whole new character and yet the world was an old friend which made things a little jarring at first. But it wasn’t long before I was falling well into like with Clovis and welcomed him as a new old friend. I just loved seeing Gen through a new set of eyes as it gave a whole new appreciation of the character and all of his quirks.

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In The King of Attolia, Gen is settling in to his new role as king and dealing with power mad barons who do not like a foreigner on the throne. At first his character is very un-Gen like but then you see hints and glimpses of the Gen we grew to know and love from the first two books. It also seems like Gen is training a new thief and that is something that I would like to see explored a bit further. I was a bit wary of this world and its characters when I first entered it but now I am really enjoying the time I spend here that I just want more and more stories to appear. As the internet meme says, a good book is always too short, and that is certainly true with The King of Attolia because it seems that not long after I started it that I was closing the last page.

This has been a quick read series and while it isn’t always perfect it has been a fun ride. Finishing The King of Attolia makes me excited to read the final book, A Conspiracy of KingsThe King of Attolia was a fun book and I am glad that I read it. I’m glad that I finally decided to give this one a shot and if like a good fantasy then you might want to consider checking this one out.

irishdarkblue

 

Irish Recommends - Thief
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Review: The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Posted by Irish in 3.5 Stars, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Review: The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen TurnerThe Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
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
Pages: 362
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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three-half-stars
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.

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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.

irishdarkblue

Irish Recommends - Thief

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: The Thief by Megan Whalen TurnerThe Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
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
Pages: 280
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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three-stars
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.

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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

 

irishdarkblue

Irish Recommends - Thief

 

 

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