The 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
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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.
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 Kings. The 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.