Series: The Queen's Thief #1
Published by HarperCollins on 1996-10-31
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
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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.
Retro Friday Reviews is a meme started by Angie over at Angieville where you review older books. It is awesome.
I’ve noticed in my time blogging about books that YA bloggers tend to go nuts over The Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner. Being one to fit in, I decided to give the series a whirl. My expectations were relatively high, as bloggers I totally respect are really, really crazily into this series. The Thief is the very first book in the series. Sidebar: I am paranoid I keep spelling thief wrong. Anyways.
The Thief is basically about this guy named Eugenides who is arrested for bragging about stealing something. Then the king hires him to steal this item from the Queen of Attolia. There’s some intrigue. And ancient legends. And a spirit guide. Well, maybe not a spirit guide, but totally something like a spirit journey. And there are adventures to be had.
I enjoyed The Thief for the most part, except it took me forever to get into. I guess never felt a sense or urgency or anything when beginning the book, and was frankly, bored. Please don’t hate me for saying that, because well, I just couldn’t sink my teeth in. However, once we got to know more of Gen and dove into the ancient legends of the gods, I started liking the story. And really, the ending is what made this book not feel like a waste of time, and more like it belonged in awesome territory. Seriously, it’s one of those holy shit how did I not catch this or realize this while reading. It’s an M Night S before he started sucking type of an ending. And yes, I did LOVE the end.
So? Moral of the story? When YA Bloggers go apeshit over something, chances are it is pretty good and won’t suck. Now, I feel as though I should go read Jellicoe Road or The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, etc. OH and I did find The Queen of Attolia to be a much more pleasant reading experience than The Thief.