“I want you to steal something.”
I smiled. “Do you want the king’s seal? I can get it for you.”
If I were you,” said the magus, “I’d stop bragging about that.” His voice grated.
My smile grew. The gold ring with the engraved ruby had been in his safekeeping when I had stolen it away.”
This award winning YA novel has a distinctive sarcastic tone because it is told from the point of view of our hero, Gen. He is a clever and conniving young man with plans of his own he doesn’t always share with those around him (or even those of us in his head). I had heard great things about this book, so I was excited to read it. It was a fun adventure, and Gen will have you shaking your head at several page turns. When all was said and done, however, I found myself feeling just sort of so-so about it. I had a hard time believing certain aspects of it toward the end. Regardless, I picked up the next in the series.
“She was the stone-faced queen, then and ever after. She had needed the mask to rule, and she had been glad to have it. She wondered if The Thief was glad of his.”
The Queen of Attolia is what sealed my admiration for this series. Unfortunately I believe in spoiler-free reviews, so I can’t really reveal too much here. But I can tell you this – this complex and ridiculously intense series will not disappoint you. Book Two picks up not far off from book one, and this time we get more perspective from The Queen, and the aftermath of The Thief’s thievery. If we’ve learned anything so far from Book One it’s that things aren’t always what they seem.
“Oh, that,” said the king with a shrug. “That isn’t your honor, Costis. That’s the public perception of your honor. It has nothing to do with anything important, except perhaps for manipulating fools who mistake honor for its bright, shiny trappings. You can always change the perceptions of fools.”
Book Three is told from the perspective of a guard in Attolia’s court. Costis is assigned close to the new King, and he quickly learns of the complex nature of his monarchs and the dangerous game of deception they play to keep control over their realm.
I loved this book. Book Two lured me back and Book Three completely seduced me.
There are additional books in The Queen’s Thief series, but I’ve personally only read the first three so far. If you’re looking for a fantastic fantasy series with humor and complex adventure, I’d highly recommend checking out Megan Whalen Turner’s series.
The Queen’s Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner