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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reissue edition (21 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060824972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060824976
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An exceptional adventure story.” (KLIATT)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bee on 26 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
The story revolves around Gen - a brash, cocky thief who instantly captures the readers attention. His thoughts, actions, and relationships with the other characters are what really push this book, and make it so unique.
After being locked away in prison in Sounis, Gen is offered a way out by the King's Magus. Gen must steal a fabled jewel, to provoke the Queen of Eddis, a neighbouring country, into marrying the King of Sounis. Royal Politics brush the surface of the adventure - as Gen travels with the magus, the naive son of a duke, a destitute nobleman, and an experienced soldier towards their destination, and the jewel. But not all is as it seems, for more than one of the characters.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Craig HALL OF FAME on 20 Aug. 2001
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From the moment you read the first sentence you're completely hooked. Gen is a thief, stuck in the king's dungeon, filthy and starving. A magus lets him out on condition Gen steals a fabled jewel Hamiathes's Gift,without which the Queen of another country will not marry the King of Sounis. So begins a dangerous an uncomfortable journey. With them travel two young men, one a Duke's son, the other an impoverished an bullying nobleman, plus a soldier. WHat makes it better than the standard quest story is the wit and rudeness of Gen, and the growing relationships forged between him and his companions. Exciting, fast-paced and well-written, it makes you await the sequel with eagerness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ali on 26 May 2011
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Written in first person, from Gen's point of view, this was one of those books where I would have liked to read the POV of other characters or just have a third person narrative. I can't explain why. It was possibly because I didn't warm to Gen until nearer the end of the book.

Overall, it was good but the first half of the novel was spent getting to the mysterious destination. Considering the book wasn't even 300 pages long that was quite a big chunk. There is quite a considerable amount of world building here though, with explanations of countries, rulers and religion. Towards the end, it really did pick up and there were moments which I struggled to read thanks to my ridiculous claustrophobia.

I found Gen to be whiny and irritating initially but I finished the novel thinking he was one hell of a thief. And he is very sly and clever, which takes a while to come across. The other characters did nothing for me, possibly due to the limited narration.

The ending was smart and very clever, making an average fantasy novel the start of an excellent series.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Spy Groove on 2 Feb. 2005
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Gen was not 'just' a petty thief! He was an excellent one, with attitude, pride, wit and of course, a 'big' secret of his own. I totally enjoyed his interaction among the Magus group. From the first page, you will build a maze in your mind, trying to guess who was Gen, what was he going to do next and why did he do what he did. It's like starting from the folded end of a folded rope and ending to find the start and the end of the rope tied majestically, with the gods' meddling in it :).
I couldn't stop being surprised and touched by the relationship bertween the Magus and Gen, a not-successful too-much-bragging thief the Magus thought he was. How the clash between them changed into a deep and honorful friendship. Not to mention Gen's outright comments that sometimes got the best of him and his effort to place Gen back into just a tool to steal. I can't get enough of it. Mrs. Turner surely knows who her characters were.
In the end... No, I don't want it to get ended coz I will pick The Queen of Attolia right from my shelf next... I think I will get back to this book after I finished rereading that one too after a looong time :))
Thank you for waking me up from a long dull slumber. This is more than a 10 starred worth review for it.
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I have just re-read this book and the two sequels after first reading them a year ago. I had to post a review because i enjoyed this book (and the other two) so much. Richy drawn characters, good plot and a sympathetic hero. I think i fell in love wth Gen a little! It has everything i look for in a book and i am delighted to learn that a fourth book is coming out soon. Read this book and then read the rest of the series, you won't regret it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 1998
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Gen is a prisoner in the King's Prison.The magus needs him for a dangerous job.Gen has to steal Hamaithes Gift and it has never been done before.Gen finds the secret door and gets Hamiathes gift he even meets Euginedes.After he gets the gift the magus loses it! It turns out Ambiades,one of the maguses aprintice, has told the Attolions their trail! Then the Queen of Attolia wants Gen to be her thief! It might be a way out but, he lies and says that he promised his sweetheart he would return. For the rest you must read the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 1998
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The unabridged audio version read by Jeff Woodman would be great listening for the whole family on those vacation drives. Four companions thrown together by strange circumstances set out on an adventure to find a legendary stone. Their relationship develops through their mutual experiences. The story is exciting with a surprising finish. Jeff Woodman is the premier narrator of books about young people and he does justice to Megan Turner's book. I hope we see more books from Ms. Turner soon.
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