The King of Attolia (Thief of Eddis) Library Binding – 1 Feb 2006
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About the Author
Megan Whalen Turner is the author of the Newbery Honor Book The Thief and its companions, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. She lives with her family in Ohio. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
'The Queen of Attolia' is one of my all-time favourite fantasies, and this, the follow-up, does not disappoint. As ever with Megan Whalen Turner, the charactisation is superb, the plotting devious, and the writing so original as to be downright disconcerting. Some of the action scenes actually take place 'off-stage', the details related later in speech by one of the characters, an odd classical touch in a modern fantasy but which actually works very well.
Eugenides is a hero whose Gods speak to him not in cryptic and poetic oracles, but in such plain messages as 'Stop Whingeing'.
The only complaint I have is that this book is too short - I really did not want the end to come... In short, a highly recommended series.
The book picks up with the former Thief of Eddis, Gen, now the newly crowned king of Attolia, except no one is taking him seriously, not even himself. The people of Attolia are furious with "the goat foot" who stole their beloved queen, and humiliating the king has become a national pastime. Poor Eugenides has found snakes in his bed, sand in his food, and has been attacked by the palace dogs, but isn't willing to enforce his authority. His court thinks he's an oaf and a pushover, and an unwilling king is a serious detriment as Attolia faces a war with the Mede Empire.
When Costis, a young idealistic member of the Queen's Guard, makes the mistake of showing his dislike for the king, he thinks he gets a fate worse than death; Eugenides promotes him to a lieutenant and makes him his personal guard. Though being the king's scapegoat is no easy trip, Costis soon realizes the difficulties Eugenides faces as a foreign sovereign in a hostile court. All the characters are tested in THE KING OF ATTOLIA as various forces vie for political power.
This book was a joy to read. Megan Whalen Turner gives the reader rich descriptions of both the sumptuous Attolian palace and its many inhabitants. The novel seems even more plot-based than her previous two books.Read more ›
Like the previous book, this has a third person narrative. It mainly follows Costis, although towards the end we get the POVs of other characters. I did somewhat miss following Eugenides around, I knew he was plotting and conspiring but Costis didn't. I missed that. In a way this felt like part three of a novel to me, and not a series, perhaps because I have read them all straight through without a break. At the same time though, this could almost work as a stand alone. You don't actually need the prior knowledge of Gen in the previous books, you can begin to understand him through the eyes of Costis.
In the previous novel, the Queen chopped of Eugenides right hand when she captured him in her palace. By the end, they had declared their love for one another and Eugenides will become the titular King.
This story picks up pretty much where the last one left off. Eugenides doesn't want the throne, he just wants the Queen. He comes across as idiotic, uninterested in the running of the country and unable to control his own scheming attendants. He is vain and rude and nobody can believe he is married to an older and taller Queen, one who cut off his hand!, through anything other than his desire to be King. Costis unfortunately punches the King in the face as, like everyone else, hates the new King. Instead of being hanged, he is forced to be at the King's beck and call. It starts to get interesting here as Costis slowly realises what the reader already knows: Eugenides is much more than he appears.
It's a convoluted plot, made more interesting when you already know Gen. But, as I said, it would work as a stand alone and a new reader would begin to understand Gen as Costis does.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great plot but not so convoluted that it's a task to read. You do definitely want to reach in and shake sense into Gen quite often. Good Sunday afternoon read.Published on 24 May 2013 by Amazon Customer
Like the first book in the series "The Thief", this third in the series is full of action, surprises, intriguing characters and humour. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2012 by Boronsoff
I really loved this book. My wife, my daughter, and, I think, two of my sons read it. We all loved it. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2012 by steve
Its so nice when a book you enjoy has several sequels. This one continued to be enjoyable, with perhaps a touch less surprise as having read the thief and queen of attolia I'm... Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2011 by ngawang
The third and -I believe- final book in this series.
This volume is told mostly from the POV of Costis, a guardsman who punches his new King in the face for. Read more