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The King of Attolia (Thief of Eddis) Library Binding – 1 Feb 2006

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  • Library Binding: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060835788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060835781
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,958,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, fell in love with and stole the Queen of Attolia. A plan that he may have failed to think through properly. For now he finds himself King in a strange land, miserably homesick, mocked and hated by his courtiers, and harried by his Gods...
'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.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2008
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THE KING OF ATTOLIA marks the third book that follows Megan Whalen Turner's mischievous and dangerous hero, Eugenides, who is known to his friends as Gen. While returning readers may be disappointed that this installment is not narrated by the roguish master thief (the story is primarily told by a young guard named Costis), they will appreciate the returning cast of characters. Newcomers to the series shouldn't be too confused, though everyone should probably read this book twice to get all the political intrigue.

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.
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*spoilers for The Queen of Attolia*

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.
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I think this might be the best of the series. Eugenides has achieved some of his goals, but found they aren't everything he had envisioned them to be, and is dissatisfied with the reality of his situation. I really admire the way Megan Whalen Turner slowly reveals the ways that Eugenides has been manipulating everyone behind their backs, so that he continues to live up to his title as the Thief - cunning, clever, strategic and humorous - as well as showing his good qualities as a monarch, the promise of what he will eventually become, and worthy of the better consideration of the Attolians.
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