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The Queen of Attolia Paperback – 2 Oct 2009
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“Readers will be spellbound, not only by the plot's ingenious twists and turns, but by the powerful webs of humor and sorrow, differences and commonalities, love and loyalty that bind this memorable cast together. “ Kirkus Reviews
It features a power struggle of potentially catastrophic proportions as war erupts when Attolia's Queen chops off the hand of the Queen of Eddis's Thief for spying. This complex plot, with its fiendish political twists, is set in a country similar to Ancient Greece, with its own set of interfering gods and goddesses. The Thief, Eugenides, returns a broken man to Eddis, but is roused from his despair by a messenger from the gods telling him to stop whining and start saving the situation. Young teenagers will be fascinated by its ingenious plot and wry humour, and by the fascinating cast of characters that people this ancient landscape. Financial Times
In a firelit torture chamber, the executioner's sword descends and Gen, The Thief, no longer has his clever right hand. What can a one-handed thief steal? Maybe he can steal peace - and maybe also something for himself...See all Product description
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The story continues, sort of, through the books, meandering amongst the protagonists, their lives and adventures. Skillfully brought to breathing life, struggling with their dilemmas, you must love them all and their differences.
Fall from one book into the next, hope that Ms. Turner won’t stop writing. Nearly as strong on world and character building as Robin Hobb.
One gripe;-In the Author‘s Note of The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner says, quote "The gods and goddesses in my book are not those of the Greek or any other Pantheon. I made them up. The Mede Empire is also my own invention” unquote.
I’ll now quote from the Collins English Dictionary, “ Mede n. A member of an Indo-European people of West Iranian speech who established an empire in SW Asia in the 7th and 6th centuries B.C.” unquote.
And from Tom Holland’s panoramic book Persian Fire, ( Abacus 2005) I could quote many references, but to mind springs.....
“A dark shadow had been caste over the Ionian imagination, and the memory of Harpagus’ coming would long serve to blacken even the most intimate moments of Joy:
In winter, as you lie on a soft couch by the fire,
Full of good food, munching on nuts and drinking sweet wine.
Then you must ask questions such as these:
‘Where do you come from? Tell me: what is your age?
How old were you when the Mede came?
Xenophanes, Fragment 22.
And this Quote, “In 610 BC, the Medes swept into northern Syria, burning and looting as they went. In 585, they went to war with the Lydians, a people based in what is now the west of Turkey” Unquote. And on it goes.
Having said that, I love these books, they are so well written and the characters well defined, believable and lovable, having hopes and failings with which you can identify.
It was however not in exactly 'mint' condition when I got it. All four books I got were slightly bended and creased in several spots on the front and back covers, and my favourite of the four was creased on the spine, too. I'll live, but expected more from Amazon.