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The Queen of Attolia (Queen's Thief) Paperback – 21 May 2007
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“Megan Whalen Turner has constructed a clever world filled with suspense and intrigue and characters that will never be forgotten. Once you dive into the world of the Queen’s Thief [books], prepare to have your life stolen from you until you finish them all.” (Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times-bestselling author of the Testing trilogy)
“Megan Whalen Turner proves to be one of the brightest creative talents. With each book, she continues to add new levels and new lustre to her sparkling imagination.” (Lloyd Alexander)
“Turner’s storytelling is so sure that readers will want to go along with her—and discover whatever it is that Eugenides will do next.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“The intense read is thoroughly involving and wholly satisfying on all fronts.” (The Horn Book (starred review))
“Readers will be spellbound.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“A plot twist sets the obvious on its head and leads to an unexpected conclusion. Scheming, spying, thieving, and fighting fill the pages of this cleverly plotted, enjoyable tale. (Book)
“This rich, layered tale is immensely satisfying. A story to savor, one of those books a reader will race through to find out what happens, at the same time never wanting it to end.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
From the Back Cover
When his small mountains country goes to war with the powerful nation of Attolia, Eugenides the thief is faced with his greatest challenge. He must steal a man, he must steal a queen, and he must steal peace.
But his greatest triumph-as well as his greatest loss-can only come if he succeeds in capturing something the Queen of Attolia may have sacrificed long ago.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's so hard to try and talk about though, because a huge life and story changing spoiler occurs page 32 that made me want to scream and cry. The fallout of this causes a war between Eddis and Attolia, one which give the story its overall arc. It's full of plotting and intrigue and battle plans which I love, so I was very happy indeed and all in a relatively short book. At the same time, the characterisation was not at all compromised.
Gen is so clever in a way I didn't appreciate in The Thief. He grows up a lot, both because he has to and because he himself is growing up and entering a bit more into adulthood. The Queen of Eddis clearly has a soft spot for her Thief and worries about him when he is off on his missions.
I'm not going to say too much about Attolia for fear of spoilers. But I will say that I both felt for her in her anguish and was utterly terrified of her at the same time.
The ending put a goofy grin on my face. And a few tears.
There's only one thing a potential reader should be aware of. Back when I picked up 'The thief' I did it because I love fantasy and it was labelled fantasy. But there is very, very little fantasy elements in it. No elves, no magical spells, no talking animals, etc. And it is inspired by ancient Greece, not by medieval Britain. But I completely forgot about fantasy and the lack thereof while reading 'the Thief' and the sequels. The supernatural elements are in just the right doses. So don't expect orcs or long bearded wizard and you shall not miss them one bit.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I think it deserves six stars. 'Thief' also sounds very good and I can't wait to get that too.
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