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The Thief Paperback – 16 Oct 2009
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[Gen] is the freshest and funniest hero to tumble through a fantasy novel for many years.
Independent on Sunday
“From the believable characters to the well-realized setting, this fantasy offers a refreshing change of pace for readers who enjoy adventure stories with a touch of magic. “
“This is an uplifting book, a literary journey that enriches both its characters and readers before it is over. “
“A tantalizing, suspenseful, exceptionally clever novel … The author's characterization of Gen is simply superb: she lets the reader know so much about him – his sense of humor, his egotism, his loyalty, his forthrightness, his tendency to sulk – and yet manages to hide the most essential information. Which is not to say that either Gen or Turner deceives the reader: both tell part of the truth at all times. And so, unlike many other novels of surprise, which don't bear up to a second reading, Thief is even more fun to reread – you can see all the clues to Gen's identity and mission, and delight in the author's ingenuity.”
The King's magus believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure - Hamiathe's Gift. To attain it, he needs a skillful thief and he selects Gen from the King's prison. The magus is only interested in the thief's abilities; what Gen is interested in is anyone's guess. A likeable rogue, Gen endures the difficult trek with much complaining and little grace, but shows his mettle when he steals the Gift twice and risks his life for his companions. The Thief is an exciting and compelling 'road-movie' story, with a cracking twist at the end which surprises both the magus and Gen's travelling companions - not to mention the reader!!See all Product description
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The story continues, sort of, through the books, meandering amongst the protagonists, their lives and adventures. Skilfully 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.
I kept hoping it would go somewhere, as it seemed to be leading up to something big, then nothing seemed to happen. At the start of the book, the characters were all excellent, and very realistic, but as more characters were included, the charm was lost, and they became rather base character models. Several characters I didn't care much about at all, even though they were part of the main travelling party.
I think I would have given this book only two stars, had it not been for the lovely stories that were added in about the creation of things by the Earth, and several things relating to that. They were really good stories, and I think better at showing the characters than the rest of the book.
But it is well written in terms of story, and if only she had kept the characters as alive as they had been at the start, this book could have been even better. Perhaps it will improve with the other books in the series, but I don't think I'll be reading them.
The setting of the novel took a long time to get my head around. While it is not actually set in Ancient Greece, it certainly evokes this aesthetic in the naming conventions of the characters and pantheon of Gods and Demi-Gods. However, the state of things was incredibly hard to grasp. The complex politics and mythology of the three kingdoms is delivered through expository dialogue long before the party cross the border of Sounis, name dropping places, people and wars that are completely alien to the reader. This immediately left me feeling a bit lost. There wasn't even a handy map included in the text to help the reader to understand how everything is connected.
Yet the bigger problem with The Thief was its complete lack of structure. The novel takes the form of one massively long journey in which little actually happens. We follow Gen's party day by day as Turner tells them what they eat, where they sleep and what brief conversations that they share. While there are a couple of points when it felt that the story was picking up - Gen's actual mission, for example - these were all over too quickly. For the most part, it was just a story about a group of a men travelling in one direction, only to then turn back and return where they came from.
Yet I was encouraged to keep reading by numerous posts that promised me that it got better. While everyone is of course entitled to their own opinion, I respectfully disagree. I was told that the novel contains a surprising twist but the blurb gave far too much of this away. The vague twist in the tale only occurs a few pages from the end of the novel and is far from being game changing. In fact, I had sussed it out at least a hundred pages before it actually occurred.
I could not even really find any common ground with the characters. As the narrative voice, I would have hoped that Gen at least would be likeable yet he just was not to my taste at all. It was clear from early on that he was potentially unreliable and I just did not find his constant retorts to be funny. More than anything, he just came across as whiny. Most of his dialogue consists of him complaining how hungry and tired he is, which are not desirable traits for a protagonist.
The rest of the predominantly male cast are ultimately forgettable. Of Gen's travelling companions, only Sophos's behaviour seems consistent. The rest flip personalities constantly, with the unnamed magus being the most mercurial of the three. He is prone to complementing Gen one chapter, only to criticise him for the same thing in the next. This inconsistency only served to make him seem rather bland on the whole.
So, all in all, I was really unimpressed by this novel. While I initially thought that the Mediterranean setting sounded interesting, The Thief had a very weak plot and forgettable characters. This certainly isn't a novel that I would recommend.