The Thief (The Queen’s Thief, #1)
By: Megan Whalen Turner
My Rating: Four out of Five Stars
Best for: 12 and up
Oct 10 to Oct 13 2020
Wow, I really gushed over this series the first time.
I’ve just finished my re-read of book 1, The Thief, and I’m wondering if I was a little too dramatic. I remember being THRILLED with The Thief, but it turns out there is isn’t a ton that happens in book one. It’s 250 pages of traveling, set up, and world building followed by 30 pages of big reveal.
It’s a super, super cool big reveal–don’t get me wrong–but every thing that led to it was a slow, meandering journey.
Now, I know what comes next, and the enthusiasm in my original series review is valid. But if I’d read my gushing review of The Queen’s Thief series and then read The Thief because One Man Book Club always gets it right…well…I think I’d be left scratching my head.
So here’s a slight adjustment:
Read The Queen’s Thief series! Book 1, The Thief, sets the stage nicely, but you’ll need to be ready to appreciate a nice, slow build to the climax. It’s worth it, trust me!
No content issues. 12 and up.
Dec 3 to Dec 8, 2015
You must know this first.
I am smitten.
The Queen’s Thief is why I read. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
Will someone please explain why I haven’t heard of Megan Whalen Turner or The Queen’s Thief before? What else has the world been hiding from me that I should already know about?
Tell me you haven’t felt like this before. Go ahead. I dare you.
There are four books in this series, with rumors of at least two more…although I’m not getting my hopes up, the last book was published in 2010. Never fear. Book four ends in a very good place.
Book 1: The Thief
Book 2: The Queen of Attolia
Book 3: The King of Attolia
Book 4: A Conspiracy of Kings
Not to mention–the book covers are totally sweet!
This is the story of Eugenides–The Queen’s Thief himself–and how he is a completely wonderful literary character. It’s one of the most well written and clever series of books I’ve read. The writing is so confident (yes, confident), I was powerless to resist being pulled into Gen’s world.
Of course, only his closest friends can call him Gen. That’s me. I’ve read the books. We’re tight.
This is fantastic fantasy at its finest, with epic story lines to follow, heroes to adore, villains to despise, lessons to learn, kingdoms to save, love to find, and twists to try (and fail) to anticipate. The twists! Oh, the twists, Twists, TWISTS! Just when you think you have it, you realize you’ve been long-conned since before you even knew you needed to watch out for the trick. The world building and polytheistic culture is as lovely as it is tight. I’m telling you, this is top quality stuff.
Don’t allow yourself to waste any more of your life having not read The Queens Thief.
I can’t abide my friends not knowing they are missing something great.
My job is done.
I wash my hands.