The Thief

In YA Book Reviews on September 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm


by Megan Whalen Turner

YA Fantasy Mythology Adventure /©1996/Recommended for Ages 11+/280 Pages

Queen’s Thief series (The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings)

 Publisher’s Comments (Amazon)

“I can steal anything.”

After Gen’s bragging lands him in the king’s prison, the chances of escape look slim. Then the king’s scholar, the magus, needs the thief’s skill for a seemingly impossible task — to steal a hidden treasure from another land. To the magus, Gen is just a tool. But Gen is a trickster and a survivor with a plan of his own.

The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities. What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

My Thoughts:

I don’t know how I missed this 1997 Newberry Honor Book, but it only recently appeared on my radar. It is the first in a series, and, by all accounts, it just keeps getting better. (However, it does not end with a cliff hanger, so it could be a stand alone.) This story is not always fast moving, but there is a lot going on and it is quite the adventure with an incredible twist that you won’t see coming. Gen, who is the thief and narrator, grabbed my attention from the beginning, and I just had to find out how he would get himself out of the mess he was in. Considering that he says and does the most outrageous things, he had his work cut out for himself, let me tell you. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

More Resources:

Booksmugglers Review of the Complete Series

Chachic’s Book Review with Book Trailer





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