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review 2020-02-02 14:27
The King of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner

The King Of Attolia is the third book in the Queen's Thief series, and possibly the slowest. Switching the POV to a guard then attendant named Costis, we get to see Eugenides through a different person's eyes, which didn't quite work. Costis felt more like a projection of events, not a real person. I got no sense of his wants or needs besides a long bath, no picture in my head of what he might look like.

The idea of this book is to paint the picture of Eugenides that the Attolians see, a bumbling King that would rather be anywhere else, and then flip the book on us towards the end with Gen's real plans. However, anyone that read the last two books will know for certain that Gen is plotting something, so it's a case of waiting 300 very boring pages for him to reveal his cards.

I fell in love with Gen during the last book, and it was my love for him that made me keep reading. He's an incredible character, smart, witty, very melodramatic. If you don't like his character immensely the story suddenly becomes a lot less interesting and I think that's an issue. You don't want a series hanging on the balance of one character's decisions.

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text 2018-06-26 07:06
Return of the Thief

Megan Whalen Turner announced the sixth (and final?) book of The Queen's Thief series a few days ago, coming March 19, 2019. I'm not ready. I just reread the series last summer. I thought I had at least four more years. My whole brain is crying (and has been since the announcement).

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review 2017-12-02 03:01
The Third Sequel of The Queen's Thief Almost Fall Short.
A Conspiracy of Kings (Queen's Thief) - Megan Whalen Turner

This was a hard decision on whether I would give it a 3 or a 4 star rating but in the end, the overall of the book won a 4. It took me a while to finish this (again, I am beginning to delay in reading) when I began since October and now its December already! Anyway, once again I love how the world building is but the 3rd sequel focus on a young Sophos, last seen in The Thief, in his perspective on how he became the King of Sounis. After been captive by Medes (twice), slaved and fought back, A Conspiracy of Kings has every thing as it turns out except that I felt the first few chapters were very slow. As how it was delivered, the promising part of unexpected events turns out well in the consistency of writing, character and plot. While (been bias now) I rooted for more Eugenides to appear in this book, his appearance is much lesser but when he does appear, its once again a favorable wind that perks up the reading. Still, this is one series I am still in any way following due to its writing and world building. Of course, I can't wait to see what will happen next and I am one book away to read Thick as Thieves and hope I can read it when time permits. This, again, is a book I would recommend to anyone who started from the beginning.

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review 2017-11-18 18:54
Thick As Thieves - Megan Whalen Turner

MWT is a master of sleight-of-hand. Storytelling skills to the level that you'll follow her dubiously likable characters through endless bewildering micro adventures until everything settles into clarity with the grand reveal at the end. Great interiority, great insight into the characters' minds and perspectives, with moderate unreliability. This book looks at slavery (in an ancient world context), power and arrogance, as well as friendship. It probably suffers a bit because it's been long enough since I read the first books in that world that I sort of remember loving them, but don't remember enough about the world, the characters and the politics - or rather, my emotional engagement is a bit distant, so the world feels detailed and solid, but not like a return to a beloved story. The use of 'translated' myths in the narrative was smart but a bit pace-slowing. 14yo me would have been more impressed, but she was a geek. Clever, mature fantasy

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review 2017-08-24 19:18
How A Thief Became An Unlikely King And Prove He is The King of Kings
The King of Attolia (Queen's Thief) - Megan Whalen Turner

As sequels goes, its not easy to do a good follow up. The King of Attolia did not out done the previous book but it manages to stay at its form, which to me, has done pretty much expected after The Queen of Attolia. Once again, I fell in love more of the world of The Queen's Thief series and once again, I just can't get enough of Eugenides.

 

Eugenides is now King of Attolia and he has become the least favorite among the guards and his attendants. The unlikely king has been played on pranks, insults and even lost respect by those who can't trust the thief of Eddis. This is why he has choose Costis, an unlikely naive young guard to be his private attendant, who would want Eugenides dead then be the king of Attolia. But because Costis is loyal to the Queen, following orders is what he does best... until Gen has proven himself he is not just the Thief of Eddis, he can be the King of Attolia even though he does not behave like one.

 

There is so much to love about the second sequel - the intrigued plot, the twist and the pacing is just right. Although The Queen of Attolia had its unexpected moments and vivid immersive worlds, The King of Attolia focus more on a young guard point of view on Eugenides and how the Thief won their loyalty, in an unexpected way. Yes, there are conspirators among guards whom hated Gen and wanted him dethrone, but in the end, as the writing goes, is as beautiful as ever that you never expect truly is a worthy read.

 

As always, I am looking forward to the fourth book. There is so much to love and enjoy, and still some surprises that never cease to amaze me. The Queen's Thief series is some thing that works and never fails and its a series worth keeping on my shelve for a long time.

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