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Thief! (The Queen's Thief #o.5)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  954 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
A short story about a younger Eugenides from the magazine Disney Adventures.
ebook, 8 pages
Published August 2000 by Disney Adventures Magazine

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Stephy You don't have to read The Thief first, it's fine as a stand alone. In the beginning of this short story there is a blurb for people who are not…moreYou don't have to read The Thief first, it's fine as a stand alone. In the beginning of this short story there is a blurb for people who are not familiar with the world The Thief is set in.(less)
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Jillian -always aspiring-
Jan 07, 2012 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who have loved the Queen's Thief series (and its hero, Eugenides)
I've never written a proper review for any of the Queen's Thief books I have read (even though I love them so, however much portions of the story make my heart ache), but seeing and reading this short story inspired me a bit to give some of my impressions of this story and the main character, Eugenides. (Note: Here there be SPOILERS for the novels themselves, so read with caution if you have yet to read said novels for yourself.)

It's strange that I would come across this short story because, yea
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. Review originally published at

Readers who (like me) are fond of Megan Whalen Turner’s THE QUEEN’S THIEF fantasy series, and who mourn the length of time between publication of her novels, can ease their pain just a little with the short story “Thief!,” originally published in August 2000 in Disney Adventures Magazine and now posted on her website here. "Thief!" is a prequel to The Thief, the first book in this series. It’s a brief adventure in the life of yo
Chatty P (previously Honour)
Megan Whalen Turner made this short story available online for us to read. Go HERE to read little Gen's story before he became The Queen's Thief.

If you haven't read The Queen's Thief series then treat this illustrated short story as a major spoiler (MAJOR), and avoid reading it if you can till you've at least finished the first book (The Thief).
The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1) by Megan Whalen Turner

If you have read the series (or at least The Thief), then you'll understand the undertone and sweetness of this story very well.

On it's own this story m
I'll read anything by Megan Whalen Turner.
Jubilation Lee
Squee! How did I not know there was a little Eugenides short story floating around teh interwebs??

Adorable and quick, we get to meet Eugenides pre-mom's-death, see how he developed his penchant for stealing women's earrings and dedicating them to his god, watch his interactions with his horde of cousins (this part is sort of heartwrenching, actually, since most readers know that (view spoiler)
Jan 08, 2012 Kogiopsis rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Oh, Gen, you just never change, do you?
This is a very cute little short story - it doesn't add a lot to the actual books but Gen is just so much fun as a character that it's worth a read anyhow. Thanks to Megan Whalen Turner for putting it up online.

I believe that is enough said.
There are some books you wish would just shut up already, but there are some little pieces of writing you wish would just go on and on. This was one of them.

Reading about Eugenides all over again as a little kid just had that SQUEE factor, because isn't it lovely to revisit a series where everything is all nice and innocent and there are no more wars and no more politics and no more hatred? Reading about him now, knowing what he goes through later, is undoubtedly kinda sad, but at the same time
Ameera Talal
Dec 18, 2015 Ameera Talal rated it really liked it
A quick delightful insight into the world of Gen as a child, who's as witty and determined as we came to know him in The Thief.
Thea Zhu
May 24, 2015 Thea Zhu rated it really liked it
Nice little short story about young Gen, back then when he was still chased and bullied by his cousins but already shown traces of his qualities as a future thief. It also involves his older brother Stenides who as far as I can remember hasn't showed up in the other books yet.

It took a bit to get used to the illustration that accompanied the short story (by Chad Chameron, not the author Turner). The characters in the "The Queen's Thief" have always been somewhat ageless to me which is perfect f
Anggia Retno
Jan 03, 2012 Anggia Retno rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook, english
You can find the story here

This is a snapshot about little Gen, that in the future will become Thief of Eddis
Dec 12, 2012 Alisha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
This series is hands down one of my absolute favorites. I have been through a few sets of paperback copies because I read them so often they fall apart.
Nov 18, 2013 Olgia rated it it was amazing
Best Short Story ever. :)
Dec 26, 2014 Suz rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-july-dec
A great short story about Gen before he becomes the Queen's Thief with wonderful illustrations! Thanks to the author for providing this to us for free!
Jan 27, 2014 Jennie rated it really liked it
A charming short story that takes place well before The Thief, and confirms my belief that Eugenides is my fictional boyfriend forever. It contains spoilers for The Thief, so don't pick it up until after you've read the first book in the series.
Jul 12, 2014 Spandana rated it really liked it
It took 8 pages for young Gen to completely charm me. And the writing- so enjoyable. Looking forward to reading this series. :D
Aug 27, 2015 Emma rated it it was amazing
There is really no such thing as too much Eugenides in one's life. God I love these characters and t his world.
Kathleen Kirby Vallejo
Feb 05, 2016 Kathleen Kirby Vallejo rated it really liked it
Cute little story about a much younger Gen and the thievery he was up to even at a young age.
Aug 17, 2014 Kitty rated it it was ok
Maybe if it wasn't a children's story... I don't think kids need stories that romanticize stealing.
Eva Ebert
Oct 06, 2014 Eva Ebert rated it really liked it
It's a nice little story, giving us a slice of Gen's life as a child and if you've never read any of the books it will serve as a fine little introduction to the universe. It's an enjoyable read, but it's not what I would call essential.
May 19, 2015 Katy added it
Shelves: read-2015
Short fiction. Available online.
Jan 10, 2014 Emily rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Thief
First off, like other reviewers, I wouldn't read this short story about Gen (free online) until after you've read the first book in the series, The Thief -- otherwise you risk spoiling some of the surprises that come next. As a stand alone story, it's a fun little race with an impish little boy as he sharpens his thieving skills on the backs of his cousins. As background to Gen's life, it's a bit more illuminating to get this glimpse into the series' protagonist.
Aug 15, 2015 Maja rated it liked it
A cute and short little story
Jun 27, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
Really short
Nov 05, 2014 Vicky rated it really liked it
What a lovely short story!
Morgan DuVal
Oct 18, 2015 Morgan DuVal rated it it was amazing
Mar 30, 2013 Punk rated it really liked it
YA Fantasy. A prequel to the Queen's Thief series. Gen's ten and causing trouble with his cousins. I read this after The King of Attolia, and it made an otherwise simple story quite bittersweet, which is a nice trick. Chad Cameron's illustrations are charming, as well.

The story's available at Turner's website for free, but unfortunately it's in jpg format, scanned from a magazine, and won't be accessible for all readers.
Dec 02, 2015 Juny rated it it was amazing
Well lets just say that if your obsessed with the series, like I am, then you should defiantly read this short story. Gen is 10 in here and you get a glimpse of his cousins but more we see his brother whom he actually likes :) I had no idea where to get this short story, but I have finally found a way, it's on Megan Whalen Turner's page.
I suggest reading it. I suggest not reading it before you've read the Thief and all the other wonderful books because it's a SPOILER!
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