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The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief #2)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  17,820 ratings  ·  1,720 reviews
When Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, stole Hamiathes's Gift, the Queen of Attolia lost more than a mythical relic. She lost face. Everyone knew that Eugenides had outwitted and escaped her. To restore her reputation and reassert her power, the Queen of Attolia will go to any length and accept any help that is offered...she will risk her country to execute the perfect
Paperback, 362 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Emily May
May 17, 2015 Emily May rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana, Catie

Now I finally understand why everyone seems to like this book so much more than the first. You see, The Thief is a wonderful little book filled with excellent writing, an interesting protagonist, an exciting fantasy world and a great big twist near the end. The Queen of Attolia had all of this, but it just had more of everything. It was everything I loved about the first book... on steroids.

Every character and every sentence - damn it, every word even! - is important, serves it's own purpose an
Jan 24, 2011 Tatiana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kristin Cashore
If I were ever to write a book, this is the one I would want to see my name on. I am not very good at writing positive reviews, so this will probably sound cheesy, but I totally loved every word, every sentence of this story!

"The Queen of Attolia" is a second book in Megan Whalen Turner's series about the Thief of Eddis Eugenides. I moderately liked the first book, especially for its conciseness and intricate world-building rooted in Greek history and mythology, but this second book exceeded any
Oh my god.

Honest to goodness spoiler lies within.

(view spoiler)

And if that isn't the most perfect, gut-wrenching way to finish a book, I don't know what is.

I'm n
I elected Froi as my favorite male character of the year for 2011, but Eugenides definitely gets second place.

The Queen of Attolia is the second book in The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner and in this review THERE WILL be spoilers. If you haven't read the first book, The Thief, I strongly suggest you not to continue reading this.

I think that, if you liked The Thief, you'll probably like this book even more. I'd rather not get into the synopsis to leave all details undiscovered but
When I finished reading The Thief, I expressed some hope that the next books in the series would have a faster pace. Well, this is me eating those words. As far as I’m concerned, she can be as slow as she wants! The Queen of Attolia is a book to be savored. It is beautiful and rich, with complex, suffering, gorgeous characters that I just want to spend all day with. It is also packs quite an emotional punch.

In this book, we finally get to spend time with the real Eugenides. No more false obnoxio
Well well! So our pleasant, feather-brained little fantasy romp grew a bigger, bitchiner sequel. Turner made the very good choice of switching from first person to roaming third, and tossed us straight in to political intrigue and war and post trauma.

So – and, frankly, this is one of those spoilers that has to be revealed because talking about the book without it is like talking about Harry Potter without talking about magic . . . this sentence was going somewhere. Since when is drunk reviewing
Jan 25, 2011 Vinaya rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Vinaya by: Tatiana G.
I have such mixed feelings about this book. I can't deny that it's an amazing book, but at times, I just wanted to throw it away and howl in frustration -- not because any of the characters were misbehaving, but because of the twists and the turns and all the bad things that I don't like happening to anyone. I think I should never write a book, ever, because I hate doing unpleasant things to my characters, and as for killing off characters I like -- forget it!

The Queen of Attolia is one hell of
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
I really wanted to like this book. I really did. I loved the first one, you know. I thought Gen was hilarious and really someone I'd like to have around with - even if he was annoying.

The Queen of Attolia started out really good. I really was not expecting anything like that to happen. It was very surprising and I almost thought it was a dream. Where the first book had twists that had me smiling and gaping, this one had few. It was just ok. Eugenides had grown and changed so much that the only r
It is easy for me to see why this is a beloved book for so many people. It is intelligent, clever, twist-y, tightly written and has many gasp-did-that-just-happen moments. It also has strong, admirable characters and a tortured, brave hero in Gen. It's the kind of fantasy not just written for teens, but smart enough to stand outside the YA genre on it's own.

As for me, I have the lowest rating out of all my friends on here O.o

What can I say? It's a book worthy of 5 stars, for sure. But I never ra
I don’t really know how to rate or review this book. I’m afraid I’ll be kicked out of the cool kid’s club* for not absolutely adoring The Queen of Attolia. I’m really upset that I didn’t, because I was expecting to. I had super high expectations. Pretty much everyone I know told me how amazing it is. How you only read the first book in the series to get to this one. But I have to say, I think I like The Thief more. It’s not that I didn’t like The Queen of Attolia. I did. I just didn’t love it, n ...more
”You aren’t the boy hero anymore.”
“Was I ever?”
If you're familiar at all with this series, then you'll have already heard that this book is way better than the first one. But I'll just confirm it again anyway - cuz it IS. So much better.

This is the story of two young, intelligent queens, Eddis and Attolia; it is a story full of political maneuvering and plays for power, of military strategizing and cunning. And in the midst of it all is Eugenides, the Queen’s Thief, who, true to form, will su
Wow. I Talk about a sequel. In fact, I'm pretty sure that as sequels go The Queen of Attolia should be the standard textbook in a class entirely devoted to how to write a killer sequel. The kind of sequel that will leave your readers completely unable to contain their glee at how it was just as good as they weren't daring to hope it would be. The kind that makes them keep their husbands up at night expounding upon the splendor that is such a sequel.

A note on the cover: I truly love
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“He lies to himself. If Eugenides talked in his sleep, he'd lie then, too."

I liked The Thief but at the same time I didn't love it. Sure, it was a good start but I was curious to see why The queen of Attolia has such a high rating. Well...I understand now. The queen of Attolia is ten times better than the first one. The character development, the plot: cleverly done, well written, if I had more time I would have read this one in a sitting.

Gen goes through so much;
I admit that I skipped the first book since I heard the second book was a big improvement. There's no problem for me to follow the story from page one. Turner's superb writing carried out the story smoothly without any confusion. However, what happened at the beginning with Eugenides made me seriously consider giving up the whole book. It was such a shock. (view spoiler) ...more
If you have any interest in reading this book, DO NOT READ THE GOODREADS SUMMARY. Read Tatiana's review instead. It's not that the summary is so spoiler-heavy, but it tells you more than you need to know. Some people may prefer that -- I suspect these are the same people who go on guided tours and stick to detailed itineraries when they explore new places. Not that there's anything wrong with that.* But I think you tend to miss the forest for the trees when you're too focused on finding the next ...more
Actual rating 4.5 stars
It’s been nearly 24 hours since I completed reading The Queen of Attolia. My mind is still in a bit of a fog and my eyes remain exhausted. I simply couldn’t bare to part with Gen’s story once it began. And what a story it is!

Told in 3rd person, The Queen of Attolia picks up where The Thief left off, with Gen sneaking about and getting himself into trouble for the sake of Eddis. Yet, the stakes are higher. Gen is no longer seen as a lowly, albeit competent, thief able to s
May 05, 2013 Elevetha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone on the planet and in the far reaches of space and all the possible alternate universes
Recommended to Elevetha by: Miss Clark
This series is bloody brilliant.

This one is still occasionally slow going but not as boring as "The Thief." But it manages to be intriguing and political and a whole lot of awesome.

I love Gen so freaking much. He is a perfectly flawed character and so well done. Attolia. Ice Queen. Girl, loosen up. I like that we're seeing some development for her.

This one felt like such a different book than "The Thief" but that can be a good thing. There wasn't a huge twist at the end, (view spoiler)
Steph Su
Perhaps because I found The Thief so fun and heartfelt, and was enthralled by numerous others’ lavish praises on the sequels, that I had extremely high expectations for THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA. It pains me to say that I didn’t like THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA as much as I did The Thief, but it’s still a good read in fantasy literature that will appeal across age ranges.

THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA is altogether different from The Thief. It’s told in third-person instead of first. Eugenides seems older; the events
Mike (the Paladin)
This is listed as a YA book, but I think most fantasy fans will find it mature enough to enjoy. The book is openly a romance, which is a genre I don't care for at all, yet here the romance does not overpower the rest of the plot nor suffocate the reader This is in a very real way a "coming of age story", again something I usually steer clear of, but here it retains my interest.

In other words, I like the book. I liked the first book of the series The Thief. I've gotten the next from the library
Sometimes a book just blows you away and you're left speechless - so here are my starstruck (or would it be bookstruck?), random thoughts about QofA. And to think I wasn't sure if I'd ever get around to reading this (!).

I liked the Thief, but wasn't amazed by it (I know, I know, I'm in the minority here). Yes, the huge, come-out-of-nowhere plot twist ending was superb, and I loved the rich world she has created based on ancient Greece and the Mediterranean. But I have to admit that when Gen was
Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction}
"Steal peace, Eugenides"
Approximately 150~ pages later...
"You were the princess Irene the first time we met."
"It means peace."

Jul 20, 2009 Lucy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love brilliant books
There is a thing that happens in this book that is among my most traumatic literary moments. It makes me cringe every time I think about it. Every time it is referred to in The King of Attolia I cringe too.

I love this book beyond words. But I will have to gird myself for a reread because I mentally twitch away from the cringeworthy thing.

Reread, 7/19/09:
This is the first time I'm rereading Queen of Attolia, and wow. The first time I read it I was so furious at Attolia for--what happens at the be
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
The gist of the story is easy to figure out. Eugenides is an infamous thief wanted in three separate countries. Luckily for him, his status as a cousin to the Queen has been enough to keep him safe, until a botched mission early in the novel results in a shocking and devastating punishment. The rest of the story, in large part, deals with Eugenides picking up the pieces of his life and attempting to recover from that event. Against the strong character-driven emotionality of the story is an elab ...more
An Odd1
Everyone does it. You made me do it. Where "it" is painful. Permanent. Like piercing - ears, eyebrow, navel (the bellybutton skin never healed, the eye-ring drew uncomfortable attention, the ear-lobes still itch red), tattoos (people ASK for needles? shiverrrr), cosmetic surgery (not to MY soft skin), physical abuse (a bully who can be provoked by a weakling is not strong), chop hands off thief, kill murderer. Decoration adds to beauty, attaining a cultural ideal is worth any suffering, crime de ...more
Originally reviewed here

If you have the attention span of a gnat The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner is NOT for you. If, however, you are willing to invest time and scream YEAH BUDDY (or not) when all of the plot threads come together, pick up the Queen’s Thief series. The second book in the series, the one I’m review (obvi) is The Queen of Attolia and it is rather self contained. You could just read The Queen Of Attolia and have a story where everything is solved and there are no cl

I'm starting this review with a disclaimer: about three weeks ago I read Quintana of Charyn, the conclusion to The Lumatere Chronicles, and it was perfect (Don't even try to tell me there were flaws, because there weren't. Hmph.). Therefore any and all fantasy books for the foreseeable future have a lot to live up to, and will probably not be rated above four stars. Including this one, though I did enjoy it very much.

Now, moving on.

My biggest problem with the previous novel isn't an issue with t
Reread: March 2015


First Read: May 2014

4.5 stars

I breezed through this book because the POV changed from first to third, and I found it easier to read. So many feelings about the characters in this book (PROTECT IRENE AT ALL COSTS).
I am glad I decided to keep reading this series. The second book is way better than the first one! Not perfect, but very good. Finally, we can learn more about the very interesting world-building, although for some reason the author keep giving us more details about the mythology than the present. Nevertheless, this story is better-written and we learn better the characters.

Eugenides found himself in a big trouble with devastated consequences. Now, he has to deal with a new reality while war and
jillian nessie
The Thief, being on the slowish side of taking-it's-sweet-time-about-it, never really made it to my list of favourite books. The Queen of Attolia on the other hand (not that there is another hand... *smacks self heavily over head with a hardcover and unabridged Les Misérables in futile reparation for that really dumb joke*), is closer. Much closer.

While it can't be called a fast-moving book either, Turner's easy-flowing and clever writing draw you effortlessly into a plot that's like a twisted s
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