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

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  22,884 Ratings  ·  2,105 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 2000)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ AAAHHH! No, you really shouldn't do that! Go find yourself a copy of The Thief, asap. I promise you'll be happy that you did. This is a fantastic…moreAAAHHH! No, you really shouldn't do that! Go find yourself a copy of The Thief, asap. I promise you'll be happy that you did. This is a fantastic series but is one of those that you really need to read in order, because Huge. Spoilers.(less)
Jen This book is in third-person, and includes sections from multiple point of view characters, including both Gen and the Queen of Attolia.

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Emily May
May 17, 2015 Emily May rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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
Jan 08, 2014 Limonessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit, fantasy
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
Mar 28, 2011 Catie rated it it was amazing
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.25 Gen Stole My Heart Stars

I had a great time reading this with a few friends at Buddies Books & Baubles

I liked The Thief it was a solid 3 star read, it took a little while to get into but the ending was very solid. The Queen of Attolia though….well let’s just say that it had some very unexpected and crazy surprises in store for me. It was so much better than the first book with complex characters and more than one twist I wasn’t expecting. I really love it when a book blindsides me with
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jul 31, 2015 Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ rated it really liked it
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Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen of Attolia, the second book in her QUEEN’S THIEF fantasy series, begins much the same as The Thief, the first book in this series: Eugenides (Gen) the thief is in prison. This time it is the Attolians who have captured him, but he’s made them, especially their queen, even more angry than he had the kingdom of Sounis in the first volume. From this similar beginning, however, the plot veers in some completely une
Mar 15, 2013 Jenna rated it liked it
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, ...more
Jan 25, 2011 Vinaya rated it it was amazing
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
”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
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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
Aug 09, 2011 Nomes rated it liked it
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
Mar 01, 2009 Angie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: belovedbookshelf, ya
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
Apr 10, 2016 Giovanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddy-read
“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; he started as a clever but als
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
Sep 05, 2014 jade rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
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
Jul 21, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-4-life
4/5 stars

The Review:

I don't think I've ever been more happy to give a book four stars. What everyone said is true: the second book IS better! The Queen of Attolia is just about everything I was hoping The Thief would be. The little clues that were given in this book amounted to BIG THINGS (unlike in The Thief where they pretty much amounted to diddly-squat).

Not only was this book more exciting than the first, but I also enjoyed the characters more. Gen, or Eugenides, has grown into a more cleve
Oct 19, 2015 Elevetha rated it it was amazing
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)
Kerry *Soulcaster*
WOW! I love it when I enjoy the second book in a series more than the first. I rated THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was so much better than its predecessor THE THIEF.

Megan Whalen Turner didn't hesitate to get straight to the action this time around. She also wasn't afraid to shock her readers TO THE CORE. Three chapters into the book I was stunned beyond belief. I can't remember the last time a book held so much power over my emotions.

One of the main themes of the book was Gen's str
"There are a lot of things that a person with two hands couldn't steal," Eddis said.
"Surely if it's impossible to steal them with two hands, it's no more impossible to steal them with one. Steal peace, Eugenides. Steal me some time."

Oh Lord. Thank you, Megan Whalen Turner, for writing this epic sequel. I almost didn't read it, because The Thief was a bit of a disappointment. (it's still a good book! I guess it just wasn't for me) However, The Queen of Attolia has everything the previous n

Okay, so everyone who told me to keep reading this series even though I found The Thief mind-numbingly boring was right (also, apparently you don't really even need that book for this one to make sense; good to know).

This book is so much, tho. SO MUCH. I saw exactly 0% of any of that coming.

More thoughts:
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."

Feb 27, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, 2012
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
March 19, 2012

Such a marvelous and satisfying read. A complex medieval world set in someplace very like Greece, with active gods. The political machinations, the complexity, the trickery. Nom, nom, nom.

Library copy.


June 6, 2015

Well, there I was engaged in an epic re-read, and the library not only didn't have a copy, they didn't even have a record of it. So I had to buy a kindle copy for total instant gratification. Yeah, it was worth it.

Personal copy
Steph Su
May 22, 2012 Steph Su rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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
It’s been ages since I reread The Thief, but fortunately the two books don’t rely on each other too much. The Thief introduces Eugenides and the pseudo-Greek world he lives in (along with its other, less congruous features, like pocket watches and the real and tangible presence of gods); The Queen of Attolia goes on to develop the character and his place in the world. It does a skillful job of developing a character who starts off completely unlikeable, slowly unpicking the difficulties of being ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 27, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
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
Feb 26, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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
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