The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief #3)
Then he drags a naive young guard into the center of the political maelstrom. Poor Costis knows he is the victim of the king's caprice, but his contempt for Eugenides slowly turns to grudging respect. Thoug...more
It's weird how I find the most difficult books to review are those that I knew were going to be amazing... and yep, this was amazing! I mean, what do you say that actually means anything? I could ramble on about fantastic writing, brilliant characters, excellent plot, this would all be true but the words are so empty and don't convey what I love about this series.
They don't say how this intricate fantasy world pulls you in with it's politics, it's culture and it's superstitions. It's like the e...more
Freaking brilliant!!! Mind blown. Every one should read this series immediately. And then re-read "King of Attolia." This book blew my mind like nothing else I've ever seen or possibly ever will. Excellence in book form. I will give no spoilers pertaining to the plot other than some small facts about the main characters if you've not read the first two. But do NOT read these out of order! That would be a huge mistake. Gen, Gen, Gen, only the most fully awesome, amazing, charming, sneaky little d...more
Eugenides is back, and he's just as clever, sneaky, and conceited as ever! He is now the King of Attolia--well, in name, that is. Nobody wants to accept this queen-stealing, one-handed boy as king, especially Costis, a member of the queen's guard. But Costis learns that there is much more to this king than meets the eye...
Edit to add: just re-read it for the umpteenth time. Still made of awesome.
Obviously just by reading the summary of this book you can see that Eugenedes has found himself King of Attolia. And quite the reluctant king is he. It seemed the first half of the book was so much conspira...more
Eugenides, the famous Thief of Eddis, is now the King of Attolia. He is married to the woman he loves but he doesn't enjoy the power that comes with it. Gen is despised by Attolians, they think him a lazy fool and a treacherous abuser of their Queen. But of course, things are not at all what they seem to be.....more
No one said marriage is easy. The one between Eugenides, the spy/thief of Eddis and his sworn enemy the queen of Attolia seemed doomed from the start, a marriage of political convenience, imposed on Attolia by their rival kingdom. For how could the thief possibly love the queen responsible for the loss of his hand?
But Eugenides is anything but predictable and has married the queen for love, even if by doing so he must leave his beloved Eddis behind.
As the t...more
One reason this is my favorite of the 3 is because Eugenides is so present. I'm a fan of his, even though I still feel like I'm missing something. I like stories that I don't have to work quite so hard to figure out. Don't get me wrong, I like having a book that makes me work, but for whatever reason, these ones made me work too h...more
At the end of THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA Gen found himself in a dilemma. All he wanted was to marry the Queen. However, he forgot to factor in that he would have to become King. He never wanted to rule a country. Gen had outwitted himself.
THE KING OF ATTOLIA picks up soon after Gen and Irene were married. The people of Attolia have not e...more
This is probably my favorite out of The Queen's Thief series. I will say that my expectations for this book were low because it was told from the perspective of Costis, but I was pleasantly surprised when I finished and realized that I enjoyed this one more than the previous two. I think that the reason it was more enjoyable was because it was easier to see how Gen struggled when it was from the perspective of another. Because it is told from an outside perspective, you see how Gen is viewed by...more
Usually, I can't think of anything to say for any of the books on my favorites shelf, mostly because they leave me speechless. This is no exception, but I'll give it a shot.
So. Each one of the installments in The Queen's Thief series revolves around a different theme; The Thief was an adventure, while its sequel, The Queen of Attolia, is about the politics of love and war.
The King of Attolia, however, is about hidden depths, and things that are not what they appear to be.
Eugenides, Thief of Eddis, just married the Queen of the neighboring kingdom, Att...more
That being said, I first read this when I was a kid and loved it; although I feel like I 'get' it a WHOLE lot better now. Like a good wine,...more
OH. MY. GOSH. I was just searching for more books from this author and there will be a 4th in this series released in winter 2010! Hal...more
jadi aku review dg sudut pandangku sendiri....
di akhir cerita buku keduanya, Gen menawarkan dirinya menjadi Raja Attolia ke muka Ratu Attolia yg dingi tp anehnya menarik. Ratu setuju. Mereka menikah. dan sekarang dimulai kehidupan Gen sebagai raja.
sebenarnya Gen benci menjadi sosok yg diam dan duduk terus di kursi singgasana. kehidupan barun...more
Well. Well, well, well. Who would have thought that the perfect thief could become the perfect King, and perhaps even an Emperor? Miss Turner, this time,
you most certainly have done your series the justice it deserves.
I have to say, I loved this book, loved reading every single word of it. It was much better than the last book, where the whole love affair simply comes
out of no-where, and all of a sudden the cripple marries the Queen and they just happen to love each other through the dreams
The book's about how Gen comes to grips with being king. To that end, using the perspective of an outsider as the narrator really works. I liked how the writing shows, not tell, you why Costis's opinion of Gen changes. Showing Gen's struggles in the court resonated emotionally because he's...more
This book. This book. I just.. I can't.. Yes.
I'm writing this weeks after reading, because homework and other things have restricted my time, and I've spent all my free moments re-reading or ranting to my poor but considerate and patient little sister.
So I'm going to work my way through my notes, pace myself. So my points, from beginning to end:
No wedding? I'm both glad, and not. I don't think it would have been done quite right, but you never do know when Turner. She has the...more
(view spoiler)[Some time ago, I read Jennifer Nielsen's The False Prince. If you've read my review of that, then you'd know that my love for thieves started with this series. After reading The False Prince, I was suddenly overwhelmed by a strong feeling of longing for my favorite thief, Eugenides, so I immediately grabbed my copy of Queen of Attolia and King of Attolia and read them to my heart's content. And, oh lords, I loved these two when I first rea...more
-- was really excited for a minute there, but even a basic description of this book would spoil the prior two, and I think I will save a spoilery writeup for after I've finished the series. Although I kind of want to write a completely misleading but factually honest reaction to each one outside a spoiler cut, in the spirit of the books.
Ah, well. I'll stick to commenting on the narration. I do like the choice of Costi...more
Another great entry to this series.
I have to admit, upon reading the summary and some of the reviews, I was a bit nervous about this book being in the third-person POV of a newly-introduced character (Costis). But, Megan Whalen Turner handled this marvelously, and just like with The Queen of Attolia, I was completely enthralled.
With that said, though, I will say that there were times where I *did* long for more than just Costis' peak into the lives of Gen and Queen Attolia...more
This book was filled with clever little plots and humorous situations-but not overly so.
I must admit that I didn't like this book the first time I read it. I didn't understand it. I didn't understand why the author put in so many little details and I didn't understand what was happening. I wondered "Why was Gen the main character? Who the heck is this Costis? Why won't Gen take control?".
Turner is so very clever, clever, clever. And real, too. I don't think I've believed in the reality of imaginary characters this much since, well, since in a while. You can't condemn or adore any of Attolia's players - they d...more
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"Hideously," said the king, without sounding injured at all. "I am disemboweled. My insides may in an instant become my outsides as I stand here before you.”