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The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief #3)

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  16,031 ratings  ·  1,417 reviews
By scheming and theft, the Thief of Eddis has become King of Attolia. Eugenides wanted the queen, not the crown, but he finds himself trapped in a web of his own making.

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
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Emily May

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
If I tell you that each book in this series just gets more and more exceptional, will you believe me? Or will you believe that I, like Eugenides, am simply telling you a version of the truth to get you to do what I want you to do? (In this case, to get you to read these books yesterday). Both things are true, by the way. The King of Attolia is even better than its predecessor and I will tell you anything to get you to read these books. Yesterday. Plus, check out my favorite cover of the three. L ...more
Apr 26, 2010 Tatiana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Kristin Cashore, Robin McKinley
With this book Megan Whalen Turner has cemented herself as one of my all-time favorite writers. I absolutely loved "The Queen of Attolia" and "The King of Attolia" is a remarkable follow-up.

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..
Claire Scott
I'm not a mystery reader, and I've never fully appreciated whodunits, so by rights I should have been irritated with the Attolia books rather than enthralled by them. Unguessable twists and turns are the hallmark of the series: the reader can't possible figure out exactly what is going on because we don't have the information necessary, but we're haunted by the certainty that something more is going on than what the other, non-trickster characters are seeing. This was a sick-day reread for me, a ...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
An awesome, awesome book!

Sweet revenge. When you have a protagonist so much superior mentally and physically than anyone else, yet was taken as a fool and belittled by everyone, it was the COOLEST thing to see him finally reveal his true self, making everyone realize they'd been played all along. Turner was a genius. Her intelligence and imagination made Eugenides a truly brilliant character. "...if Attolia could look like a queen, then Eugenides was like a god revealed...". Furthermore, Turner
I almost didn’t read this book. If I didn’t already own it (I ordered it at the same time as The Queen of Attolia, I probably wouldn’t have. Because while I quite enjoyed the first book in this series, the second book didn’t live up to the hype by a long shot, and I was expecting this one to be even worse. One of my main problems with The Queen was how removed the reader is from the main characters, so when I found out that The King of Attolia is actually focused on the perspective of a new, som ...more
I. Love. This. Book. So. Much.
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.
Okay, this book. It snuck up on me with all its cleverness and wit and romance while I wasn't paying attention, and suddenly I’m having a full-body moment of squee flail, like you do. Which would have been fine if I hadn’t been moving very fast on a treadmill at the time. Things got a bit hairy for a second there.

This book is like – and I’m just going to say ‘no really’ preemptively here – this book is kind of like Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles if they were little young adult fantasies. No
Jan 25, 2011 Vinaya rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Vinaya by: Tatiana G.
I loved this book, as I did the previous one, but then, I was kinda expecting to anyway, what with Turner's turn of phrase, heh.

This is a short review, because there is no more to gush about than there already was in the previous books. Gen was smart and outwitted everyone, woo! As if we didn't see that coming. But it was still fun to watch him trip up the members of the Attolian court. The love between the queen and the king was a lot more tender in this story, although I was a little disappoi
Steph Su
Oh my word. Megan Whalen Turner rewards devoted fans of this series by presenting a third installment that is suspenseful, plot-twistingly smart, and surprisingly romantic.

When you read or reread MWT’s books, you never do so with the intention that you’ll completely understand how these characters’ minds work. That’s what I admire so much about this series—even if, at times, I do not completely like the books. Do you know the difference? Eugenides and Attolia are not entirely likable: they’re ea
Clever and Cunning, The Thief is King

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
I was prepared to like The King of Attolia, even love it. What I wasn’t prepared for the feelings that occurred while reading it. I was constantly doused with a sense of anticipation, giddiness and frustration. It made me want to simultaneously devour this book and draw it out.

Having read predecessors The Thief and The Queen of Attolia, it’s safe to say that I was fairly engrossed in the world Megan Whelan Turner has created prior to reading this installment to her series. I have come to know th
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
YES! That is all.
4 1/2 stars

I really loved this book, but it didn’t have the same emotional impact on me that The Queen of Attolia had. I obsessively re-read the last page of that book for days after finishing. When I returned it to the library, I grieved a little bit. But, even though my emotions aren’t quite as stirred, I do have to acknowledge the sheer clever genius of this book. I don’t think that I am up to the task of writing a review for this book without spoiling the first two books, but I promise to ab
Jun 04, 2011 Tina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tina by: Chachic
Shelves: 2011, best-2011, fantasy, ya
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I did say that when I finished The Queen of Attolia , I cannot not pick up the next book, right? And that is very true -- soon as I finished that book, I immediately picked up  The King of Attolia to know what happens next. Because really, after you're done with Queen, how could you not want to know?

I'm going in circles, I'm sorry.

Spoiler warning for The Thief and The Queen of Attolia from this point forward.

Seriously, don't say I didn't warn you if you read on a
Originally reviewed here.

You can always change the perceptions of fools.

Eugenides, the former Thief of Eddis, has found himself in an uncomfortable situation as the reluctant new consort of Attolia. Beyond nearly anyone’s comprehension, Eugenides didn’t marry the queen to become king, he became king to marry the queen. Costis, a young guard, finds himself reluctantly dragged into the king’s circle, acting as the brunt of his ploys. Grudgingly, his scorn for the new king turns to respect as Costi
Ah. Delightful. What the author manages to do is write a caper story, starring a thief, that's actually about politics, persuasion, and the early days of a marriage. That's pretty remarkable. And a pleasure to read. And there's fighting and assassination attempts, as well as court life, dancing, music, popular songs, and quite a bit about architecture. At least part of my fascination is what it would be like to live with gods actually showing up and performing the odd miracle.

The story is mostl
So fabulous. I absolutely love Turner's characters. Love them. And I think this book is the most brilliant of the trilogy. Each of them has a twist at the end, but really this one was the best. I wanted to hold it to my heart and sigh at its perfection when I finished it. And, oddly enough, I thought that I wouldn't like it! It's from the POV of a new character, and I wanted to get back inside Gen's head more. But it turned out better that way, because it made Gen's actions all the more surprisi ...more
NOTE: The King of Attolia is the third book in The Queen's Thief series. My review contains SPOILERS for the first two. If you haven't read The Thief or The Queen of Attolia yet, you should probably not read below. See my spoiler free thoughts on those books HERE.

I have a confession. I was really worried about Eugenides' choice of brides when I finished The Queen of Attolia. Don't get me wrong, I love unconventional relationships. I am especially amazed when an author has the ability to make me
Gosh, Megan Turner is just unbelievably talented. I am soo impressed with her ability to really plot such a complex story. Every time I read one of her books I start out not knowing where anything is leading but completely trusting her to get me there. And she always wows me. It's pretty spectacular.

I've been with these characters through three books and I continue to fall further in love with all of them. I can't decide who my favorite is, which is vaguely annoying but again showcases Turner's
Original Review:

This is probably my favorite out of the three in this series that I have read. It never really had any boring spots like the first two, or any political overkill. Also, the romance really improved. (It was really nice. At least in my opinion.) Even the fact that the book was shown from a different character's perspecitive (meaning NOT Gen's) sort of added to the story. I wasn't sure if I would like that or not, but it wasn't bad. The only thing I really didn't like was the last l
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Laura (Kyahgirl)
5/5; 5 stars; A+

I LOVED this book! Megan Whalen Turner has created a character of such depth and complexity in Eugenides that I am in awe. He has been revealed, bit by bit, throughout The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and now The King of Attolia. But only now does the reader see the whole picture.
I am not normally enthused about reading books with court intrigue and political maneuvering but this book was so much more than that. It was a beautiful study in human relations, personality profiles, a
missEvi [can't commit to a book]
Nothing is at it seems.

Eugenides is now the king of Attolia but he tries hard not to be..or is he? He is not loved and he is the focus of pranks from his own guard. Although the story is from the pov of Costis we learn a lot about the mysterious ways of the king. At the same time we can see how Costis's feelings change from hateful to respectful.

Eugenides is one of the most interesting characters ever created in my opinion and I think this the best book so far in the series.
nessie tavariel
Oct 15, 2014 nessie tavariel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who enjoy brilliance
Gah. This is ridiculously brilliant and clever and Eugenides and Irene and dear, stupid Costis and justngdghirjvn. Gaaaahhh. So good.

Ma fanmix.
Levina  C.
I love this book.

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.
Donna Cook
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I liked this one so much more than I liked The Queen of Attolia! You can read my review here to see my thoughts of that one before digging into this one if you'd like.

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
Mike (the Paladin)
This is the third book in this series...and it's an excellent addition to an excellent series.

I was introduced to this as a YA fantasy series and I suppose it fits as I think mature young people can get it and enjoy it. BUT don't be put off because it's YA. This is an enjoyable read and it's definitely not too young or immature.

I came close to giving this book a 5 star rating. I liked the first book very much, the second held my interest but this one seems to have pulled things together and de
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