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Thick as Thieves (The Queen's Thief #5)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  2,067 Ratings  ·  568 Reviews
Deep within the palace of the Mede emperor, in an alcove off the main room of his master’s apartments,. Kamet minds his master’s business and his own. Carefully keeping the accounts, and his own counsel, Kamet has accumulated a few possessions, a little money stored in the household’s cashbox, and a significant amount of personal power. As a slave, his fate is tied to his ...more
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Greenwillow Books
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Emily May
Mar 30, 2017 Emily May rated it it was amazing
There is freedom in this life and there is power, and I was ambitious for the latter.

When you wait six years for a book, it's hard not to be nervous going into it. Would it be as good as I remembered? Would Thick as Thieves deliver what I loved about the other books in the series? Or-- what if I've changed? What if, after six years, I am a different type of reader who no longer likes this kind of book?

I shouldn't have worried. Megan Whalen Turner is still, after all this time, one of the stron
Jun 17, 2012 AMythicalBeast rated it it was amazing
To the publisher.
Please make sure this book is published. Please don't torture us with unending anticipation after everything that happens in A Conspiracy of Kings.
I know we are a small community of Queen's Thief fanatics, but we are ardent.
Please end our misery by at least announcing an expected release date.
Please, please?
Thank you.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jan 22, 2017 Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Note: This review contains some spoilers for the second book in the QUEEN’S THIEF series, The Queen of Attolia. I've tried to avoid any other spoilers for the prior books.

In Thick as Thieves (2017), the long-awaited fifth book in Megan Whalen Turner’s QUEEN’S THIEF series, the setting shifts away from the peninsula where Eddis, Attolia and Sounis are, to another country in this world, the Mede Empire, which has long been nursing not-so-
Aug 28, 2012 Elevetha marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Everyone on the planet and in the far reaches of space and all the possible alternate universes

Not thrilled with the title, it doesn't really jive with the other titles, but frankly, that's small beans, COS I'M GETTING BOOK FIVE.

Original review :
Seeing the book on Goodreads


Seeing the nonexistent release date and realizing that I will be reading this to my grandkids children when it finally comes out.

Doomed to 20 years of waiting telling strangers:


Lois Bujold
Jun 12, 2017 Lois Bujold rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy readers; all readers
Recommended to Lois by: its prior series books
Aha, I'd been waiting for this one. It did not disappoint.

While this book would work just fine as a stand-alone, in order not to cheat yourself out of a richer reading experience, I strongly recommend starting with the first book in the series, The Thief, and continuing in order. Do not read reviews, promos, or the jacket copy first, just turn to its Page One and start, and let the book teach you how to read it. Ditto the second, The Queen of Attolia, and after that you are on your own.

I'd been
Apr 13, 2017 Tatiana rated it it was amazing
With Thick as Thieves Turner goes back to the series stylistic and thematic roots. It's simultaneously a plus and a minus. Like the original The Thief, this new addition is essentially a road trip/chase, with just a tiny dash of political intrigue. I missed the machinations, but I dearly loved this trekking adventure, primarily because of the characters involved in it. Turner's writing style is so simple and so very soothing and entertaining, I enjoyed every moment of reading this novel, and I e ...more
Jul 11, 2010 skein marked it as unavailable
If you keep teasing me like this, I'm not going to invite you to my birthday party.
Keely *Keelskilo*
Nov 19, 2011 Keely *Keelskilo* marked it as to-read
Dear Ms. Turner,

*ahem* clears throat

PLEEEEEEAAAAAAAASEEEEEEE at least give us a release date!!

I know that being an author is hard and there's a LOT of thinking that goes into these books (that's why we love them!) but I miss Eugenides so much!! It's been a couple of years now.

Can we get, maybe, a title?


Thank you.

The Adoring Fans of Eugenides

P.S. The first book was written before I was born.
I am now 18
I miss Eugenides....

EDIT AS OF FEBRUARY 2015: I am now 19.


Danielle (Love at First Page)

Brilliant. Megan Whalen Turner knows how to pull the rug out from underneath her readers, and I mean that in the best possible way. Also - one scene toward the end had me bawling like a baby. It was so good being back in this world!
Oct 24, 2011 Sara marked it as to-read-sequel
Shelves: most-anticipated
There's no title, no cover, no summary, no release date... And I still want to read this book SOOO much!!


UPDATE: Almost 5 years later, and will you look at this?? Title! Synopsis! Cover!

Mar 02, 2017 Maggie marked it as to-read

Nov 28, 2011 Melodramaticfool marked it as to-read

But when?!
Oct 17, 2012 ~♥*Marianna*♥~ rated it really liked it
Went searching for information about this book and instead found this post:

"When it comes to talking about what I am writing next, I told people that I think it’s teasing to drop hints about a book… for five years at a time. If I wrote books a little faster, I might be a little more willing to talk about what’s in them ahead of time. But I don’t, so I won’t. (Although, I will try to write faster, I promise, I promise.)" -Megan Whalen Turner

Read the rest of this post.

It's very insightful. She ev
Jun 24, 2017 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
If you're not reading the Queen's Thief series, you really should be.

*As much political intrigue as a Game of Thrones novel, but minus the creepy rape.
*Amazing, strong female (and male!) characters.
*Complex relationships.
*Fantastic world-building.

I can't recommend them enough. This one was strangely sweet and touching, considering it was the story of an escaping slave.
Shae McDaniel
I still haven't quite figured out what to say about this, since I don't want to give any spoilers. (Not Telling is a big deal to this fandom.) Also, I have the hardest time talking about MWT books when they first come out. As enjoyable as they are in the reading, the true joy comes from rereading over and over and over again and catching things you missed the first five or six times. That means any new Thief book will never be my favorite and allows for a more relaxed read, which is nice. (For i ...more
May 16, 2017 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
It took me almost seven years to write something about A Conspiracy of Kings, and I still haven't managed to articulate how much I love The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. I don't think I'll manage a real review today (happy release day!) after reading this only once. Some thoughts, though:

The bulk of Thick as Thieves is a bridge book - the maneuvering of pieces, however precariously and uncertainly, into position. And then, just when I expected every chapter to be the last, the book k
May 18, 2017 R.J. rated it really liked it
Four stars rather than five only because I still think I love THE KING OF ATTOLIA best of this series so far and there has to be some way to show that, but please consider this more like a 4.5 star rating at least because MWT has done it again and this book is *great*. I was feeling so smugly pleased with myself for having figured out one of the book's twists before the reveal and then... nope, still unprepared for all the other twists.

No spoilers here beyond what you can find in the flap copy,
Bitsy Anderson
Apr 14, 2011 Bitsy Anderson marked it as to-read
I MUST have this book within my possession as soon as possible. I shall be one of the few at the midnight opening at my local bookstore. Even though my city is lame and probably will not have a party. I shall wait by the front doors until they open first thing in the morning. It shall be done.
Melissa McShane
When Megan Whalen Turner spoke to a packed crowd in Salt Lake City, she said this book almost didn't get written. It didn't seem like a good idea as far as the series was concerned.

Let that sink in for a minute. I'll wait.

It's common knowledge now that this is the second half of The King of Attolia, or more specifically, the material in it would have been the second half if The King of Attolia hadn't grown out of control. (I asked her if the next book really would be the last, and she said it ou
Sami Privitor
May 22, 2017 Sami Privitor rated it really liked it
True to Megan Whalen Turner's style, this latest installment in the Queen's Thief series is a patiently paced novel focusing on character development, intrigue, and is wrapped up with a satisfying twist at the end. The final scene was deeply humorous! As always, Eugenides stole the show, but the story isn't focused on him: the narrator is Kamet, a Medean slave introduced in Queen of Attolia, and the role of his sidekick goes to Costis, the narrator of King of Attolia. The plot focuses on their c ...more
Shauna (b00kstorebabe)
Mar 30, 2017 Shauna (b00kstorebabe) rated it really liked it
4.5 stars


Oh god, I don't even know how to review this without spoiling but it's worth the long wait.

That being said, I wouldn't have love it if I hadn't done a reread marathon and found a new appreciation for The Thief. The plot solely revolved around a "road trip" of a sort, in the same vein of Thief. I didn't expect Kamet to be on centre stage; I didn't think much of him in QOA the first time, and I found him intriguing in my reread after I had known him to be the protag in TAT. I lo
Leah Cossette
Waiting for this book to come out:


I've been waiting so long. This series is, in my opinion, the best series ever written (and I've read A Song of Ice and Fire). After ACoK I thought it was over, but then, to find out there are two more...

And they're not out yet...


I'm dying here.

UPDATE 10/12/16: We have a cover, folks, we have a title. We have a release date, we have a synopsis, we're getting a map and Q&As and there will be pirates and the gang's all together now and getting married and Gen
May 20, 2017 Hallie rated it it was amazing
It may be 17 years before I write a review of this book too, at the rate things are going. But two things now, the second behind serious spoiler.

1. THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH. How did I not see that?? So wonderful.

2. (view spoiler)
Reading Teen
May 14, 2017 Reading Teen rated it liked it
I have to say I'm a little disappointed with this latest installment of the Queen's Thief series. After waiting 6 years, maybe my hopes were just too high, but I found this book to be a lot about nothing. It was most similar to The Thief, as it was just a long journey, but much less interesting (and The Thief was my least favorite of the series anyway). Yes, there is a bit of a "reveal" at the end which we've come to know and love from this author, but it wasn't nearly as interesting or as cleve ...more
Feb 09, 2017 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pub-harper
I love The Queen's Thief series so much. Every book is something different, but they all build on each other in a magical way that is defies explanation. My favorite remains King of Attolia, but this is a more than worthy edition to the collection. MWT's books are filled with quiet moments and an intense thoughtfulness that add up to greatness. You never know where you're going until all of a sudden you're there, and then you're blown away when you turn around and see the full picture. I was thr ...more
Beanbag Love
May 19, 2017 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite series in the world. I've probably read the first three books 20 times each. I would both love and hate for Hollywood to do something with this world and these characters. Love because, if done properly, it would be amazing. Hate because ... seriously ... Hollywood? They suck.

Anyhoo, this is the story of Kamet, whom we met in The Queen of Attolia. Kamet is a Median slave. The right hand of Nehuzaresh (sp?), smarmiest of the smarms. Kamet, even as a slave, is on a path
Rachel (Kalanadi)
May 26, 2017 Rachel (Kalanadi) rated it liked it
I have conflicting thoughts, so rating this is hard. The bromance trip with Kamet and Costis left me a little cold, probably because I never warmed up to Kamet.

I actually guessed half the ending, which is crazy! And in fact it's the ending that makes me like this the most: clearly it promises more in the future of Eugenides' cunning. But because I've waited so long, and the geopolitical balance has teetered in this position for a book or two already, I was hoping for less maneuvering the pieces
Sylvia Mercedes
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So, on to the review . . .

It was just wonderful to be back in the world of the Queen's Thief series! I have loved all things Megan Whalen Turner ever since discovering The Thief ten years ago.
Karyn Silverman
Feb 02, 2017 Karyn Silverman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, arcs, 2017-reads
Everything I wanted.
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Megan Whalen Turner is the author of short stories and novels for children, teenagers and adults. She has won the LA Times Book Award for Young Adult LIterature, a Boston Globe/ Horn Book Honor and a Newbery Honor. She won the Mythopoeic Award and was shortlisted twice for the Andre Norton Award.
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The Queen's Thief (6 books)
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