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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
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Apr 11, 2008

it was amazing
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Read in January, 1998

The main character of this story is mesmerizing. Turner has fleshed him out so fully, he's stepped right off the pages to join the ranks of characters the likes of Uriah Heep and Bertie Wooster. Gen is more likeable than either of them, though.

This is fantasy that doesn't feel like fantasy. From the moment you meet him in the king's prison, Gen effortlessly holds your attention as he slowly reveals himself without ever giving himself entirely away. He tells his own story and his observations of his enforced companions and their struggling journey to recapture a treasure are by turns hilarious and heart-stopping. Like a true illusionist, Gen keeps your eyes off the real treasure whilst holding it in plain sight from beginning to end of this gem of a story.
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