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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
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Feb 10, 10

bookshelves: absolute-favourites, young-adult, fantasy, books-i-own, lent-out
Read from February 04 to 06, 2010

I'm re-reading this series at the moment for around the fourth or fifth time, and I must confess that it's taken that many reads for me to resist the pull of the story of The Thief, and take notice of Turner's cleverness. I looked carefully for anything Gen said or did that, in the light of the twist at the end, took on a different meaning, and there were so many! I said 'AHh!' in enlightened tones at regular intervals, and 'So when he says that he really means this', and 'The Magus thinks that was a lie, but in fact it was the truth!' - it was almost a bit ridiculous. Turner is amazing. I cannot believe she tells this story in the first person, yet manages to hide so much - but the clues are there for the very, very clever reader to spot.
I'm leaving my gushing about Gen for The Queen of Attolia ;)
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message 1: by Sarah (last edited Feb 11, 2010 02:01AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sarah Very true - on a second reading it's like a different book because you know Gen is acting a lot of the time and you respect his intelligence even more. I think this is the only book I've ever read where the protagonist hides things from the other characters AND from you, the reader! It is a very clever thing to do writing-wise.


Josie Yes, it should have WON the Newbery, dammit! And I think you should indeed read this again before you read Queen.


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