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Return of the Thief

(The Queen's Thief #6)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  8,374 ratings  ·  1,535 reviews
The thrilling, twenty-years-in-the-making, conclusion to the New York Times–bestselling Queen’s Thief series, by Megan Whalen Turner. This beloved and award-winning series began with the acclaimed novel The Thief. It and four more stand-alone volumes bring to life a world of epics, myths, and legends, and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of f ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Greenwillow Books
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Publisher: Greenwiliow Books - August 25, 2020

A delay, but not surprising with so many things to tie up…more
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Publisher: Greenwiliow Books - August 25, 2020

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Jackie MWT announced that this will be the last one.

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great conclusion to the QUEEN'S THIEF series! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature. I also did an interview with the author here on FanLit, so please go check it out!

Megan Whalen Turner’s QUEEN’S THIEF young adult fantasy series, a masterwork of twisting plots, deceptive plans, and occasional divine interventions from the first book to the last, winds to a close with Return of the Thief, twenty-four years after the publication of The Thief. Return of the Thief introduces us to a new narra
I am in mourning.

For those of you who may not know, I am highly, highly picky when it comes to books. I did not like Harry Potter. I did not want to live in that universe. I did not even like Leigh Bardugo's much lauded Six of Crows, and did not want to live in that universe either.

But oh.

Living in the universe of the Queen's Thief or at least visiting it is something I would do in a heartbeat because I love these characters. I think MWT loves these characters. In fact, I am hard-pressed to fi
Lois Bujold
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well. That was... brilliant.

Very satisfactory conclusion to the series, but do not begin here. Start with the first book, The Thief. Do not read any cover blurbs or reviews or front matter or other descriptions or discussions first, just turn to page one and start reading.

Now would be a good time.

Publisher's blurb somewhat plaintively tries to present this one as a stand-alone, which I interpret with some experience as "Please, please don't put this book down without buying it and wander off bec
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
concept: everyone in this book has A GOOD DAY
Elle (ellexamines)
Return of the Thief follows Pheris, the grandson of powerful noble Erondites, and his relationship with Eugenides, the high king of Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis. Written in the style of a tragic autobiography, it’s a delight to read.

Much of the novel takes on Gen’s fights alongside Irene, Sophos, and Helen to keep the bay theirs, away from the Medes. I honestly found these sections less compelling than the rest, but perhaps this is only because of my adoration for our newest narrator. Pheris has
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
2' after learning about the delay : I.... I just really wanted 2019 to be worth it, yknow? 😭😭😭

3' later : This said, I'd wait twenty years for Eugenides. So it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it's okay it'
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, favorites, 2020, fantasy
I don't think I can objectively judge these books anymore, because I am such a slavish fan of MWT's writing and find the way she her words together so incredibly soothing and satisfying.

Return of the Thief is a long book, but it was never boring to me. It is, however, quite complex, so I need a couple of rereads (and not in the time of an anxious pre-election brain fog) to get a better grasp of the things I've surely missed. I also should have reread the rest of the books in the series again, b
Charlotte Kersten
"Where the king gives his heart, he gives it completely."

So What’s It About?

Neither accepted nor beloved, Eugenides is the uneasy linchpin of a truce on the Lesser Peninsula, where he has risen to be high king of Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis. As the treacherous Baron Erondites schemes anew and a prophecy appears to foretell the death of the king, the ruthless Mede empire prepares to strike. The New York Times–bestselling Queen’s Thief novels are rich with political machinations, divine interventio
I would 100% name a child Eugenides except it looks so much like Eugenics and that's just awkward.

But more importantly guess what...I DID NOT CRY. Not even when I turned the last page and it said: "The End."

And...and that actually gives me a lot of mixed feelings. Because I came in expecting to be emotionally devastated (in the best possible way) and instead I spent most of the book going:

It was a lovely book. Great quotes. Stirring moments. Terrific symbolism. A good ending to this series fill
Jamie Dacyczyn
2022 ebook reread: Reading this in snatches using the ebook on my phone, I was forced to slow down to read this one. However, unlike the earlier books in this serious, I don't think slowing down was necessary; this book is already one of the more ponderous in the series. I could see this frustrating some readers, since this book dealt with huge amounts of time on things like politics, court intrigue, and troop maneuvering. For me, and probably other die-hard fans, I'm just so happy to be spendin ...more
Melissa McShane
I put off reading this for a few days because I knew I would want enough time to read it in one sitting and then write this review. As with Thick as Thieves, I went into it cold, not for fear of spoilers, but for fear of trying to second-guess the author if I knew anything about the story. And, as with the other books in this series, I did not regret this decision for a moment.

Ending a series is bittersweet even when the ending was implicit in the rest of the series. On the other hand, I would n
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
6 August 2012: This should be called "The King of Kings"!


28 April 2021

Not a review but some random thoughts about the Queen's Thief series.

-I need to apologize for the remark I made on the 6th of August 2012. I have learned the errors in my judgment and I have finally realized that the Thief is better than the King 🤧
-I thought it was anti-climactic that the author would gloss over details of the war but although war is definitely a major plot point, it's not really what the whole series
There are no words to describe how much I love this series. Too good.
Aug 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing

I've been rereading the entire series, working my way up to this final book. Reading them all in one summer has allowed me to see how every little piece has come together so cleverly. The intricacies of the politics, the personal relationships . . . just glorious. I'm in awe. And I adored, simply ADORED the new POV character Pheris. And had I not just read Thick as Thieves last week, I don't think I would have realized that Pheris was in that book, too, and how the narratives overlapped
I can already tell this review is going to make it sound like I hated Return of the Thief, but I really didn't. Despite all my complaints, I think it was an adequate conclusion to a great series, and even a solid book on its own. So let's first talk about what I liked, because if I don't get it out first, I know I never will.

My favourite part of reading this book was definitely that not one word of it ever left me feeling indifferent. I maybe maybe not teared up at several points, yelled at a fe
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
“It probably only works in Eddis.”


Granted, I wasn’t shocked until page 338 (I kept thinking, why don’t I see where this is going?) - but then the shocks kept coming. There is so much here I wasn’t expecting - from the callbacks to previous books, so seamlessly folded into this more politically-advanced narrative, to that incident on page 338, and every incident which followed, to the ending - THE ENDING -

Frankly I am shocked by this, and by how much it had the capacity to surprise me.

Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Worth the 20 year wait. 🙌🏻
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

this was a WILD ride. mwt stuck the landing imo. need to re-read it a couple of times before I pick up every clue though and I look forward to re-reading and recommending this series.

eta: apparently, it's been further delayed to October 2020 :(

eta: it's been delayed to 2020. kellykapoorjuicecleanse.gif


Neither accepted nor beloved, Eugenides is the uneasy linchpin of a truce on the Lesser Peninsula, where he has risen to be high king of Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis. As the treacherous
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book pretty much in one sitting, and it was absolutely worth it.

This series is so complex, and there are so many subtle details to the narration (not to mention so many different narrators), that it's hard to imagine a final book could possibly wrap it all up in a satisfying way. Especially when you consider how many eagerly awaited finales of the past few years have ended badly and left fans devastated and furious.

I didn't really expect MWT to blow the landing on her own series
Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)
Such a satisfying end to a phenomenal series! Seriously, this is an incredible fantasy series written for teenagers without speaking down to them. The world-building, character development, and political intrigue are complex and brilliantly executed to a degree I rarely see in YA fantasy. (no shade to YA fantasy at all, it just tends to focus more on emotional and romantic character arcs rather than intricate political and strategic ones) If you are a fantasy reader and haven't tried these yet, ...more
I wish for this to be longer; it could have been doled out as several more lengthy novels, right? Not that it was damn near perfect as is, tying so many stories and characters and political schemes together with subtle precision. I even cried for a character I despised. I also wish for there to be several more books coming. I don’t want it to be over. Despite that bittersweet realization, I loved being privy to this world and these characters and I sense several more re-reads of them all in the ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was okay but definitely not my favorite in the series. If it would have been the first one in the series I would not be continuing, but the fact that I already know and love a lot of the characters made it a bit better.

It was full of a lot of political intrigue and discussion; so much so to the point that that there was very little plot or character development. It read almost like a history book to me and I was quite bored to be honest.

Will still read the next one in the series but
Rep: amputee mc, mc with unspecified physical developmental disorder, bi character, gay character

CWs: mentions of miscarriage, torture


So unbelievably happy that there is a sixth planned.


Less so that the publisher will most likely s.......I shan't say it.

But please, I beg of thee, Greenwillow, publish this book when the manuscript is available. And Megan, take all the time you need to make it better than as good as KoA.

Until then:

Also, thank you, thank you, thank you, for introducing me to THIS series. I shall be forever indebted to you and it shall never be enough. Thank you, Miss Clark.
H.S.J. Williams
It’s the climax of one of my favorite book series. In a way, I was afraid. Afraid it wouldn’t deliver.

But it did. Oh, it did.

The new narrator was a brilliant move, he told the story perfectly. The spiritual elements were incredible. Eugenides was at his most terrifying. The end was satisfying and warmed my heart.

I do feel the content was a little darker and more present than previous books, but Turner’s ingenious way of writing keeps things non-descript. To avoid spoilers, if you have content co

Update: Not gonna get one, according to this interview. But I can dream, can't I?

(I know nothing about this book I just neeeed it.)
Brandy Painter
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book produced so many feelings. The dedication is spot on. This is definitely for us.

I love Pheris with my whole heart. I haven't been this thoroughly and instantly captivated by a first person narrator since I read The Thief the first time. I would read 14 Volumes entitled "Pheris's Observations on the King and his Attendants" and still need more.

That scene with the Pent ambassador may displace the "Diplomacy in my own name" scene as my all time favorite. "No one paints moments like these
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: rtc, 3-stars, sad, to-reread
Disclaimer, please do not take everything as gospel truth, this is just a stand-in review before I reread it and then come back and rewrite this, don't let it discourage you from reading the book. My thoughts are all over the place with this one and I'm not sure what I think about this book. It kind of shows in this disjointed, incoherent review, so take everything I say with a grain of salt.

I'm such a bad reviewer, owing to the fact that the first thing to influence my rating is my loyalty to t
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
I can't believe it's finally ending!!!

I just bought books 1-5 so for once, I will be ALL CAUGHT UP when an anticipated series comes to a close haha
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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.

Other books in the series

The Queen's Thief (6 books)
  • The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)
  • The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)
  • The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #3)
  • A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief, #4)
  • Thick as Thieves (The Queen's Thief, #5)

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