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The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  25,690 Ratings  ·  2,471 Reviews
Readers who first met Eugenides as the rascally teenager Gen in the Newbery Honor-winning The Thief will find that in this sequel he deepens through suffering and loss, but keeps the same witty talent for elaborate, crafty schemes of espionage and theft.
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Turtleback Books (first published 2000)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ AAAHHH! No, you really shouldn't do that! Go find yourself a copy of The Thief, asap. I promise you'll be happy that you did. This is a fantastic…moreAAAHHH! No, you really shouldn't do that! Go find yourself a copy of The Thief, asap. I promise you'll be happy that you did. This is a fantastic series but is one of those that you really need to read in order, because Huge. Spoilers.(less)
Jen This book is in third-person, and includes sections from multiple point of view characters, including both Gen and the Queen of Attolia.
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Emily May
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana, Catie

Now I finally understand why everyone seems to like this book so much more than the first. You see, The Thief is a wonderful little book filled with excellent writing, an interesting protagonist, an exciting fantasy world and a great big twist near the end. The Queen of Attolia had all of this, but it just had more of everything. It was everything I loved about the first book... on steroids.

Every character and every sentence - damn it, every word even! - is important, serves it's own purpose an
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kristin Cashore
If I were ever to write a book, this is the one I would want to see my name on. I am not very good at writing positive reviews, so this will probably sound cheesy, but I totally loved every word, every sentence of this story!

"The Queen of Attolia" is a second book in Megan Whalen Turner's series about the Thief of Eddis Eugenides. I moderately liked the first book, mostly for its conciseness and intricate world-building rooted in Greek history and mythology, but this second book exceeded any kin
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YOU THERE
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE) by: the whole world, it seems

[Edited with my favorite SPOILERISH quotes - hidden behind a spoiler tag, because I'm not a monster]

4.5 stars, rounded up because...well, if you must know, because Eugenides. Hellooo, name's Anna, I just finished The Queen of Attolia and my mind is utterly blank.

I'd say I'm speechless, but everyone knows that I always confuse talking with breathing so nope, not happening. However I am genuinely sorry but I don't think I'll be able - or even want to - put my thoughts into words this time. First
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
$1.99 Kindle sale, May 11, 2017. This is the great but hard-hitting sequel to The Thief. It's a wonderful, ancient Greece-flavored fantasy series. The gods care, in a remote way, but they can be cruel. My highest recommendation for this series!

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Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen of Attolia, the second book in her QUEEN’S THIEF fantasy series, begins much the same as The Thief, the first book in this series: Eugenides (Gen) the thief is in prison.
Oh my god.

Honest to goodness spoiler lies within.

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And if that isn't the most perfect, gut-wrenching way to finish a book, I don't know what is.

I'm n
This was even better the second time around, and I'm so thrilled that I get to see Kamet again in the new book! He really does deserve his own story.

Original Review:

When I finished reading The Thief, I expressed some hope that the next books in the series would have a faster pace. Well, this is me eating those words. As far as I’m concerned, she can be as slow as she wants! The Queen of Attolia is a book to be savored. It is beautiful and rich, with complex, suffering, gorgeous characters that I
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit, fantasy
I elected Froi as my favorite male character of the year for 2011, but Eugenides definitely gets second place.

The Queen of Attolia is the second book in The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner and in this review THERE WILL be spoilers. If you haven't read the first book, The Thief, I strongly suggest you not to continue reading this.

I think that, if you liked The Thief, you'll probably like this book even more. I'd rather not get into the synopsis to leave all details undiscovered but
Well well! So our pleasant, feather-brained little fantasy romp grew a bigger, bitchiner sequel. Turner made the very good choice of switching from first person to roaming third, and tossed us straight in to political intrigue and war and post trauma.

So – and, frankly, this is one of those spoilers that has to be revealed because talking about the book without it is like talking about Harry Potter without talking about magic . . . this sentence was going somewhere. Since when is drunk reviewing
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.25 Gen Stole My Heart Stars

I had a great time reading this with a few friends at Buddies Books & Baubles

I liked The Thief it was a solid 3 star read, it took a little while to get into but the ending was very solid. The Queen of Attolia though….well let’s just say that it had some very unexpected and crazy surprises in store for me. It was so much better than the first book with complex characters and more than one twist I wasn’t expecting. I really love it when a book blindsides me with
I don’t really know how to rate or review this book. I’m afraid I’ll be kicked out of the cool kid’s club* for not absolutely adoring The Queen of Attolia. I’m really upset that I didn’t, because I was expecting to. I had super high expectations. Pretty much everyone I know told me how amazing it is. How you only read the first book in the series to get to this one. But I have to say, I think I like The Thief more. It’s not that I didn’t like The Queen of Attolia. I did. I just didn’t love it, n ...more
✿Katherine Elizabeth✿
2.5/5 Stars

Well, I gave it a go and continued on with this series, with the hope that my 3 star rating for The Thief would be higher with this second novel. Heck, I expected a higher rating, because people kept on telling me, "The second book is loads better!" And? Was it? Well. To me, sorry to say, but it really wasn't. So, I guess I'm in the minority once again.

What the first novel in this series had that The Queen of Attolia lacked (to name a few) were: lively characters, an exiting adventure
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vinaya by: Tatiana G.
I have such mixed feelings about this book. I can't deny that it's an amazing book, but at times, I just wanted to throw it away and howl in frustration -- not because any of the characters were misbehaving, but because of the twists and the turns and all the bad things that I don't like happening to anyone. I think I should never write a book, ever, because I hate doing unpleasant things to my characters, and as for killing off characters I like -- forget it!

The Queen of Attolia is one hell of
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
I really wanted to like this book. I really did. I loved the first one, you know. I thought Gen was hilarious and really someone I'd like to have around with - even if he was annoying.

The Queen of Attolia started out really good. I really was not expecting anything like that to happen. It was very surprising and I almost thought it was a dream. Where the first book had twists that had me smiling and gaping, this one had few. It was just ok. Eugenides had grown and changed so much that the only r
”You aren’t the boy hero anymore.”
“Was I ever?”
If you're familiar at all with this series, then you'll have already heard that this book is way better than the first one. But I'll just confirm it again anyway - cuz it IS. So much better.

This is the story of two young, intelligent queens, Eddis and Attolia; it is a story full of political maneuvering and plays for power, of military strategizing and cunning. And in the midst of it all is Eugenides, the Queen’s Thief, who, true to form, will su
I can't say anything about this book that would give it its worth or express how it affected me , the rating and putting the book in my favorites tells you very well how much I loved this book and loved every thing in it , and I don't know how to write reviews about the books I love anyway.....
All I want to say is : this story in the hands of any other writer would've been much much longer , I am amazed at Megan Whalen Turner's ability to use the exact amount of words that can deliver the most e
It is easy for me to see why this is a beloved book for so many people. It is intelligent, clever, twist-y, tightly written and has many gasp-did-that-just-happen moments. It also has strong, admirable characters and a tortured, brave hero in Gen. It's the kind of fantasy not just written for teens, but smart enough to stand outside the YA genre on it's own.

As for me, I have the lowest rating out of all my friends on here O.o

What can I say? It's a book worthy of 5 stars, for sure. But I never ra
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read
“He lies to himself. If Eugenides talked in his sleep, he'd lie then, too."

I liked The Thief but at the same time I didn't love it. Sure, it was a good start but I was curious to see why The queen of Attolia has such a high rating. Well...I understand now. The queen of Attolia is ten times better than the first one. The character development, the plot: cleverly done, well written, if I had more time I would have read this one in a sitting.

Gen goes through so much; he started as a clever but als
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: belovedbookshelf, ya
Wow. I Talk about a sequel. In fact, I'm pretty sure that as sequels go The Queen of Attolia should be the standard textbook in a class entirely devoted to how to write a killer sequel. The kind of sequel that will leave your readers completely unable to contain their glee at how it was just as good as they weren't daring to hope it would be. The kind that makes them keep their husbands up at night expounding upon the splendor that is such a sequel.

A note on the cover: I truly love
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
I admit that I skipped the first book since I heard the second book was a big improvement. There's no problem for me to follow the story from page one. Turner's superb writing carried out the story smoothly without any confusion. However, what happened at the beginning with Eugenides made me seriously consider giving up the whole book. It was such a shock. (view spoiler) ...more
Melissa McShane
This powerful sequel to The Thief is one of my very favorite books. Powerful and unflinching, it touches on topics like revenge, hatred, love, and forgiveness in a compelling story I love re-reading--though not very often, because it's neither simple nor superficial in the telling.

I'm putting the rest in spoiler territory because I don't want to keep track of what is and is not a spoiler, and the spoilers happen really early in the book. If you haven't read the book, please do.

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First Read: May 2014

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I breezed through this book because the POV changed from first to third, and I found it easier to read. So many feelings about the characters in this book (PROTECT IRENE AT ALL COSTS).

Reread: March 2015


Reread: May 2017


This book hurts me, truly. It hurts me with its brilliance. Again, I have so much love for the characters. More (incoherent) gushing under the cut: (view spoiler)
If you have any interest in reading this book, DO NOT READ THE GOODREADS SUMMARY. Read Tatiana's review instead. It's not that the summary is so spoiler-heavy, but it tells you more than you need to know. Some people may prefer that -- I suspect these are the same people who go on guided tours and stick to detailed itineraries when they explore new places. Not that there's anything wrong with that.* But I think you tend to miss the forest for the trees when you're too focused on finding the next ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars

The Review:

I don't think I've ever been more happy to give a book four stars. What everyone said is true: the second book IS better! The Queen of Attolia is just about everything I was hoping The Thief would be. The little clues that were given in this book amounted to BIG THINGS (unlike in The Thief where they pretty much amounted to diddly-squat).

Not only was this book more exciting than the first, but I also enjoyed the characters more. Gen, or Eugenides, has grown into a more cleve
This series is bloody brilliant.

This one is still occasionally slow going but not as boring as "The Thief." But it manages to be intriguing and political and a whole lot of awesome.

I love Gen so freaking much. He is a perfectly flawed character and so well done. Attolia. Ice Queen. Girl, loosen up. I like that we're seeing some development for her.

This one felt like such a different book than "The Thief" but that can be a good thing. There wasn't a huge twist at the end, (view spoiler)
Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction}
"Steal peace, Eugenides"
Approximately 150~ pages later...
"You were the princess Irene the first time we met."
"It means peace."

Kerry *Soulcaster*
WOW! I love it when I enjoy the second book in a series more than the first. I rated THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was so much better than its predecessor THE THIEF.

Megan Whalen Turner didn't hesitate to get straight to the action this time around. She also wasn't afraid to shock her readers TO THE CORE. Three chapters into the book I was stunned beyond belief. I can't remember the last time a book held so much power over my emotions.

One of the main themes of the book was Gen's str
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Actual rating 4.5 stars
It’s been nearly 24 hours since I completed reading The Queen of Attolia. My mind is still in a bit of a fog and my eyes remain exhausted. I simply couldn’t bare to part with Gen’s story once it began. And what a story it is!

Told in 3rd person, The Queen of Attolia picks up where The Thief left off, with Gen sneaking about and getting himself into trouble for the sake of Eddis. Yet, the stakes are higher. Gen is no longer seen as a lowly, albeit competent, thief able to s

Okay, so everyone who told me to keep reading this series even though I found The Thief mind-numbingly boring was right (also, apparently you don't really even need that book for this one to make sense; good to know).

This book is so much, tho. SO MUCH. I saw exactly 0% of any of that coming.

More thoughts:
Fangirl Happy Hour discussion:
May 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
I can't believe I first read this *seventeen years ago*. I can still clearly remember stumbling to a stop in my reading to Becca when I saw a few lines across the page what was about to happen. All these years later, it's remained a favourite, and I seem to be a minority in loving it more than King of Attolia, for reasons I'll probably never manage to explain.

No review, but some thoughts, as much on the series as the book itself, so I'll be hiding them behind spoilers soon.

1. The phrase 'offend
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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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