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The King of Attolia

(The Queen's Thief #3)

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By scheming and theft, the Thief of Eddis has become King of Attolia. Eugenides wanted the queen, not the crown, but he finds himself trapped in a web of his own making.

Then he drags a naive young guard into the center of the political maelstrom. Poor Costis knows he is the victim of the king's caprice, but his contempt for Eugenides slowly turns to grudging respect. Thoug
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Hardcover, 387 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Greenwillow Books
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Cara So far up to this point I would say yes. I like the writing style very much. There is some swearing, but intimacy is only assumed between husband and…moreSo far up to this point I would say yes. I like the writing style very much. There is some swearing, but intimacy is only assumed between husband and wife and not shown. I’d say book 2 was a little violent but just the one scene and it’s not overly descriptive. She does a great job at this. (less)
Book Nerd NO, even you even try to you will probably become slightly confused and it won't be as enjoyable

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Regan
Nov 20, 2017 added it
hot damn.
Emily May
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing


It's weird how I find the most difficult books to review are those that I knew were going to be amazing... and yep, this was amazing! I mean, what do you say that actually means anything? I could ramble on about fantastic writing, brilliant characters, excellent plot, this would all be true but the words are so empty and don't convey what I love about this series.

They don't say how this intricate fantasy world pulls you in with it's politics, it's culture and it's superstitions. It's like the e
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
“Are you badly hurt?”
“Hideously,” said the king, without sounding injured at all. “I am disemboweled. My insides may in an instant become my outsides as I stand here before you.”

Attolis, the new king of Attolia, is a pawn. He is lazy, unloved by his wife, and there to be a victim, unaware of the political machinations of his court. At least, that’s what his guard thinks of him; they love their queen, of course, but do not love their king. This includes Costis, his newly appointed guard, who
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Tatiana
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Kristin Cashore, Robin McKinley
Shelves: 2010, fantasy, ya, mythopoeic, 2017
With this book Megan Whalen Turner has cemented herself as one of my all-time favorite writers. I absolutely loved "The Queen of Attolia" and "The King of Attolia" is a remarkable follow-up.

Eugenides, the famous Thief of Eddis, is now the King of Attolia. He is married to the woman he loves but he doesn't enjoy the power that comes with it. Gen is despised by Attolians, they think him a lazy fool and a treacherous abuser of their Queen. But of course, things are not at all what they seem to be..
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Angie
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If I tell you that each book in this series just gets more and more exceptional, will you believe me? Or will you believe that I, like Eugenides, am simply telling you a version of the truth to get you to do what I want you to do? (In this case, to get you to read these books yesterday). Both things are true, by the way. The King of Attolia is even better than its predecessor and I will tell you anything to get you to read these books. Yesterday. Plus, check out my favorite cover of the three. L ...more
Bibi
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That scene, with Eugenides bleeding almost to death all while pretending he was okay, yet taking time to show his love for Attolia..... that bit right there is why I LOVED this book. I swoon. Sigh

Admittedly, I did not see it coming. That I would be entranced by these characters.

Gen and Attolia's love and marriage hit me in the "feels", while the palace intrigue and political machinations had me at the edge of my seat. Alas and as with all good things, the end has come. *Sniff.*

Thank you, Mega
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: What's that stupid question?
Hurry, hurry, and listen carefully now, because god helps me, (view spoiler) I'm feeling so elated that I'm not sure I might not burst into flames shortly. So here it is : The King of Attolia is without any doubt one of the best book I've ever read, (view spoiler) and Eugenides (view spoiler) ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy Read with some series fanatics at Buddies Books & Baubles

This series isn’t your typical sort of fantasy. Most of the book is more intellectual than actionable in that I spent most of the time trying to figure out the subtle interactions between Eugenides and the Queen of Attolia.

After a few books shown from the PoVs of Eudenidies and The Queens it was interesting that most of this book was shown from the perspective of Costis a member of the Attolian guard. At first I didn’t really un
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mich
Best book in the series alert! Best book in the series alert!

So this is totally the best book in the series so far. Loooooved it.

I don’t know if I’ve ever read a story before that had a romance like this that was so subtle, and yet so freakin complicated. I can’t help but feel a little uncomfortable about the relationship, but at the same time I am deeply moved by it. There’s no way to forget the past, not for these two, not with the harsh reminder they must live with every day -- but the way t
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Elevetha
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone on the planet and in the far reaches of space and all the possible alternate universes
Recommended to Elevetha by: Miss Clark

Sometimes I just can't even with this series. Gen, Gen, Gen, only the most fully awesome, amazing, charming, sneaky little devil that you can't help but love. (That love that borders on if you were a real person, we would be total besties except only in my mind cause you're way too awesome to hang out with the likes of me. I'd probably end up being something closer to your stalker.) Attolia, whom we are getting lovely emotional growth from. More on her in the future.....
Read the books, I beg of
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jade
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-fantasy
An awesome, awesome book!

Sweet revenge. When you have a protagonist so much superior mentally and physically than anyone else, yet was taken as a fool and belittled by everyone, it was the COOLEST thing to see him finally reveal his true self, making everyone realize they'd been played all along. Turner was a genius. Her intelligence and imagination made Eugenides a truly brilliant character. "...if Attolia could look like a queen, then Eugenides was like a god revealed...". Furthermore, Turner
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Claire
I'm not a mystery reader, and I've never fully appreciated whodunits, so by rights I should have been irritated with the Attolia books rather than enthralled by them. Unguessable twists and turns are the hallmark of the series: the reader can't possible figure out exactly what is going on because we don't have the information necessary, but we're haunted by the certainty that something more is going on than what the other, non-trickster characters are seeing. This was a sick-day reread for me, a ...more
❄️Nani❄️
I’m feeling SO DOWN right now.
Why must all good things come to an end? 😣

This series keeps getting better and better with each book and Eugenides just keeps surprising me in ways I never see coming.

Outstanding writing. Intricate political intrigue. A damn fine lead character whose brilliance and cunning ways leaves you wanting more... ughhh!

👏🙌 SO. GOOD!
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This is my favorite book in one of my favorite fantasy series. It starts out a little bit slow, although it's fun watching for all the clues in the text that I missed the first time I read it. But the second half of this book: it is completely made of awesome. I love every single page of it.

Full review to come, after it's posted on www.fantasyliterature.com.

July 2015 reread with the Buddies Books and Baubles group.

Prior review:
This book is just so brilliant and well plotted. I've noticed that of
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Nariman
How can it be possible to love a book , and , a series this much ??!!
I love ,, love ,, absolutely and completely love this series, my love grows more and more with every book.
I feel like I'll never ever again enjoy a book unless it's written by Megan Whalen Turner and have Eugenides in it.
And if you are waiting for a proper review, sorry .. don't,
am only using this space to show how much I love this series and this book , if I can!!
Melissa McShane
I think, on re-reading, that this is my favorite of The Queen's Thief series, probably because it's the payoff from The Queen of Attolia. Told primarily from the viewpoint of Costis, a young officer in the Queen of Attolia's guard, it's a masterful use of the unreliable narrator to tell two stories at once--but only if you've read the other books first. I'm sure it would still be enjoyable read on its own, but...wow, so much would be missing. So if you haven't read the others, please do.

Costis i
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Kristen
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars

Sometimes, if you want to change a man’s mind, you change the mind of the man next to him first.”

The Skinny:
Gen has gotten what he ‘wanted’; he is now the King of Attolia. It quickly becomes evident that while Gen got something he desired, that something was not to rule a Kingdom of people. Thrown into a life where the majority of his subjects despise him, Gen must try to come into his own. It appears as though Gen is royally sinking in his attempt to rule, but as is always the case
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Liz
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Lightreads
Okay, this book. It snuck up on me with all its cleverness and wit and romance while I wasn't paying attention, and suddenly I’m having a full-body moment of squee flail, like you do. Which would have been fine if I hadn’t been moving very fast on a treadmill at the time. Things got a bit hairy for a second there.

This book is like – and I’m just going to say ‘no really’ preemptively here – this book is kind of like Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles if they were little young adult fantasies. No
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Helen
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 STARS

What the hell happened here? This was supposed to become one of my favourite series, and then I read this travesty?? Eating Shredded Wheat is a more exciting experience than reading this, a reality which is even more shocking considering how excited I was to start this book.

I absolutely loved The Queen of Attolia, but unfortunately this instalment had none of its predecessor’s charm. It wasn’t even that similar to the first of the series which at least merited a more solid three stars.
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Noelle
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Diabolically clever. I love this series.
Jaya
Such a satisfying read
Tandie
Buddy read with my girls at Buddies, Books, & Baubles.

I kept putting off starting this one. I think it was because I just couldn't warm to Attolia, at all, so I wasn't sure I'd enjoy this book. I'm so happy that I was dead WRONG!
I was hooked my the second chapter & started binge reading until 3 in the morning.

I couldn't figure Gen's motives for most of the book. I only knew he wanted to be underestimated. I didn't understand what he was doing with Costis beyond securing the Captain of t
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Jon Adams
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm really not sure what it is about these books I like so much. There isn't much action, they definitely aren't Grimdark, very little warfare or magic, no mythical creatures to speak of.
But, damnit if they aren't just damn good books.
Phee
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
This was so so close to being 5 Stars. If I was rating it on my enjoyment alone then I’d give it 10 Stars, because I love the politics and I love Eugenides. But I am trying to be a little harsher in my ratings, and whilst this book was hella enjoyable, it did have a couple of draw backs for me.

It was definitely my favourite book in the series and everything we have learned about our characters comes into play here. Obviously I can’t go into plot, to many spoilers would be given and I like to ke
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Kerry *Soulcaster*
Can I please give this book 6 stars?!!!! Just when I thought that the Queen's Thief series couldn't get better, Megan Whalen Turner stuns me with THE KING OF ATTOLIA!

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Vinaya
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vinaya by: Tatiana G.
I loved this book, as I did the previous one, but then, I was kinda expecting to anyway, what with Turner's turn of phrase, heh.

This is a short review, because there is no more to gush about than there already was in the previous books. Gen was smart and outwitted everyone, woo! As if we didn't see that coming. But it was still fun to watch him trip up the members of the Attolian court. The love between the queen and the king was a lot more tender in this story, although I was a little disappoi
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Rosalee
Jul 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: belovedbookshelf
I. Love. This. Book. So. Much.
Eugenides is back, and he's just as clever, sneaky, and conceited as ever! He is now the King of Attolia--well, in name, that is. Nobody wants to accept this queen-stealing, one-handed boy as king, especially Costis, a member of the queen's guard. But Costis learns that there is much more to this king than meets the eye...

Edit to add: just re-read it for the umpteenth time. Still made of awesome.
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sue by: Lisa
My most favorite so far. This series is addicting.
Steph Su
Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, best-of-12, favorites
Oh my word. Megan Whalen Turner rewards devoted fans of this series by presenting a third installment that is suspenseful, plot-twistingly smart, and surprisingly romantic.

When you read or reread MWT’s books, you never do so with the intention that you’ll completely understand how these characters’ minds work. That’s what I admire so much about this series—even if, at times, I do not completely like the books. Do you know the difference? Eugenides and Attolia are not entirely likable: they’re ea
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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)
  • The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)
  • The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)
  • A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief, #4)
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“Sometimes, if you want to change a man's mind, you have to change the mind of the man next to him first.” 601 likes
“Are you badly hurt?"
"Hideously," said the king, without sounding injured at all. "I am disemboweled. My insides may in an instant become my outsides as I stand here before you.”
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