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The King of Attolia

(The Queen's Thief #3)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  34,329 ratings  ·  3,137 reviews
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
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)
L I agree with the others. You will miss a great deal if you read this book without reading the previous books in the series. Also, I can't think of any…moreI agree with the others. You will miss a great deal if you read this book without reading the previous books in the series. Also, I can't think of any reason you would want to. The books are *SO* good, all of them. Any reason you have for reading this book applies to the rest of the series.(less)

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Emily May
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, 2011, fantasy

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 th
Elle (ellexamines)
“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 gua
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Kristin Cashore, Robin McKinley
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..
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
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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
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 unders
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I'm going to save you a bunch of time and heartbreak, and tell you something I wish someone had told me before I was seduced by the sea of glowing four- and five-star reviews for this book: If you liked the first book, THE THIEF, the sequel, QUEEN OF ATTOLIA, is going to depress and anger you, and KING OF ATTOLIA is going to bore and frustrate you. There, I said it.

THE THIEF was one of my childhood favorites. I read it in middle school a
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
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I honestly think these books should be required reading for any aspiring fantasy author. And more than a few published fantasy authors. It's just a masterclass in fantastical storytelling.

This is the third in the Queen's Thief series, and so far it's the strongest. The story is primarily told from the perspective of Costis, an Attolian soldier. In less skilled hands, this switch in perspective could have been disastrous. Instead, in Whalen Turner's more than capable hands, it reinvigorates a
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This third instalment in Megan Whalen Turner's The Queen's Thief series is easily the best yet. I feel like this series is getting better and better as it progresses as Turner seems to have figured out what works and what does not and makes the correct adjustments. This series is an old school coming of age YA fantasy story in many ways but what sets it apart is that the focus tends to be on intrigue and character development rather than flashy action scenes. It also helps that Turner is a cleve ...more
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
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
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
Second read: 5⭐️
Every time.


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

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
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

Hats off to you, Megan Whalen Turner.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy

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.
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,, so much would be missing. So if you haven't read the others, please do.

Costis i
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 the Guard
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
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
When the day of my death comes, bury or burn me a copy of this book: so I could enjoy it over and over in the afterlife.


Obviously, there will be minor spoilers! It’s the 3rd Book. I had to talk about and it is very hard not to talk about it. Especially in my emotional condition. And I finished the book, Long hours ago.

When the day of my death comes, bury or burn me a copy of this book: so I could enjoy it over and over in the afterlife. To say that I thoroughly enjoyed this is an understat
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Kaethe Douglas
May 22, 2012

Ah. Delightful. What the author manages to do is write a caper story, starring a thief, that's actually about politics, persuasion, and the early days of a marriage. That's pretty remarkable. And a pleasure to read. And there's fighting and assassination attempts, as well as court life, dancing, music, popular songs, and quite a bit about architecture. At least part of my fascination is what it would be like to live with gods actually showing up and performing the odd miracle.

The st
Such a satisfying read
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
God I fucking love this book. I love this series. I love these characters. I love the intrigue. I love the plot twists. Ugh 😍❤️❤️❤️
Stella ☆Paper Wings☆
This series just gets better and better. Something about the way Megan Whalen Turner writes is so compelling to me- It's the combination of complex, continuously dynamic characters and interlocking plotlines revealing just enough information.

Being the third book in the series, the reader knows many of the characters already, so we get an element of dramatic irony and feeling "in the know." But at the same time, there's just enough hidden from us to create effective reveals and plot twists. We k
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Diabolically clever. I love this series.
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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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)
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