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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. Attolia's barons seethe with resentment, the Mede emperor is returning to the attack, and the king is surrounded by the subtle and dangerous intrigue of the Attolian court.

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ebook, 432 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by HarperCollins (first published January 24th 2006)
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Sueset321gmail.Com This book could work as a standalone novel and it is my favorite one in the series, but I would caution you that part of what makes the story line and…moreThis book could work as a standalone novel and it is my favorite one in the series, but I would caution you that part of what makes the story line and intrigues so cool is the character buildup from the first 2 books. (less)
Mary The author I thought of immediately upon reading "The Thief" was Mary Renault. Not all her books, but "the King Must Die". You might also enjoy…moreThe author I thought of immediately upon reading "The Thief" was Mary Renault. Not all her books, but "the King Must Die". You might also enjoy Rosemary Sutcliff, (her trilogy starting with "The Eagle of the Ninth" - I just heard Ms. Whalen Turner speak, and she said "The Eagle" was a big influence on her!), Amanda McCrina's books, ""Blood Road" and "His Own Good Sword", and maybe even "Till We Have Faces" by C.S. Lewis. I love Kristin Cashore, too! "Fire" is my favorite of her books so far. That's a fascinating world!(less)
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Emily May

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
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Kristin Cashore, Robin McKinley
Shelves: ya, fantasy, 2010, 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..
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: belovedbookshelf, ya
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 ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
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
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
Claire Scott
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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!!
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
I almost didn’t read this book. If I didn’t already own it (I ordered it at the same time as The Queen of Attolia), I probably wouldn’t have. Because while I quite enjoyed the first book in this series, the second book didn’t live up to the hype by a long shot, and I was expecting this one to be even worse. One of my main problems with The Queen was how removed the reader is from the main characters, so when I found out that The King of Attolia is actually focused on the perspective of a new, so ...more
Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
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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Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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)
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, favorites, best-of-12
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
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I was prepared to like The King of Attolia, even love it. What I wasn’t prepared for the feelings that occurred while reading it. I was constantly doused with a sense of anticipation, giddiness and frustration. It made me want to simultaneously devour this book and draw it out.

Having read predecessors The Thief and The Queen of Attolia, it’s safe to say that I was fairly engrossed in the world Megan Whelan Turner has created prior to reading this installment to her series. I have come to know th
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clever and Cunning, The Thief is King

No one said marriage is easy. The one between Eugenides, the spy/thief of Eddis and his sworn enemy the queen of Attolia seemed doomed from the start, a marriage of political convenience, imposed on Attolia by their rival kingdom. For how could the thief possibly love the queen responsible for the loss of his hand?

But Eugenides is anything but predictable and has married the queen for love, even if by doing so he must leave his beloved Eddis behind.

As the t
Oh god oh god oh god oh god. Why do I have to ship Gen and Costis so hard? Why? It's not even feasible.

This book didn't have an interesting plot, in my opinion. Does it matter? Nah. Did I still enjoy the hell out of it? Yup. Am I dying to read the last volume? Absolutely.

"Let me arrest him, and I will drag the proof out of him."
The queen shook her head.
"Why not?" Teleus asked helplessly.
"Because the king will not quit, Teleus," said Ornon as he joined them. "You must have noticed," he said. "
Dec 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So fabulous. I absolutely love Turner's characters. Love them. And I think this book is the most brilliant of the trilogy. Each of them has a twist at the end, but really this one was the best. I wanted to hold it to my heart and sigh at its perfection when I finished it. And, oddly enough, I thought that I wouldn't like it! It's from the POV of a new character, and I wanted to get back inside Gen's head more. But it turned out better that way, because it made Gen's actions all the more surprisi ...more
4.5 King of Kings stars.

Another excellent addition to The Queen's Thief series.

I'm without words. this book is fan-freaking-tastic!
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tina by: Chachic
Shelves: 2011, best-2011, fantasy, ya
Original post at One More Page

I did say that when I finished The Queen of Attolia , I cannot not pick up the next book, right? And that is very true -- soon as I finished that book, I immediately picked up The King of Attolia to know what happens next. Because really, after you're done with Queen, how could you not want to know?

I'm going in circles, I'm sorry.

Spoiler warning for The Thief and The Queen of Attolia from this point forward.

Seriously, don't say I didn't warn you if you read on
First read: May 2014

"We keep Her Majesty safe," Teleus said, pain in his voice. "We have always kept her safe."
"Guard my back, Teleus, and I will keep her safe."

Well played, Eugenides. Well played.

Reread: March 2015

Gosh I forgot how clever this book is, & how delightful Costis and his monologues are.


Reread: May 2017

Eugenides glanced at Costis. Costis straightened, prepared to defend his king to the death against this huge Eddisian nanny.

man, I dunno how MWT is gonna top th
Sep 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a GR thread devoted to kid and YA books that we've loved, I mentioned the 2 Attolia books. When hunting for the link, I was so excited to find that a 3rd book had been written since the time I had raced thru the first 2, and drove out of my way to pick it up from the library branch that had it on the shelves instead of waiting for my requested copy to be sent to my local branch. It was worth it in every way! I had a perfect Saturday, curling on the couch reading this. And when I was done, I w ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am reading these way too fast. But they're just so damn good.

Like The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia is another masterfully spun tale by Turner, this time in Attolia's capital city instead of Eddis, and in a supposedly time of peace rather than war. The focus of the story is shifted here with new characters, looking on at Gen as he resists and ultimately accepts his new role. Though I love the intricacy of the story, and how it's always the simple things that come back to tie everything
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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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