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Thick as Thieves

(The Queen's Thief #5)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  10,912 ratings  ·  1,728 reviews
Deep within the palace of the Mede emperor, in an alcove off the main room of his master’s apartments,. Kamet minds his master’s business and his own. Carefully keeping the accounts, and his own counsel, Kamet has accumulated a few possessions, a little money stored in the household’s cashbox, and a significant amount of personal power. As a slave, his fate is tied to his ...more
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Greenwillow Books
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Emily May
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, 2017, fantasy, arc
There is freedom in this life and there is power, and I was ambitious for the latter.

When you wait six years for a book, it's hard not to be nervous going into it. Would it be as good as I remembered? Would Thick as Thieves deliver what I loved about the other books in the series? Or-- what if I've changed? What if, after six years, I am a different type of reader who no longer likes this kind of book?

I shouldn't have worried. Megan Whalen Turner is still, after all this time, one of the str
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To the publisher.
Please make sure this book is published. Please don't torture us with unending anticipation after everything that happens in A Conspiracy of Kings.
I know we are a small community of Queen's Thief fanatics, but we are ardent.
Please end our misery by at least announcing an expected release date.
Please, please?
Thank you.
Elle (ellexamines)
Even before I recognized him, I smiled politely. Well trained, I would have smiled so at my executioner.

These books are so fucking fun. [Source ]

I always struggle to review books that I knew I would love and then did love, but I think I liked this even more than I expected. In a lot of ways, Thick as Thieves is far more of a typical journey novel; it’s simply a successful one because of the characters.

➽Costis – disaster attempting to carry off a mission with a really annoying guy
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Note: This review contains some spoilers for the second book in the QUEEN’S THIEF series, The Queen of Attolia. I've tried to avoid any other spoilers for the prior books.

In Thick as Thieves (2017), the long-awaited fifth book in Megan Whalen Turner’s QUEEN’S THIEF series, the setting shifts away from the peninsula where Eddis, Attolia and Sounis are, to another country in this world, the Mede Empire, which has long been nursing not-so
Lois Bujold
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy readers; all readers
Recommended to Lois by: its prior series books
Aha, I'd been waiting for this one. It did not disappoint.

While this book would work just fine as a stand-alone, in order not to cheat yourself out of a richer reading experience, I strongly recommend starting with the first book in the series, The Thief, and continuing in order. Do not read reviews, promos, or the jacket copy first, just turn to its Page One and start, and let the book teach you how to read it. Ditto the second, The Queen of Attolia, and after that you are on your own.

I'd been
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yeah, I am even more certain that (view spoiler)
With Thick as Thieves Turner goes back to the series stylistic and thematic roots. It's simultaneously a plus and a minus. Like the original The Thief, this new additio
Aug 28, 2012 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Everyone on the planet and in the far reaches of space and all the possible alternate universes

Not thrilled with the title, it doesn't really jive with the other titles, but frankly, that's small beans, COS I'M GETTING BOOK FIVE.

Original review :
Seeing the book on Goodreads


Seeing the nonexistent release date and realizing that I will be reading this to my grandkids children when it finally comes out.

Doomed to 20 years of waiting telling strangers:


Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5⭐️ (for that ending. That Ending!)

How is it that we keep getting books in a series called The Queen’s Thief without the actual Queen’s Thief?? I’m going mad with anguish over here.

As with the previous book, I was very fearful of reading TaT because, of course, MWT wrote this long-awaited novel without my favourite hero of the series. Again. Some might even say this is getting a bit... ridiculous (not me, though. Never me. I just worry about others...)🤨 *actually dying on the inside*. However
kiwi kili
Dear Ms. Turner,

*ahem* clears throat

PLEEEEEEAAAAAAAASEEEEEEE at least give us a release date!!

I know that being an author is hard and there's a LOT of thinking that goes into these books (that's why we love them!) but I miss Eugenides so much!! It's been a couple of years now.

Can we get, maybe, a title?


Thank you.

The Adoring Fans of Eugenides

P.S. The first book was written before I was born.
I am now 18
I miss Eugenides....

EDIT AS OF FEBRUARY 2015: I am now 19.


Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first half of Thick as Thieves - the fifth in the wonderful Queen's Thief books - was so slow and disappointing, I feared I could not rate it above three stars, despite a loyalty I feel towards the series. I know this is not meant directly as a sequel to the prior books, however, I did miss my favorite characters and it took me a while to know what to make of the protagonist, Kamet and his companion, the Attolian (Costis). I am, however, pleased to report that the book picked up considerably ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
I enjoy a little middle grade reading every now and again and this is one of the series in that age group that I have genuinely enjoyed. I didn’t like this book as much as the others and I’ll explain why later, but it is a fun story with some fun twists and turns and there is a great Bromance in it as well.

The best parts of this book for me were the subtle humor throughout. I liked how the mythology of the land was mixed in and how a few of the gods might be trying to help Kamut our escaping sla
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-books
This 5th instalment in Megan Whalen Turner's The Queen's Thief series was a return to top form after the tiny lull of the 4th book. It was a really strong instalment in a series that I seem to appreciate more and more with each new book. This is an intelligent fantasy story with a heavy focus on characters and intrigue. I'm no longer going to call this series YA fantasy as I do not think the quality of the writing or the story itself are aiming for a YA audience. The early books in the Queen's T ...more
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
I enjoyed this! But I wish I would have remembered more details from the 2nd book as it does play a huge role in this installment. I think if I could have recalled back certain moments, this would have been even more awesome!
Danielle (Love at First Page)

Brilliant. Megan Whalen Turner knows how to pull the rug out from underneath her readers, and I mean that in the best possible way. Also - one scene toward the end had me bawling like a baby. It was so good being back in this world!
Oct 24, 2011 marked it as to-read-sequel
Shelves: most-anticipated
There's no title, no cover, no summary, no release date... And I still want to read this book SOOO much!!


UPDATE: Almost 5 years later, and will you look at this?? Title! Synopsis! Cover!

Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gorgeous-covers
I'm just going to start out by saying The King of Attolia is still by far my favorite book out of Turner's Queen's Thief series.
This book was good, and I cannoy deny I was hooked! What will happen to the servant who suddenly finds himself not only free, but on the run? He was an interesting man, and the clash of cultures of freedom and slavery and different countries was fascinating. I don't know what it was, but I found myself slightly disappointed that there wasn't more!
The whole book is his
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
If you're not reading the Queen's Thief series, you really should be.

*As much political intrigue as a Game of Thrones novel, but minus the creepy rape.
*Amazing, strong female (and male!) characters.
*Complex relationships.
*Fantastic world-building.

I can't recommend them enough. This one was strangely sweet and touching, considering it was the story of an escaping slave.
Melissa McShane
When Megan Whalen Turner spoke to a packed crowd in Salt Lake City, she said this book almost didn't get written. It didn't seem like a good idea as far as the series was concerned.

Let that sink in for a minute. I'll wait.

It's common knowledge now that this is the second half of The King of Attolia, or more specifically, the material in it would have been the second half if The King of Attolia hadn't grown out of control. (I asked her if the next book really would be the last, and she said it ou
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
It took me almost seven years to write something about A Conspiracy of Kings, and I still haven't managed to articulate how much I love The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. I don't think I'll manage a real review today (happy release day!) after reading this only once. Some thoughts, though:

The bulk of Thick as Thieves is a bridge book - the maneuvering of pieces, however precariously and uncertainly, into position. And then, just when I expected every chapter to be the last, the book k
Shae McDaniel
I still haven't quite figured out what to say about this, since I don't want to give any spoilers. (Not Telling is a big deal to this fandom.) Also, I have the hardest time talking about MWT books when they first come out. As enjoyable as they are in the reading, the true joy comes from rereading over and over and over again and catching things you missed the first five or six times. That means any new Thief book will never be my favorite and allows for a more relaxed read, which is nice. (For i ...more
Sherwood Smith
Aug 06, 2017 added it
Shelves: fantasy
Actually I finished it the day I started it, but it's been too hot to write up a coherent reflection. And now that I'm sitting down to do that at six a.m., with a fan blasting directly on me, I am discovering that my real reaction would involve 1) discussion of all the books, which this one reflects, and therefore 2) too many spoilers. As it is, this is going to be a patchwork.

So let me observe that readers could begin here, with a seemingly straightforward tale of a slave who has managed to com
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Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Went searching for information about this book and instead found this post:

"When it comes to talking about what I am writing next, I told people that I think it’s teasing to drop hints about a book… for five years at a time. If I wrote books a little faster, I might be a little more willing to talk about what’s in them ahead of time. But I don’t, so I won’t. (Although, I will try to write faster, I promise, I promise.)" -Megan Whalen Turner

Read the rest of this post.

It's very insightful. She ev
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It may be 17 years before I write a review of this book too, at the rate things are going. But two things now, the second behind serious spoiler.

1. THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH. How did I not see that?? So wonderful.

2. (view spoiler)
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four stars rather than five only because I still think I love THE KING OF ATTOLIA best of this series so far and there has to be some way to show that, but please consider this more like a 4.5 star rating at least because MWT has done it again and this book is *great*. I was feeling so smugly pleased with myself for having figured out one of the book's twists before the reveal and then... nope, still unprepared for all the other twists.

No spoilers here beyond what you can find in the flap copy,
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intensely satisfying and completely worth the wait. I love the characters, the twists...and Eugenides. Always Eugenides. <3
Seriously, one of the best series out there and this book is just as good as the others.


This is officially a thing. 400 more glorious pages...I NEED THIS. I NEED IT NOW. I NEEDED IT YESTERDAY.

Megan Whalen Turner is such a genius and I would hate her for it if I didn't adore her. Each book in the Queen's Thief series has successfully tried out a different genre and category, and her ability to plant twists that make me gasp with delight makes me simultaneously envious and elated. Thick as Thieves is the buddy comedy I didn't know was possible to have in this world. Immakuk and Ennikar 5EVA! <3 ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I can’t believe I’m up to date with this series now. It’s been such an amazing little journey and I hope there will be more books in the future.

This one follows Kamet, a slave in Mede and his journey with a character we have met before. It’s obvious who it is when you read it but I shan’t spoil it. I liked all the hints and they made me smile even though I guessed who it was.
This was quite a bit different from previous instalments. It had more of the story telling elements that I love so much.
4.5 stars


Oh god, I don't even know how to review this without spoiling but it's worth the long wait.

That being said, I wouldn't have love it if I hadn't done a reread marathon and found a new appreciation for The Thief. The plot solely revolved around a "road trip" of a sort, in the same vein of Thief. I didn't expect Kamet to be on centre stage; I didn't think much of him in QOA the first time, and I found him intriguing in my reread after I had known him to be the protag in TAT. I lo
Leah Cossette
Waiting for this book to come out:


I've been waiting so long. This series is, in my opinion, the best series ever written (and I've read A Song of Ice and Fire). After ACoK I thought it was over, but then, to find out there are two more...

And they're not out yet...


I'm dying here.

UPDATE 10/12/16: We have a cover, folks, we have a title. We have a release date, we have a synopsis, we're getting a map and Q&As and there will be pirates and the gang's all together now and getting married and Gen is
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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)
  • Return of the Thief (The Queen's Thief, #6)

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