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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
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Aug 21, 2011

really liked it

Nicely developed characters, interesting fictional Greek-ish setting. The story is likely to appeal to those who enjoy reading fantasy, even though there's no magic as such (except for perhaps the intervention of the gods). The beginning is just a little too info-dumpy, but it gets through that part fairly quickly. I enjoyed the changing relationship of the characters.

There are places where there are long stretches between the dialog, which for me made it drag just a little (there are times when I suspect that my attention span isn't what it used to be) but I never felt like it became a slog. It's a good length for a YA.

I was reminded of the Writing Excuses podcast (link below) where Brandon Sanderson mentions that a first-person narrative is the best one for withholding information from the reader. There's a big revelation at the end, part of which I was expecting but the rest was a surprise. The clues are all there, but woven in subtly.

Very high four stars. I'll have to read the rest of the series soon.

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