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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
The Thief

Michele Gibney, January 1, 2012

Megan Whalen Turner was recommended to me by a friend who was reading the 4 book Queen's Thief series. I got the first one--The Thief--from the library and devoured it. They're a quartet from the 1990s that are YA fantasy. They're fabulous. It took me a while to realize what I loved most about them (and it's very much a writer/reader thing). So, in most books the narrator is either omniscient or transparent. Generally, all information is presented to you--the reader--and surprises are rare (maybe I'm reading the wrong books, but I read a lot of them [274 in 2011] and I am seldom surprised by plots). These books surprised me because she wrote them withholding information. Her characters might know something but they didn't share it. They didn't even hint at it most of the time. The reader would find out the truth only when it was revealed to other characters. There wasn't internal monologuing or a lot of wishy-washy debate happening in these books. They were straightforward, action moving forward, and then surprise! You weren't expecting that! The main character in The Thief--Gen--was also fantastic. Super smart, tricky, secretive, snarky, Some of my favorite character traits in a fictional world. I highly recommend at least the first two (The Thief and The Queen of Attolia) in the quartet to anyone who likes great story-telling and interesting surprises. I didn't love the third (The King of Attolia) and fourth one (A Conspiracy of Kings) as much. The third one adds an additional perspective which I wasn't fond of. And the fourth one is mostly about a side character from the first one which I was less interested in. But the first two I really really loved.
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