Emily Lehman, May 1, 2008 (view all comments by Emily Lehman)
This is a wonderful story, and the conclusion of one of my very favorite series. Megan Whalen Turner has a real gift, her fictional world reads like believable history. And her characters always surprise you.
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morecicero, April 10, 2008 (view all comments by morecicero)
THIS IS A MUST READ. It may seem corny or kiddy or inconsequential, but it truly makes you want to hug it to your chest, make you leave many copies lying around the house because you cannot ever get tired of it. It's a wonder this hasn't been picked up for a tv/movie already.
This is the best of the Attolia books as we see here how Eugenides has grown. Acute observations on people and the complications of how they work are depicted with such clarity that the reader learns so much as well. There are fantastically witty dialogue, brilliant twists and amazing yet still plausible surprises.
Eugenides is one of the coolest characters ever created on paper. Court intrigue and the politics make this book very interesting; this is not only for children but also for adults as well. It's great fun yet the "reality" created is very serious and precarious, touching and heart-wrenching at times, and of course, your favorite characters seem perfectly adept in manipulating all this.
You cannot help being drawn into this great world the author has created. The only thing you'll regret by reading this book is that the author, Megan Whalen Turner, doesn't seem to be in any hurry to write the next book!
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chattering_bee, December 9, 2007 (view all comments by chattering_bee)
Another novel of superior quality by Megan Whalen Turner. Gen is as charismatic as ever. Megan Whalen Turner's writing has many layers, each better than the last. It is simply ingenious.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Readers who fell for The Thief and grieved over his devastating loss in The Queen of Attolia will devour this account of how the 'goat-footed, throne-stealing interloper' grows into his crown. The erstwhile Thief and newly crowned king chafes under his status as a homebody, even if the home in question is an opulent palace. Accustomed to a life of stealthy maneuvering, Eugenides is now shadowed everywhere by his armed Guard and a mostly malevolent audience of courtiers, many actively trying to sabotage his reign in retaliation for Gen having 'stolen' their Queen in a politically convenient marriage. The backdrop continues to track the intricate relationships among the small, faux-Mediterranean nations of Attolia, Eddis and Sounis, and the menacing Mede empire, but the action here — including an assassination attempt — takes place within the palace walls. The plot turns on political intrigue, hidden motives, ploys and counterploys, as Gen slyly consolidates his power while solidifying his marriage to Irene. Turner assumes readers' familiarity with the vast canvas on which she's working, making this book best suited to those who read the first two, and who are familiar with the ample detail she has woven into this complex tapestry. Although some readers may ache for the old snide and sneaky Gen, they will likely understand why there is no theft involved in the prize he wins here. Gen has grown up and, this time, he earns his kingly respect. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Children's Literature,
"Turner's newest work deepens characterization, makes the ancient world she creates believable, and offers delectable descriptions amid action that makes it all work."
by School Library Journal,
"Although it does stand alone, to appreciate the amazingly charismatic and beguiling character of Eugenides fully, it's best to read the titles in order."
"Staunch fans of Turner's roguish hero...will reap the greatest rewards here."
by Horn Book Magazine,
"Rarely does one see a hero as psychologically knowing and irresistibly attractive as Turner's."
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