inkrush808, January 29, 2010 (view all comments by inkrush808)
This best book ever! The characters are so well written, with so many intricacies. Turner's third Thief book is the best playing on all the inside jokes build up between the characters in her previous books. Clearly the best of the series so far. If you haven't read Turner's other books its not a problem, I read this one first myself and found it simply delightful and it encouraged me to read the earlier thief novels. The plot is brilliant and executed by Turner's master hand. Its so amazing you just can't pass it up.
"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 Horn Book Magazine,
"Rarely does one see a hero as psychologically knowing and irresistibly attractive as Turner's."
"Staunch fans of Turner's roguish hero...will reap the greatest rewards here."
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."
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