Eugenides returns in the highly anticipated sequel to "The Thief" and "The Queen of Attolia." This paperback edition includes an original short story about Gen, a family tree, character sketches, and more.Eugenides returns in the highly anticipated sequel to "The Thief" and "The Queen of Attolia." This paperback edition includes an original short story about Gen, a family tree, character sketches, and more.Read Less
what will the Thief do now he has Queen and Crown?
Unlike Gen's first-person narrative in "The Thief", and the Gen-centric third-person narration in "The Queen of Attolia", this novel is told one more step removed from Gen. The central character is one of the Queen's Guards, Costis, who impetuously punched the king and earned the punishment of traitors: hanging. But Gen steps in to save him for a new kind of hell: to become Gen's personal lieutenant, and be tormented by the 'jumped-up mountain goat' who can't even sit like a king. Soon Costis is embroiled in new kinds of treason, as others attempt to use his proximity to the new, weak king to gain leverage in a political war between the throne and the barons. Costis has a lot to learn once inside the palace proper: What exactly is the nature of the royal marriage? How is this king ever going to rule a people who hate and disrespect him--especially when he falls asleep during court? Why does the Queen keep silent? Will Costis save the king from those who want to pull him down? Or, will he join their efforts to sabotage the throne? The plot is full of finely-drawn details, the characters are rich with hidden layers, and Turner includes more of her Greek myth / folk tales to offer tantalizing clues for upcoming plot twists. Even more than the first two, I would love to see this installment on the silver screen. It has all the elements necessary: pictorial narration, action, intrigue, love, betrayal; with the right adaptation and direction, it would make an excellent film.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-06-04 In this book of "political intrigue, hidden motives, ploys and counterploys," Eugenides (first introduced in The Thief), now king of Attolia, "consolidates his power while solidifying his marriage to Irene." Ages 10-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2006-01-16 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. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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