Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief#2) by Megan Whalen Turner

The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)
Good Reads Summary
The Queen of Attolia  by Megan Whalen Turner

When Eugenides (yoo-JEN-ə-deez), the Thief of Eddis, stole Hamiathes's Gift, the Queen of Attolia lost more than a mythical relic. She lost face. Everyone knew that Eugenides had outwitted and escaped her. To restore her reputation and reassert her power, the Queen of Attolia will go to any length and accept any help that is offered...she will risk her country to execute the perfect revenge.


Eugenides can steal anything. And he taunts the Queen of Attolia, moving through her strongholds seemingly at will. So Attolia waits, secure in the knowledge that the Thief will slip, that he will haunt her palace one too many times.

...at what price?

When Eugenides finds his small mountain country at war with Attolia, he must steal a man, he must steal a queen, he must steal peace. But his greatest triumph, and his greatest loss, comes in capturing something that the Queen of Attolia thought she had sacrificed long ago...

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL) and Bulletin Blue Ribbon Best of 2000 Award(less)

My Thoughts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Three reasons why I loved the Queen of Attolia: There be Humor. There be Intrigue. And a love that is so completely unexpected.

Queen of Attolia is what awesome is made of. Though truth be told not one moment was broing. One thing then another went from interesting, to good, then to awesome. The bets thing about this is that it’s so cleverly written. I had no clue what was going to happen next. The political intrigue especially was plotted so specifically, so carefully that when something did happen I was floored (I kid you not.)

Then add people who had me rooting for them. That Gen had all these people around  and that he felt a certain way for others with them feeling the exact opposite. This is where things got pretty emotional for me. What he thought of himself and what others saw in him. Then what he thought of Attolia and what she thought of him. It was all so complicated. Now, if the first book had me pegging him as a certain something, this second book proved me wrong in some aspects: here he learned some things about himself and as he learned those things so did I and I was left only more impressed.

Nothing in this is simple. His relationships with those who know him best, plans behind plans and plots were all so complicated and cloudy that I could not tell what was in store for him and everyone around him.

This is a definite favorite.


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