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THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner

The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities. What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

Eugenides, the queen’s thief, can steal anything – or so he says. Then his boasting lands him in the king’s prison, and his chances of escape look slim.

So when the king’s magus invites him on a seemingly impossible quest to steal a legendary object and win back his freedom, Gen in no position to refuse.

The magus has plans for his king and his country. Gen has plans of his own . . .

Megan Whalen Turner weaves Gen’s stories and Gen’s story together with style and verve in a novel that is filled with intrigue, adventure, and surprise.


Title : The Thief
Author : Megan Whalen Turner
Series : The Queen’s Thief #1
Format : eARC
Page Count : 236
Genre : YA Fantasy
Publisher : Hodder Books
Release Date : May 5, 2022

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ .5


Micky’s 2.5 star review

Headlines:
I hyped this up for myself
Not a lot goes on for the first half
Interesting characters

The Thief is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a few years and it’s finally getting a UK publisher this year. I bit the hand off netgalley and Hodder for this but I think the hype I’d got myself into over it ultimately made me crash and burn.

This is a character-driven, plot light ya fantasy, pitched around a thief (Gen) and his troop of keepers. Basically, for the first half, not a lot happens but there was enough to just about keep me engaged and that was because I really liked Gen. Surprisingly, I came to like his keeper, the Magus.

When things did pick up (a bit) plot-wise, I think I’d got beyond feeling invested. When I look at the other reviews for this book (it’s been released elsewhere for decades), many talk about the slowness of this read but that the investment is worth it for the series. Feeling as I do, I’m unsure whether I will continue.

I’m sad I haven’t nicer thoughts to share, but we can’t always share our book friends’ love for recommendations.

Thank you to Hodder Books for the early review copy. 

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