Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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

             The Queen of Attolia, book 2 by Megan Whalen Turner 
Release Date: January 24, 2006 
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Source: Library  

When Eugenides, 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. 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...
*There will be spoilers for the first book in this series!*
I am always a little bit weary when it comes to reading the second book in any trilogy or series. I am always afraid that the second book will fall pray to the second book syndrome. But when it comes to The Queen of Attolia, the second book in Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen’s Thief series, there is absolutely no room for second book syndrome. With new adventures, new and beloved characters, plot twists and more, The Queen of Attolia was a book that stole my heart.

First and foremost, this book is written in the third person point of view allowing the reader to see into the minds of the characters from Gen to the Queen of Eddis and the Queen of Attolia to the magus and on. This narration allows the reader to see the development of character in all of the major players. One of the biggest aspects of this novel is the fact that not only is Gen captured by Attolia, but when she executes her revenge on him, it leaves him broken in more ways then one. The plot also centers around the war that is declared between Attolia and Eddis but also the looming threat from across the sea from Mede.

I won’t lie, the title of the third book gave away an important part of this book and that dealt with the relationship between Attolia and Gen. Even after she has had her revenge, the act leaves Attolia in a state of duress because she has a hard time accepting what she did. Gen, on the other hand, has to learn to live his new life when this drastic change occurs. For the sake of spoilers, I won’t give away what happened but the constant turmoil these two characters went through, my heart ached for them. It was a great way to see them both grow as characters but still hurt. Eddis and the Magus and Sounis were also wonderful characters and I loved see them change and grow. Surprisingly, Eddis captured my heart and I was hoping for the best for her and her country.

The writing is not only impeccable but one of my favorites. I’ve found that many fantasy novels have paragraphs or pages of information: just filler words to pass the plot along but with The Queen of Attolia? I couldn’t pin point any filler information. Everything seemed to not only matter but it made sense. I wasn’t confused during this book at all.

Overall, I don’t have any more words for this series because like so many others, I am hopelessly in love with this series. I can’t wait to read the next few books in this series (I have books 3 and 4 on my night table at this very moment) because I am dying to know what happens next. It’s a breath of fresh air when books in a series don’t end on a cliffhanger yet this still make you want to get the next book as soon as possible.

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