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Megan Whalen Turner – The Thief

January 17, 2010

One of my (many) reading resolutions for 2010 is to indulge in more YA skiffy titles.  The Thief proved a good start.

Megan Whalen Turner’s much-praised Attolia books is set in a Grecian-influenced land with three kingdoms: Sounis, Attolia, and Eddis.  Gen, the titular protagonist of this first entry in the series, lands himself in a Sounis prison when his arrogance gets the better of his professional skills.  At the beginning of the book, he is granted a potential reprieve when the King of Sounis finds himself in need of a thief to steal a plot device possibly mythical ancient treasure called Hiamathes’ Gift that could alter the balance of power between the kingdoms.  The King’s magus, his two bickering apprentices, and a lone soldier lead Gen on this coerced quest.

Much of the action of The Thief is consumed in trekking about hostile territory, but that journey builds up a series of reveals — of the kingdoms’ backstory, of the charmingly well-developed mythology of Gen’s people, of the personalities and histories of then men with whom Gen travels, and of Gen’s status as an unreliable narrator.  These revelations build neatly into a twist ending that manages to be fully rewarding even though it’s not surprising.  The ending would be abrupt if The Thief lacked a sequel; happily, this is not the case, and I look forward to adding its successors to my TBR list.

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