The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
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Series: The Queen's Thief #1
Published by Greenwillow Books on September 22, 2009
Genres: Myths & Legends, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Teen, YA
Pages: 304

Heat Rating: zero-flames

Audiobook Narrator: Steve West
Audiobook Length: 7 hours and 41 minutes

Source: Sonlight Curriculum
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"I can steal anything."

After Gen's bragging lands him in the king's prison, the chances of escape look slim. Then the king's scholar, the magus, needs the thief's skill for a seemingly impossible task--to steal a hidden treasure from another land.

To the magus, Gen is just a tool. But Gen is a trickster and a survivor with a plan of his own.

I don’t know anyone who could guess the ending. I certainly couldn’t and didn’t. This book is one of a kind, and I look forward to reading more in the series. The sixth and final book is coming out next year, 20 years after the first! That is a long journey. I’m glad I didn’t discover this series until later, as I prefer reading after a series is complete. This one is an exception because I didn’t know until a few minutes ago that this is a series. I only knew there were two “companion” books.

This author uses some really beautiful language and knows the writing craft so well. Gen, the main character, didn’t just have a tight, hot chest. Megan Whalen Turner said that his chest was filled with boiling cement, hot and cold all over at the same time. That’s beautiful writing!

I would recommend this book to anyone, but think it would be especially helpful to reluctant readers in middle school or high school. There are a few cliffhangers at the end of certain chapters that make you want to keep reading.

I truly hope that, when the last book is out, that Amazon will have a hardcover set available. I would be proud to buy that and have it prominently displayed. Thanks so much, dear author, for this amazing book!


About Megan Whalen Turner

Megan Whalen Turner is the author of short stories and novels. She has won the LA Times Book Award for Young Adult LIterature, a Boston Globe/ Horn Book Honor and a Newbery Honor. She won the Mythopoeic Award and was twice shortlisted for the Andre Norton Award.

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