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
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!