Further, Turner made the story that much interesting by telling it from a third party point of view The illusion and misconception at the beginning the subsequent intrigues and finally the awe, everything was revealed gradually I was giddy with anticipation reading and guessing Eugenides s maneuvers I d had such negative feeling about cutting off Eugenides s hand in the last book that I didn t believe the series and the romantic relationship could recover from that However, in this book, everything made sense, their relationship flourished I actually felt Eugenides s losing one hand was essential to the story s perfection Not many authors could ve pulled this off and Turner did it beautifully.
Last but not least, the book is a perfect example of show, not tell Nothing was told outright to the readers, everything was observed through other people s eye, yet we still got a clear picture of the characters and felt close to them It was in turn heartwarming, sweet, and heartbreaking, while the story always absorbing A solid, deserving 5 star.
If I tell you that each book in this series just gets and exceptional, will you believe me Or will you believe that I, like Eugenides, am simply telling you a version of the truth to get you to do what I want you to do In this case, to get you to read these books yesterday Both things are true, by the way The King of Attolia is even better than its predecessor and I will tell you anything to get you to read these books Yesterday Plus, check out my favorite cover of the three Look at the feather scar on his cheek Her hand on his shoulder His grip on the sword So awesome.
Eugenides has just embarked upon his self imposed life of exile in Attolia And to any and all onlookers, he is ill at ease in his new home The queen appears to despise him, the court thinks him an idiot of epic proportions, and the guard are ready to murder him on their queen s behalf The story follows a young lieutenant named Costis who is having a shockingly bad day In a fit of righteous indignation, he hauled off and punched the king in the face in front of several witnesses, including the captain of the guard Certain he will hang in the morning, Costis is shocked and discomfited to find himself assigned to be the king s personal assistant Forced to serve the man he hates, Costis soon finds himself on the receiving end of a most unorthodox education of a lifetime Through his eyes, the reader gets an intimate, exquisitely poignant look at the relationship between the King and the Queen of Attolia This third installment is the big payoff in many ways The Thief set up the key characters, briefly sketching out their backgrounds and motivations all against a background of a grand quest and it did it with humor and style The Queen of Attolia delved into the complicated psyches of the two main players, word by artfully chosen word, making your heart ache for them, ensuring you fall in love with them The King of Attolia cements the whole gorgeous package This is where Eugenides comes into his own This is where you realize he s smarter than you And so is Megan Whalen Turner And you wouldn t have it any other way This book is the real deal Every scene is choice Every sarcastic exchange Every vicious riposte Every hidden glance It s a rereader s paradise and, as Oscar Wilde said, If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all The King of Attolia is so worth it I can already tell I will be reading about these characters for the rest of my life.
By Scheming And Theft, The Thief Of Eddis Has Become King Of Attolia Eugenides Wanted The Queen, Not The Crown, But He Finds Himself Trapped In A Web Of His Own MakingThen He Drags A Naive Young Guard Into The Center Of The Political Maelstrom Poor Costis Knows He Is The Victim Of The King S Caprice, But His Contempt For Eugenides Slowly Turns To Grudging Respect Though Struggling Against His Fate, The Newly Crowned King Is Much Than He Appears Soon The Corrupt Attolian Court Will Learn That Its Subtle And Dangerous Intrigue Is No Match For Eugenides That scene, with Eugenides bleeding almost to death all while pretending he was okay, yet taking time to show his love for Attolia that bit right there is why I LOVED this book I swoon Sigh Admittedly, I did not see it coming That I would be entranced by these characters Gen and Attolia s love and marriage hit me in the feels , while the palace intrigue and political machinations had me at the edge of my seat Alas and as with all good things, the end has come Sniff Thank you, Megan Whalen Turner, for writing such a phenomenal series.
Buddy read with some series fanatics at Buddies books Baubles This series isn t your typical sort of fantasy Most of the book is intellectual than actionable in that I spent most of the time trying to figure out the subtle interactions between Eugenides and the Queen of Attolia.
After a few books shown from the PoVs of Eudenidies and The Queens it was interesting that most of this book was shown from the perspective of Costis a member of the Attolian guard At first I didn t really understand what the author was doing, but then it made perfect sense It was a much interesting story to see how everyone else in Attolia perceived Gen and try to figure out what he was really up to If we got the story from his perspective then the mystery of it wouldn t have been half as entertaining I almost feel bad for Costis caught in whatever game Gen is playingDon t hang Teleus But I don t see how you can hang Costis if you won t hang his superior officer The queen turned back to face him I could hang you, she said Eugenides looked up at her You missed your chance for that, he said The queen lifted a hand to briefly cover her eyes It is remarkable how you cloud my otherwise clear vision, she said What is it you propose I propose that you let me trade him to Teleus His life in return for Teleus s good behaviorAND LET THE GAMES BEGIN.
The people of Attolia have made sure that Gen does not feel the least bit welcome in their country Most of the time they like to refer to him as a jumped up barbarian goatfoot and play little vengeful tricks on him in order to chip away at his resolve and respect It was so weird to see what they thought of him since we know how deadly he truly isThe gods above knew that the king could be laid out by a toddler with a toasting fork What hope had he against an assassin, trained as a sword is sharpened, honed to one purpose, to murderI really enjoyed trying to figure out myself what game he was playing and why he was pretending to be so much less than he was While I was certain there was something up I struggled to put the clues together Everyone thought that they were getting the best of Eugenides, when he was really maneuvering them to move to the steps of the dance he set in motion We get little glimpses of Gen and the Queen together and it made it all the special to also see those through Costis s eyes There aren t a lot of them as this is not a romance per say but the moments we get really are pretty beautiful and spectacular because there aren t a lot of themTell me you won t cut out my lying tongue, tell me you won t blind me, you won t drive red hot wires into my ears After one moment of gripped immobility, the queen bent to kiss the king lightly on one closed eyelid, then on the other She said, I love your eyes She kissed him on either cheek, near the small lobe of his ear I love your ears, and I love she paused as she kissed him gently on the lips every single one of your ridiculous liesThere are a few moments of action in the book But for the most part it is a political maneuvering conspiracy and most of the fun was in the revelation of clues and the big reveal of why Eugenides would put up with so much for so long There was a great sword fight towards the end and I enjoyed the reason behind it and why it finally happened It was great to see Gen finally figure out his place in Attolia and claim it in true Thief fashion.
Hurry, hurry, and listen carefully now, because god helps me, view spoiler I m giggling just using that locution, because God and me, well hide spoiler Best book in the series alert Best book in the series alert So this is totally the best book in the series so far Loooooved it.
I don t know if I ve ever read a story before that had a romance like this that was so subtle, and yet so freakin complicated I can t help but feel a little uncomfortable about the relationship, but at the same time I am deeply moved by it There s no way to forget the past, not for these two, not with the harsh reminder they must live with every day but the way they do live with it touched me and had me rooting for them with all my heart view spoilerForgetting Costis standing nearby, forgetting possibly that anyone or anything else in the world existed, the king said shakily, Tell me you won t cut out my lying tongue, tell me you won t blind me, you won t drive red hot wires into my ears After one moment of gripped immobility, the queen bent to kiss the king lightly on one closed eyelid, then on the other She said, I love your eyes She kissed him on either cheek, near the small lobe of his ear I love your ears, and I love she paused as she kissed him gently on the lips every single one of your ridiculous lieshide spoiler I honestly think these books should be required reading for any aspiring fantasy author And than a few published fantasy authors It s just amasterclassin fantastical storytelling.
This is the third in the Queen s Thief series, and so far it s the strongest The story is primarily told from the perspective of Costis, an Attolian soldier In less skilled hands, this switch in perspective could have been disastrous Instead, in Whalen Turner s than capable hands, it reinvigorates a series that I didn t even think needed reinvigorating Looking back at the series as a whole, I get why Whalen Turner made the choice to distance the reader from Eugenides, who we ve followed closely through two previous books In this installment, Gen feels isolated and alienated The perspective switch is a smart way to mirror these feelings in the reader without turning them off the book, without making them feel alienated from the bookitselfIt s just So good And by choosing Costis as our new perspective, Whalen Turner simultaneously expands the world and adds nuance and complexity to the plot The previous books were focused on the upper echelons of society kings and queens, courtiers and court advisors Costis is a solider, and seeing the intimate details of his world in turn expands the greater world of the Queen s Thief series.
It also adds nuance to what could have easily become a standard formula for Whalen Turner We know Gen, we love Gen, and it is incredibly fun watching him scheme his way to success In book two, The Queen s Thief, Whalen Turner subverts our expectations by having Gen fail utterly, fail spectacularly But how could she possibly do that again in book three Enter Costis By giving the Attolian people a stand in perspective, suddenly the Attolians aren t just simple antagonists to stand in opposition to Gen We see their perspective, understand their hesitations and even hatred for Gen It makes Gen s new challenges all the complicated, and the story all the compelling.
I could go on, and on, and on, about these books The short of it They are absolutely brilliant.
Are you badly hurt Hideously, said the king, without sounding injured at all I am disemboweled My insides may in an instant become my outsides as I stand here before youAttolis, the new king of Attolia, is a pawn He is lazy, unloved by his wife, and there to be a victim, unaware of the political machinations of his court At least, that s what his guard thinks of him they love their queen, of course, but do not love their king This includes Costis, his newly appointed guard, who hates him With a clever point of view shift to a new character, this book is a clever and eerie ride.
This series feels so classic, like something everyone would ve been obsessed with ten years ago I hope people will still obssess over it now So what do people always praise about this series Because item 1 is the plotting, and item 2 is the character work I second both I ve been thinking a lot about why the plotting of this series is so great, and it s because Megan Whalen Turner is so good at planting and payoff If a plot element shows up in the beginning of the book, it will be become a part of the book further on within the world, with political elements, with character elements Element after element is used for plot twists and it is always so satisfying and compelling.
And perhaps even importantly, the character work here is fucking incredible Gen is a fantastic mastermind Costis is an impressively likable character, especially as he s just shown up Gen and Irene are one of the most endearing couples I have ever read about Also, I absolutely love and adore the dialogue It s glorious and adds so much to these characters.
So why only four stars You know, this has gotten the hype of being the best book in this series, and I have to admit, I m not sure it lived up to that One of my absolute favorite parts of The Queen of Attolia was the development of Irene her slow character arc, the growing relationship between her and Gen This book lacked Irene Okay, she s there plenty, but I LOVE her and she was not in this book enough Costis is a really interesting character and I really loved the growing relationship between him and Gen, but I admit, I was disappointed by the overall smaller scale of the plot twists and the action I do really like that this series is becoming primarily the story of small but powerful players within a very large world, but the shift was surprising, especially as the narrator, Costis, drives very little of the plot It s an interesting plot device, but as a result, I found myself losing focus on action within the middle But this worked pretty well, because we re so invested in the characters involved in the action And when it comes down to it, I really enjoyed this It s such a fun classic fantasy I feel reminded of old Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce in the best way It is a fantastic read and I cannot wait to get to the next book here are my other series thoughtsbook one book two book three book four book five book six TBDBlog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube With this book Megan Whalen Turner has cemented herself as one of my all time favorite writers I absolutely loved The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia is a remarkable follow up.
Eugenides, the famous Thief of Eddis, is now The King of Attolia He is married to the woman he loves but he doesn t enjoy the power that comes with it Gen is despised by Attolians, they think him a lazy fool and a treacherous abuser of their Queen But of course, things are not at all what they seem to beThe book is almost entirely written from the POV of Costis, an ordinary guard who at the opening of the book physically assaults the King Instead of being executed, Costis is pardoned by Eugenides and soon even becomes one of his closest attendants and a center of various court intrigues Slowly Costis, and we together with him, starts learning who his new King really is, the nature of Gen s relationship with his Queen and his schemes that are intended to reshape the landscape of Attolian politics.
As Turner s previous book, The King of Attolia is filled with political intrigues and power play, this time almost exclusively within the Attolian court Another excellent addition Turner s examination of royal power and the nature of loyalty to the superiors a very skillful and clever touch The characters I am mostly talking about Gen and Irene still remain almost anonymous to us as they are to Attolians , the narration is not overburdened with their emotional turmoils, but whatever we get a glimpse of for instance, Gen s complicated relationship with his wife we all know their history and they both are not quite over it is touching and deep What else can I say The King of Attolia is another masterful novel by Megan Whalen Turner I expect I will enjoy A Conspiracy of Kings just as much.