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The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

The Queen of Attolia (2000)

by Megan Whalen Turner

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Series: Queen's Thief (2)

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The saga centers on Eugenides, or Gen, named after The God of Thieves. Indeed, he has been trained, and has trained himself, to steal anything and everything in service to his cousin Helen, Queen of Eddis. Eddis is one of neighboring countries frequently at war, including Sounis, Attolia, and the Medean Empire. The countries surround a sea, much like the world would have been near the Mediterranean Sea in ancient times. Gen often helps Eddis realize their political aims (his father, it should be noted, is the Minister of War), but as The Queen of Attolia begins, it is the Queen of Attolia who "steals" Eugenides by having him captured.

Irene, the Queen of Attolia is beautiful, but keeps a rigid countenance at all times, and her emotions at bay. She cannot show fear or revulsion or weakness; she felt she needed a stone-faced mask to rule.:

“Surrounded by people who hated or feared her, she trusted no one and told herself that she didn’t need to.”

How heart-breaking it is when she shares her thoughts about love!

Something then very bad happens to Gen, something that makes him question his gods, but it seems the gods have long-range plans for him that unfortunately included some suffering, and ironically add a welcome and touching note of reality to this fantasy.

The book ends though on a charming note.

Evaluation: This is a terrific series. For those who fear the steep learning curve of many fantasies, these books won’t put you off at all. Most of the complexity is in the characterization and relationships. The writing and pacing are excellent, and there are plenty of twists that aren’t “artificial” but rather reflect the ongoing political machinations of the actors. Female characters tend to be stronger than the males, but the males won’t disappoint you. The romances are some of the most nuanced and realistic you’ll find in YA books. Prepare to have your heart stolen! ( )
  nbmars | Aug 28, 2016 |
I didn't like the Thief very much. It was kinda boring, not very original, etc. This book came as a very pleasant surprise, and I agree with all the people who say the Thief was just an introduction for the real books.
This book has it all. Humour. High stakes. War. A strong female protagonist (or two). Friendship. Romance, with a few scenes that made me bury my head in my pillow, but still well-managed and very satisfactory.
Definitely read this, everyone. And if you really can't stand The Thief, then for goodness' sake just skip it and read this one. It might be a tad confusing, but you'll catch on quickly enough to how things go.

EDIT 5/5/13
I just finished re-reading it for the first time (besides reliving a few favorite scenes from time to time) and I still enjoy reading it. Some of the longer explanations may be a little excessive, but certain scenes are very fun to read in hindsight, especially ones with a certain person. *wink* ( )
  Jaina_Rose | Mar 1, 2016 |
This is insanely good. The craft with which this is written is just unbelievable. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
very nicely done. i loved it. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 17, 2016 |
very nicely done. i loved it. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
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Fantasy succeeds to the extent that it creates a deep, totalizing world, one that invites us to suspend disbelief. For the most part, Megan Whalen Turner succeeds in ''The Queen of Attolia,'' the sequel to her Newbery Honor book, ''The Thief.'' ... ''The Queen of Attolia'' is a book to turn children into readers -- bound, one hopes, for richer fare.

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Natale, VinceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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He was asleep, but woke at the sound of the key turning in the lock.
"Nahuseresh, if there is one thing a woman understands, it is the nature of gifts. They are bribes when threats do not avail."
"Steal peace, Eugenides. Steal me some time."
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Someone slid a tray of food through the slot in the bottom of the cell door. "I heard she was going to hang you but she changed her mind." said the keeper. "Don't worry, lad, she never changes it for the better."

Rotting in an Attolian prison, the Thief awaits his fate. For Eugenides has taunted the Queen of Attolia one time too many, and now he must pay.

Has the Thief's chaotic reign been cut short, or is there one more thing Eugenides can steal - this time for himself?
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In the firelit torture chamber the executioner's sword descends--and the Eugenides--the Thief of Eddis--no longer has his clever right hand. The Queen of Attolia sits calmly and watches the dreadful amputation behind her carefully cultivated mask of coldness, but later agonizes over what she has done to him. At the same time, she rages at herself for not hanging her captured prisoner outright.

Readers who first met Eugenides as the rascally teenager Gen in the Newbery Honor-winning The Thief will find that in this sequel he deepens through suffering and loss, but keeps the same witty talent for elaborate, crafty schemes of espionage and theft. Caught between two rival queens in a landscape based on that which surrounds the Mediterranean Sea, Eugenides is loyal to Eddis as her Queen's Thief, but in love (despite himself) with the beautiful and seemingly ruthless Attolia. In her small mountain country, Eddis controls the only bridge between the valley nation of Sounis and the coastal kingdom of Attolia, while all three are threatened by the ships of the powerful Medes. As the web of intrigue and shifting allegiances expands, and war is imminent, the Queen's Thief risks everything on an audacious and cunning military strategy to bring the two queens together--and to steal Attolia for himself. This remarkable fantasy, with its appealing characters, emotional intensity, witty dialogue, and inventive plot, will have teen fans panting for more. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell

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Forsaken by the gods and left to his own devices, Eugenides, Royal Thief of Eddis, summons all his wit and wiles in an attempt to conquer the rival Queen of Attolia.

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