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The Thief

by Megan Whalen Turner

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Series: Queen's Thief (1)

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Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.
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    The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (mak_mohn)
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    The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (mak_mohn)
  3. 70
    Graceling by Kristin Cashore (notemily)
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    The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (gluestick, humouress)
    gluestick: Boys who come up with ingenious plans and incredible plot twists.
    humouress: The protagonists in both books are cheeky street boys who become in embroiled in royal politics and kingmaker's plans. But they decide to do things their own way.
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    Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (bell7)
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    Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (quigui)
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    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (bwebb22)
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    The Raven Ring by Patricia C. Wrede (ut.tecum.loquerer)
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    Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini (gluestick)
  10. 20
    StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce (multilingualmaid)
  11. 20
    The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Although one is Greece-esque fantasy and the other is a Roman-era mystery, both share scrappy, compelling characters in the form of Gen and Marcus Didius Falco.
  12. 10
    The Legend of Eli Monpress, #1-3) by Rachel Aaron (gluestick)
    gluestick: Another charming,ingenious,mischievous thief with a secret agenda and an inflated sense of his own worth.Could be Gen's long lost twin brother.
  13. 10
    The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow by Fuyumi Ono (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Similarities: interesting characters, no romance, politics. I recommend the Eugene Woodbury translations.
  14. 10
    Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey (Nikkles, gluestick)
  15. 10
    The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Two unusual protagonists who rely on their tongue, wit and ingenuity to get themselves out of tight scrapes.
  16. 10
    Joust by Mercedes Lackey (gluestick)
  17. 11
    The Crown Conspiracy by Michael J. Sullivan (gluestick)
    gluestick: Tale of two thieves.First book is great.
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    The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (themulhern)
    themulhern: Both books are closely inspired by a mythology and a geography. But both books are also highly original and the first in a series of similar books.
  19. 00
    The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold (mysimas)
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    A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland (mysimas)

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definitely some surprising twists in this one, and i liked the inclusion of the folktales throughout. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Sep 24, 2023 |
very cute ( )
  OhDhalia13 | Apr 9, 2023 |
  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities. What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.
  rachelprice14 | Jan 31, 2023 |
Really good, enjoyable book. Love the main character, and interesting story-line also. Lots of fun. ( )
  jhellar | Jan 14, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Turner, Megan Whalenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Natale, VinceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stengel, ChristopherCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wyatt, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.

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"There is something I want you to steal. Do this for me, and I'll see that you don't go back to prison. Fail to do this for me, and I will still make sure that you don't go back to prison."

The king's magus needs a skilful thief. Incarcerated for stealing from the king himself, Gen is the just the pawn the magus is looking for. Cocky, brash and extremely uncooperative, Gen is press-ganged into an unlikely band of travellers and marched through Sounis, into hostile Attolia.

Concealed in Attolia is an object of such power it can make or break a king - but even stolen treasure has it's price.
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