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The Thief (The Queen's Thief, Book 1)…

The Thief (The Queen's Thief, Book 1) (edition 2006)

by Megan Whalen Turner

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.
Title:The Thief (The Queen's Thief, Book 1)
Authors:Megan Whalen Turner
Info:Greenwillow Books (2006), Paperback, 304 pages
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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

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    The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (mak_mohn)
  2. 70
    Graceling by Kristin Cashore (notemily)
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    The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (mak_mohn)
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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 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.
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    The Raven Ring by Patricia C. Wrede (ut.tecum.loquerer)
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    Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini (gluestick)
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    StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce (multilingualmaid)
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    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.
  13. 10
    Joust by Mercedes Lackey (gluestick)
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    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.
  15. 10
    Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey (Nikkles, gluestick)
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    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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    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.
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    The Legend of Eli Monpress 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.

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Rating: 2.5/5

I was mildly disappointed about my first read of 2014. I expected a little bit more of excitement and adventure and I ended up skimming the pages and waiting for the final page to be honest.

Why the 3 stars you say? The little twist at the end was surprisingly good and stirred enough of my curiosity to push me pursuing the rest of the series; which according to the raving reviews, is much better than the first installment.

Let's hope that's true! ( )
  Ash600 | Mar 19, 2021 |
Gen is a thief. Captured by a king while bragging about a heist, another man at court sees a way to use Gen for different political ends. A YA journey adventure ensues.

Very cute! Entertaining, very well drawn characters, and an excellent YA foray into a relatively uncommon shtick that leads to a nice payoff. Though I didn't find it gripping, I will definitely read more in the series. ( )
  pammab | Feb 25, 2021 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was written from an interesting perspective and kept me wondering where it was headed. ( )
  ColourfulThreads | Feb 18, 2021 |
Thoroughly enjoyable fantasy. I thought I'd had all the reveals of the plot figured out before the end of the book, but then I turned out to be completely surprised by how little I had known and was quite pleased with the ending. It didn't come out of nowhere (despite my missing various clues), the story wrapped up nicely, and I was left excited to dive into the next novel of the series with all the possibilities that are now open. A+ ( )
  coprime | Feb 5, 2021 |
This was my first foray into this series, and I enjoyed it very much. In fact, it was one of those books that I liked more and more as I went along. Turner somehow manages to keep you completely engaged and convinced you're following the story just fine while all the while building up to a wonderful reveal/twist. Gen, the main character, is fascinating and just gets more and more so as the story goes on. I'm looking forward to reading more in the series. ( )
  lycomayflower | Dec 11, 2020 |
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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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