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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 making.
Then 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 more than he appears. Soon the corrupt ...
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 making.
Then 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 more than he appears. Soon the corrupt Attolian court will learn that its subtle and dangerous intrigue is no match for Eugenides.
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Posted June 11, 2012
Posted April 2, 2013
I really liked all four books from this series, and liked them about equally. They are fairly short books, and on occasion may not seem to fully develop when some of the twists occur, but they are fun, thrilling, and imaginative!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2013
You know each book in this series was a masterpice, so brilliantly written they kept you enged evey step of the way. There was just the perfect amout of every element I love in a book and it was easy to read. I love Gen and even Irene who proves herself in this book as worthy of him. I find their little love story charming and not overdone. I love the idea of two enimies falling in love and having such a strange but meaningful relationship. Not to worry to those who are in it for the action and intrigue there is plenty of it written to perfection. If only they would let me give it ten stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 19, 2013
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Posted September 2, 2012
The King of Attolia is another great installment in the series. The story is told mostly from a young Attolian soldier's point of view, Costis, who is assigned to the new king. He despises Eugenides, but what can he do? However, as Costis spends more time with Eugenides, he finds that the new king is quite intelligent, and there may be more to him than meets the eye. Eugenides is the new King of Attolia, and the people don't like him, at all. They think he's lazy, naive, unintelligent, and not fit to be king. But Eugenides doesn't care. He wanted their queen, not the crown. But eventually he starts to accept the responsibilities of being king and wins the loyalty of some Attolians. In this book we also get to see a more intimate relationship between Eugenides and the queen, which was very sweet.
I really missed Eugenides in this book. He was in the book quite a bit, but I missed reading from his point of view. It was awesome seeing him stand up to the Attolians and seeing them change their views about him. NEVER underestimate Eugenides! Costis is very honest and loyal and I'm glad he got stuck watching Eugenides, though I kind of felt sorry for him. But he was one of the first few to see the other side of Eugenides, the clever, capable, and vulnerable side.
I loved the third installment in the series. The Queen of Attolia is still my favorite, but this one comes close
Posted March 10, 2012
I've read this many times, whole series actually. One may ask why, but all I can tell you is that this is an amazing book of Kings and Queens, pain and loyalty. Once you pick up the book, you cannot put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 7, 2012
Posted February 28, 2012
It is not easy to become the king of a country already fond of its queen, especially for a foreigner who kidnapped that queen and may or may not have forced her hand in that matter of their marriage. How can any man truly become a king when no one can see him as a sovereign? Not that it matters. With such tenuous foundations, sovereignty is not enough to ensure loyalty anyway.
Being the Thief of Eddis was always enough for Eugenides. He didn't want to become King of Attolia. He didn't want the crown at all. He wanted the queen. Even more wondrous, Attolia wanted him. But one cannot marry a queen without becoming a king.
The union requires a careful dance of shadows and unsubstance, but under it all, there is still a marriage of two people. But there is also more. An unlikely pair and, for Gen at least, unlikely monarchs, their marriage will not be an easy one. Each move will require careful calculation. Especially when a rash young guard is dragged into the middle of the kingdom's political machinations.
Much like Gen himself, Costis wants nothing to do with the royal court or Eugenides' efforts to avoid all royal responsibility. And yet the more time he spends with the young king the more Costis understands all the Gen has lost in his pursuit of the throne--and what made the sacrifice worthwhile. Together these unlikely allies might even teach the Attolian court a thing or two about what it takes to be a true king in The King of Attolia (2006) by Megan Whalen Turner.
The King of Attolia is the sequel to Turner's Newbery honor book The Thief which first introduced readers to Eugenides and his world and its followup The Queen of Attolia. Readers of Turner's earlier books will quickly recognize references to characters from other volumes and past events (others might be well advised to re-read the earlier titles to get a better sense of the big picture of the series).
Written with shifting viewpoints, readers learn about Gen's changed circumstances through Costis' eyes. In this way, it is easy to see how little the country thinks of their new king and also, thanks to moments from Gen and Attolia's perspectives, how greatly they underestimate his cunning and his ingenuity.
As much a coming of age story as the story of a man learning to be king, The King of Attolia is another fine installment about the inimitable Thief of Eddis. Somewhat lighter on action and war-making than the first two books in the series, this one makes up for it by providing more insight into the ways of Attolia and her relationship with Gen. Richly told and expertly written, this story lays fine groundwork for the next installment in Turner's wonderful series A Conspiracy of Kings.
Possible Pairings: Fire by Kristin Cashore, Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, Sabriel by Garth Nix
Posted September 5, 2011
I absolutely love these books. I dont know when I have enjoyed a series more. The author has a way of setting up all the necessary elements to build the story for the first 70 pages or so and then taking you on a roller coaster ride through the rest of the book. What a rush, you cant put the book down once it starts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2010
All the books in this series, beginning with The Thief, are excellent reading for adults, even though they are categorized as young adult. But this one, the King of Attolia, is very adult in its weave of relationships, power, love, and truth. No loud trumpets mark the decisions made by the King and Queen, but the subtlety surrounding their choices make the reader peruse every line. With some books, I can read the first sentence in a paragraph and skip to the next paragraph, not with this one. I loved it. Thank you Megan Turner.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This third installment of the Queen's Thief series is just as good as the first! Eugenides returns once more, this time as king of Attolia. When Costis, a young guard, becomes involved in life at the palace, it would seem that Eugenides is in over his head. Gen is used to prowling in secret at night, not the stiff formalities and restrictions of court life. But once again, all is not as it appears. Costis soon realizes that Gen is not the ignorant puppet that he seems to be. Though thrust into a strange new life, Gen is just as devious as ever and Costis is along for the ride. This third book is just as intriguing as the first two with just as many twists, turns, and unexpected developments. This book is superb!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2010
This book is the best in the series! Eugenides finds himself in a new tied down situation and is forced to deal with all the hassles of his new title. I read this on my Nook and so I didn't have any spoilers, making this even more fascinating. The new main character introduced is hilarious and is written well to compliment Eugenides and his plots and schemes. I loved this book for the insights in Eugenides and the Queen. This is by far the best one of the series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I have this thing where I tend forget books very easily, causing me to have to re-read them. Not this series. I have read this series over and over again just because I absolutely love it. I have read at least a hundred series in my life, maybe more, but I have never been moved to tears, laughter, and anger on the behalf of fictional characters like I have with these books. I can't even begin to explain; begin to tell you how personal this series becomes. When the characters cry, you can't help but cry with them; when all seems hopeless, you feel like you heart is being torn apart. The characters come so alive in this series, and are so likable, that you want to follow them around, even if they're doing the most mundane things (like brushing their teeth...) I have checked Barnes and Noble online for months to see if they're would be a sequel to The King of Attolia, and lo and behold, a few months ago I saw that there would be. I'm writing this review because I just re-read the first three books for probably the dozenth time, so that I would be prepared for the fourth installment that will be out in two days. If you want to read a story that is about life and love, struggles and humor, and more than anything, about human beings, you should get this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book was great. It definately cannot be read without reading the first two books first. I found the first book by accident and immediately seeked out books 2 and 3. I will definately look for other books by Megan Turner. The only thing I didn't like was the battle strategic parts, but for guys that might be more interesting,Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2009
This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. The story sucks you in and doesn't let go, even after you have finished reading. The world that Turner has created envelops you and makes you never want to leave. The characters are so realistic that you expect them to jump off the book and have a chat with you. The story is filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. It deals with dark subjects such as politics and war, however the humor keeps things light enough to thoroughly enjoy. Everything about this story makes me want it to never end, and prompted me to finally buy my own copy, instead of continuously checking it out of the library. This is a book that won't disappoint.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2009
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If I tell you that each book in this series just gets more and more 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.
Posted November 2, 2008
THE KING OF ATTOLIA marks the third book that follows Megan Whalen Turner's mischievous and dangerous hero, Eugenides, who is known to his friends as Gen. While returning readers may be disappointed that this installment is not narrated by the roguish master thief (the story is primarily told by a young guard named Costis), they will appreciate the returning cast of characters. Newcomers to the series shouldn't be too confused, though everyone should probably read this book twice to get all the political intrigue. <BR/><BR/>The book picks up with the former Thief of Eddis, Gen, now the newly crowned king of Attolia, except no one is taking him seriously, not even himself. The people of Attolia are furious with "the goat foot" who stole their beloved queen, and humiliating the king has become a national pastime. Poor Eugenides has found snakes in his bed, sand in his food, and has been attacked by the palace dogs, but isn't willing to enforce his authority. His court thinks he's an oaf and a pushover, and an unwilling king is a serious detriment as Attolia faces a war with the Mede Empire. <BR/><BR/>When Costis, a young idealistic member of the Queen's Guard, makes the mistake of showing his dislike for the king, he thinks he gets a fate worse than death; Eugenides promotes him to a lieutenant and makes him his personal guard. Though being the king's scapegoat is no easy trip, Costis soon realizes the difficulties Eugenides faces as a foreign sovereign in a hostile court. All the characters are tested in THE KING OF ATTOLIA as various forces vie for political power. <BR/><BR/>This book was a joy to read. Megan Whalen Turner gives the reader rich descriptions of both the sumptuous Attolian palace and its many inhabitants. The novel seems even more plot-based than her previous two books. It twists and turns around the topics of espionage, assassination, and diplomacy. While a reader can still make sense of the story without reading THE THIEF or THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA, this book is a special treat for returning fans. One of the surprising things for me was how the wonderfully charismatic and clever Gen is transformed into a clumsy idiot under the prejudiced eyes of Costis. Turner hints at the drawbacks of underestimating people without being moralistic. I have waited over six years to read this novel and I'm delighted that it leaves plenty of room for future stories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2008
My friend had been trying to get me to read this series for like two and a half years. I finally relented and read The Thief...it blew my mind! I could not believe how long it had taken me to finally read this amazing series! The Thief was enjoyable, and the Queen of Attolia was good as well, but the King of Attolia was outstanding. It's plot twists and character development were strokes of pure genius. There are supposedly more books coming out and i hope with all my heart that this is true!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2007
I picked up this book in anticipation that I would thoroughly enjoy this book, and it has meet and exceeded it. I have read all three of Eugenides adventures and they are all great reads. I really love the fact that Turner has turned them into some sort of modern day Greek Mythology, even thought they are not situated in Greece and also the fact that Eugenides has sort of become like Odyessus - clever, cunning, and unable to underestimate.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.