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When a naive young guard expresses his contempt for the king in no uncertain terms, he is dragged by Eugenides into the center of the ...

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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. Attolia's barons seethe with resentment, the Mede emperor is returning to the attack, and the king is surrounded by the subtle and dangerous intrigue of the Attolian court.

When a naive young guard expresses his contempt for the king in no uncertain terms, he is dragged by Eugenides into the center of the political maelstrom. Like the king, he cannot escape the difficulties he makes for himself. Poor Costis knows he is the victim of the king's caprice, but he discovers a reluctant sympathy for Eugenides as he watches the newly crowned king struggle against his fate.

Fans of the Newbery Honor Book The Thief and The Queen of Attolia will recognize Megan Whalen Turner's signature plot twists and turns in the third exquisitely crafted tale about Eugenides.

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Readers who fell for The Thief and grieved over his devastating loss in The Queen of Attolia will devour this account of how the "goat-footed, throne-stealing interloper" grows into his crown. The erstwhile Thief and newly crowned king chafes under his status as a homebody, even if the home in question is an opulent palace. Accustomed to a life of stealthy maneuvering, Eugenides is now shadowed everywhere by his armed Guard and a mostly malevolent audience of courtiers, many actively trying to sabotage his reign in retaliation for Gen having "stolen" their Queen in a politically convenient marriage. The backdrop continues to track the intricate relationships among the small, faux-Mediterranean nations of Attolia, Eddis and Sounis, and the menacing Mede empire, but the action here-including an assassination attempt-takes place within the palace walls. The plot turns on political intrigue, hidden motives, ploys and counterploys, as Gen slyly consolidates his power while solidifying his marriage to Irene. Turner assumes readers' familiarity with the vast canvas on which she's working, making this book best suited to those who read the first two, and who are familiar with the ample detail she has woven into this complex tapestry. Although some readers may ache for the old snide and sneaky Gen, they will likely understand why there is no theft involved in the prize he wins here. Gen has grown up and, this time, he earns his kingly respect. Ages 10-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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This title in the award winning series opens when Eugenides of Eddis, the hero of The Thief, comes to Attolia with his Queen Irene. We see through the eyes of the at-first unsympathetic and compassionate guard, Costis, who flies into a fury and punches the King. Instead of death, he rises in rank and becomes a close caretaker of the king everyone hates. How could anyone trust or honor this one-handed, inept fool? Through time Costis (and readers) begin to see that Gen (Eugenides) is far from the oaf he seems. He is politically savvy, physically superior, and compassionate. Series readers, of course, have known this all along, but adventure and intrigue will show new readers the gift of Turner's magnificent writing and send them searching for past adventures. It is difficult to maintain interest and quality in any series, but when one is so superior, it is a far greater fear. Turner's newest work deepens characterization, makes the ancient world she creates believable, and offers delectable descriptions amid action that makes it all work. A threat from outside the kingdom adds extra conflict. Pacing and events make a changed perspective occur perfectly. 2006, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, Ages 11 up.
—Susie Wilde
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As a fan of The Thief and The Queen of Attolia, I was eager to read this one. In this newest addition to Turner's adventure-packed series, readers find their favorite Thief of Eddis back and ruling as the King of Attolia. Because of his new position, a lot of the excitement that Eugenides brought to us in the previous novels is lost. Instead he is faced with more . . . kingly matters. But the book is not just about Eugenides, and many times readers are offered the world through the eyes of Costis, a young Attolian soldier who is less than happy with his new position as King's Guard. It is his attitude toward his promotion that first makes the book worthwhile. Every so often, Gen gets to add his own sarcasm and witty remarks to the plot, but because he is king, those remarks appear much less than in the other two books. He still finds time to be mischievous and deceiving, which becomes increasingly apparent as the story develops, and as usual it's his carefree attitude that makes the book more interesting. I did not enjoy this novel as much as The Thief, but it was still a good book worth reading. (It would probably be a good idea to reread the other two novels first, because I did not and was a little lost at some parts!) VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Greenwillow, 390p., and PLB Ages 12 to 18.
—Carolyn Stallard, Teen Reviewer
KLIATT
First, let me say that it is necessary to read the first two books to understand the main characters: Eugenides (once the thief, now king) and his wife, the queen, who had once ordered Gen's hand to be cut off when he was discovered to be the thief, who now loves him and wants him to succeed as king. Needless to say, her security guards still mistrust Gen and they do everything in their power to undermine his authority and arrange his downfall. This third book is about the subtle ways Gen uses his shrewdness, skill, and strength to win over his opponents and earn their respect and loyalty. Turner, a gifted writer whose book The Thief is a Newbery Honor winner, continues this amazing adventure story set in her imaginary world. This third part is more talk and less action certainly than in The Thief, with what action there is confined to the palace in Attolia, but like the other two books, this one excels in intrigue, in people and situations not being what they appear to be. And Gen is a memorable character, there's no doubt about it. (Sequel to The Thief and The Queen of Attolia). KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2006, HarperCollins, 390p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
KLIATT - Claire Rosser
To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, January 2006: First, let me say that it is necessary to read the first two books to understand the main characters: Eugenides (once the thief, now king) and his wife, the queen, who had once ordered Gen's hand to be cut off when he was discovered to be the thief, who now loves him and wants him to succeed as king. Needless to say, her security guards still mistrust Gen and they do everything in their power to undermine his authority and arrange his downfall. This third book is about the subtle ways Gen uses his shrewdness, skill, and strength to win over his opponents and earn their respect and loyalty. Turner, a gifted writer whose book The Thief is a Newbery Honor winner, continues this amazing adventure story set in her imaginary world. This third part is more talk and less action than in The Thief, with what action there is confined to the palace in Attolia, but like the other two books, this one excels in intrigue, in people and situations not being what they appear to be. And Gen is a memorable character, there's no doubt about it. (An ALA Best Book for YAs.)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Fans who've been waiting for six long years for the sequel to The Queen of Attolia (2000) and The Thief (1996, both HarperCollins) can finally rejoice. Eugenides, the former Thief of Eddis, is back and just as clever as ever. As King of Attolia after literally stealing and marrying the Queen, he must convince the rest of her court and her subjects that he deserves his title. The Attolians think he's an idiot who's being used by the Queen. They refuse to believe that he and Irene could honestly love one another, considering that she's responsible for having his hand cut off. His attendants and guards mock him behind his back and play pranks on him, all the while thinking that he's too spineless and incompetent to protest. That is, until a guard named Costis punches him in the face and knocks him down. Beheading is the usual penalty for such a transgression but Eugenides devises a better punishment. It is through Costis's eyes that readers see how he and the court consistently underestimate the shrewd young man. This third book in the series continues to involve political intrigue, espionage, and attempted assassination but is less concerned with the fighting between kingdoms that dominated the previous book. Instead, it explores the complex and very romantic relationship between the monarchs. Although it does stand alone, to appreciate the amazingly charismatic and beguiling character of Eugenides fully, it's best to read the titles in order.-Sharon Rawlins, NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped, Trenton Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Like all loyal soldiers of Attolia, Costis hates Eugenides, his new king. Eugenides was an enemy until he forced the Queen of Attolia into marriage, and the oafish conqueror doesn't even have the grace to behave with majesty. But when Costis is ordered to guard Eugenides directly, he gains an unexpected sympathy for the young king. Through Costis's naive eyes, Eugenides appears weak, bumbling and a too-pathetic target for the pranks aimed at him. A knowledgeable reader of the series, however, will know that Eugenides is more than he appears, and can follow with delight as the king's clever schemes slowly become apparent to Costis. Ultimately, this unreliable narrator sees Eugenides transform from fool to larger-than-life hero, and never realizes that both are true at once. Well-constructed puzzles and intrigues keep this offering moving through Turner's characteristic secrets and subtle revelations to a wholly satisfying conclusion, while a few loose ends hint at more entries in this compelling series. Less emotionally powerful than Eugenides's earlier adventures, but still a winner. (Fiction. 12-15)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060835774
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/24/2006
  • Series: Queen's Thief Series , #3
  • Pages: 400
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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Megan Whalen Turner is the author of the Newbery Honor Book The Thief and its companions, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. She lives with her family in Ohio.

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The King of Attolia


By Megan Turner

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Copyright © 2006 Megan Turner
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ISBN: 0060835788

Chapter One

Costis sat in his room. On the table in front of him was a piece of paper meant to hold a report on the squad of men he directed. He'd scratched out the first few lines of the report and written underneath the beginnings of a letter to his father. It began, "Sir, I must explain my actions," and then stopped. Costis couldn't explain his actions. He rubbed his face with his hands and tried again to compose his anguished thoughts into cold words and orderly sentences. He looked over the mess in his quarters. His small trunk of clothes was tipped out onto the floor. The tray that had sat in the top of it to hold his sleeve links and buttons and pins was thrown down by the bed. The links, the spare buttons, and the small image of his god were scattered everywhere. His books were gone. He'd had three. So, he assumed, was his wallet with what money he kept in his room. That was a pity. He would have given the money to his friend Aristogiton. His sword was gone from its rack on the wall. He would have given that to Aris as well. The two soldiers who'd brought him back from the training ground, almost dragging him along by their grip at his elbows, had taken every sharp thing out of the room. They were veterans, who'd served in the Guard for most of their lives. They'd searched his small trunk and dragged the thin mattress, as well as the blanket, off the narrow bed frame. One had pulled down Costis's sword and swept up his knife from the windowsill while the other had collected his papers, crumpling them together in his fist. Without looking at him again, they'd gone. Costis had turned the stool upright on its three legs. They had left his cloak pins, his plain everyday one and his fancy one with the amber bead. He had been a little surprised. His good pin was fibula-shaped with a shaft four inches long and as thick as a cornstalk. It would be as effective as a sword, if Costis chose to use it. Even the smaller pin would do; two inches in the right place was all it took. As Costis had considered, without any real motivation, the possibilities of the cloak pins, the curtain across his doorway had swept back and one of the soldiers had returned to kick his feet briskly through the detritus on the floor, quickly locating the cloak pins. After scooping them up, he had checked the floor again to see if there were more. He had seen the sandal straps and taken those. He'd looked Costis over once and shaken his head in contempt as he left. Costis looked back at the letter in front of him. It was almost the only paper they'd left him. He shouldn't waste it, but he didn't know how he could explain his actions to his father when he couldn't explain them to himself. He'd broken a sacred oath, had destroyed his career, his life, and perhaps his family in one moment. It was unnatural to look back at events and be unable to believe that what you remembered could actually have happened. It was afternoon. He'd made no progress on his letter since morning, when the sun had been slanting into the narrow window and filling the small room with light. The sun had climbed over the roof of the barracks and the room was grown dim, lit only indirectly by the sunlight falling into the narrow courtyard between barracks. Costis was waiting for the queen. She had left the palace for the first time since her marriage and had gone hunting. She was to eat at midday at one of the lodges and return sometime in the afternoon. Costis got up from his stool and paced for the hundredth, the thousandth time across the room. He would be sentenced when she returned, almost certainly to death. Even worse than death would come if she thought that he had acted as part of a conspiracy or that even one member of his family had known of his actions in advance. If that happened, his family would have to leave the farm outside Pomea in the Gede Valley. Every single one of them, not just his father and his sister, but uncles, aunts, and cousins. Their property would be forfeit to the crown and they would be no longer members of the landowning class, but would be okloi -- merchants if they were lucky, beggars if they were not. Of course, even he had had no foreknowledge of what was going to happen. He would never have guessed that he could so compound calamity with disaster, but the truth hardly mattered now. Costis thought of the papers they had taken away and tried to remember exactly what was in them that could be mistaken for plans of treason. The Secretary of the Archives could see treason in a single word. One hint of a plan and Costis would be put to torture instead of hanging in the morning. He knew that when torture began, Truth, which had mattered very little to begin with, soon mattered not at all. He stepped to the window and looked out at the shadows falling on the barracks across from him. The midafternoon trumpets would be sounding soon and the watches would be changing. He was supposed to be on the palace walls. Behind him he heard the curtain rings sliding on the rod across his doorway. He turned to face the men who would take him to the palace. There were no guards. Standing alone in the doorway was the king. The ruler, anointed by priests and priestesses, of all the lands of Attolia, the official father of the people, the lord of the barons who'd one by one sworn him their oaths of obedience, the undisputed, uncontested, and absolute sovereign of the land. The swollen discoloration by his mouth closely matched the elaborate purple embroidery on his collar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    loved it

    The books just keep getting better!!! I loved it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Great read. Nice twists.

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Wonderful!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Great easy read

    New characters come into play. Just as good as the first two books in the series i hope the author can crank out another in the next year

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Yes!

    Defentle my favret book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    The King of Attolia is another great installment in the series.

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Loved it!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Excellent book!

    Highly recommended. You really have to pay attention while reading this one.

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    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

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Highly recommended

    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.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    One of my favorites

    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.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

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    A New Life for a Thief...

    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!!

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    The Crown of the Series

    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!

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    I'm pretty sure this is my favorite series. Ever.

    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.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    Great book in the set

    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,

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Superb

    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.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    Angieville: THE KING OF ATTOLIA

    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.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Reviewed by Natalie Tsang for TeensReadToo.com

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    simply wonderful

    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!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2007

    A Must Read Even for an Adult

    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.

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