The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief Series #3)

The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief Series #3)

by Megan Whalen Turner
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The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief Series #3) by Megan Whalen Turner

Discover the world of the Queen’s Thief

New York Times-bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner’s entrancing and award-winning Queen’s Thief novels bring to life the world of the epics and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief novels are rich with political machinations and intrigue, battles lost and won, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, and George R. R. Martin.

Eugenides, no stranger to desperate circumstances, has gotten himself into difficulties he can’t get out of. Used to being treated with a certain measure of wariness, if not respect, he suffers the pranks, insults, and intrigue of the Attolian court with dwindling patience. As usual, nothing is as it appears when he rescues a hot-headed young soldier in the Palace Guard. The Queen’s Thief novels have been praised by writers, critics, reviewers, and fans and have been honored with glowing reviews, “best of” citations, and numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Newbery Honor, the Andre Norton Award shortlist, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Discover and rediscover the stand-alone companions, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings, and Thick as Thieves, all epic novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief.

School Library Journal Best Book
Horn Book Fanfare
ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults
New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

“The Queen’s Thief books awe and inspire me. They have the feel of a secret, discovered history of real but forgotten lands. The plot-craft is peerless, the revelations stunning, and the characters flawed, cunning, heartbreaking, exceptional. Megan Whalen Turner’s books have a permanent spot on my favorites shelf, with space waiting for more books to come.”—Laini Taylor, New York Times-bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone novels and Strange the Dreamer

"Unforgettable characters, plot twists that will make your head spin, a world rendered in elegant detail—you will fall in love with every page of these stories. Megan Whalen Turner writes vivid, immersive, heartbreaking fantasy that will leave you desperate to return to Attolia again and again."—Leigh Bardugo, New York Times-bestselling author of the The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows

“One of the most fascinating and original children’s fantasies to appear in years. . . . Rarely does one see a hero as psychologically knowing and irresistibly attractive as Turner’s Thief.”—The Horn Book (starred review)

“A winner.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Eugenides, the former Thief of Eddis, is back and just as clever as ever.”—School Library Journal (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060835781
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/24/2006
Series: Queen's Thief Series , #3
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.25(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Megan Whalen Turner is the bestselling and award-winning author of stand-alone novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief. She has been awarded a Newbery Honor and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature. She has won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature and was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award. She worked as a bookseller for seven years before she started writing. Her first book was a collection of short stories called Instead of Three Wishes. Megan Whalen Turner lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books just keep getting better!!! I loved it!!!
Aditi-ATWAMB 6 months ago
Short and Sweet: The King of Attolia defied all conventional logic that a fantasy series follows and managed to delight me and keep me hooked throughout this political masterpiece. Let’s go more into detail: It honestly took me a while to pick up The King Of Attolia after I put down book two, The Queen of Attolia, for reasons unknown to even me. I really liked QoA in comparison to book one, The Thief, but it still took me a long time to get into the mood for this one. I'd heard a lot of people say that The King of Attolia was BY FAR the best book in the series so far and so my expectations were high. It didn't disappoint, but I will admit that the beginning of this book threw me a little bit. If you've been following my reviews of The Thief and The Queen of Attolia, you'll know that it took me a while to get used to Eugenides and his narration but the minute I had, we got the book from another's (new) character's point of view. While books one and two were all about travelling, this one was set purely in the palace with Gen's transition to King being told from the point of view of a Palace Guard. Gen, once again, faces tremendous character growth but from the eyes of a third party. At first, Gen seems like a thoroughly disinterested King - sleeping at meetings, wears ridiculous clothes and takes none of his duties seriously, letting his wife, the Queen rule as she always has. From Costis' POV (the guard) we see how his view of Gen changes from an arrogant King to a boy who misses his home and everything he knew. One thing I should mention is the GORGEOUS construction of Attolia in this book.In The Thief, we only saw it from it's enemy kingdom's perspective but in this book, we were properly introduced to the customs, religious practices and superstitions of a beautiful kingdom. As always with this series, Megan Whalen Turner managed to get the politics and ruling a kingdom SPOT ON. There were twists, turns, betrayals, assassination attempts and so high paced that I LOVED IT. A series definitely worth diving into (you can read them all as stand-alones or together) purely for the fact that you will NOT be able to predict what happens next. The Queen's Thief series defies all conventional fantasy rules and paves its own way to glory. Highly recommended.
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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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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Defentle my favret book
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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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended. You really have to pay attention while reading this one.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
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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