The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief Series #2)

The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief Series #2)

by Megan Whalen Turner
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The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
Angieville More than 1 year ago
Wow. I just...wow. Talk about a sequel. In fact, I'm pretty sure that as sequels go THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA should be the standard textbook in a class entirely devoted to how to write a killer sequel. The kind of sequel that will leave your readers completely unable to contain their glee at how it was just as good as they weren't daring to hope it would be. The kind that makes them keep their husbands up at night expounding upon the splendor that is such a sequel. A note on the cover: I truly love the "new" covers. I do. But this one kind of makes me want to run and hide under the covers. And I'm glad I didn't see it until after I read the book. Rather, I went in blissfully unaware of what awaited me. A note on a SPOILER: I generally try to avoid them. This review, however, may have to be an exception as there is one key plot element early on that is, well, integral to everything that happens thereafter. I can't find a way to dance around it, so consider yourself forewarned. The Thief of Eddis is on a secret mission for his queen in the heart of enemy territory. As he slips away into the night, something goes massively, horribly wrong and he is run down and captured by Attolian guards. For his audacity, Attolia takes his right hand and sends him back to his queen broken and on the brink of death. While Eugenides struggles to comes to terms with his drastically altered life, Eddis declares war on Attolia for his sake and the three countries are quickly at each other's throats. As their losses mount, Eugenides realizes there is one more thing he can steal from Attolia that will save his country from destruction. But, given their last encounter, does he have the courage to venture into Attolia again and face her one more time? Truth? I spent a a fair bit of time holding back sobs while reading this book. You see I fell in love with Eugenides. And he does not have an easy time of it here. The thing is he is so very awesome that you know he'll be okay. He has to be okay. But, still, his anguish and rage are so palpable it's hard to watch. And at the same time, my favorite scenes are the beautifully alternating passages in which Gen tries and fails and tries to piece his life together while, a world away, Attolia sits on her throne, staring blankly out the window, agonizing over what she did. It's so unexpected and had me glued to the page. School Library Journal had a fun article on some of their favorite love stories and they named THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA the Best Declaration of Love. They're not kidding around. When it comes it takes your breath away. On top of it all this book's got a perfect ending. It'll make you smile through your tears.
Karen Davis More than 1 year ago
The book started off with an bang and kept going. I thought this was an excellent follow up to "The Thief." I look forward to reading the third installment in the series!
Matt Franklin More than 1 year ago
its full of excitement and suprises read it
bookworm31415 More than 1 year ago
Eugenides is at it again! Though this sequel is less humorous and rather more melancholy and political than its predecessor, it is just as riveting. As the book starts, Eugenides suffers a life changing loss, a loss that leads to a war between Eddis, Sounis, and Attolia, together with an even more powerful outside force. Eugenides must overcome his setbacks to save his country and steal the impossible. And in the end he will make a shocking, completely unexpected decision that will change the futures of Eddis and Attolia forever. With the return of the same great characters and even more thrilling adventures, this book is a fantastic installation of an amazing series!
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
Short and Sweet: The Queen of Attolia was a huge step up from the first book in this series, The Thief, in terms of the storyline, politics, writing and especially Gen, our main character. Let’s go more into detail: Like I said in my review of book one, I couldn’t help but feel that The Thief was more prequel novella than anything else, mostly because I felt like the ‘Master Thief’ that we were promised was just someone with a lot of luck. Also, the book was too nice and not at all filled with backstabbing and cunningness that I would expect from a book told in a Thief’s POV. (Thanks Six of Crows) The Queen of Attolia, like I hoped it would be was SO SO MUCH BETTER. For starters, there was a lot more going on in the book. I adored Gen’s descriptions in this book of his thieving encounters. They felt real, and pumped with adrenaline and actually showed off his skills unlike in book one. I also REALLY LOVED the basic plot of this story. It showed us Gen is a whole different light. He was smart, capable and slightly cocky like in the first book but at the same time, after he gets caught, we see a more human as he wallowed in self-pity. He also made mistakes that he had to work to overcome, find his way back to becoming a capable Queen’s Thief and I really liked seeing him grow as a character. Another thing I loved about the book was how we got to know the Queen of Attolia a lot more. We met her for a brief scene in the first book and here we also got to know her better – her motivations, the numerous pressures on her and how she survives as a woman in a man’s world. I also loved the REALLY WELL DONE politics in this world, and all the war (battle) strategy. It is, after all, a book that encompasses the political nature of three countries – Eddis, Sounis and Attolia – and it took on that all important feeling that I expected from it. As I said in my short and sweet, I liked this book a WHOLE lot better than book one, but I still didn’t fall in love and flail about it! Hopefully I will in book three, though. 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Thought it was better than the first in the series, The Thief.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot twists. Author could have been more romantic in the relationships portrayed.
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This book had a good plot but way to many characters. It would help if the character's names were real names but they are names like Eugensides.
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This is, by far, my favorite love story of all time. I read it based on a forum rec, and the first book was just so clever, I found the rest of the series the next day. Some of the most beautiful amd understated characterizations throughout, hidden in a series of quest or intrigie plots. Forget Mr. Darcy and Liz, this romance is truly one to define the term.
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CrazyForNewBooks More than 1 year ago
Not nearly as good as The Thief Too much running around, too many characters, okay story but didn't make me want to read the next in the series.
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There are some surprisingly sad revelations in the book but overall it was a very easy weekend read. Impossle to put down once started
Midnight-Shadow More than 1 year ago
I love the Queen's Thief series!! I went through a roller costar of emotions, it was heartbreaking at moments, but truly incredible. And I absolutely love all the characters, especially Gen:)
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This book was amazing. It was even better than the first one. Eugenides is my new found crush. He is awesome! He changed a lot in this book. He has to learn and accept the new changes in his life. He's more mature, and a bit more ruthless. But he was still the funny, intelligent, brave, and vulnerable young man that I loved in the first book. The queen of Attolia was a bit difficult to like at first. She was ruthless. And after what she did to Eugenides, well.... she wasn't exactly my favorite character. I understand though, why she acts the way she does. She may be ruthless, but she's also very intelligent as well and does whatever is necessary to keep her throne and country in order. Another favorite character of mine was Eddis. She is such a wonderful character and cares a lot for Eugenides. I loved her relationship with him. I wasn't exactly sold on the romance in this story though. To me, it sort of jumped out of nowhere. But Eugenides and Attolia make an interesting couple. I can kind of see how they fell in love, but I wished there was just a bit more to the romance. While The Thief was more of an adventure/journey book, The Queen of Attolia was more about politics and war. The Medes that are first mentioned in The Thief make an appearance, and causes a whole lot of trouble. Sounis, Eddis, and Attolia are all at war with each other. So there's a lot of betrayals, political intrigue, warfare, and strategic military tactics involved. This book was again full of surprises, just like the first book, and I love that about this series. I was engrossed in Eugenides's world of gods, goddesses, and politics. Eugenides, the clever, clever little thief, was such an interesting character and continued to surprise me throughout the book. The Queen of Attolia is a bit darker than the first book, but definitely worth the read. It's my favorite book in the series so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say that i wasnt as taken with this story. It took me a while to get through compared to the 1st book and i prob wont buy the other one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book that goes well in the series!!! I loved it!!!
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