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

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

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by Megan Whalen Turner

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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


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.

The brilliant thief Eugenides has visited the Queen of Attolia’s palace one too many times, leaving small tokens and then departing unseen. When his final excursion does not go as planned, he is captured by the ruthless queen. 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.

A Booklist Top 10 Fantasy Books for Youth
ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
Parent’s Choice Gold Award
A Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Book

“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

“Megan Whalen Turner proves to be one of the brightest creative talents. With each book, she continues to add new levels and new luster to her sparkling imagination.”—Lloyd Alexander, Newbery Medalist and National Book Award-winning author of The Chronicles of Prydain

“Readers will be spellbound.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Turner’s storytelling is so sure that readers will want to go along with her—and discover whatever it is that Eugenides will do next.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[An] intense read . . . thoroughly involving and wholly satisfying on all fronts.”—The Horn Book (starred review)

Editorial Reviews

Lloyd Alexander
“Megan Whalen Turner proves to be one of the brightest creative talents. With each book, she continues to add new levels and new lustre to her sparkling imagination.”
The Horn Book (starred review)
“The intense read is thoroughly involving and wholly satisfying on all fronts.”
“A plot twist sets the obvious on its head and leads to an unexpected conclusion. Scheming, spying, thieving, and fighting fill the pages of this cleverly plotted, enjoyable tale.
Joelle Charbonneau
“Megan Whalen Turner has constructed a clever world filled with suspense and intrigue and characters that will never be forgotten. Once you dive into the world of the Queen’s Thief [books], prepare to have your life stolen from you until you finish them all.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This spellbinder of a sequel to the Newbery Honor-winning The Thief is every bit as devilishly well plotted and grandly conceived. As it opens, Eugenides the thief has fallen into the clutches of the queen of Attolia, who still seethes from his besting of her (relayed in The Thief). Unwilling to execute him, lest she start a war with the queen of Eddis (Eugenides's cousin and ruler), she orders his hand cut off. The drama is high, and the action grows only more engrossing. As Eugenides tries to reconcile himself to the amputation, war breaks out, involving Attolia, Eddis and Sounis, tiny countries modeled on ancient Greece and other Mediterranean nations. For the most part, Turner eschews battle scenes, although she executes these with flair. Instead, she emphasizes strategy, with brilliant, ever-deceptive Eugenides a match for Odysseus in his wiliness and daring, perpetually catching readers by surprise. When, fairly late in the novel, Eugenides decides that he must wed the fearsome queen of Attolia in order to achieve a more lasting peace--and that he loves her--it requires a certain leap of faith to accept that his terror of her coexists with desire. But Turner's storytelling is so sure that readers will want to go along with her--and discover whatever it is that Eugenides will do next. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Shrouded in political agendas, this fantasy-fiction quickly begins with excitement and mystery. As the tale unfolds, readers learn of several monarchies that are vying for political dominance. The story centralizes on the infamous Thief of Eddis, who has an uncanny ability to steal. Within pages though, the Thief's strength is eliminated; however, readers soon learn that the Thief is brilliant in more than just thievery. In this captivating story of super powers strategizing in battle, themes of pride, power, trust, and materialism become major impetus for military actions. Readers see how pre-nuclear weaponry sufficed in battle and how landscapes played an essential role in a dynasty's strengths. Situated in an age where transportation was limited, the modern conveniences found in today's society may be more deeply appreciated. As strategy and wisdom often supercedes power and strength in these war games, readers get a glimpse into political and intellectual planning. While the book is recommended for readers ten and up, older readers may find more success in following the complex web of monarchs, ambassadors, and military events that floods its pages. 2000, HarperCollins Children's Books/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 12 up, $15.95. Reviewer: Melinda Tierney—Children's Literature
VOYA - Voya Reviews
How can you be a one-handed thief? That's what Eugenides, the royal Thief of Eddis, wonders when the Queen of Attolia orders his hand cut off--after he survives the first brutal, fevered months. Long after he is out of mortal danger, however, Gen still has to find the answer to his question and to regain his confidence and his ability to laugh. He struggles with himself against a backdrop of war--the countries of Eddis, Attolia, and Sounis all fight externally as Gen wages his internal battles. Back in Attolia, the young queen who maimed Gen fights with herself too, tortured by the fact that she tortured a boy, even as she battles corrupt courtiers and sends armies to attack neighboring countries. This book is as much her story as it is Gen's. A stand-alone sequel to the Newbery Honor book The Thief (Greenwillow, 1996/VOYA June 1997), featuring several of the same characters, this rich, layered tale is immensely satisfying. The setting draws on the ancient Mediterranean world, but the countries and the pantheon are Turner's own. Complex characters and a complicated and sinuous plot, and references to gods and goddesses and their stories all enrich the novel, making the reader want to reread for all the details and resonances missed on the first go-round. This is a story to savor, one of those books a reader will race through to find out what happens, at the same time never wanting it to end. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, HarperCollins, Ages 13 to 18, 280p, $15.95. Reviewer: Rebecca Barnhouse
The thief, with a reputation for being able to steal anything, seems to know the Queen's castle and all its passage intimately. However, this time the Queen of Attolia, who has lost face because of him, knows he's there and eventually captures and punishes him in a horrible, unthinkable way. Eugendies feels the gods have forsaken him and his recovery from this cruel, debilitating punishment is halting and difficult. But his loyalty and dedication to the Queen of Eddis causes him to embark on a mission to bring stability to his part of the world. He must steal a man, and steal the Queen of Attolia in order to steal the peace. This fast-paced, breath-taking sequel to the Newbery Honor Book, The Thief, has fabulous twists and turns which make this not only a wonderful story of adventure but also a story about life. Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure. 2000, Greenwillow, 279 pp., $15.95. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Diana Mitchell; Williamston, Michigan
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-This sequel to The Thief (Greenwillow, 1996) begins promisingly enough. Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, is caught spying on the Queen of Attolia. She orders his right hand cut off and sends him home fever-ridden and near death. However, Attolia's decision not to hang the Thief comes back to haunt her. Aside from the young man's personal travails, the story involves several kingdoms, all trying to gain ascendancy in the territory, and willing to go to war to do so. It is here that the exciting plot slows to a crawl, with lengthy and tedious descriptions of battle plans and strategic maneuverings. What evolves, very slowly, is a plan for Eugenides to steal the Queen of Attolia and take her to Eddis. It almost works; meanwhile, readers learn that Eugenides is hopelessly in love with her. His rival for her affections is a foreign minister of a kingdom that plans to conquer the entire area. However, Attolia sees through the ambassador's ruse and makes short work of him. It is the question of whether she can possibly return Eugenides's affections that will keep readers turning the pages. Attolia is the ultimate strong-willed, self-sufficient young woman. Eugenides is less strong and self-assured than he was in The Thief, which is understandable given his ordeal. His obsession with Attolia is less believable. He knows her mostly from distant observations and she is responsible for his dismemberment. In the end, this is a story of love and war in which love wins out. It is sure to find readers among admirers of the first book.-Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Mark Oppenheimer
The characters are distinct and moving: we can feel a magus's wisdom, the Mede ambassador's treachery and especially Eugenides's self-loathing for having brought on this war...The Queen of Attolia is a book to turn children into readers...
The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Queen's Thief Series , #2
Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Queen of Attolia, The EPB

Chapter One

He was asleep, but woke at the sound of the key turning in the lock. The storage room held winter linens, and no one should have been interested in it in the middle of summer, and certainly not in the middle of the night. By the time the door was open, he had slipped through a square hole in the stones of the wall and soundlessly closed the metal door that covered it. He was in the narrow tunnel that connected a stoking room to the hypocaust of a minor audience chamber down the corridor. The door he'd crawled through was intended to allow smoke into the storage room to fumigate the linens. Moving quietly, he inched down the tunnel to the open space of the hypocaust. Squat pillars held the stone floor above him. There wasn't room to sit up, so he lay on his back and listened to the thumping noises, like drumbeats, as people hurried across the floor of the audience chamber over his head. They could only be looking for him, but he wasn't particularly worried. He'd hidden before in the spaces under the floors of the palace. His ancestors had used the tunnels of the hypocausts to hide in since the invaders had built them to heat their new buildings hundreds of years earlier.

Noises traveled down the long, narrow tunnel from the stoking room: shuffling thumps and a crackle that he strained his ears to hear. A fire was being lit in the furnace chamber. Soon the warm air and, of more concern to him, the smoke would be fanned into the hypocaust to warm the audience room above and drive the quarry out. Silently, in the pitch-dark, he moved between the brick pillars to a wall and then along it to a flue in thewall with an opening slightly larger than the others. Even with the enlarged opening, it was not an easy task to fit himself into the narrow vent, and while he maneuvered, the warm, smoky air blew around him. He remembered how easily he had slipped into the flue the first time he'd tried it. His grandfather, who'd brought him to the palace, had grown too old and too big for most of the passages and had had to stay at an inn in the town while his grandson explored on his own, finding everything just as he'd heard it described.

Once inside the flue, he wedged his fingers into cracks and braced himself with his feet to climb until the space turned at an angle to join the chimney above the audience room. When he reached the chimney, he cursed silently, though what he found was no more than he should have expected. There was a fire in the hearth below. Fortunately they hadn't already had a roaring blaze going when they chased him out of the linen room. They must have just lighted the fire, but the air in the chimney was smoky and quickly growing hot. With no other choice, the thief climbed into the chimney and moved up it as quickly as he could, relying on the sound of the fire to cover the sounds his soft boots made on the ridged bricks of the walls. The chimney was much wider than the flue, and the ridged bricks were intended to be climbed easily by sweepers.

He went on until he reached an intersection where several chimneys came together into a much larger one that rose to the roof of the palace. The chimney was warm and filled with smoke, but instead of climbing it, he turned to another opening and climbed down. He guessed that the queen had soldiers posted on the roof of the palace to watch the openings of the chimneys.

He breathed shallowly and slowly, stifling a need to cough. Any sound might betray him. As he dropped lower in the chimney he'd chosen, the smoke grew thicker, his eyes watered, and he missed a handhold and slid down with a thump to a ledge below. He sucked in a lungful of smoke and then covered his mouth with both hands while his face turned red and the blood pounded in his ears. The breath trickled out between his fingers and he breathed in again more cautiously, but his throat burned and his head swam. His breath came and went in huffs of suppressed coughs.

He was on a ledge where the chimney divided into smaller flues that led down to several different rooms. He closed his eyes and listened for sounds, but there was no shouting, only the muted crackling of the fire somewhere below. He poked his head into one chimney after another, debating with himself before choosing one he hoped led to the stateroom of some foreign ambassador too prestigious to be disturbed in the middle of the night by soldiers wanting to light an unnecessary fire in his hearth.

The chimney he chose descended from the main one in a long, shallow slope. Once he was away from the main chimney, the air was free of smoke and he stopped to draw grateful breaths until his head cleared. When he reached the turn where the chimney dropped straight to the hearth below, he paused and settled himself to wait. There was no sign of a fire laid underneath him, so there was no immediate need to get down, and he thought it best to be sure there was no one waiting for him in the room below. After a long silence he heard the creak of a bed as if its occupant had shifted in his sleep.

Queen of Attolia, The EPB. Copyright © by Megan Turner. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet 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 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 4 months 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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A great book that goes well in the series!!! I loved it!!!
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