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The Queen of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner - Bogormen
So many books, so little time.
The Queen of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner
Title: The Queen of Attolia (Queen's Thief #2)
Author: Megan Whalen Turner
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: 278
Date read: March, 2010

When Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, stole Hamiathes's Gift, the Queen of Attolia lost more than a mythical relic. She lost face. Everyone knew that Eudenides had outwitted and escaped her. To restore her reputation and reassert her power, the Queen of Attolia will go to any length and accept any help that is offered...she will risk her country to execute the perfect revenge.

Eugenides can steal anything. And he taunts the Queen of Attolia, moving through her strongholds seemingly at will. So Attolia waits, secure in the knowledge that the Thief will slip, that he will haunt her palace one too many times.

When Eugenides finds his small mountain country at war with Attolia, he must steal a man, he must steal a queen, he must steal peace. But his greatest triumph - and his greatest loss - comes in capturing something that the Queen of Attolia thought she had sacrificed long ago...

Very, very different from the first book in the series. A lot darker, and a lot more "grown up". I was very taken by it, yet it took me 7 days to read the first 150 pages. Granted, I then sat down and gobbled up the rest yesterday ;) It wasn't that it was slow to start, it was just too easy for me to put down.

Unlike the first book, The Queen of Attolia was written in third person, which I preferred. It was necessary for the plot, and I appreciated hearing parts of the story from other people's POV as well. I'm not entirely sure I bought the final twist from Eurigenes... it seemed a bit too convenient and too much tell, not show. I think I liked it though - it all depends on how it's explored in later books.

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