March 16, 2012 by Heidi
Title: The Queen of Attolia [Amazon|GoodReads]
Author: Megan Whalen Turner [Website]
Standing: Second book in the Queen’s Thiefseries.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: January 1st, 2000 by Eos
Format: Paperback; 362 pages.
Source: Borrowed from my local library.
Spoilers!: This review contains some spoilers for The Thief, so go read that first. Seriously. Go read it.
I really feel that I have grown up with Eugenides after reading the short story, Thief!, and the first in the series, The Thief. Megan Whalen Turner has a unique talent for writing for the age of her characters perfectly, and it has been lovely to see the development of Eugenides as a 10 year old scallywag to a young man. The Queen of Attolia is far more complex than The Thief in a way that enriches the story and draws one in even further than before. While The Thief highlighted the mythology of the old gods, The Queen of Attolia focuses on the current political situation. It is unfortunately rare that an author is able to convey the intricacies of complex politics without either info-dumping or causing intense boredom. Turner does this beautifully, presenting the situation naturally. I adore stories where you get to see all sides of a conflict, understand that there is no true ‘bad guy’, and see the strategic motivations of all involved.
Of course, the character of Eugenides, as well as the other characters in the cast, gain much more depth in this second book. I love Eddis, she reminds me so much of Mercedes Lackey’s Selenay that I just want to hug her and be best friends forever. Eugenides balks against all stereotypes of thieves created by other works–he doesn’t come from a broken home, he’s not riff-raff or street trash, he is nobility in his own right and holds a very respected position among his countrymen. Unlike The Thief, which was told entirely from Eugenides’s point of view, The Queen of Attolia offers us an array of perspectives, including that of (surprise!) the Queen of Attolia, who must deal with the consequences of Eugenides’s capture and punishment while balancing the snakes lurking within her own court.
Alas, much like The Thief I am reticent to say too much about the story lest I give anything away, but I’m sure that at some point I will need to make a stand alone post meant specifically for those who have read the books!Likelihood that I’ll be back for more: Like anything could stop me. I hear The King of Attolia is the best in the series, and I cannot wait.
Recommended for: Um…everyone? I think if I were going to buy this series for any one person, I’d give it to my childhood best friend, Raegan. I know she’d love it.
Real life repercussions of reading this book: I love that MWT distinguishes between grins and smiles. I had never thought about this subtlety before, but it’s certainly changed the way I view facial expressions!