January 24, 2012 by Heidi
This short story (we’re talking a couple of pages people–now you have no excuse to not read it) tells the tale of a 10 year old Eugenides. Gen, as he is called, was named after the God of Thieves, and is the grandson of the King’s Thief. In the days of yore, the King’s Thief would gain the title by stealing a stone called Hamiathes Gift. Long ago, however, the stone was lost, and the title became hereditary, passed down through generations. Now, the title is considered largely honorary, but Gen is determined not only to gain the title, but to live up to it. So I guess he ought to practice…
I am so intrigued in this story and its world after only such a short passage, I cannot wait to dive into the series! A world in which a thief can be revered? I mean, come on parents, why would you name your kid after the God of Thieves if you wanted him to grow up as anything else? Even at 10, Gen has captured my heart as a good natured scallywag. His brother, Stenides seems like the type you’d like to have around, and his cousins? Potential future trouble with Phaedrus and Breia? I hope so.
I’m currently digging further into this series myself, but if you’d like to learn more, or want to gush and enjoy the festivities (including some awesome readalike suggestions and a giveaway), make sure to check out Chachic’s The Queen’s Thief Week!