The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1)
By Megan Whalen Turner
Publication Date: 1996
Bang Bang Rating:
Book 5 is coming out and it’s receiving a lot of hype so I decided to start the series to see if it’s all that.
Disclaimer: I don’t know Greek mythology so this added to my enjoyment.
Gen is a thief but not a good one because he got caught by the King of Sounis in this parallel Grecian world. One day the magnus, the king’s scholar, frees Gen and tells him he needs his expertise and thus begins their long journey. Accompanying Gen and the mangus is a soldier named Pol, a duke’s wimpy son named Sophos, and the magnus’ asshole of an apprentice named Ambiades.
Gen has been in prison for a while and he’s a bit of a dick. Some people may find him insufferable but I concluded that Gen knows he’s needed and he’s been in prison so he’s going to milk this for all it’s worth and it works because when he’s hungry (which is a lot) they feed him and when he’s tired they rest. The bulk of this novel is their journey on horseback and during this time, Turner begins her character development and world building. I was afraid that this old ass book would not provide anything new by the way of character, plot, or world building but I was pleasantly surprised. When the story opens, you don’t know anything about anyone including Gen but during their long journey, you learn everything about everyone so therefore I didn’t find it boring. Sure, some of the characters were a bit tropey (Pol and Ambiades) but I found the magnus to be a refreshing character. The revelation of the three countries and how they intersect was well written but I really needed a map. Hopefully the new covers/new editions include a map.
I think Turner is a good storyteller. She gave you all the information you needed to follow along. I don’t know if this is a 1996 thing but no one had ages. If this were published today, there would definitely be ages. Also, did anyone catch the gay undertones? Overall, this was a solid intro into a new series that I’m excited to dive into it. I just hope that if there’s a book 6, Turner doesn’t take five years to write it.
I highly recommend you begin The Queen’s Thief Series. Don’t read any reviews because they might contain spoilers. I found some fan art that I think was spoilerish and I exited immediately.