So I read THE THIEF (read my review) last year and enjoyed it so much, I immediately went out and bought its’ sequels. But even still, it took a bunch of prodding from Angieville for me to finally dig out THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA from the middle of my TBR.
Gen, our Thief from book 1, once again finds himself in a tight spot after being caught by the queen of Attolia. What transpires between Gen and the queen sets off a war between their countries. Meanwhile, neighboring countries plot and plan, trying to gain advantage. Gen must now somehow find a way to steal the biggest treasure yet – lasting peace between the nations.
Turner excels at literary sleight-of-hand – focusing your attention on something else entirely while she sets up major twists right under your nose. After a dramatic opening, the plot builds slowly as the kings, queens and advisors move their pieces around the playing field. Everyone underestimates Gen because of the tragedy that befalls him early on, but as we learned in book 1, Gen is not to be underestimated.
What I most enjoyed about the story though was Gen’s character growth. In book 1, he was clever, certainly, but also borderline unlikable for most of the book. Here he actually begins to grow into a swoonworthy romantic lead, and the transformation is stunning.
Thanks Angie – we certainly have a lot to talk about at BEA now. I can’t wait!
THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA is available in paperback. Find out more about the series at the author’s website.