The Thief

The Thief by Megan Whalen TurnerBy Megan Whalen Turner [LibraryThingGoodReads]

After Gen’s bragging lands him in the king’s prison, the chances of escape look slim. Then the king’s scholar, the magus, needs the thief’s skill for a seemingly impossible task — to steal a hidden treasure from another land.

To the magus, Gen is just a tool. But Gen is a trickster and a survivor with a plan of his own.

(I usually write my own summaries of the book, but that was the official copy for it. It was pretty much perfect.)

One of my BFFs got me this one for my birthday, because she knows me very, very well, and if there’s any character archetype I can’t get enough of, it’s the fantasy rogue — and Gen, the eponymous thief, is a shining example. He’s a first person narrator, and his POV is delightful; he’s wry and intelligent and arrogant. Very much my fictional type, so the book was a lot of fun to read, even though it took quite awhile to get going.

The world building is also really fantastic. It’s vaguely Grecian, a fantasy world with a pantheon of gods and intricate mythology, groves of olive trees, and several kingdoms caught up in various intrigue. The richness of the world alone makes me want to read the rest of the series at some point.

That said, the reason this book didn’t rate higher for me is because I actually didn’t love parts of the ending. That’s super spoiler-tastic, though: show

That quibble obviously doesn’t bother most other readers, and fair enough. There are a lot of great things in this book, and I certainly think it deserves its awards and praise. I probably will pick up the rest of the series at some point, so from me, it gets a very sold three and a half cupcakes.


    2 Responses to “The Thief”

    1. Hannah says:

      I loved, loved, loved this book. I think Gen is awesome! He has to be one of my top favorite characters of all time. You should defiantly read the rest of the series. I’ve read through the fourth book and can’t wait for the next one.
      I have mixed feelings about the second one but the third book was awesome! At the end I was screaming YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!

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