Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
This book begins right off with an exciting chase though a palace, which is a nice contrast (small spoiler to The Thief) to the exciting chase through the woods in the end of the last book. The first thing I noticed about The Queen of Attolia is that it is written in 3rd person point of view, and therefore has quite a different feel than The Thief, which was written and narrated by Eugenides himself, in 1st person.
Series: The Queen’s Thief, Book 2
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Rating: 4.5 stars
When Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, stole Hamiathes’s Gift, the Queen of Attolia lost more than a mythical relic. She lost face. Everyone knew that Eugenides had outwitted and escaped her. To restore her reputation and reassert her power, the Queen of Attolia will go to any length and accept any help that is offered…she will risk her country to execute the perfect revenge.
Eugenides can steal anything. And he taunts the Queen of Attolia, moving through her strongholds seemingly at will. So Attolia waits, secure in the knowledge that the Thief will slip, that he will haunt her palace one too many times.
…at what price?
When Eugenides finds his small mountain country at war with Attolia, he must steal a man, he must steal a queen, he must steal peace. But his greatest triumph, and his greatest loss, comes in capturing something that the Queen of Attolia thought she had sacrificed long ago…
This book begins right off with an exciting chase though a palace, which is a nice contrast (small spoiler to The Thief) to the exciting chase through the woods in the end of the last book. The first thing I noticed about The Queen of Attolia is that it is written in 3rd person point of view, and therefore has quite a different feel than The Thief, which was written and narrated by Eugenides himself, in 1st person. I assume Megan Whalen Turner did this to allow her to switch between perspectives, which she did quite often, giving the reader a better understanding of Queen Attolia’s inner world.
Queen Attolia, as made clear in the title of the book, plays a much larger role in the second than the first book in this series. The main plot of this book revolves around the growing war between the countries of Eddis, Attolia, and Sounis, and many scenes are largely made up of complex war strategizing and battle descriptions. If this is something you enjoy, I highly recommend this book. Although, as I said in my review of The Thief, these lengthy descriptions would be much less confusing with the aid of a map of these mythical countries, which is not included in either book.
The middle of this book is a little bit slow, but the ending is completely worth the wait. As soon as Eugenides (as he now goes by) picks himself up, there is no stopping the trouble he gets into. The ending isn’t quite a cliffhanger, but neatly sets up the scene for book three, The King of Attolia. The romance in this book is unusual but sweet, and very unexpected. The unexpected is what I have come to expect from Eugenides, although he never fails to surprise me.
The first time I read this series, I enjoyed this book more than The Thief, but with a second read I have changed my mind. My opinion is solely based off my own interests, and I enjoy mysterious quests much more than long confusing wars with constantly changing conditions. I would still highly recommend this book, and hope to read the next two in the series if I have time with my busy list of books to read this spring.