The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief #2) by Megan Whalen Turner
Published Year: 2000
Genre: YA Fantasy
"Revenge 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.
...but 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..."
Queen of Attolia picks up right where The Thief left off (luckily, because I was dying when that one ended) and is told in a pretty similar narration style. The reader is left in the dark about certain things until a crucial moment or even until the very end of the novel. While I can definitely understand this writing style, I didn't really appreciate it! I was just rushing through the thing to figure out what the heck was going on! I, personally, don't like being kept in the dark, though it definitely keeps me on my toes.
In The Thief, Gen was pretty lowly, and while there was still a risk and an adventure, that was really it. In this one, the stakes are astronomical. Gen is now a political threat, and he's gambling countries. The power struggles and throne games are all on the table in this novel!
We also get several other points of view in Queen's Thief, which we didn't really get to see in The Thief. I really liked having these other points of view, not only because it adds more layers to the plot and the experience, but because I get more depth to the characters themselves. I love, love, love seeing the main characters from other people's eyes, but I also get to be in their heads. This is what I call a win-win-win.
I can't go into too much detail without spoiling you, which I won't, but there was a twist at the end which just through me for a loop. I found it very unbelievable and had a difficult time wrapping my head around it! I will probably continue on with the series anyway because I love the writing style and Gen, but that twist brought this down a star!
4 out of 5 stars.