Friday, 30 March 2012

Review: The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner


"I can steal anything." 
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.

Series: The Queen's Thief #1, Genre: Fantasy/YA, Pages: 280, Published: 2005 (1996), Publisher: EOS, Source: Library

My thoughts:
I had been hearing a lot about this and I was so curious so I told..ok asked the library to get it, and they did. I do have a great library sometimes. Not when it comes to buying books, but when it comes to listening to their costumers and getting the books they ask for.

Anyway, YA fantasy. One thing bothered me though, not knowing how old people were. First I thought Gen was a little kid and now, well in his teens. But it still bugs me not knowing, I am just too curious. But then he is a mystery and it's meant to be like that. We meet Gen in prison, he says he is the best thief ever. He is good, i will give him that, but what made him be so foolish? We do learn later on. He is not afraid of anything or speaking his mind and I like the little thief.

Together with the Magus, and 2 boys/young men? they set out on a journey to steal something. Poor Gen, one would think they would treat him better. Still something grows. I can't dislike all of them. This whole book is about the journey and the theft and in between are stories they tell by the fire. And I loved those, learning about the mythology was wonderful and a real treat.

But the end, oh the end was the best. There the book surprised me and made me want the next one. It was well done and as the library has the 3 books that follow I will sure read those.

Conclusion:
Enjoyable with a great ending.

Cover:
It shows the stone so that is good


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Dottie over at Tink's Place has come up with the idea for a Monday Morning Flash Fiction challenge.  Each Monday a new picture prompt will be posted and if you choose to  participate - you post your story on Friday - 350 words, give or take. 

60 comments:

  1. I bought this series on my Kindle but haven't read them yet. They do sound good and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this first one.

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    1. It's always good to have them all before you start :) I hope you will enjoy them

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  2. This one looks good and I like that is not that long as fantasy books tend to be. Another one that goes to my TBR.

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    1. Most be cos it's YA, and yes sometimes short can be good

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  3. I LOVE THIS SERIES!! So glad you are giving it a try- I really hope Turner continues to write in this world.

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    1. I remember that :) And I am very glad that the library has the next 4

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  4. We have this one. I'm hoping to get my daughter to read it with me over the summer.

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    1. That will be fun for the both of you :)

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  5. You read it! Yay!! :D And you liked it! *happy dance*

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  6. I hear such amazing things about this book but I've never really had an urge to read it. Maybe I should reconsider at some point.

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    1. I will try to read all this spring/summer so you will see then ;)

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  7. Sounds like a good book!

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  8. Love it when there's a really great ending, though it sounds like it might be necessary to have the next books in the series in hand before finishing this one!

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    1. I would not say that. It ended well, kind of final..but you know that more is to come

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  9. I do love a good ending! This one sounds worth reading.

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  10. It's suprising how something so small like the age of the character can impact your view so much of them! I like the sound of this book - thieves are always fun to read about!

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    1. I really like to know things and here..no idea. But it works anyway :)

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  11. Yes! That's what I look for too. A good ending that keeps you wanting more!!!

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    1. This book had such a great ending and that is sure what I look for

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  12. How interesting that you couldn't tell the age of the characters. Still if it didn't bug you enough to stop reading it, it must be pretty good. Especially if you are wanting the other books.

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    1. it did not stop me from reading, it bothered me a bit since I am just too curious. But I just put a few ages on them all and was done with that

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  13. I agree, it's frustrating when the age isn't obvious. Still, seems like a good book. Added to my TBR list =) Thanks!

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    1. It was good and I guess it was supposed to be a bit of a mystery...or she did just not bother with it

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  14. I enjoyed this book too and need to get to the other ones.

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    1. I do need to know what will happen to these countries

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  15. I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds good. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  16. I heard so much about this book so when I was read it I was a little bemused because it wasn't as good as I expected it to be. Then I read the next two in particular and I got why the series is so popular!

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    1. Same here, not as good as I expected. Still good, just not as good..but I guess I will see with the rest then ;)

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  17. It's a Newberry winner too. Nice that the library could get it for you. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series.

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    1. When it comes to that they are the best :D I try not to ask for too much though ;) But they do want fantasy and such so I think that is why the listen

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  18. this sounds like an enjoyable read. I love that your library listens. Love your review.

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    1. They are the bet! *hugs library*

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  19. This sounds like a great series. I'd be wondering how old the characters are too.

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    1. I just want the little things you know

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  20. These have been on my list for what seems like forever! I want to read them to!!

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    1. You must read them then, and like I always say, come back to the fantasy genre

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    1. :D Come on over and try my library ;)

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  22. Oooooh I hate when that happens! I'm a curious beaver and I like knowing more specific details about the character. Like age range. They don't have to give me the excate date, but a rough estimate like have a side character say, "you can't be old enough to even buy a beer" or "your too old to be doing that" Something!

    Anyways, great review! I've heard some good things about this series too.

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    1. I know, like, at least let me know if he is a kid, a teen or just someone short and old.

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  23. Sounds interesting, glad you liked it.

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  24. I've been sitting on these forever, they're supposed to be great! So glad you enjoyed it :)

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  25. I've been sitting on these forever, they're supposed to be great! So glad you enjoyed it :)

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    1. I hope you take out them one day and red them :)

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  26. I must try to look for this book at my library too :)

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  27. I've heard a lot about this series too and do want to pick it up one day.

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  28. i started this book awhile ago, but I couldn't get into it. maybe i should give it another try

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    1. It does take a while to pick up, but it's just so easy to read so the pages fly by anyway

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  29. I loved this book! don't wait too long to read the second one, because I did and I felt confused for quite some time. Plus the ages didn't line up in my head right, I think you know what I mean. Still enjoyed it though.

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    1. Aha, so the ages were messy for you too. And I will take your advice and try to read it in April or May

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