Friday, 15 June 2012

Review: The Queen of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner

The Queen of Attolia
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. 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...

My thoughts:
At the moment I can't remember why something bothered me in book 1..did something bother me * checking review* Aha it was not knowing how old Gen was, well that does still bother me but not as much. But closer do the second half it did bother me again, I honestly want to know if he is a boy or a man? 13 or 18? What is he?

Anyway, I think I liked the book more than the last because it's something with the way she writes. A flow of words, a certain ease and way to it that makes it more than fiction. With the rich history, mythology and stories she tells.

I also learnt more about the state of affairs in the world and war is still coming. Not to mention the shocking beginning at the start of the book. She had me shaking my head in disbelief. The first half is darker but it gets lighter and it was heartbreaking.

Conclusion:
It made me wonder how book 3 will be and I hope to read it soon and see how Gen is doing and...hihi, no spoilers from me. But I am sure curious.

Cover:
Nice

Series: The Queen's Thief #2
Genre: YA, fantasy
Pages: 362
Published: 2006 by Eos (2000)

62 comments:

  1. I have done that before--checked a previous review to see if the same thing still bugged me :) I am so glad that i am not the only person who does that!

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    1. Then we are two in our club now :=)

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  2. I like books with a thief in! I can see how not knowing what his age is can be annoying though...

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  3. Sounds like another series I should be reading. Great review.

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  4. Sounds like an interesting book. I'd also want to know if a character was 13 or 18 - quite a difference!

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    1. He is not obviously not 13 considering events, but the thing is that we do not know. And people call him boy

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  5. Nice cover. But I am really curious now: what is she holding? The stolen artefact?

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    1. No idea..I'd say poison since she killed her first crappy husband

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  6. Good to know I'm not the only one with bad memory haha. I often check old reviews to see what I've said ;)

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    1. My memory is the worst! I remember feelings..just not from what

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  7. Eeek, another series I know nothing about. I don't know. A Queen who can kill a crappy husband sounds good but I don't want to start another unfinished series - not really.

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    1. She was good in that way, she had strength. And it's finished..but then I read she is writing 2 more

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  8. I have seen this series around and have wonderd about it. It must be pretty good if you are continuing but the whole thing about what is Gen would bug me too. I am curious about the beginning of this as well. Thanks for your insight.

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    1. There was this other blogger who always talked about this series, well not always but you get my meaning :) So I had to give it a go

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  9. How I do it... if the guy is swoony... he's older... otherwise he could be younger... ;) Sounds like a pretty good YA fantasy.

    I do like the cover of this one. Love the hook. :)

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    1. Oh...duh! You're a genius! I did not see that and now I get the cover. Damn I am stupid

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  10. I've been hearing a lot about this series, Blodeuedd and really am tempted to start it. Is it worth it? :) Love the covers though.

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    1. I guess it all depends. Sure I am enjoying them, but not like I am all crazy about them and recommend them. But they are nice, fun and wellwritten

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  11. Great review, the would bug me too not knowing someone's age. This sounds like an interesting series, and I am off to read about book one! have an awesome weekend my dear!

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    1. Thanks :) The same to you!
      I get the mystery around it, but I am just so darn curious

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  12. hahah nice. Hope you like the 3rd as much as you liked this

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    1. I have already read the 4th ;)

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  13. Oh I didn't know this series but I really like the cover. I hope book 3 will be even better! it would be perfect like that.

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    1. I did not know about it either before I read about it in a blogger's fav post :)

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  14. I thought Eugenides was a woman lol But sounds different, thanks for the review!

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  15. I figured he was 17 or 18. I want to read this second book one of these days.

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    1. He must be since people do call him almost a man

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  16. I've heard that books by this author are really good so hopefully I will pick one up one day.

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    1. I hope you do get to try it one day :)

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  17. i tried to read the first book in the series a very long time ago, but i couldn't get into it.

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    1. Too bad :/ But that does happen

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  18. Ever since you reviewed book one I've been eyeing them on my library shelf and thinking of reading them!

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    1. Since you always say you should get back to fantasy then start with this YA one :)

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  19. I LOVE this series! I recently was shocked to see that book 1 has disappeared from my shelf, and I have no idea where it went. Must find it or obtain another copy! Can't wait until you read the next two :-)

    And I think Gen is closer to 18 than 13. Unless he's a REALLY smart 13-year-old.

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    1. I do think so too considering what he was up to in this book. Still i really wanna know.

      Oh NO! Poor book :(

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  20. Gen's age must have meant something to the believability of the story if it bothered you that much. I'm guessing you still don't know??

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  21. Whoa I really wasn't expecting YA/fantasy because of the cover. For some reason I was thinking this would be historical fiction.

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    1. She does take a lot from history so that makes sense. I can see myself in old Greece when reading the books

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  22. This is a series I'm super curious to read, everybody seems to love it(or at least like it a great deal). Lovely review, B! Hope you like the last installment as well.

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    1. So I do not love it, but yes I do like it :) And I googled his age..at least and someone had figured it out. Lol

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  23. This sounds like an interesting series, I like the cover. Now I wonder what happened in the beginning of the book.

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    1. ..can't say, but I am dying to spill the beans as it was big big big

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  24. I was not familiar with the series so thank you for the review. When your post came up in my reader I have to click on it to see if it was a hooked hand that the girl holds on the cover and I do believe that is what it is. Intriguing.

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    1. I am feeling utterly silly, I did not see the hook! I thought it was some kind of flask, lol, big fail on my part and the cover finally makes sense to me now

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  25. I have to to check if the third book is released and if that is the finale book. I like to read a series when the end book is already released because then I do not have to wait :)

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    1. 2 more books, 3 and 4 are out. And I did read that the author might be writing more, might

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  26. I liked the first one, but this one and the next really made this series for me!

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    1. I did like this one more too :) And poor Gen!

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  27. This series was on sale for my eReader so I bought them but haven't read them yet. I hope to one of these days though!

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    1. I hope you will enjoy them then :D

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  28. I had heard great things about this series but for some reason I couldn't get into the first book. It's been a while so I can't remember why that was anymore,

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    1. Hm..well I can't help you there, maybe it was the lack of direction at first

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  29. Aack! This is another series that I've been meaning to try for some time now! I can't keep up with all of the books that I want to read :)

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  30. Arggh these are on my TBR mountain, there's just not enough hours in the day for reading, reviewing and blog commenting .. oh and life LOL

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    1. Tell me about it! I really should read one less book per week but I just can't let go yet!

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