Original Title: The Queen of Attolia
Year Published: 2006
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Number of Pages: 362
First Sentence: “He was asleep, he woke at the sound of the key turning in the lock.“
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
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…
I absolutely love these books! I honestly space them out so I can savor them for as long as possible. I don’t want to have to leave this world and these characters any sooner than I have to, so I try to only read one of these books once every fourth month. Which might seem weird, like if you like a series shouldn’t you want to finish it as soon as possible.
Gen, or Eugenides, is just so precious. I absolutely adore him and his cheekiness. I love how Whalen Turner balances the image that Gen project towards the people with the person he really is and only shows the people close to him. We as readers get to see both these sides of him and it is very interesting to see the contrast between the two.
Attolia was absolutely brilliant. She also has these two contrasting personalities, one for her people and one for herself. She is however more closed off than Gen in general (he he) and it was beautiful to see her slowly thaw throughout the book. What I loved even more was that her people were extremely loyal to her despite her being quite cold. She still managed to have this magnetic personality that drew people (and Gen) to her and ensured their love for her. Attolia is allowed to be a strong female character which is just absolutely lovely.
Overall we get to know more about the characters in this book and also delve deeper into the world of this book and the different kingdoms. Whalen Turner has created such interesting and complex characters as well as a stunning and interesting world. What is even more brilliant is the fact that yes, there is romance, but it is not in your face. It is one of the central plotlines but it is not the over the top mushy mushy sickening romance (can you find the cynic?) but it is so well written and mixed in with the other plotlines that it becomes an extremely natural part of the story. It feels right something that romance in other books doesn’t always do.
Do I recommend it?
Hell yes, I do! If you are looking for a new epic fantasy series to read then do read this one!