Gen is a thief who boasts of his ability to steal anything from anyone. He even has proof; the King's seal was stolen out of his private chambers by Gen himself. Gen shows the bounty to others in a pub and again states how he's the greatest thief. One of the patrons happens to be a spy for the King's advisor, though. Gen is caught and put in jail where he remains for weeks until the King's advisor has a proposition for him. Gen being supposedly the greatest thief ever must steal a treasure that is thought to be only legend.
Gen is joined on his mission by the King's advisor, the advisor's apprentice, a future duke, and the duke's personal guard. Along the way, the group is met with both expected and unexpected dangers. They must join forces and overcome their initial dislike of one another if they're all to survive the journey. Gen is the only one who can enter the temple and steal the coveted treasure though; can the others really trust that he'll follow their plan? What happens once he steals it and returns to the kingdom?
The Thief was a great introduction to Gen's world and the kingdom he serves and has me excited to read the rest of the series. There were surprises I honestly didn't see coming, but were welcomed nonetheless. Gen's personality and flip attitude were a welcome relief to the usual intense personalities of many main characters in fantasy novels. If you like adventure, action, or fantasy, this is a series I highly recommend.— Heather
Discover and rediscover the world of the Queen's Thief, from the acclaimed novel The Thief to the thrilling, twenty-years-in-the-making conclusion, The Return of the Thief. The epic novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief can be read in any order.
New York Times-bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner’s entrancing and award-winning Queen’s Thief novels bring to life the world of the epics. This first book in series introduces one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. The Queen’s Thief novels are rich with political machinations and intrigue, battles lost and won, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, and George R. R. Martin.
Eugenides, the queen’s thief, can steal anything—or so he says. When his boasting lands him in prison and the king’s magus invites him on a quest to steal a legendary object, he’s in no position to refuse. The magus thinks he has the right tool for the job, but Gen has plans of his own. The Queen’s Thief novels have been praised by writers, critics, reviewers, and fans, and have been honored with glowing reviews, “best of” citations, and numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Newbery Honor, the Andre Norton Award shortlist, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award.
This edition of The Thief includes an exclusive piece by Megan Whalen Turner about her inspiration for the setting of the story, an introduction to the characters from the world of the Queen’s Thief, a map of the world of the Queen’s Thief, and an exclusive teaser to Thick as Thieves.
A Newbery Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
A Horn Book Fanfare Book
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
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A Junior Library Guild Selection
“The Queen’s Thief books awe and inspire me. They have the feel of a secret, discovered history of real but forgotten lands. The plot-craft is peerless, the revelations stunning, and the characters flawed, cunning, heartbreaking, exceptional. Megan Whalen Turner’s books have a permanent spot on my favorites shelf, with space waiting for more books to come.”—Laini Taylor, New York Times-bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone novels and Strange the Dreamer
"Unforgettable characters, plot twists that will make your head spin, a world rendered in elegant detail—you will fall in love with every page of these stories. Megan Whalen Turner writes vivid, immersive, heartbreaking fantasy that will leave you desperate to return to Attolia again and again.”—Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times—bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom
“Trust me. Just read it. Then read it again, because it will not be the same river twice.”—Lois McMaster Bujold, acclaimed and Hugo Award-winning author of the Vorkosigan Saga, the Chalion Series, and the Sharing Knife series
"In addition to its charismatic hero, this story possesses one of the most valuable treasures of all—a twinkling jewel of a surprise ending." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“To miss this thief’s story would be a crime.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“A literary journey that enriches both its characters and readers before it is over.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A tantalizing, suspenseful, exceptionally clever novel.”—The Horn Book (starred review)
Megan Whalen Turner is the New York Times–bestselling and award-winning author of five stand-alone novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief. Return of the Thief marks her long-awaited conclusion to the epic and unforgettable story of the thief Eugenides—a story more than twenty years in the making. She has been awarded a Newbery Honor and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature. She has twice been a finalist for the Andre Norton Award and won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature. www.meganwhalenturner.org