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.
Enjoyable with a great ending.
It shows the stone so that is good
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 thoughts on “Review: The Thief – Megan Whalen Turner

  1. Jenny Girl says:

    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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