Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Grade: A+

The most powerful advisor to the King of Sounis is the magus. He's not a wizard, he's a scholar, an aging solider, not a thief. When he needs something stolen, he pulls a young thief from the King's prison to do the job for him.

Gen is a thief and proud of it. When his bragging lands him behind bars he has one chance to win his freedom-- journey to a neighboring kingdom with the magus, find a legendary stone called Hamiathes's Gift and steal it.

The magus has plans for his King and his country. Gen has plans of his own.

Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
Setting: 9/10
Total Score: 61/70

Obtained: Paperbackswap

Age Appropriate? PG-13
Cussing: Yes
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: I believe there was a little bit of drinking, though I'm not entirely sure.
Sexual Content: None
Disturbing Images/ Violence: horrible prisons, injuries, sword fights... really not bad at all

The Thief is an amazing book, and I can't wait to read the rest in the series.

Megan Whalen Turner has created a wonderful and unreliable narrator. It's incredible how the reader's view about clever Gen changes completely from the beginning of the story to the end. The start of the novel was slow going, nothing exciting was happening, and Gen's voice was somewhat annoying. Yet the ending is host to many revelations for the reader... Gen is no longer the boisterous and cocky guy from the beginning, but a different person entirely. Genius!

The setting of The Thief is especially interesting. The changing scenery as the characters travel is very believable. The descriptions are vivid, and the sensory imagery pulls the reader so far in, it's impossible to get out.

The writing is perfect, the plot is high in adventure and fantasy, and the characters' relationships never cease to be intriguing. If you are a fantasy lover, this is a series you need to get your hands on.

Megan Whalen Turner
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  1. I've been hearing great things about these books! I think that I'm going to get them next time I'm at the library, great review!

  2. This book was so good, I really want to read to sequel and almost checked it out twice at the library but put it back since I had way to many books. Anyway, good review!


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