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The Thief (The Queen's Thief Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Megan Whalen Turner
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Book Description

Nothing is overdone and not a word is out of place in this auspicious debut," wrote Kirkus in a starred review of Instead of Three Wishes, the first book by Megan Whalen Turner. Her second book more than fulfills that promise.

The king's scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king's prison. The magus is interested only in the theif's abilities. What Gen is interested in is anyone's guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

Megan Whalen Turner weaves Gen's stories and Gen's story together with style and verve in a novel that is filled with intrigue, adventure, and surprise.



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From Publishers Weekly

The bragging thief Gen is sprung from prison by the king in order to carry out a mission-steal the precious stone Hamiathes's Gift from an impossible hiding place. If he succeeds, he'll be rewarded. If he fails, he will be killed. If he runs away, he will be hunted down. Half prisoner, half outlaw legend, Gen goes along with the king's assistant in the risky plan. Set in a semi-Mediterranean realm of old and new gods and goddesses, this compelling adventure propels readers along through the enemy lands of Sounis, Eddis and Attolia. Gen, a beguiling narrator, is afraid of horses but not of entering a locked labyrinth; he comes from a long line of thieves but puts honor first. Turner's (Instead of Three Wishes) device of having Gen and others tell god and goddess stories around the campfire bumpily draws the reader away from the main story, yet the plot is strong enough to survive the wanderings. In addition to its charismatic hero, this story possesses one of the most valuable treasures of all-a twinkling jewel of a surprise ending . Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up?Things are not what they seem in this story of wit, adventure, and philosophy. Gen, an accomplished thief incarcerated for stealing the king's seal, is dragged from his cell by the king's magus, who is on a quest. The prize is Hamiathes's Gift, said to be a creation of the gods that confers the right of rule on the wearer. During the quest, the magus and Gen take turns telling the youngest member of their party myths about the Eddisian god of thieves. Turner does a phenomenal job of creating real people to range through her well-plotted, evenly paced story. No one is entirely evil or completely perfect. Gen is totally human in his lack of discipline, seeming lack of heroism, and need for sleep and food. The magus makes the transition from smug, superior scholar to decent guy in a believable fashion. Turner also does a neat job of puncturing lots of little prejudices. There are many deft lessons in this story. As absorbing as it is, the best part lies in the surprise ending. Though it is foreshadowed throughout, it is not obvious?its impact is more like morning sunlight than a lightning bolt. This book is sure to be a hot item with adventure and fantasy lovers, and YAs who like snide, quick-tempered, softhearted heroes will love Gen.?Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 371 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0688146279
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reissue edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002OMZTY4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ingeniously Hilarious July 31, 2005
Format:Paperback
It all starts when Gen the thief tells the kingdom of Sounis he can steal anything. To prove himself right he steals the king's seal, and then goes to brag about it in a wineshop. Soon after he is caught and thrown in the dungeon and kept there until the Magus (Sounis's most trusted advisor) wants to use him to steal something. Along with the Magus, his apprentices Ambiades and Sophos, and the soldier Pol, Gen goes on an adventure over the mountains of Eddis to the kingdom of Attolia to steal something that is said to be a myth. The Magus treats Gen like a prized tool, Ambiades treats him like scum, but Gen still manages to add wit to his story that will have you laughing out loud.
The book is good enough to read again and again, but the best time is the first time, because of the ending. You probably will never see it coming, and when all is revealed, it seems like the most clever book in the world.

There is some minor language, but otherwise this book is good for all ages over 8.
Once you read it, don't forget to read the sequel, the Queen of Attolia, which is more for older audiences because it's of a little darker and serious tone.
My sisters and I all are avid readers of fantasy, and we have all agreed that The Thief is one of the best books in the world, likely even the best.
Don't sit around waiting for Harry Potter 7 twiddling your thumbs (2 years of that would put a strain on your hands); read The Thief!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thief May 26, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am a student at a school and I don't like reading a lot but I liked the book The Thief. When I started reading it was because I was bord but then I noticed that I was reading it on my spare time when I would play video games or watch T.V. but I read instead. The book got me hooked when I started reading. When you read it seems like you are Gen on the adventure with the magus, Pol, and the other people. This book was so good that I am reading a lot more than I had before. So if you like advetnures you should read this book and be part of the adventure.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Thief Review January 16, 2001
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
THE THIEF
"The Thief" is a thriller about a prisoner taken out of jail to steal a precious stone. The stone gives immortality to the holder. It is hidden away in an ancient cave that is only open four days in a year and is covered with a river for the rest of the time. Many surprising twists and turns in the plot take place along this journey as the characters' real identities spill out along the story with the "Thief's" large quantity of secrets and tricks and his constant complaining about just being a "tool." This book has a great deal of description and details included in the journey part of the story with a large amount of secrets that a reader is surprised at finding out. The book itself has a great deal of action and traveling mixed in with very well-made up myths and stories about gods taking place in a imaginary land a bit like Greece. I recommend this book to readers that love mystery, action, and many surprising details that slip out of the story, and to sixth graders and up because littler kids may not truly understand this book and would miss out on a great story.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Series.....buy it!! April 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought the first book in the series to see if it would be a fun read for my 14 year old son. I was 30 minutes into the title when I quickly paused to buy the remaining books in the series. Wow....what an incredible fantasy series! My normal tastes include the "Song of Ice and Fire" series, "Malazan" series, "The Wheel of Time" and so forth. This particular series was every bit as good as the aformentioned. I finished all four books in less than two weeks in my spare time, which is unusual for me, since I usually try to savor a book for a while. My only wish is that the series were longer than it is. FYI....I'm a 40+ adult, and never felt like I was reading a YA title.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT January 1, 2002
Format:Paperback
I'd never heard of THE THIEF or Megan Whalen Turner up until about two months ago, and now I can't understand why not, since I consider myself to be a connosu--okay, well, I can't spell that word. Anyway, my point is that this is book is really 100% awesome, and I don't know how I could not have heard of it earlier. THE THIEF is definitely one of the best books I've ever read, right up there with THE GOLDEN COMPASS and PRIDE & PREJUDICE, and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone old enough to enjoy an excellent story.
It starts out with the thief Gen imprisioned in the dungeouns of Sounis, all as a result of his rash boast of being able to "steal anything." However, he doesn't stay there for all that long before being released by non other than the King's magus. The King of Sounis desperately wants a certain something, and Gen is the only person who would be able to get it, thus doing what many have attempted, but none achieved.
That, my friends, is all which I can honorably disclose without letting too much of the cat out of the bag, and you will simply have to read this book for yourself to know how everything turns out. I guarentee you will be quite surprised, as I was, since in this single book Turner proves to be qute adept at twisting plots.
Happy reading!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books we've read December 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What starts as a simple "get out of jail" adventure story evolves into a rich world with stunning landscape, a fascinating pantheon of Gods, and characters who are more than they seem.
This book may be challenging for younger readers. I read it aloud to my 8 and 10 year olds, and they loved it, but did not appreciate some of the plot elements. For reading alone, I'd recommend it more for the 12-16 year old set.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
Excellent and little known short series. Number three is my favorite, but I re-read them all.
Published 2 days ago by Moonbeamy
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book
I really liked this book. It has pretty advanced language for a childrens book. Don't read ahead if you don't like spoilers.
Published 6 days ago by Denver Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars you will love devouring this story
Delightfully unpredictable nourishment for my insatiable fantasy adventure appetite!
Published 7 days ago by Sandra Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars A well-crafted plot twist
THE THIEF is a YA novel by Megan Whelan Turner that is an example of a well-crafted plot twist. When doing this kind of structure, you need to have two storylines: the A story,... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Cynthia S. Haggard
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
This has been one of my favorite books for years. I can't say how many times I've read it, no matter the number, every time is an enchanting experience that always leaves me... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Emily
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written
I loved the character development in this and the story progression. it started off a little flat but built into a well rounded story with a few twists I never predicted. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katherine George
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting tale
This was an interesting story. I really liked the characters and the premise of the story. The first part of their journey seem a little long and tedious. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daniell English-Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what a book should be.
Read it. Just read the whole series.
Published 1 month ago by Literate - usually
1.0 out of 5 stars This book was difficult to get into and very slow ...
This book was difficult to get into and very slow, but I stuck it out as I thought there had to be a twist or something. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ruthie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
I first read this when I was in middle school, but it remains a favorite. Excellent for young and old alike!
Published 1 month ago by J. Gifford
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