The Thief:  by Megan Whalen TurnerThe Thief:  by Megan Whalen Turner

The Thief:

byMegan Whalen Turner

Paperback | December 27, 2005

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Discover the world of the Queen’s Thief

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 and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Megan Whalen Turner’s 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. Discover and rediscover the stand-alone companions, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings, all epic novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief.

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
A Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Book
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, New York Times-bestselling author of the The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows

“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 author of the Newbery Honor Book The Thief and its companions, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. She lives with her family in Ohio.
Title:The Thief:Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.61 inPublished:December 27, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060824972

ISBN - 13:9780060824976

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book. Good Start to the Series More of a 4.25. I loved this book. Usually i like books with more of a romance part too it, but this book was just as good without it. I do hope that there will be some romance for Eugenides in the future books, but I'm not one to be picky. The author does leave me guessing at the end if Gen will find love.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Short Book This book was a pleasant read in which the author did a wonderful job creating a foundation for this fantasy world. The story had an interesting twist at the end that I saw coming but still greatly enjoyed. Can't wait to read the next books in this series.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short and Entertaining Read The beginning of this book starts off a little slow, with a lot of the story centered around travelling. It gets better towards the end and there's a twist that I was not expecting that makes the story pay off. Series gets even better with the next book.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick & Fun Read! I've heard that the second book, The Queen of Attolia, is the star of this series, so I wasn't sure if The Thief would be that great, but I ended up really enjoying it! It's a short book and it has a fairly simple plot, but it was a lot of fun! Gen claims to be able to steal anything, but he finds himself trapped in the King's prison at the start of this novel. He's very weak from being confined to the prison, with painful wounds on his ankles and wrists from the chains. But he's offered a chance to get out of the prison when the King's Magus appears to take him on a quest to steal an item for the King of Sounis. If Gen is successful, he'll be granted immunity and allowed to walk free, the only catch is that he's not told where they're going or what they're going to steal. Gen sets off on a journey with the Magus, his 2 apprentices, and a solider, Pol, to steal an item of great value to the 3 kingdoms: Sounis, Eddis, and Attolia. This item will give Sounis a political advantage against their enemies. Gen isn't interested in the journey or the task at hand, but he does want freedom, so he agrees to aid the Magus in his task. I thought Gen was a fantastic character. He's a bit full of himself and a bit dim-witted - he got thrown into prison because he spent too much time bragging in a wineshop about what a good thief he is. He's got a dry sense of humour and his only real joys seem to come from eating and sleeping. He may be along for the journey, but he's not going to make it easy on his captors. He knows that he has no real power, but he also knows that they need him, so he takes the opportunity to mess with them a little bit since they don't want to see him harmed before he can steal for them. It is a bit of a slow moving plot - there's a lot of journeying and not a whole lot of action until the second half of the book, but I enjoyed the writing and the characterization. But the ending is what really made this a great book. The plot seems simple, but it's the first of 5 books, so you know this book has to be setting up the rest of the story, and it is, but Turner puts in a great twist at the end to really give this book a meaningful start to the story. It reminded me a little of Howl's Moving Castle, one of my favourite middle grade books, in that a lot of seemingly random, unimportant stuff happens and it's not until the end that you realize that all those incidents and conversations actually do mean something and that this book was actually a lot more complex and clever than you realized. You have a great epiphany at the end and everything comes together so well that you can't help but be impressed with the structure and writing!
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great I love this book. It's full of suspense and adventure and keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time you're reading it. Loveable characters with just the right amount of sass, and a bit of danger to tie it all together. A great read.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This story is both beautiful and humorous. I don't regret reading a single page, the writer keeps you wanting to read more without you even realizing.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Queen's Thief - Turner Loved this book! I thought it was well written - entertaining as an adult, but good to read as a child. I thought it was an exciting book from start to finish.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A little slow at first but it does get better. Will see what the second book has to offer.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great books this book get so much better the longer you read, its very slow in the beginning. if you can get past it, you're in for treat with series. the characters from this series stay with you long after you finish the books. there were so many twist and turn that i didn't expect which was unexpected since most of the books you read nowadays are so obvious to guess. this book kept me on my toes. sometime i go back to this series when i'm bored just to relieve the freshness Megan brings to her series.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the narration I'm only giving it four stars because I expect the rest of the series to be even better. Although many have said I could've just started the series with Queen of Attolia because this one wouldn't be as good, I was still very impressed. I'm not a big fan of first person narratives but Gen's voice was really entertaining. Can't wait to read more!
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fantasy entry I'd been meaning to read this book on the recommendation of a friend, and I definitely should have read it sooner! The world building and characters are great, and I'll for sure continue reading the rest of the series. I do wish I had read it as a teen, but it's still a good light read for any adult.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great World Building A book about a master thief? SIGN ME UP. When I saw that Harper Collins India was going to be publishing the first four books in Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief series here in India with the GORGEOUS new covers, I was beyond excited. I only requested the first two, but being the awesome sauce humans that they are, they sent me all four books and now I’m going to have an amazing time bingeing through the series! #BingesAreTheBest My thoughts about The Thief: · As I said before, I was VERY VERY excited about this book. Say the words ‘Master Thief’, and my mind automatically shifts to Kaz (aka Dirtyhands) in the Six of Crows duology. I couldn’t wait to experience Gen’s world, see the cunning thief that Gen promised to be and pretty much find myself a new favourite character. · The Thief was a very informative book. It had a lot of world building and introduction to the political climate. If I didn’t have the next three books to read right after, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. · While this book had GREAT WORLD BUILDING, it had very little else. In Gen, I didn’t find a master thief or a skilled manipulator. Instead, rather than a Thief, I would call him a very skilled explorer. For three quarters of the book, we saw him being taken out of prison, walking across countries and complaining about food. He seemed like a half acute observer, and until they reached the Temple, there was NO THIEVEING HAPPENING. · Honestly, if there was one thing I could have changed, it would have been to describe HOW Gen stole, or rather, made him more shrewd and cunning – something. Even as plot twists are revealed, it seemed like the entire book was based on an uncalculated risk and pure luck. · Obviously, Gen wasn’t ALL I wanted him to be, but that didn’t mean I didn’t like him anyway. His carefree attitude, how he admitted that he could be wrong, and the promise of who he would be from the next few books, all seemed promising, I just didn’t get it in book one. · I LOVED THE RELIGION AND THE STORIES. Gen and the Magus (the King’s right hand man) tell these stories about the Ancient Gods that I really loved for the pure amount of thought that went into them, and how much they contributed into building this world up. · The Thief was a quick read, but it didn’t feel like a great book itself. It felt like a prequel – setting us up for the real adventure, which I am very excited to read about. Do I recommend this series? Yes, but I would consider this book a prequel to it. It’s a simple, quick and fun read that I’m hoping gets more complex as I dive in deeper. 3.5 stars.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well done A very well written book. Even though I am much more adult then teen, I very much enjoyed the book. It was an easy read on cold winter night. The characters are well developed. The journey of the main character is quite intriguing and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series. Hopefully the younger members of the family will enjoy the book as much as I did.
Date published: 2012-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Amazing A surprising find in this small novel; Megan Turner wastes no time in developing the plot and action and throws the reader deep into the setting. The main character of Gen is rich and dynamic and I was quick to fall in love with him. The suspense of the book kept me turning to the pages for hours, and I was still reading the adventure into the small hours of the morning The landscape and plot are richly developed and reach out and embrace the reader. The characters are well rounded and so fully developed that no matter the age or maturity of the reader, there are details that can be discovered and enjoyed, and become lost in. It would even make a great book to read allowed as a family or in a classroom. Do not be fooled by the seeming simplicity to this book. There is far more going on then meets the eye. And I encourage anyone to pick it up and enjoy it.
Date published: 2009-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Great Steal!! The Thief is an extraordinary novel by Megan W. Turner. In the novel Gen was boasting too much of what he could and did steal, and because of that he found himself in jail. Something unexpected is about to happen, something that he learned about in his childhood, and something worth more than all the treasure in the world. The book is situated in Greece. The book has a lot of twists and turns, but the ending is the best part. This novel has lots of action and adventure, and therefore it falls into that genre. This is a really great novel. Elliot
Date published: 2008-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A delightful surprise... Wow...this book kind of snuck up on me. At first I thought, "what's all the hype about?" And then it finally dawned on me...this is a great book! I'm hooked on this character and can't wait to read The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia next.
Date published: 2008-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia After hearing Megan Whelan Turner talk at the Particles of Narrative Conference in Toronto, I read this trilogy. It accounted for a string of days where I didn't get anything done, and nights when I read far too late. It is a totally engrossing series and I recommend it highly.
Date published: 2007-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wiity, humorous, and defiitely surprising With a thief, you must expect anything. especially mischief. The magus, his two apprentices, and a soldier go on a quest to find a sacred stone. this tale of trust, betrayal, cleverness, and death is highly recomended. Makes you want to read the sequels
Date published: 2006-01-06

Editorial Reviews

“An exceptional adventure story.”