Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

How I acquired this book: I purchased it.

Book Blurb: "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 thief'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.

My Review: What a fun adventure! Gen is a sly protagonist, and I loved watching him cross wits with the Magus as the two men learned to work together. I enjoyed their world as well--with a quibble or two. For example, if there are inaccurate guns in this world that are effective only in mass-fire situations, they should be smooth-barrel musket type guns, not rifles. (Rifles have always been scary accurate because they have barrels with, you know, rifling.) But I'm trying to ignore stuff like that. This book is so damn enticing that I know I should set my quibbles aside.

Have you read Thief or any other books in the series? What did you think? (No spoilers for the rest of the books, please!)

On Kindle: Yes. find it on Amazon here.

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