The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner


Summary from Goodreads:
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.

This book is different. It's a more quiet kind of fantasy read, less swashbuckling, more dialogue and story-telling. There is no romantic angle and none of the big bang magic fantasy stuff. So I get why people might find the story too sleepy and slow. But despite that, it still sustained my interest for various reasons.
One, because of the dynamic characters. Gen, the thief starts off as a witty, bragging, whiny, thief. The Magus seems like a know-it-all who looks down on people. Pol as a tough, trusty guard with little emotions to show. But as the story progresses, Turner was able to reveal little by little that there are more to these characters than meets the eye. Even the other minor characters like Ambiades and Sophos are endearing enough.
Second, because of there is that cloak of mystery that Turner adds to the whole story. Like there is a secret that I just have to unearth. I had to know what exactly was this thing that the Magus wanted Gen to steal, how does the government of Sounis, Eddis, and Attolia fit into all these and their relationship with each other. There is just a lot of secrets and political intrigue that made me want to read on. The last few pages were especially exciting and the ending has an element of surprise and of course more mystery. 
Although it isn't the jumping up and down type of read for me, still I found it to be something quite different (in a good way) from most fantasy stories I've read. 

Comments

  1. I actually didn't love this book when I first read it. I fell in love with the series when I read The Queen of Attolia. And I felt the same way when I read The King of Attolia. I went back to reread The Thief after those two and enjoyed it a lot more the second time around.

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  2. @Chachic
    Oh I've had books too that I enjoyed only after a reread. I can think of three titles that would fall under that.

    I think the Thief had my interest enough to make me want to read the rest of the series. I had so many questions that I wanted answers to and that kept me reading until the end of this book. And I really liked most, if not all of the characters. I found it surprising that Gen, a thief, loves his library/books. It's weird but it resonates to us bookworms. :D

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