The Queen of Attolia

The Queen of Attolia

eBook - 2009
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Forsaken by the gods and left to his own devices, Eugenides, Royal Thief of Eddis, summons all his wit and wiles in an attempt to conquer the rival Queen of Attolia.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, 2009
ISBN: 9780061968464


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Dec 07, 2019

The first third of the book was good but didn't seem as interesting as the previous book. Then... the plot got better and better!!!
No problem to give it a 5 * rating !

IndyPL_SteveB Mar 04, 2019

A sequel to the excellent *The Thief* -- and this is even better. Here the focus shifts to the court of Attolia, where the young but tough-minded queen has a tenuous hold on power. Some of her barons are plotting against her and she also has to deal with representatives of the Medes, a high-powered outside military force, hoping to encourage the three small countries to weaken each other enough so the Mede forces can take over all three. An additional complication comes from Eugenides. Still a “thief” in some sense, he has been sent by the Queen of Eddis to spy on Attolia. In the process of spying, he develops an inconvenient crush on the Queen of Attolia – especially inconvenient when he is caught spying and subjected to torture at the order of the Queen.

Just like the first book, the plotting is exciting, the characters are absorbing, and the tension is forehead-sweat-producing. In addition, Turner’s themes of political intrigue, the responsibilities of power, and the near-impossibility of love between rivals leave a lasting impression. Like many fantasy series, these were published as juvenile books but are equally exciting for teens and adults.

Apr 15, 2017

These books are amazing! I can never see the plot twist coming. Never! Seriously, though, these books are some of the most interesting and riveting stories I've read lately. A definite recommendation for anyone 12 and up.

Mar 27, 2016

Pure perfection, this book.

The writing flows smoothly, the story intense with multiple twists, amazing characters, great female rules, and full of wonderful descriptions for war, history and mythology buffs. If you like books like Graceling, I assure you, this is so much better.

gogirl1313 Mar 23, 2015

Loved it! It's every bit as richly complex and satisfying as before, if still a little confusing. I've fallen in love with the series and can't wait to read the next book.

Feb 17, 2015

After a slow and rather grim start the pace picks up and we get involved in the shifting sands of local politics. Our hero is actually more of a mountebank than a thief, but his ingenuity in playing the game of thrones is intriguing, as are the two queens he deals with. A map, as andreareads suggests, would be most helpful, but one can follow the sudden twists and turns that pile up at the end. While not extraordinary, this book can be a fun and easy read. I didn't read its predecessor and had no trouble catching up to the story. This is light fare, but interesting enough for an adult to read through.

Feb 17, 2014

I loved this book as it was realistic and much more than a romance. Eugenides' punishment was perfect. I mean, I felt bad for him, but it was such a good way to grow the character of Eugenides as well as the Queen of Attolia. The politics are intriguing. Turner does a fantastic job. The characters are great - I like them all. I am excited to read the rest of the series.

JCLChrisK Dec 24, 2013

Not knowing a thing about the story of The Queen of Attolia, I thought, based on the title, it might shift the story to her perspective and make her a more sympathetic, major character than she had been in the first book. Imagine my surprise, then, when this started with her still as a minor character and villain who captures and injures the thief, with a solid portion of what follows focusing on his convalescence. It hardly seemed "less boring" than the original and in fact seemed less adventurous.
Yet it was no less enthralling. This one shifts to a third-person perspective after the first book's first-person narrative, but that works because the scale of the story has shifted. Where that one is an intimate, character-focused adventure, this one is about international war and political maneuverings. A "game of thrones," if you will, with monarchs and their courts and militaries doing everything they can to shift the balance of power in their directions. The action is still centered on the thief, but his role in events is much different and larger. The intrigue, suspense, and character building didn't disappoint in the least.
This is a wonderful, meticulously written series (a new one, on average, every five years), and I can't wait to get to the next one.

Apr 11, 2013

I have to say that it's tremendously tedious in the first couple of chapters, but after it picks up, it's really quite brilliant. The slap-in-the-face plot twist ending really made the book into something memorable. Great book! It's perfect for adults as well.

Dec 14, 2012

This is a book that can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. It is compelling and clever without being unrealistic - which is rare to find in this genre.
This series is a must read.

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Oct 13, 2011

One does not refuse a goddess.

Oct 13, 2011

I was afraid. I couldn't just sit here being afraid and doing nothing about it.

Oct 13, 2011

Attolians did not invest much belief in their religion. They dutifully attended temple festivals and used their gods for cursing and little else.


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Apr 11, 2013

Coarse Language: It's slight, but it's there.


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