I didn't like the Thief very much. It was kinda boring, not very original, etc. This book came as a very pleasant surprise, and I agree with all the people who say the Thief was just an introduction for the real books.
This book has it all. Humour. High stakes. War. A strong female protagonist (or two). Friendship. Romance, with a few scenes that made me bury my head in my pillow, but still well-managed and very satisfactory.
Definitely read this, everyone. And if you really can't stand The Thief, then for goodness' sake just skip it and read this one. It might be a tad confusing, but you'll catch on quickly enough to how things go.
I just finished re-reading it for the first time (besides reliving a few favorite scenes from time to time) and I still enjoy reading it. Some of the longer explanations may be a little excessive, but certain scenes are very fun to read in hindsight, especially ones with a certain person. *wink*
Ages 9-13 365 pages 978-0060841829
Recommended by: Jaina, Student