The Thief (The Queen's Thief, Book 1)

The Thief  (The Queen's Thief, Book 1)

For someone who boasts of being able to steal anything he chooses, prison is a difficult place to reside. So when the King’s magus appears with a deal, young Gen opts to rise to the challenge and go in search of Hamiathes's Gift, a stone that has the power to bestow the right to rule on the recipient.

What follows is a blend of myth, magic and surprise. This is a must read for all fantasy lovers who enjoyed the Percy Jackson books and who look for a well-told tale and an adventure that proves unpredictable.

300 pages Ages 10 and up

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I'm not sure I should even write a review for this book, because my response to it is so different from all the other responses I've seen.
Gen is the classic witty, clever orphan. He goes on an adventure to get something, and is bullied into doing it. This book won a Newberry. That seems, to me, just about all you need to know to make your decision about wether to read it, and even wether to like it.
Maybe it's because I had just read the fantastic False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen that I had such trouble getting into this book, because they share enough aspects that it felt really blase. Guy forcing main character to do things he doesn't want to? Got it. Some sort of sidekicks that turn out to be different than how they originally seem? Nice, but seen it! A big twist ending? Sorry, but it wasn't handled very well. I had to read it through twice to figure out what the big surprise was, and I'm still confused exactly what that entails.
I hear the series is very good, and the next books are better, so I'm getting those from the library.
I'm not saying this is a bad book, I just personally didn't connect with it. I have been told that "it's a newberry. It's good. End of story," but I don't really accept that as the instant makings of a classic.
On a side note, I said two stars, not one, because after reading the other books in the series (The Queen of Attolia is so much better, it's unbelievable), reading this book again is much more enjoyable. But that doesn't excuse such a lackluster beginning for such a great series.
J
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