Book: The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Genre: YA Fantasy
For: F2F Book club summer project
From: I bought it!
This is the continuing story of the thief boy we met in the first book called, The Thief. And this could be quite the tricky review since that first book ends in quite the twist, if I talk about this second book much at all, it will give away that twist!
So let's just say that our boy, the thief, gets mixed up in the middle of a war between all the three kingdoms of this world. It starts out with quite the horrendous thing that happens to him, in fact, it was one of those, wait, WHAT? moments for me. The, "did I just read what I thought I read?" sort of moments. And because of that incident, he has much to overcome.
But he makes a surprising decision, and it's all pretty amazing actually, how he manipulates things and what happens. In fact, I love how in this book, what you think is happening is not necessarily what is really happening, so stay on your toes!
I also love this book because even though it does get quite political, it is also very romantic in an unconventional sort of way. It's very hard to describe, but whatever it is, I loved it.
But the best thing I love about this book is the thief himself. What a dude! I don't know, there is just something about him that makes you love him no matter what. He is strong, yet vulnerable. Smart, yet silly. And so very funny. His sense of humor is a blast. And he puts this wall up around him that seems so impenetrable, and it's great to see how even that is not what it seems.
I'm totally enjoying the series. I can't wait to start the next one. (Though I am waiting just a bit, because I don't want it all over too fast!) And I can see what everyone's been talking about. These books are unique, not the same old same old that we (or at least I) seem to be caught up in lately.
Bottom line: I loved it!
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