Book: The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Genre: YA Fantasy
For: F2F Book club summer assignment
From: I bought it!
I read this book, well most of it, during our recent family reunion. In the car driving for six hours, during our breaks from activities, and in the car driving home. What this means is that I was fairly distracted and I'm bugged by that because I don't think I got the full impact of this book. Hate it when that happens. (I should have picked a different book for the trip, but I was so anxious to read this one!!)
Anyway, this book surprised me from the beginning because it was not from Gen's point of view... instead, we get to see Gen from one of the King's Guard dude's point of view. This guy gets in trouble right at the beginning of the book and ends up, as his punishment, being "forced" to attend to the king. The things he learns and observes and discovers and decides all changes his mind about the king.
And Gen (Eugenides, what a name) finds himself in a situation where he has to use his manipulation skills like he's never done before! What an expert he is at this! He has to prove himself and deal with homesickness and hide his cleverness so know will guess what's really going on. Anyone read The Scarlet Pimpernel? Yeah, he acts a bit like that, silly boy.
I love the writing of these books. I love the language and style. I love the characters (mostly Gen of course.) I'm totally enjoying this summer book club assignment to read these books. I want to savor it. I don't want it to be over, and now there's only one book left! Dang. Then I just might have to start over again and read them all again, because I know I've missed a ton of stuff.
Bottom line: I loved it!
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