December 16, 2006

The Thief

By Megan Whalen Turner
Rating: 5 stars
Newbery Honor
Reviewed by Noelle

In this fabulous story set in a land like ancient Greece, Gen is a thief of some repute in prison in the country of Sounis. One day, he is liberated by the magus--the main scholarly advisor to the king--in return for a favor. The magus wants Gen to steal something that has been hidden for centuries and even thought lost--Hamiathes' Gift--a stone that was said to confer rulership in the country of Eddis. The magus wants the stone for his king so that the Queen of Eddis will feel she must marry him to maintain her authority and thus unite the 2 countries--as well as give Sounis access to the next country over, Attolia. Gen, along with the magus, his 2 apprentices, and a solider named Pol, make a secret journey to a location where a hidden temple awaits the thief who can unlock its mysteries. Gen is a (mostly) willing participant on the journey because he has his own goal--to become famous far and wide as the thief who stole Hamiathes' Gift. The plot of this adventure seems fairly straightforward, but our cast of characters have different agendas and tricks hidden up their sleeves, and if you can figure out all of the plot twists, you are wiser than I am. A great story that bears careful reading (and re-reading) and will make you quickly grab the sequels, the Queen of Attolia and the King of Attolia (see reviews for both books).

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