Leah_Cypess (leah_cypess) wrote in enchantedinkpot,

Book Club: The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner


This month we’ll be discussing the first three books in Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen’s Thief series.


The Queen's Thief series centers around Eugenedies, a/k/a Gen, a young thief whom we first meet in The Thief as a prisoner in the king's dungeon.  He is summoned by the king's magus to help steal a powerful treasure from the neighboring kingdom of Attolia... and his journey begins. 

The success of this series, I think, lies largely in Gen's character.  He's smart, he's complex, he's funny... and he always outsmarts not only his opponents, but also the reader.  One of the most fascinating things about this series is how in each book, our view of Gen zooms out farther... and yet in each book, we get to know him better.

The first book is told in first person, from Gen's point of view.  We can tell from the start there's more to him than what we see, and we're definitely right about that... 

The second book is in third person, told from several points of view, including Gen's.  Something terrible happens to him at the start of the book -- something that, to me, changes the tone of this series entirely.  As "coming of age" stories go, this one is brutal!  But watching Gen deal with what happens, we learn more about him... including something very, very surprising about what he really wants. 

The third book uses a POV technique I can't recall seeing in any other book -- where the POV character, Costis, is NOT the main character, who is still definitely Gen.  Costis is a great character, but let's be honest, the person we really care about is Gen.  Seeing Gen through Costis's eyes, we get a distant stranger's view of him... but again, by the end of the book we know him better than before.  And, as in the first two books, we don't learn what he was really after until much of the story is already behind us.  Outsmarted again -- and loving it!

For those of you who haven’t read these books yet, what are you waiting for?  And for those who have, I probably don’t have to tell you that the fourth book in the series, A Conspiracy of Kings, was just published last week.


I've done my best to avoid spoilers in this post, which has involved a lot of deleting, but spoiler away in the comments.  (About the first 3 books – NOT about A Conspiracy of Kings, please!)  I’m going to be offline for Passover starting tonight, so my co-MWT-fangirl Cindy Pon will be moderating the discussion.

Tags: leah cypess, megan whalen turner

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