Reading Level: Middle Grade
Length: 362 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: January 24th, 2005
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Queen’s Thief series
Source: Swapped through Paperbackswap.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
When Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, stole Hamiathes’s Gift, the Queen of Attolia lost more than a mythical relic. She lost face. Everyone knew that Eugenides had outwitted and escaped her. To restore her reputation and reassert her power, the Queen of Attolia will go to any length and accept any help that is offered…she will risk her country to execute the perfect revenge.
Eugenides can steal anything. And he taunts the Queen of Attolia, moving through her strongholds seemingly at will. So Attolia waits, secure in the knowledge that the Thief will slip, that he will haunt her palace one too many times.
…at what price?
When Eugenides finds his small mountain country at war with Attolia, he must steal a man, he must steal a queen, he must steal peace. But his greatest triumph, and his greatest loss, comes in capturing something that the Queen of Attolia thought she had sacrificed long ago…”
This is the second book the Queen’s Thief series and was a good continuation of that series. This book deals mainly with the Queen of Attolia and her struggles to hold her throne against Sounis and Eddis.
This is a long book and a lot happens in it. Eugenides is in the story a lot but not as much as the first book. The point of view bounces between Eugenides, Eddis, Attolia, and the Medean ambassador Nahuseresh.
This book was much more epic fantasy-like than the first book with more about war between nations than any adventure. I didn’t like it quite as much because of that but it was still really well done with some unique twists and turns, just like the first book.
My 10 year old son and I read it together and we both enjoyed it a lot; although we both agree that the we liked the first book better.
Overall this is a very well done epic fantasy and I plan on continuing the series with my son.