It’s no secret THE QUEEN’S THIEF series by Megan Whalen Turner is my favourite YA Fantasy series of all time. If you haven’t read these books yet, I’d like to convince you to do so today.
What is this series?
There are 6 books planned in THE QUEEN’S THIEF series and four of them are already out: THE THIEF (published in 1996 and awarded a Newbery Honor in 1997), THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA (published in 2000), THE KING OF ATTOLIA (published in 2006) and A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS (published in 2010). Additionally, two short stories have also been published as extra content: EDDIS (2007) and DESTRUCTION (2011).
What is it about?
Eugenides (or Gen) is the main character of this series, although he isn’t always its focus or its narrator. He is “The Thief” from Book 1 and we follow his journey from the prison of Sounis to the court of Attolia.
Who are the other characters?
One of the strenghts of this series is its cast of characters: the mysterious, oh-so-clever and beautiful Queen of Attolia, Sophos, the young heir of Sounis and the focus point of Book 3, the always helpful Queen of Eddis, the indispensable Magus… the reader never knows who to trust and who to like, for everyone is ultimately so very flawd and human in these books.
Where does it take place?
Attolia, Sounis and Eddis are three small kingdoms at war with each other. Megan Whalen Turner drew from Ancient Greece, the Byzantine Empire and 16th Century Italy to create them. Somewhere beyond the sea, the Mede Empire (inspired by the Persian Empire) is ready to conquer them. Unless they can unite under one banner – or rather, behind one ruler.
What’s so special about it?
As you may have noticed, Megan Whalen Turner isn’t in a hurry to publish these books. She takes between 4 and 6 years to carefully craft each installment, which results in beautiful writing, incredibly clever plots, wonderful world building and complex characters. Each book is a little masterpiece of YA Fantasy fiction.
So go ahead and read them!