Saturday, 14 July 2012

Review: The King of Attolia

Book Three of the Queen's Thief Series (therefore containing spoilers for the previous books)

By scheming and theft, the Thief of Eddis has become King of Attolia. Eugenides wanted the queen, not the crown, but he finds himself trapped in a web of his own making.

Then he drags a naive young guard into the center of the political maelstrom. Poor Costis knows he is the victim of the king's caprice, but his contempt for Eugenides slowly turns to grudging respect. Though struggling against his fate, the newly crowned king is much more than he appears. Soon the corrupt Attolian court will learn that its subtle and dangerous intrigue is no match for Eugenides.

After finishing the The Queen of Attolia I couldn't wait to get my hand on The King of Attolia, and I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed at all. From the end of The Queen of Attolia, I was desperate to see how Gen would act as King, to say his love for Attolia was a surprise would be an understatement, but this book shows their love for each other in an unique and heart-warming way.

The book is many written in the perspective of Costis, an Guard that physically attacks the King and instead of getting thrown in the dungeon, he is thrown into a world of intrigue and mysteries. Following the King around, Costis slowly gets to see what it is like to be the unwanted King of Attolia. I loved the cunning and devious plans that were set in place by Gen. Seeing him as King is refreshing and intriguing, watching how the others such as the Queen and the Ambassador of Eddis react to his actions (or lack of actions) as king is funny and encourages you to join in with the fun of deciphering the Ex-Thief of Eddis.

I loved this book very much, it is hard for me to decide which book I enjoyed better, The Queen of Attolia or The King of Attolia. While one book is set in the hilarious and kind court of Eddis, the other is set in the cold and bitter court of Attolia where everyone planned Gen's demise. I am very glad to have started this series and to have pushed through the first half of The Thief when I had half a mind to abandon it due to the lack of- well, everything. Turner has once again proven herself to be an adept writer that likes plot twists and turns that make your mind spin on end without giving it an rest even after the last page.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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