This Newbery Award Winner–The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner was a very good read told through the narrative voice of Eugenides. After an initial slow start, the story picks up pace and I couldn’t put it down.
The Thief opens with Eugenides or “Gen” as he is called in the King’s prison in Sounis. The King’s scholar, magus, comes to him with an alternative to his stay in prison: help steal Hamiathes’s Gift. Hamiathes Gift confers power of rule when the gift is given to the bearer and this has allowed countries to change rule peacefully.
The previous King of Eddis had hidden the stone and died without revealing it’s location. Based on documents magus found, he feels that he knows where the stone is hidden and thus he needs Eugenides skill and cunning to steal it to give to the current King of Sounis.
Our narrator, Gen, is not all that he seems and is viewed by his companions as nothing more than a worthless thief but a useful tool. Gen is annoyed at their view of him and proves time and again during their journey that he is far from a worthless thief. Gen’s father wanted him to be a soldier but Gen hated killing so instead he became a thief in Eddis.
As the story proceeds, Gen shows his skill with sword when faced with death, surprising magus and the others. Throughout the story, Gen and the Magus take turns sharing stories of Eddisian gods and their adventures. The men eventually develop a friendship.
I found The Thief initially slow to start but after a couple of chapters I was hooked. This is a story filled with political intrigue, myth, adventure and suspense. There’s some humor too. The author does an excellent job with the plot twists and turns and added a surprise ending.
The Thief was a thoroughly engaging and entertaining novel for the young and old alike. After closing the last page, I didn’t want to leave this world that Turner created and was happy that I had the forethought to have the next two books on my shelf. I enjoyed Eugenides’ story and wanted to continue reading his adventures. My grade would be an A. This book was a keeper and I can see rereading this book in future.
[tags]Megan Whalen Turner, YA Fantasy Historical, The Thief[/tags]