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December 5, 2009 at 3:00 am Leave a comment

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

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 a 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.

This is by far my favorite book in the Queen’s Thief series, which isn’t surprising since each installment has gotten progressively better. Just as in The Queen of Attolia, there are some changes in the point of view used. Though we still get to peek in on Eugenides from time to time, most of the novel is narrated by Costis, a young member of the Queen’s Guard. Since we all are familiar with the greatness that is Eugenides, it’s kind of neat to get to see Eugenides transform in his perspective from an incompetent, weak, puppet king to someone incredibly strong, clever, and worthy of the respect of not only Costis, but all of Attolia.

Though at times I felt like more of a bystander to Eugenides’ experiences than an active participant, I did enjoy seeing events unfold from Costis’ eyes. I found him quite a likeable character, despite the fact that he scorned my Eugenides at first, honest in all his dealings, as well as acting with honor (save when he made the mistake of decking the king out of anger. Whoops.).

Though you may wonder from time to time just what he is up to, Eugenides is at his typical clever self in this novel. Just you wait until it all plays out. I don’t want to give away too much, but be on the look out for the best. sword. duel. ever. It made me so proud of my man, let me tell you.

December 8, 2009 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

Winter Display

Here’s a photo of our new winter display in the teen room (made even better with the addition of snow and Christmas lights, courtesy of Picnik). Winter is my favorite time of year to curl up on the couch with a great book to read. Have you checked out any of these new books featured in the display? Any of them would be great to enjoy over your winter break!

December 4, 2009 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

Teaser Thursday #1: The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

 This is Teaser Thursday, which brings you a passage from a Young Adult book I am currently reading. This week’s edition is in audio form (I went all out, just for you all!) and consists of a portion of chapter one of The Queen of Attolia. The reading starts right after Eugenides, the Queen’s Thief, has snuck out of the palace in Attolia after spying on the Queen and made his way out of the surrounding town. The  palace guards have tracked down his location and are on his tail.

November 26, 2009 at 3:04 pm Leave a comment

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