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THICK AS THIEVES by Megan Whalen Turner - Review

July 8, 2017

 

 

 

My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

How I Got It: Purchased Ebook

Publication Date: May 2017

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Point of View: 1st Person

Genre: Epic Fantasy

 

 

 

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It was just wonderful to be back in the world of the Queen's Thief series! I have loved all things Megan Whalen Turner ever since discovering The Thief ten years ago. There is no one who writes quite like her, and no series that will ever hold a place in my heart quite like this one.

 

So you can bet I jumped on that pre-order the INSTANT I saw Thick as Thieves was available. And I dove into this read with great relish!

 

WHAT I LOVED

 

First of all, I love this world. Megan Whalen Turner writes with such depth and authenticity, so much classical development, that you really almost feel as though you're reading historical fiction rather than fantasy. It's just that real! But it's never heavy or ponderous. She maintains that perfect balance of sophistication and adventure. It's brilliant!

 

The characters were great. I always kind of liked Kamet in The Queen of Attolia, in which he is a very small player. I never would have pegged him as the main character of a future novel, but I'm so glad it happened! He was great. So smart, so capable . . . and SO OUT OF HIS DEPTH. Just too much fun to watch.

 

The other main protagonist of this book was "the Attolian," and he was . . . well, I can't say. I don't want to give away spoilers! Let's just say he's a character I loved from previous books, and I laughed like a fool when I realized it was HIM! So much bookish happiness!

 

The adventure was a fun travel romp. Two guys making their way across treacherous territory in a desperate bid for safety. Lots of adventure, lots of intrigue . . . lots of moments where I seriously could not fathom how they could POSSIBLY survive. Great edge-of-your-seat reading and, as I already said, amazing world building on top of it.

 

I finished the book in just a few days, and the only reason it wasn't just a few hours was because I FORCED myself to slow down and enjoy the ride!

 

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE SO MUCH

 

Well, it has to be said--this story didn't seem to contribute much of anything to the overarching plot of the series. Which is a bit hard, considering Ms. Turner makes her readers wait five or six YEARS between books! Maybe when I re-read it (as I surely will) I'll pick up more hints and references than I did this time. But I did walk away feeling a slight sense of . . . how does this matter?

 

I mean, a good story is a good story. But I was just hoping for a bit more . . .

 

Also, did I just read a romance? I'm still not sure. I was pretty certain I was reading a bromance for most of it--just two guys who are natural enemies learning to become friends as necessity throws them together--but then right at the end some lines and language made me think maybe there was a romantic storyline happening?

 

I guess that's not a critique necessarily. I would have liked to KNOW rather than be left guessing . . . but Megan Whalen Turner does love her subtle storylines, and I do respect her for not spoon-feeding her readers. Especially in a genre (YA fantasy) that tends to just bash the reader over the head with romance, subtlety is a nice change.

 

But . . . I still think I would have liked to know rather than being left wondering . . .

 

Anyway, this book will never be my favorite of the Queen's Thief series (that honor still belongs to The King of Attolia), but ultimately I was delighted to dive into the words and worlds of Megan Whalen Turner again.

 

And now, along with the rest of her legion of devoted fans, I'll start the countdown to the next book . . . Only six years away, right?

 

 

So there you have my first official July review. I'm hoping to get back into a regular reading and reviewing routine this month. And you can see from the image above some of the fun stuff I've got coming up!

 

And as always, remember that everyone who subscribes to my newsletter (right there in the sidebar) will be eligible to win my book of the month giveaway at the end of July. I'll be picking my favorite read of the month (and possibly one other) to give to one lucky reader. And I'm talking hard copies, not ebooks! Got to stack those bookshelves, right?

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