The Thief

The Thief

Book - 1996
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Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c1996.
ISBN: 9780688146276
Branch Call Number: J/TURN
Characteristics: 219p. 24cm.


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IndyPL_SteveB Mar 04, 2019

Clever, exciting, funny, with several plot twists that will keep you turning pages almost too fast to also absorb the excellent characterization. First book in a series of uniformly terrific stories.

In Turner’s fictional medieval world, the focus is on three neighboring rival countries, bound together by the necessities of trade, but which are always on the verge of war. Eddis is a mountainous country which controls the pass that allows trade between Attolia and Sounis. Gen, short for “Eugenides,” is a professional thief. In this first book, he is hired by a wizard and a soldier from Sounis to help them find a sacred relic which may hold the key to power in this medieval-like world. They don’t know that Gen is from Eddis and has his own agenda to protect his country. The book is classified as a children's novel but the series becomes more teen and adult-like with succeeding volumes. It's impossible to put down, and you will want to quickly jump on to #2, *The Queen of Attolia.*

As a page who works in this library system and sees so much content coming in all of the time, I can say that this is one of the most different YA books I have ever read (in the best way possible). Megan Whelan Turner is incredibly witty, suspenseful, and creative, and I am pleased to say that these characteristics hold true throughout the rest of the series as well (a very hard thing to maintain). This is definitely a must-read, and I hope you find it as enjoyable as I did.

Natashags Jun 22, 2018

ebook and audio CD for 12 years and up

coffeebookie May 29, 2018

The best part of this story was the interaction between the characters. The main character and thief, Gen, is mischievous, smug, and ever so amusing. Travel with Gen and his companions on a journey filled with risks, challenges, gods and goddesses….with a final twist by the story’s end.

Sep 26, 2017

Great Tween - Young Adult read.
This is a great adventure story that has some surprising twist without becoming unbelievable (well once to suspend disbelief enough to believe in magic!)
Well worth reading.

Very enjoyable. Great plot twists. Clear and easy to read. Happy to find a new Fantasy author who is highly recommend by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Rose in PR

LPL_MiriamW May 25, 2017

The first book in Turner's incredible Queen's Thief series, if you haven't read "The Thief" yet it is definitely time to pick it up! Fast-paced and compelling, in "The Thief" Turner creates an engaging fantasy world and a rich mythology that drives the plot forward. Her fascinating, witty characters will keep you guessing up until the last surprising page and will make you immediately reach for the next book in the series.

Dec 23, 2015

That was fun.

I knew there was more to Gen but I didn't expect the story to do a 180 flip like that. I was pleasantly surprised.

Dec 21, 2015

A fun, intriguing teen fantasy. Gen is delightful, funny, cynical, and genuine - and a trickster. This is the first in a series that only gets better. Very entertaining, well-written, and highly recommended.

Dec 16, 2015

This was so enjoyable. It's funny, innovative and has a delightful protagonist.

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Sep 18, 2011

Every time he laughed, I spat insults at him. It was not politic, but as always, I couldn't keep an insult in when it wanted to come out.

Sep 18, 2011

Guns weren't as accurate as crossbows, but they were less awkward to transport, and to have one would have been a comfort.

Sep 18, 2011

His eyes narrowed, and the hair on the back of my neck started to rise. I've seen envy before, and I know the damage it can do.

Sep 18, 2011

Saying things I shouldn't has been the origin of most of the painful episodes in my past, and it would certainly be an improvement in my character if I had a little more control over my own tongue.

Sep 18, 2011

I am a master of foolhardy plans, I thought. I have so much practice I consider them professional risks.


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Sep 21, 2012

From the website of Megan Whalen Turner:

The most powerful advisor to the King of Sounis is the magus. He's not a wizard, he's a scholar, an aging solider, not a thief. When he needs something stolen, he pulls a young thief from the King's prison to do the job for him.

Gen is a thief and proud of it. When his bragging lands him behind bars he has one chance to win his freedom-- journey to a neighboring kingdom with the magus, find a legendary stone called Hamiathes's Gift and steal it.

The magus has plans for his King and his country. Gen has plans of his own.


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