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Turner, Megan Whalen: The Thief

The Thief
Writer: Megan Whalen Turner
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Pages: 280

After not being able to find this book for a long time, I was thrilled to get my hands on it recently. I read it as soon as I was able, and I must say, I enjoyed it very much, despite certain narrative devices that I will not name here. :) Readers who enjoyed Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora will enjoy this one, I think, provided they don't mind the YA flare. The character of Gen sounds like I would imagine a young Locke Lamora would with a first person POV, but unlike The Lies of Locke Lamora, which I felt ran away with the world-building a wee bit, this book is rather grounded, a fast read, with a cooling setting based on Ancient Greece to boot.

The premise: Gen is a thief who boasts he can steal anything, which lands him in the King's prison. He's stuck there until the King's magus has use of Gen's skills--to steal something that might not even exist, a stone blessed by the gods with the gift of immortality, and the right to rule a kingdom. To his captors, Gen's only a tool, but he's got plans of his own.

The full review, which does include spoilers, can be found in my journal. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)

The Thief

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