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RevengeWhen Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, stole Hamiathes s Gift, the Queen of Attolia lost than a mythical relic She lost face Everyone knew that Eugenides had outwitted and escaped her To restore her reputation and reassert her power, the Queen of Attolia will go to any length and accept any help that is offeredshe will risk her country to execute the perfect revenge butEugenides can steal anything And he taunts the Queen of Attolia, moving through her strongholds seemingly at will So Attolia waits, secure in the knowledge that the Thief will slip, that he will haunt her palace one too many timesat what price When Eugenides finds his small mountain country at war with Attolia, he must steal a man, he must steal a queen, he must steal peace But his greatest triumph, and his greatest loss, comes in capturing something that the Queen of Attolia thought she had sacrificed long ago Love, love this book and series, it helps that Ms Turner wrote one of the best and adorable male leads ever. Now I finally understand why everyone seems to like this book so muchthan the first You see, The Queen of Attolia had all of this, but it just hadof everything It was everything I loved about the first book on steroids.Every character and every sentence damn it, every word even is important, serves it s own purpose Now I finally understand why everyone seems to like this book so muchthan the first You see, The Thief is a wonderful little book filled with excellent writing, an interesting protagonist, an exciting fantasy world and a great big twist near the end The Queen of Attolia had all of this, but it just hadof everything It was everything I loved about the first book on steroids.Every character and every sentence damn it, every word even is important, serves it s own purpose and is never wasted This is a characteristic in books that is rare but oh so wonderful when you manage to find it.Being told in 3rd person, unlike book one which was from Eugenides POV, allows the reader to see the bigger picture and to better understand the world that forms the backdrop of this series and the political relationships between Attolia, Eddis and Sounis But, oddly, at the same time I felt like we also got to know Eugenides far better than in The Thief, and I loved him all thein this second installment He s such a perfectly imperfect character, he s flawed, he s brave without being ridiculously self sacrificing, he s a little devil and yet you can t do anything but be on his side Whatever happens to him in the next book has suddenly become very important to me.And it s not just Eugenides I mean, how easy would it have been for the author to make the Queen of Attolia nothingthan a villain sat on a foreign throne But that s not the story Megan Whalen Turner is trying to tell Like I said, Turner doesn t waste characters and her use of 3rd person in this novel lets us readers see the real queen behind that stone mask of cruelty Of all the qualities I like characters to have, complexity is quite possibly my favourite.But I think the book was really sold to me when Turner managed to successfully pull off a romance that surprised me, pleased me and just generally worked without being soppy or cheesy A young adult novel with romance that doesn t make me cringe Genius Update 1 6 19This may be my book soulmate.Original reviewIf I were ever to write a book, this is the one I would want to see my name on I am not very good at writing positive reviews, so this will probably sound cheesy, but I totally loved every word, every sentence of this story The Queen of Attolia is a second book in Megan Whalen Turner s series about the Thief of Eddis Eugenides I moderately liked the first book, mostly for its conciseness and intricate world building rooted in Greek his Update 1 6 19This may be my book soulmate.Original reviewIf I were ever to write a book, this is the one I would want to see my name on I am not very good at writing positive reviews, so this will probably sound cheesy, but I totally loved every word, every sentence of this story The Queen of Attolia is a second book in Megan Whalen Turner s series about the Thief of Eddis Eugenides I moderately liked the first book, mostly for its conciseness and intricate world building rooted in Greek history and mythology, but this second book exceeded any kind of expectations I had had It is just so much better than The Thief written from Eugenide s 1st person POV The Queen of Attolia is written in 3rd person which allows us to understand the workings of minds of all major players King of Sounis, Queens of Attolia and Eddis, magus, etc The story starts when Eugenides is caught by Attolian guard The Queen of Attolia executes her revenge on the Thief, and in a way that almost breaks Gen Queen of Eddis, enraged by her Thief s plight, embarks on a war with Attolia, and Sounis starts his attack on both neighboring countries in an attempt to unite the territory against the outside threat of Mede What follows is a complex story of politics, diplomacy, military strategies and intrigue I am not lying when I say I loved every word of this book Because every word of it is important, there is no fluff or filler, every sentence matters That is probably why it took me 3 days to finish this 300 page book, I simply didn t want to miss anything But there isI really loved the character developments in this book Just like in The Thief, we never fully know the narrators In many ways, they remain anonymous to us, but whatever is revealed, is layered and complex I enjoyed following Eugenides transformation from a snarky selfish boy into a strong man And let me tell you, the romance in this book totally catches you off guard and certainly pushes boundaries.I can t wait to read the next book The King of Attolia and see where Turner takes her characters next Why, of why does it take her on average 5 years to write each book Long overdue for a reread Gen, my one and only, we meet again I want to climb on the highest rooftop and scream at the top of my lungs I LOVE THIS MAGNIFICENT SERIES WITH EVERY FIBRE OF MY BEING but I feel even that won t do my feelings and this series justice.Give me a fantasy fantasy esque book with heavy political intrigue and you ve got my undivided attention Reading a novel filled with court intrigue, heavy conflictsbehind the scenes conniving an Long overdue for a reread Gen, my one and only, we meet again I want to climb on the highest rooftop and scream at the top of my lungs I LOVE THIS MAGNIFICENT SERIES WITH EVERY FIBRE OF MY BEING but I feel even that won t do my feelings and this series justice.Give me a fantasy fantasy esque book with heavy political intrigue and you ve got my undivided attention Reading a novel filled with court intrigue, heavy conflictsbehind the scenes conniving and pulling strings than actual battles, complicated stories full of clever manoeuvres and characters Is My Jam I could never get enough And given the somewhat slowness of its predecessor, I was not prepared for the magnificent surprise that was The Queen of Attolia Wow I felt almost every emotion while reading this Anger, hate, love, sadness, rage so much rage and oh the confusion Before I even got to page 50 my jaw was wide open with shock and amazement TheI thought I knew the less I actually knew anything when the whole plot took a completely different direction than I d expected And the characters I truly didn t know what to make of them Let s start with The Queen of Attolia okay, wow Throughout the book I hated her I admired her I was enraged by her I freaking loved her and by the end, I was simply in awe of her.Eugenides What the actual hell Alright, before I move on, let me preface this by saying, the next book in the series The King of Attolia, put Eugenides on the number two spot of my top five favourite male characters in fantasy Ever What a character What A Character Now, onto the topic at hand, I have never been so damned confused by a character Confusion, as you can see, is the theme of this review He was nothing like I d expected Especially when compared to the Eugenides of book one, The Thief It was almost like they were two different people In a good and a bad way One thing I did love was that he was not the all perfect, all brave, badass protagonist we re used to seeing who could simply do no wrong or whom no one could best In fact, he rarely got things right, in this book at least I was happy to see him humanised and humbled by some extremely disturbing, albeit significant events He did mess up, got bested at times and he was also painfully vulnerable and weak when the situation demanded it However, he was also amazingly clever when he needed to be I love him I can t say it enough.The plot was amazing and every chapter gripped my attention from start to finish and nothing dragged, nor was there ever a single boring moment Why some books have to end, I will never, in my life, understand