Epic Deception and Harsh Truths Revealed: a Review of The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication date: February 28th, 2017 (originally published in Jan 24th 2006)
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal
Page Count: 375

Series: The Queen’s Thief #3
#1: The Thief Review
#2: The Queen of Attolia Review

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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 the 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.

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Warning: Spoilers if you haven’t read the previous 2 books in this series.

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“He whines, he complains, he ducks out of the most obvious responsibility. He is vain, petty and maddening, but he doesn’t ever quit.” – Ornon

Oh how wonderful it is to be reunited with Eugenides once more! Every time I read another book, my mind keeps wondering back at this series and wonder what Gen will be up to next.

Before I get on with my review, I should note that I won’t be giving lengthy reviews for the rest of the books in this series. I find each book brilliantly written so far and enjoye each one so much. That said, I wouldn’t want my readers to feel as if I’m gushing about the same thing in each review. So, I’ll focus on what’s different about each book and keep it short and sweet 🙂

Now, the one thing I absolutely love about this series is how there’s no major plot or cliffhanger. Sure there’s a war with the Mede Empire that’s on the verge of happening. But King of Attolia focuses more on its rich characters and plot revealing all the cunningness and deception which seems to be endless here. You may never know how the series is going to end, and that’s how the books keep on surprising you.

The King of Attolia brings us back to Attolia again, picking up from where we last saw Eugenides and Attolia, The King and Queen of Attolia. Newly married, we get an internal look from within the palace just how the people of Attolia is treating its new King. Where the previous books were told from Gen and Attolia/Eddis point of views, this time it’s told from a royal guard named Costis, who made the mistake of capturing Eugenide’s attention leading him into the court’s game of politics and deception.

And that has led to a whole load of interesting events, revelations, betrayals and the ultimate discovery of Eugenide’s brilliant mind. Will he be able to win over the favors of his court? King of Attolia has a lot to reveal.

“Sometimes, if you want to change a man’s mind, you have to change the mind of the man next to him first.” – Eugenides

The characters remain my favourite part of this series. Each character have its own unique personality that plays so well into how the story is played out. They don’t change much throughout the book, but then again they don’t need to because they’re adults with strong personalities and brilliant minds. It would be confusing and an offense to the book for them to start deviating from their true selves.

Eugenides is sarcastic and quick-minded as always. With his brilliant, cunning mind, we see from the point of view of Costis just how well Eugenides carry out his political machinations in order to build a reputation as King of Attolia. We see more of Attolia too, which is always a delight to read.  She has fast become one of the most solid characters despite her lack of dialogue in the books. There are also more description of her marriage to Eugenides and dare I say it: I have a new OTP in these two wonderful characters!

“The king lifted a hand to her cheek and kissed her. It was not a kiss between strangers, not even a kiss between a bride and groom. It was a kiss between a man and his wife, and when it was over, the king closed his eyes and rested his forehead in the hollow of the queen’s shoulder, like a man seeking respite, like a man reaching home at the end of the day.”

You will learn to love Costis as well and all of his naivety and brilliant humor. His loyalty to the crown despite his hate for Eugenides paves the way for an interesting revelation of events that will influence his perception of the two royals. I hope to see more of Costis in the upcoming books.

Overall, another brilliant installment to the Queen’s Thief series. This series remains a top recommendation from me and I hope my feeble reviews convince you to further read the books in the series!

“He limped slowly over to his own wooden sword and stooped awkwardly to pick it up. Trailing it on the ground behind him, he limped toward the queen, and the courtyard quieted as he approached and was silent again as he dropped to his knees before her and laid the sword across her lap.
“My Queen,” he said.
“My King,” she said back.”


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