The Thief

index.aspxTitle: The Thief

Author: Megan Whalen Turner

ISBN: 978-0060824976

Genre: Young Adult

Age Range: 8+ (Grade 5+)


A talented master at infusing wit, humor, and twists into her tales, Megan Whalen Turner pens an excellent narrative enjoyable for all ages, not just young adults.


Skillful thief Gen is selected from prison by the king’s magus for a quest that only the most dexterous and brave can survive. Together, with two apprentices and a soldier, they set off on a risky journey to retrieve the precious Hamiathes’ Gift, a jewel that bestows sovereignty upon the wearer. Every character has their own agenda that highlights the complexity of their personalities as they travel over the dangerous lands of Sounis, Eddis, and Attolia. Turner infuses stories of old gods and goddesses throughout their odyssey with style, spirit, and heart.


Although it takes a while for their journey to really kick off, Gen’s charming narration hooks readers from the start. The trickster’s pure nerve, his humorously sarcastic jibes, and his paradigms of other characters makes Gen one of the most exceptional characters I have ever rooted for. Turner also weaves in political philosophy as well as snippets of the wide spectrum of human nature, where every character is three-dimensional and fleshed out with care. Young children will love the precarious adventures and older teens will appreciate the plot twists, the arcs in character relationships, and the intricate tale.


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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on December 3, 2013, in Books Review, Star Rapture Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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