Author: Megan Whalen Turner
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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