The Queen Of Attolia book review
Author: Megan Whalen Turner
Genre: Young Adult
Age Range: 12+ (Grade 7+)
Reviewed by Cassandra Hsiao
Sequel to The Thief, The Queen of Attolia does not disappoint. The book takes on a darker tone, changing from first person narrative to omniscient third person—a stark contrast with our protagonist Eugenides’ unreliable point of view in the first book.
Picking up where the first left off, the sequel continues with the Queen of Attolia seeking revenge upon Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, who outwitted her in the past. When she finally captures him, she cuts off his hand to restore her reputation as a savage, powerful, cold queen. Stakes are high with an impending war between three kingdoms and an outside empire trying to unseat Attolia. The plot takes a political turn, as the one-handed thief must steal more than a tangible object by manipulating situations and outwitting his enemies.
Author Megan Whalen Turner still weaves inventive stories of the kingdom’s deities in between the politically heavy plot, and Eugenides retains his infamous sense of dry humor in his daring jibes at the queen of Attolia. Turner writes with elevated language that sets her novel a cut above other children’s books. Filled with plot twists that will have readers exclaiming out loud in surprise, The Queen of Attolia will certainly capture readers’ hearts with well-rounded characters and their insecurities, shrewdness, and vulnerability.
First Published @ County of Los Angeles Public Library