The Queen Of Attolia book review

ImageTitle: The Queen of Attolia

Author: Megan Whalen Turner

ISBN: 978-0060841829

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



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 June 26, 2014, in Books Review. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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