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The King of Attolia


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New York Times-bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner is the award-winning author of six novels set in the world of the Queen's Thief. These epic novels of intrigue and adventure can be read in any order, but were published as follows: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings, Thick as Thieves, and Return of the Thief. Megan Whalen Turner has been awarded a Newbery Honor and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature. She has won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature and was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award. She worked as a bookseller for seven years before she started writing. Her first book was a collection of short stories called Instead of Three Wishes.


Gr 7 Up-In Megan Whalen Turner's sequel (Greenwillow, 2006) to The Thief (Greenwillow, 1996) and The Queen of Attolia (Greenwillow, 2000), the clever Eugenides is triumphant in his marriage to the Queen. The Attolians are resentful of the usurper who now calls himself their king, and try to thwart him at every turn without risking outright rebellion. Though Gen's buffoonish behavior has everyone convinced that he will never make a proper king, his new lieutenant, Costis, slowly realizes that there is method to Gen's madness. We see the story mostly through Costis's eyes. This third tale, though a departure from the earlier novels, is a masterpiece of suspense and dramatic tension. Jeff Woodman does an excellent job of conveying the intense, yet closely guarded emotions of a myriad of characters who are trying to manipulate each other. He is particularly good at the banter between Gen and the Queen-a nice mix of passion and animosity delivered in a calculated and understated way. Unfortunately, there isn't much dramatic action to narrate in this tale of political intrigue, court machinations, and power struggles. The plot is so complex that readers often need to flip back through some of the dialogue to discern the hidden meaning in some of the conversations-an ability lacking in the audio format. Happily, the CD features tracks every three minutes for easy bookmarking. Fans of Whelan's previous two books would be wise to refresh their memories before listening to the third book. Fans of the series will be well-rewarded.-Alison Kastner, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

In this book of "political intrigue, hidden motives, ploys and counterploys," Eugenides (first introduced in The Thief), now king of Attolia, "consolidates his power while solidifying his marriage to Irene." Ages 10-up. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Eugenides, the former Thief of Eddis, is back and just as clever as ever."--School Library Journal (starred review)

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