The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a re-read. It’s one of those books you wish you can unread so you can read it again for the first time. I was around twelve when I first read it, and it’s still up there in my favorites.
The story follows Gen, a thief, who is released from prison by the magus who wants Gen to steal something for him. We follow them on their journey through skirmishes with other countries, skirmishes among their own group, plus some strange mythology stuff. Gen carries the entire novel with his wit an inner monologue. He’s totally irreverent and he does everything to annoy the magus, like chewing with his mouth open. I happen to really like characters who go out of their way to annoy other characters. Only in books. Not in real life.
Some people have said this book is boring, especially the first half. I disagree. Even though it’s not the kind of fantasy novel where there are epic wars and magic spells being thrown around everywhere, I was drawn in from the start. And just when you’re getting relaxed and comfy and thinking it’s going to be a character driven novel—bam. Stuff starts to happen. The secrets start coming out. And hardly any of the characters are what they seem.

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