Sunday, May 10, 2009

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

“By scheming and theft, the Thief of Eddis has become King of Attolia. Eugenides wanted the queen, not the crown, but he finds himself trapped in a web of his own making. Attolia’s barons seethe with resentment, the Mede emperor is returning to the attack, and the kind is surrounded by the subtle and dangerous intrigue of the Attolian court. When a naïve young guard expresses his contempt for the king in no uncertain terms, he is dragged by Eugenides into the center of the political maelstrom. Like the king, he cannot escape the difficulties he makes for himself. Poor Costis knows he is the victim of the king’s caprice, but he discovers a reluctant sympathy for Eugenides as he watches the newly crowned king struggle against his fate.”

This was definitely my favorite in the series, so far. The other two seemed to have a slow start and then later picked up for me. This one had me hooked from the beginning. I liked hearing the story from Costis’ perspective. Eugenides is still the main character, and surprisingly, I loved learning about him and coming to love him all over again from a fresh point of view. Ever the romantic, I loved the few moments when Gen & Irene (Eugenides and Attolia) were able to be themselves and we see how deeply they love one another. Gen is so clever and not to be underestimated. I simply can’t wait to read the next book!

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree that this is the best of the bunch!

    I dunno if you like them enough to become a real FAN, but just in case-- there's a great livejournal community called Sounis where we obsesivly find the meanings squirrled away in what appear to be random words and events, and that sort of thing...


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