Review of Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Updated: Apr 2
I was happy to spend time with Gen and Attolia again in this sixth and final book of Turner's Queen's Thief series. I love these books!
Return of the Thief is the sixth and final book in Turner's fantastic Queen's Thief series. Turner's series was published over a period of almost twenty-five years, and the story trail traces the charismatic character of Gen through consistently and wonderfully unexpected developments related to plot, character arc, point of view, morality, origin stories, conflict, despair, and love.
Gen is the uneasy key to the peace between the lands of Sounis, Eddis, and Attolia. He is in love with and married to a wonderfully strong woman, Irene, "Attolia"--and she is the real power behind the throne. Although he is high king, Gen's temper still flares, he behaves spontaneously when he might stop and consider, and his grudging affection for others sometimes complicates his view. He begins the book by bristling at his necessary role as high king, but he soon must lead his people through the conflict of his lifetime.
I had a tough time following the political machinations in this book, but I was just happy spending time with Gen and Attolia (and Eddis and Sounis) again. Turner offers a different perspective in each her books (whether from Gen's first-person or third-person point of view or other characters'), and this book's point of view was especially intriguing.
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