The Queen of Attolia

The Queen of Attolia

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Forsaken by the gods and left to his own devices, Eugenides, Royal Thief of Eddis, summons all his wit and wiles in an attempt to conquer the rival Queen of Attolia.
Forsaken by the gods and left to his own devices, Eugenides, Royal Thief of Eddis, summons all his wit and wiles in an attempt to conquer the rival Queen of Attolia. Book #2
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780688174231
Call Number: jF Turn
F Turn
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 07, 2020

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but I felt like this one was a little weird. The main romance doesn't really make sense, in my opinion. It was also a little depressing when the main character of book one was seriously injured.
Still, it was mostly a good book, and even though I expected the main surprise in it, I enjoyed it. The first one in the series surprised me more.
Quick note on the author's mythology. In the back of this book she says that the myths are ones she made up, not ones from Earth. I noticed a lot of similarities to the Greek myths in the stories that were told. There was one in this book that was quite a lot like Persephone and Demeter, and the character that would take the place of Hades was quite a lot like Hephaestus, and the name of their main God constantly reminds me of Hephaestus too.

Jun 12, 2020

Queen of Attolia Review
Ages: 13-15

Eugenides, also known as Gen is in Attolia the enemy to his own homeland, Eddis. He is in the palace of the Queen of Attolia and is now trying to escape undetected. But this time, the Queen of Attolia is one step ahead of Eugenides at every point, and he is captured. Having been humiliated by Eugenides when he escaped from her when he was with the magus, Attolia is determined that Eugenides will not escape again and she will punish him to regain her position as a ruthless queen. Attolia wants to execute Eugenides when her ambassador from Mede says that Eddis threatened to start a war and cut off the river that supplies Attolia. What will Attolia decide to do with Eugenides? What is in store for him? Will he ever go home? Why was Eugenides in Attolia in the first place? Read the “Queen of Attolia” to find out.

I liked the drama and the twists and turns in the book. I also think that this is a great continuation of “The Thief”. Sadly there are no mythology stories in the book. I rated this book a 4.5 because I didn’t like how the perspectives changed from Attolia to Eddis to Eugenides to Mede.

Mar 07, 2020

Excellent follow-up to “The Thief!” Chock full of subtlety, political machinations, and surprising love.

This one IS a bit of a tone shift from “The Thief,” comparable with the tone shift between “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

FPL_ElizabethC Feb 10, 2020

Three countries under threat. Two queens determined to protect their people. One man whose actions can't be anticipated. Can you guess where conflicting loyalty, leadership, and love will lead?

For the best reading experience, begin with The Thief.

Dec 07, 2019

The first third of the book was good but didn't seem as interesting as the previous book. Then... the plot got better and better!!!
No problem to give it a 5 * rating !

IndyPL_SteveB Mar 04, 2019

A sequel to the excellent *The Thief* -- and this is even better. Here the focus shifts to the court of Attolia, where the young but tough-minded queen has a tenuous hold on power. Some of her barons are plotting against her and she also has to deal with representatives of the Medes, a high-powered outside military force, hoping to encourage the three small countries to weaken each other enough so the Mede forces can take over all three. An additional complication comes from Eugenides. Still a “thief” in some sense, he has been sent by the Queen of Eddis to spy on Attolia. In the process of spying, he develops an inconvenient crush on the Queen of Attolia – especially inconvenient when he is caught spying and subjected to torture at the order of the Queen.

Just like the first book, the plotting is exciting, the characters are absorbing, and the tension is forehead-sweat-producing. In addition, Turner’s themes of political intrigue, the responsibilities of power, and the near-impossibility of love between rivals leave a lasting impression. Like many fantasy series, these were published as juvenile books but are equally exciting for teens and adults.

Apr 15, 2017

These books are amazing! I can never see the plot twist coming. Never! Seriously, though, these books are some of the most interesting and riveting stories I've read lately. A definite recommendation for anyone 12 and up.

Mar 27, 2016

Pure perfection, this book.

The writing flows smoothly, the story intense with multiple twists, amazing characters, great female rules, and full of wonderful descriptions for war, history and mythology buffs. If you like books like Graceling, I assure you, this is so much better.

gogirl1313 Mar 23, 2015

Loved it! It's every bit as richly complex and satisfying as before, if still a little confusing. I've fallen in love with the series and can't wait to read the next book.

Feb 17, 2015

After a slow and rather grim start the pace picks up and we get involved in the shifting sands of local politics. Our hero is actually more of a mountebank than a thief, but his ingenuity in playing the game of thrones is intriguing, as are the two queens he deals with. A map, as andreareads suggests, would be most helpful, but one can follow the sudden twists and turns that pile up at the end. While not extraordinary, this book can be a fun and easy read. I didn't read its predecessor and had no trouble catching up to the story. This is light fare, but interesting enough for an adult to read through.

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Oct 13, 2011

One does not refuse a goddess.

Oct 13, 2011

I was afraid. I couldn't just sit here being afraid and doing nothing about it.

Oct 13, 2011

Attolians did not invest much belief in their religion. They dutifully attended temple festivals and used their gods for cursing and little else.


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Apr 11, 2013

Coarse Language: It's slight, but it's there.


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