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THE NEXT BOOK IN THE QUEEN'S THIEF SERIES!!!!

Megan Whalen Turner does not write fast. This is the first new book that's come out since before I got into the series. I was very worried about it not living up to expectations, since I have pretty high expectations for this series. But Thick as Thieves is a thoroughly worthy book to be added to the series and and I am relieved and delighted!

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Occasionally one just needs to reread the Queen's Thief series. I didn't bother with Conspiracy of Kings since I wanted to end on the high note of my favourite book in the series. Of course because I'm me, at one point in King of Attolia, DESPITE me having read it multiple times before and knowing exactly what happens, one bit got too stressful for me and I had to put the book aside for like three weeks before I could continue. *facepalm*

Anyways, I don't really have a lot else to say about these books that I haven't said before. I like them a lot!
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As evidence of the way my brain's been taken over by the Queen's Thief series over the last few days: last night I dreamed that the next book in the series (book #5) had been released in August and somehow the entirety of the fandom had managed to miss this fact. The book was called "King" and I was super excited that I would actually get to read it. (Too bad the internet is giving NO HINTS as to when we might expect the next one. And Megan Whalen Turner has a tumblr, but it's all photos of her daily coffee, inspirational photos of Greece, and reblogs of fanart. Super cute but less than actually helpful on this point.)

At any rate. In the last few days I reread all four extant Queen's Thief books. FOLLOWING ARE MY (SPOILERY) THOUGHTS. I will note first though for people who have not read this series and are possibly interested: this is a series that the vast majority of people seem to agree is best enjoyed unspoiled. So if you tend to be on the fence about whether to spoiler yourself for things or not, that might be a useful data point to keep in mind.

I will just begin by saying I SUPER LOVE THESE BOOKS. As I told twitter the other night: books about fantasyworld politics plus a sneaky trickster of a main character = THE TRUE WAY TO MY HEART. What a great series. Despite the bits below where I'm complaining about various aspects, I really love these books.


The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner )

The Queen of Attolia, by Megan Whalen Turner )

The King of Attolia, by Megan Whalen Turner )

A Conspiracy of Kings, by Megan Whalen Turner )
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So I finished reading A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner on Friday night and haven't posted about it yet because I keep on NOT BEING SURE WHAT TO SAY.

So here's the thing, I read The Thief and was like, pretty good book, but nothing special. And then I read The Queen of Attolia and I was like REALLY EXCELLENT BOOK minus a couple quibbles, and then I read The King of Attolia and I was like PERFECT BOOK????? (my thoughts about the three from when I read them last September)

So it was really hard not going into A Conspiracy of Kings expecting it to be EVEN BETTER THAN PERFECT because Megan Whalen Turner had been doing an amazing job of leveling up after every book. And then I read this book and it WASN'T better than The King of Attolia, and in fact I didn't like it nearly so well, and that was really disappointing!

But the thing is, unlike The Queen of Attolia and The Thief where I could easily point out where my frustrations were, with this one I have NO IDEA how to even begin. It's largely a very good book and I DO like it! It's just........AUGH. WORDS ARE NOT WORDING WELL FOR ME. MY THOUGHTS ARE INCOHERENT. I give up. Those of you who have read this book, please talk to me about your opinions so I can try to get a handle on mine!

Attolia

Sep. 16th, 2012 02:39 pm
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HMM LET'S HAVE SOMETHING MORE CHEERFUL HERE NOW. Time for more book reactions! Of books I read months ago because I keep forgetting to actually POST them!

Today it is the first couple Attolia books, because I've been told for years that they're amazing and I should read them, and I'm finally getting around to it.

The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner )

The Queen of Attolia, by Megan Whalen Turner )

The King of Attolia, by Megan Whalen Turner )


And now all that's left is for me to read A Conspiracy of Kings! Which is sitting on my shelf right now, actually, waiting to be read, but I have a book I borrowed from a coworker and two books I borrowed from a friend and a book I have out from the library and another library book I intend to borrow from my mom, all of which are higher priority right now because they have restricted time-frames. So. I'll get to it at some point, I assume!

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