Book ReviewThe Thief

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Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Harper Collins, 1996
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BOOK ONE: ATTOLIA SERIES. "I can steal anything." After Gen's bragging lands him in the king's prison, the chances of escape look slim.  then the king's scholar, the magus, needs the thief's skill for a seemingly impossible task - to steal a hidden treasure from another land.  To the magus, Gen is just a tool.  But Gen is a trickster and a survivor with a plan of his own.


I struggled a bit with how to review this book because of why I ever picked it up in the first place.  I was in a Coles bookstore (surprise, surprise) and they often have staff picks on display.  One employee named Hazel had prominently chosen the Selection Series by Kiera Cass as some of her favorites.  BINGO! with me too so I checked out Hazel's other favorites and saw this series by Megan Whalen Turner.  In addition to Hazel's personal recommendation, The Thief has won a bunch of awards that all sound super important so hey, let's give it a try, right?

I have to admit that it is a well written book.  The pacing is good, the character development good, the twisty ending also good but I couldn't help thinking this is a good 'boys' book.  It's all boy characters until near the ending.  The boys are dirty, stinky, and travelling together they are mistrustful of each other.  For me, who picked up this series because a princess series was put in the same league, there wasn't a scrap of lace to be found anywhere.  Go figure!

And perhaps it is just me, but I had some difficulty understanding some of the terms used such as, megaron, or keeping track of all the names - three lands fighting with a fourth larger threat looming in the mix, a whole host of gods and their respective talents.  All these combined made it a bit of a 'thinker book' which I don't mind every now and then.  All these factors worked within the plot of the story to provide motivation for our characters, but it is something that weighs on whether or not I would consider continuing the series.

The blame for a meagre three rating is all on me but I can't be anything but honest and say it was a ho-hum book for me.

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