The King of Attolia

The King of Attolia

Book - 2006
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Eugenides, still known as a Thief of Eddis, faces palace intrigue and assassins as he strives to prove himself both to the people of Attolia and to his new bride, their queen.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2006.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060835781
Branch Call Number: J FIC Turne 3701wd 1
Characteristics: 387 pages


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IndyPL_SteveB Apr 26, 2019

The very fine 3rd book in this series of fantasies. It’s an excellent series, plotted carefully and with several fascinating characters. In Turner’s fictional medieval world, the focus is on three neighboring rival countries, bound together by the necessities of trade, but which are always on the verge of war. Eddis is a mountainous country which controls the pass which allows trade between Attolia and Sounis. Gen, short for “Eugenides,” is a professional thief – actually a chief spy and advisor for his cousin, the Queen of Eddis. In Book 2, Gen connived his way into becoming the husband of the Queen of Attoliia, in an attempt to keep these three countries out of war with each other, because he knows the real enemy is a distant larger country with designs on all of the three smaller countries.

*The King of Attolia* is told from the point of view of Costis, a young guardsman in the service of the Queen of Attolia. In a hot-headed and stupid rage, he slugs the new King. Instead of being executed, he is forced to serve the King, where he witnesses the young Gen behaving boorishly and appearing to be a coward. We as readers catch on quickly that Gen is really trying to find out who is loyal to the Queen and who might be a danger to her. Exciting political tension, with deep characters and some humor.

Beatricksy Dec 12, 2017

This book is near perfection. I just want to throw it at people's heads and make them read it. I almost want to throw it at people's heads regardless of if they've read the previous two books, but you should read the first two, truly, as they're excellent. Having the majority of the book from a new, unrelated character's perspective is refreshing, and it keepsthe readers on their toes. I have emotional whiplash from laughing and wanting to cry in fast succession. I love that this is Greek and Roman in theme. It's such a unique twist on the usual fantasy tropes. The characters are allowed to breathe and be, developing slowly both on and off camera. It's very natural, very believable. The political angles are great fun, and just all around I'm so happy. I'm screaming. Just. AAAAAAH. Go to bed, Gen.

Mar 27, 2016

The King of Attolia is another masterfully spun tale by Turner, this time in Attolia's capital city instead of Eddis, and in a supposedly time of peace rather than war. The focus of the story is shifted here with new characters, looking on at Gen as he resists and ultimately accepts his new role. Though I love the intricacy of the story, and how it's always the simple things that come back to tie everything off, somehow the story didn't seem as focused as its predecessor, nor as intense.

Dec 28, 2015

amazing! self vs self, and man vs. man, i've read this book so many times, which is pretty rare. the court setting is realistic, and it's heartwarming to watch Costis come to respect and care for Eugenides. some characters are predictable, but theres a lot of going back and piercing together.
I loved this book! the chapters are pretty long though. Turner keeps me on my toes

Jun 14, 2014

This book is what the previous two novels have been building up towards--a well balanced mix of brilliant dialogue, cutthroat politics, and character exploration. I thoroughly recommend.

Feb 24, 2014

Megan Whalen Turner does such a great job in this book! She shows us the characters of Eugenides and the Queen through a different character, Costis, which is a great technique. There is so much going on even though it doesn't seem like it. This book was a great continuation of the series and I am excited to read the next one. I definitely recommend it to young adults and adults.

Dec 14, 2012

Not often do you find books in the YA genre that are written so cleverly and so well. And the next book in the series is even better!

Aug 17, 2012

A brilliant examination of its titular character, Eugenides, and his struggle to be acknowledged as king. Turner keeps the plot moving with more political intrigue and romance. Highly recommended to adults.

Oct 26, 2011

I wasn't thrilled with the plot of the second book in the series and this third one follows closely on its heels, but still, there's a lot to like in this tale of political intrigue in the royal palace with a resourceful but reluctant king.

Jul 09, 2011

I thought the Thief was great, and the Queen of Attolia was amazing, but this is just brilliant. It's an exploration of human nature, with the most interesting romantic pair you'll ever read about. And I love Eugenides. I doubt there's many female readers who haven't had their hearts stolen by him.

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Jun 26, 2016

"No 'glory shall be your reward' for me. No it's 'stop whining' and 'go to bed'

Jan 12, 2012

I meant "You are incorrigible."

Jan 04, 2012

"You are irrefragible."
"Yes, and I have a headache and I want a bath."

Oct 26, 2011

He's funny. . . . He can make you laugh so hard it hurts. . . . But underneath the jokes and the gibes and the playacting, there's nothing there but . . . spite. There isn't anything he won't laugh at.

Oct 26, 2011

As a ten-year-old boy, the Thief of Eddis could stop a grown man in his tracks with a single look. Where had that look gone?

Oct 26, 2011

I am so sick of people who all seem to be smarter than I am and know more than I do. I want to go back to the farm. These people make my family look easy to get along with.

Oct 26, 2011

Costis believed in his gods, prayed to his gods, and sacrificed to his gods, but Eugenides was rumored not only to believe in his gods but also to speak to them and to hear them answer. The idea made Costis uncomfortable. The gods may have walked the earth in the time of the legends, but he preferred to think of them safely on their altars.

Oct 26, 2011

O Goddess . . . I have brought you the most precious silver in my city. The silver leaves of the olive. . . . Please, Goddess, make me a good leader for my people. Let me bring them peace, and I swear I will cover the hills around the city with silver, in your honor. Everywhere the moon shines around the city it will strike the silver leaves of the olive, I promise.

Oct 26, 2011

He has had very little company in his life, and he isn't used to it. But there are other words for _privacy_ and _independence_. They are _isolation_ and _loneliness_.

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