The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner


Gen, a thief who takes great pride in his profession, is finally caught — left to rot in a jail cell at the king’s command. Though he fears a worse fate than imprisonment, Gen is approached with an interesting offer. The king’s right hand, the Magus, informs Gen that the king wishes him to steal a priceless item. Succeed, and Gen will become the King’s Thief, a coveted title and a way out of prison. Fail, and die. For Gen, both the choice and task seem easy enough — he is, after all, the best thief in the kingdom. But soon, even Gen’s expert abilities will be put to the test, and he must succeed to survive.

Good not great. I heard a lot of complaints that Nielsen’s The False Prince ripped off this book, but I just don’t see it. The two are similar, but not so much that I felt like I was reading the same book. If you’ve read False Prince and liked it, definitely give this one a shot. Keep in mind that it is an older book and has a bit of a slow pace, but it is entertaining. For me, it was just nothing special. If you like fantasy, adventure, and books with plot twists at the end, give it a try. I’ve heard the other books in the series are great.

Rating: 3/5 

* Newbery Honor Book, 1997

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