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The king of Attolia
Meghan Whalen Turner
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Readers who fell for The Thief and grieved over his devastating loss in The Queen of Attolia will devour this account of how the "goat-footed, throne-stealing interloper" grows into his crown. The erstwhile Thief and newly crowned king chafes under his status as a homebody, even if the home in question is an opulent palace. Accustomed to a life of stealthy maneuvering, Eugenides is now shadowed everywhere by his armed Guard and a mostly malevolent audience of courtiers, many actively trying to sabotage his reign in retaliation for Gen having "stolen" their Queen in a politically convenient marriage. The backdrop continues to track the intricate relationships among the small, faux-Mediterranean nations of Attolia, Eddis and Sounis, and the menacing Mede empire, but the action here-including an assassination attempt-takes place within the palace walls. The plot turns on political intrigue, hidden motives, ploys and counterploys, as Gen slyly consolidates his power while solidifying his marriage to Irene. Turner assumes readers' familiarity with the vast canvas on which she's working, making this book best suited to those who read the first two, and who are familiar with the ample detail she has woven into this complex tapestry. Although some readers may ache for the old snide and sneaky Gen, they will likely understand why there is no theft involved in the prize he wins here. Gen has grown up and, this time, he earns his kingly respect. Ages 10-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Eugenides
Male
Married
Nickname is Gen; wanted the Queen of Attolia, not the crown; struggling with his new role of leadership; does not like being shadowed by bodyguards; misses his freedom of being a thief; determined to solidify his marriage and power as king.

Costis
Male
Member of the Queen of Attolia's Guard; detests Eugenides who he believes used the Queen to get to the throne; underestimates the King and gets punished for it.
Queen's Royal Guard



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