Saturday, April 24, 2010

The King of Attolia (MG/YA)


The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. 2006. HarperCollins. 400 pages.

The queen waited.

The King of Attolia is the third novel in Megan Whalen Turner's series. The first two are The Thief and The Queen of Attolia. If you haven't read the first two books, you probably should skip this review.

Costis, one of our main narrators, hates the new King of Attolia. He is loyally serving his Queen. But. The thought of serving his new king, an Eddisian, well he hates it. Not that he's one of the men trying to sabotage Eugenides. He's not putting sand in his bed or his food. He's not releasing the hunting dogs while the King is walking by. But that doesn't mean he's completely innocent. He does do something in the heat of the moment that could just be his undoing. But Eugenides has plans for Costis, and they're not plans to harm him oddly enough. These plans will bring him even closer to the King, make him part of the inner circle. What is he to think of all this? What is he to think of this new king?

I was fascinated by this one. It is very different from The Thief and The Queen of Attolia. I liked Costis. I liked seeing the story through his eyes. Eugenides seems even more mysterious if that's possible! It's an exciting read with political schemes, adventures, intrigues. I love seeing Eugenides all grown up! In some ways he has changed so much from when we first met him. I definitely recommend this series!

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