The Thief

The Thief

Book - 1998
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Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Puffin Books, 1998, c1996.
ISBN: 9780060824976
9780140388343
0140388346
Branch Call Number: TUR
Characteristics: 219 p. ; 20 cm.

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BRUCE PILCHER
Sep 26, 2017

Great Tween - Young Adult read.
This is a great adventure story that has some surprising twist without becoming unbelievable (well once to suspend disbelief enough to believe in magic!)
Well worth reading.

Very enjoyable. Great plot twists. Clear and easy to read. Happy to find a new Fantasy author who is highly recommend by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Rose in PR

LPL_MiriamW May 25, 2017

The first book in Turner's incredible Queen's Thief series, if you haven't read "The Thief" yet it is definitely time to pick it up! Fast-paced and compelling, in "The Thief" Turner creates an engaging fantasy world and a rich mythology that drives the plot forward. Her fascinating, witty characters will keep you guessing up until the last surprising page and will make you immediately reach for the next book in the series.

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nidofito
Dec 23, 2015

That was fun.

I knew there was more to Gen but I didn't expect the story to do a 180 flip like that. I was pleasantly surprised.

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dr_razzberry
Dec 21, 2015

A fun, intriguing teen fantasy. Gen is delightful, funny, cynical, and genuine - and a trickster. This is the first in a series that only gets better. Very entertaining, well-written, and highly recommended.

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ShamaBole
Dec 16, 2015

This was so enjoyable. It's funny, innovative and has a delightful protagonist.

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Jody_42
Dec 01, 2015

In a fantasy world that resembles the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, the young thief Gen is pulled from a dungeon and ordered by a king to steal a jewel of great value from a rival kingdom or face certain death. If you have a fondness for tricksters, exciting adventure, and very clever writing, you will love this book. Gen is one of my all-time favorite characters and I take a great deal of pleasure re-reading this book to spot the clues that lead to the surprise ending. It's the first of 3 books set in the same world, and they're all excellent.

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lovemybranch
Nov 24, 2015

Superb! What I wouldn't give to be able to read it for the first time again. Turner is one of the few writers who gets every single word right.

gogirl1313 Mar 22, 2015

Definitely a worthwhile read. I love Gen, and the decision to narrate the story from his point of view was pure genius! I admit I was a little confused at the end; maybe everything just happened too quickly for me. But still it's an amazing book that I've added to my top ten favorite books ever.

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Palomino
Feb 02, 2015

I had great expectations: I enjoyed the book, but I'm not running out to buy my own copy. It reminds me of fantasy/adventure books I read as a child, with no expectation of formula or genre, and they always tended to end in the middle too. I will read further in the series.

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andreareads
Sep 18, 2011

Every time he laughed, I spat insults at him. It was not politic, but as always, I couldn't keep an insult in when it wanted to come out.

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andreareads
Sep 18, 2011

Guns weren't as accurate as crossbows, but they were less awkward to transport, and to have one would have been a comfort.

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andreareads
Sep 18, 2011

His eyes narrowed, and the hair on the back of my neck started to rise. I've seen envy before, and I know the damage it can do.

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andreareads
Sep 18, 2011

Saying things I shouldn't has been the origin of most of the painful episodes in my past, and it would certainly be an improvement in my character if I had a little more control over my own tongue.

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andreareads
Sep 18, 2011

I am a master of foolhardy plans, I thought. I have so much practice I consider them professional risks.

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TheGreatMinimum
Sep 21, 2012

From the website of Megan Whalen Turner:

The most powerful advisor to the King of Sounis is the magus. He's not a wizard, he's a scholar, an aging solider, not a thief. When he needs something stolen, he pulls a young thief from the King's prison to do the job for him.

Gen is a thief and proud of it. When his bragging lands him behind bars he has one chance to win his freedom-- journey to a neighboring kingdom with the magus, find a legendary stone called Hamiathes's Gift and steal it.

The magus has plans for his King and his country. Gen has plans of his own.

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