Saturday, June 19, 2010

Delightfully Bookwormish: A Review of "The Queen of Attolia" by Megan Whalen Turner

Note: I will soon be reviewing the books on the 100 Best Children's Book List, but wanted to finish this series first!

Title: The Queen of Attolia (Book 2 in The Queen's Thief Saga)

Author: Megan Whalen Turner

Genre: Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction

Ages: Again, it is listed as for ages 9-12, but it's more for the 12 year olds. Some of the themes and events would go over younger kids' heads.

The Recipe: The amazing sequel to The Thief, The Queen of Attolia continues the adventurous story of Eugenides, the sardonic and clever royal thief. The story begins with Eugenides falling into the hands of the Queen of Attolia. The tables turn for Eugenides as the Queen punishes him for his trespassing by taking from him the most valuable tool of his trade-and his pride. The Queen stands by with a cold, blank mask of callousness on her face. As Eugenides returns home and comes to terms with his loss,  the Queen soon regrets her decision when war breaks out with her country and his. As she is conflicted with fear of his revenge and regret of torturing him, the Queen rages at herself for not killing Eugenides while she had him.  Meanwhile, the The Thief is making plans of his own...

The Frosting and the Sprinkles: OK, I mentioned already that I absolutely love this series. This book is my FAVORITE of the four. I love, love, love this book! Why? Oh what is there not to love? Again, Turner keeps us on our toes as the plots twists and turns in ways we never imagined. She has a talent for writing exactly what she means while making you think something entirely different until she brings everything in full-circle revelation. I am always surprised, shocked and deeply satisfied when reading these books. I could not put this book down! Oh, and I read it again immediately after reading it once because I loved it so much.

I love all the characters in this book, especially Gen, of course (and he reminds me of my husband :-)) Eddis (Helen) and Attolia (Irene) are both strong women characters in very different ways. The character development is strong and believable and Turner eloquently brings us inside their worlds and heads. The secondary characters are endearing also.

The Queen of Attolia is full of humor, adventure, and life. The characters show strong characteristics of friendship, loyalty, love, and integrity.

But the cherry on top-and the reason this book is one of my favorites-is because the themes of redemption and unconditional love are beautifully played out in this novel. There is something about this story that reaches deep into the heart and pulls hard. It symbolizes a deep, unconditional, supernatural love for which we all deeply long; not a superficial, sexually-driven love found in novels such as Twilight.  Ah, the power of the written word!

The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!

My Rating:
out of 5 Cupcakes!

Yes, that is 6 out 5 because it is just that good!!!

1 comment:

  1. Nicely done! Entices, but doesn't spoil.

    Okay, this is going to be the longest comment ever.

    I am so glad you love these books as much as I do!!! I think it is amazing that Mrs. Turner was able to create two such strong and sympathetic lead characters that are at odds with each other.

    I would just like to add that Attolia is quite possibly the most complex and fascinating female character ever written. She took control of her destiny at a very young age and allowed no one to dictate the terms of her future to her. She didn't have to do that. She could have become a shadow queen just as she was a shadow princess and allowed her country to be pillaged and her people oppressed by her king. But she chose to do what was hard and save her country despite knowing what that choice would force her to become. And she managed to maintain her senseof humor too. "Diplomacy in my own name."

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