Reviews for King Of Attolia


Booklist Reviews 2006 January #1
Gr. 8-11. Fans of the irascible Thief of Eddis will recall that Gen and his frosty nemesis, Attolia, exchanged vows of love in The Queen of Attolia (2000). This second follow-up to Turner's 1997 Newbery Honor Book, The Thief, follows the turbulent months just after their union, primarily from the perspective of Gen's reluctant personal assistant, Costis, who despises the "goat-footed throne-stealing interloper" as much as the rest of Attolia's insubordinate court. Gradually, though, Costis gleans that there is more to King Gen than his oafish, irascible behavior would suggest. Turner's wide-ranging, third-person narrative tantalizingly limits readers' access to Gen, leaving readers to sift truth from Gen-masterminded subterfuge and to weigh his detractors' prejudices undiluted. The challenge of internalizing so many new characters may halt some readers, and many will mourn the replacement of concrete, action-oriented exploits with this situation's more subtle courtly and diplomatic stratagems. Staunch fans of Turner's roguish hero, particularly those who enjoyed the middle-grade-friendly Thief several years ago and whose reading capabilities have ripened, will reap the greatest rewards here. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
The former Thief of Eddis, now reluctant King of Attolia, is back. This time we see him from young soldier Costis's point of view. Remarkable for its impeccably realized setting in a pseudo-classical world and for the depth and subtlety of its characters and plot, this is one of the most fascinating and original YA fantasies to appear in years. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2006 #2
Turner (The Thief, The Queen of Attolia) has outdone herself here: The King of Attolia is one of the most fascinating and original children's fantasies to appear in years. It is remarkable for its impeccably realized setting in a pseudo-classical world, but even more so for the depth and subtlety of its characters and plot. Maddening, tricky Eugenides, former Thief of Eddis, now reluctant King of Attolia, is back; this time we see him from the point of view of Costis, a young soldier who has succumbed to temptation and socked the annoying king. As punishment, Costis is assigned to be Eugenides's personal lieutenant in a court that despises its king. But Eugenides has his own elaborate agenda, one that requires him to foster popular distaste. Grudgingly, Costis views the many facets of a man who is vulnerable, calculating, petulant, brave, in love, and, always, maneuvering to win the greatest challenge of his life -- overcoming his unwillingness to be king. Turner's plot is triumphantly clever, with plenty of action and suspense; most impressively, it pivots on the razor-sharp reading of character. Rarely does one see a hero as psychologically knowing and irresistibly attractive as Turner's Thief; let us fervently hope a sequel is in the works. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2005 December #2
Like all loyal soldiers of Attolia, Costis hates Eugenides, his new king. Eugenides was an enemy until he forced the Queen of Attolia into marriage, and the oafish conqueror doesn't even have the grace to behave with majesty. But when Costis is ordered to guard Eugenides directly, he gains an unexpected sympathy for the young king. Through Costis's naïve eyes, Eugenides appears weak, bumbling and a too-pathetic target for the pranks aimed at him. A knowledgeable reader of the series, however, will know that Eugenides is more than he appears, and can follow with delight as the king's clever schemes slowly become apparent to Costis. Ultimately, this unreliable narrator sees Eugenides transform from fool to larger-than-life hero, and never realizes that both are true at once. Well-constructed puzzles and intrigues keep this offering moving through Turner's characteristic secrets and subtle revelations to a wholly satisfying conclusion, while a few loose ends hint at more entries in this compelling series. Less emotionally powerful than Eugenides's earlier adventures, but still a winner. (Fiction. 12-15) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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Library Media Connection - June/July 2006
Eugenides, Thief of Eddis, has married the Queen of Attolia but must gain the acceptance of the people, beginning with the palace guards. Costis, a young soldier with a promising future, has an encounter with Gen that could result in his death for treason. But Gen has other plans for Costis and spares his life. As palace intrigue swirls around Costis and Gen, it soon becomes obvious that it is dangerous to underestimate the former Thief of Eddis. It has been six years since readers have encountered Eugenides and the countrymen of Eddis and Attolia. Although the book stands on its own, the author provides enough information for new readers to appreciate the intricacies of the plot. This time the story focuses more upon palace intrigue, although threats of war by the neighboring nation are mentioned. In addition to characters who were introduced in the earlier books, the author has populated this one with a variety of interesting courtiers and guards, especially Costis and his friend Aristogiton. As in the other books in the series, the plot twists in unexpected ways, the action is fast paced, and the prose is witty. Fans will enjoy this latest installment. Highly Recommended. Charlotte Decker, Librarian, Children's Learning Center, Public Library of Cincinnati (Ohio) and Hamilton County © 2006 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 January #3

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.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2006 February

Gr 7 Up -Fans who’ve been waiting for six long years for the sequel to The Queen of Attolia (2000) and The Thief (1996, both HarperCollins) can finally rejoice. Eugenides, the former Thief of Eddis, is back and just as clever as ever. As King of Attolia after literally stealing and marrying the Queen, he must convince the rest of her court and her subjects that he deserves his title. The Attolians think he’s an idiot who’s being used by the Queen. They refuse to believe that he and Irene could honestly love one another, considering that she’s responsible for having his hand cut off. His attendants and guards mock him behind his back and play pranks on him, all the while thinking that he’s too spineless and incompetent to protest. That is, until a guard named Costis punches him in the face and knocks him down. Beheading is the usual penalty for such a transgression but Eugenides devises a better punishment. It is through Costis’s eyes that readers see how he and the court consistently underestimate the shrewd young man. This third book in the series continues to involve political intrigue, espionage, and attempted assassination but is less concerned with the fighting between kingdoms that dominated the previous book. Instead, it explores the complex and very romantic relationship between the monarchs. Although it does stand alone, to appreciate the amazingly charismatic and beguiling character of Eugenides fully, it’s best to read the titles in order.-Sharon Rawlins, NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped, Trenton

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VOYA Reviews 2006 February
Eugenides, the former Thief of Eddis, has married the Queen of Attolia, forging an uneasy peace between their lands. Ambivalent about his new role and despised by the Queen's court, Eugenides must thread his way through intrigues designed to humiliate, dethrone, or murder him in order to protect himself, his Queen, and their kingdoms. The story of this struggle is told through various viewpoints, primarily that of Costis, a loyal member of the Queen's Guard who reluctantly becomes the King's lieutenant Readers of Turner's The Thief (Greenwillow, 1996/VOYA June 1996) and The Queen of Attolia (2000/VOYA August 2000) will recognize these mythical Mediterranean-like lands and their vivid inhabitants and be pleased to see old friends and enemies inhabiting the court. New characters fill out the story, and although each character is deftly drawn, there are so many figures scheming and strategizing here that some are given very little time in the spotlight, making it challenging to follow the maze of court politics. Readers of the first two books will have a head start in understanding the main characters, but even those who pick up with this volume can enjoy the twists and turns as each character reveals new depths and motivations. Turner has created a complete and intricate world for Eugenides and his Queen, and this book alludes to many other possible story lines within the kingdoms-hopefully to be explored in further volumes of this series.-Lorraine Squires PLB $17.89. ISBN 0-06-083578-8. 4Q 4P J S Copyright 2006 Voya Reviews.

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