New YA Fiction: Thick as Thieves – Megan Whalen Turner

Add Turner to the list of major children’s book authors that booksellers have clued me in to. Excitement and anticipation for this new installment in Turner’s Queen’s Thief series was so high that a half-dozen booksellers asked me for reading copies before I’d ever heard of the book.

Written over the course of twenty years and starting with the Newbery Honor winning book, The Thief, the four books in this series can be read as standalone novels and are all the richer read as a series.

The stories are rife with political machination and intrigue, war, far-flung journeys and divine intervention. The whole series has been released with spectacular new covers which, if they remind you of the opening to HBO’s Game of Thrones, well that can’t be an accident. Bookseller Kim Fox right pointed out to me that “I’ve heard it thrown out as a suggestion of what to read when you’re done with Game of Thrones, and I don’t disagree with that.”

Three starred reviews underscore the fact that this is an event in the YA world.

“What is so welcomingly familiar and so wholly real here is the depth of the characters and the tenuous, frightening instability of the world around them. …The world, its people, and its god remain as fiercely alive as they were when The Thief first stole hearts…like coming home.”
Booklist (starred review)

“As with the previous books, Turner writes with complete authority about her richly imagined landscape. Although this immersive treat is billed as a standalone, those who have read the previous books in the series will get the most from it, as Turner fills out and enriches the expansive canvas on which she stitches her epic tale.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Immensely satisfying…. This clever book is both a stand-alone introduction for those just discovering Turner’s characters and a way to move the series forward to what promises to be a stirring conclusion for longtime fans. A must for fantasy readers.”
School Library Journal (starred review)

“As with Turner’s other Attolia books, this invites an older audience, but the perilous journey, character growth, and understated affection of shield brothers offer more teen appeal…A series stand-alone that won’t disappoint Turner aficionados.”
Kirkus Reviews

Marvelous. Although this is a mew main character for the series, this has all the adventure, politics, and character development that I expect from Megan Whalen Turner. It was exactly what I wanted…until I got to the end and realized that I desperately wanted more!”
— Kim Fox, Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids, MI

“I love the Queen’s Thief books and I am thrilled to go back to that world and explore the politics, intrigue and stories in this wonderful series. This new book follows a Mede slave as he negotiates the politics of that vast empire as well as the role slaves play in running an empire. There are subtle touches of Rome and Greece, but the world is entirely unique.  With Megan Whalen Turner’s deft touch of developing both character and the world in which they move, Thick as Thieves is thrilling both as a political and as an adventure novel. Expect to be swept up as a reader into the world she has created.  Of course, I’ve had to go back and re-read the rest of the series!”
— Liesl Freudenstein, Boulder Book Store, Boulder, CO

Thick as Thieves (9780062568243) by Megan Whalen Turner. $17.99 hardcover. 5/16/17 on sale.

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