Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Thick as Thieves

Deep within the palace of the Mede emperor, in an alcove off the main room of his master’s apartments,. Kamet minds his master’s business and his own. Carefully keeping the accounts, and his own counsel, Kamet has accumulated a few possessions, a little money stored in the household’s cashbox, and a significant amount of personal power. As a slave, his fate is tied to his...

Title:Thick as Thieves
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ISBN:0062568248
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:337 pages

Thick as Thieves Reviews

  • Tatiana

    With

    Turner goes back to the series stylistic and thematic roots. It's simultaneously a plus and a minus. Like the original

    , this new addition is essentially a road trip/chase, with just a tiny dash of political intrigue. I missed the machinations, but I dearly loved this trekking adventure, primarily because of the characters involved in it. Turner's writing style is so simple and so very soothing and entertaining, I enjoyed every moment of reading this novel, and I e

    With

    Turner goes back to the series stylistic and thematic roots. It's simultaneously a plus and a minus. Like the original

    , this new addition is essentially a road trip/chase, with just a tiny dash of political intrigue. I missed the machinations, but I dearly loved this trekking adventure, primarily because of the characters involved in it. Turner's writing style is so simple and so very soothing and entertaining, I enjoyed every moment of reading this novel, and I expect I will read it over and over again.

    Now, for the gripe. I am putting it inside the spoiler tags, and it is, so please come back and talk to me once you've read the novel.

    I'll be waiting for your input to at least reassure me I am not imagining things.

  • skein

    If you keep teasing me like this, I'm not going to invite you to my birthday party.

  • Keely *Keelskilo*

    Dear Ms. Turner,

    *ahem*

    PLEEEEEEAAAAAAAASEEEEEEE at least give us a release date!!

    I know that being an author is hard and there's a LOT of thinking that goes into these books (that's why we love them!) but I miss Eugenides so much!! It's been a couple of years now.

    Can we get, maybe, a title?

    Please?

    Thank you.

    Love,

    The Adoring Fans of Eugenides

    P.S. The first book was written before I was born.

    I am now 18

    I miss Eugenides....

    EDIT AS OF FEBRUARY 2015: I am now

    .

    GIMME NOW.

    FEBRUARY 2016

    Dear Ms. Turner,

    *ahem*

    PLEEEEEEAAAAAAAASEEEEEEE at least give us a release date!!

    I know that being an author is hard and there's a LOT of thinking that goes into these books (that's why we love them!) but I miss Eugenides so much!! It's been a couple of years now.

    Can we get, maybe, a title?

    Please?

    Thank you.

    Love,

    The Adoring Fans of Eugenides

    P.S. The first book was written before I was born.

    I am now 18

    I miss Eugenides....

    EDIT AS OF FEBRUARY 2015: I am now

    .

    GIMME NOW.

    FEBRUARY 2016:

    ....You knew this complaint was coming.

    You should have prepared for it.

    ...I AM DUCKING TWENTY YEARS OLD NOW. I AM SO DEPRIVED OF NEW EUGENIDES ADVENTURES THAT I WILL PROBABLY FLUNK OUT OF COLLEGE, GO CRY IN A CORNER, AND NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY AGAIN.

    ...Happy now?

    OCTOBER 2016:

    Release date.

    Title.

    Cover.

    MARCH 2017:

    ...This is it.

    I am 21 now.

    It has been YEARS....

    But we have it.

    A RELEASE DATE. WITHIN OUR GRASP

    A PROMISE.

    ...Hope, even.

  • Emily May

    When you wait six years for a book, it's hard not to be nervous going into it. Would it be as good as I remembered? Would

    deliver what I loved about the other books in the series? Or-- what if

    changed? What if, after six years, I am a different type of reader who no longer likes this kind of book?

    I shouldn't have worried.

    is still, after all this time,

    When you wait six years for a book, it's hard not to be nervous going into it. Would it be as good as I remembered? Would

    deliver what I loved about the other books in the series? Or-- what if

    changed? What if, after six years, I am a different type of reader who no longer likes this kind of book?

    I shouldn't have worried.

    is still, after all this time,

    .

    You should be warned: this is no

    . This is no

    or

    or

    . There is a time and place for that kind of easy, romance-heavy fantasy, but you won't find it in this series.

    series is about political machinations and slow-built character dynamics. Each scene is crafted in perfect detail. Each character is complex, multilayered and probably not all they first seem.

    Even knowing this author and knowing that her slowly-developing plots often conceal something much deeper and cleverer, she still manages to surprise. To catch me off guard.

    is not a direct sequel to

    , as I expected, but rather a companion novel set in the same world. Familiar characters do appear eventually, though most of the story is about a Medean slave called Kamet. When his master dies and blame is set to fall on him, he flees the city. What follows is a journey filled with bloodshed, betrayal and bromance; a journey that brings Kamet ever closer to the last place he wants to be - Attolia.

    Look,

    . I don't want to say too much because it's best just to experience it firsthand. If you like the slow, smart, political and twisty kind of fantasy, it really doesn't get much better than this.

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  • AMythicalBeast

    To the publisher.

    Please make sure this book is published. Please don't torture us with unending anticipation after everything that happens in

    .

    I know we are a small community of

    fanatics, but we are ardent.

    Please end our misery by at least announcing an

    release date.

    Please, please?

    Thank you.

  • Elevetha

    THE BEST NEWS HALLELUJAH I NEEDED A WIN.

    Not thrilled with the title, it doesn't really jive with the other titles, but frankly, that's small beans, COS I'M GETTING BOOK FIVE.

    Original review :

    Seeing the book on Goodreads

    Seeing the nonexistent release date and realizing that I will be reading this to my

    children when it finally comes out.

    Doomed to 20 years of waiting telling strangers:

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    4.5 stars. Final review, first posted on

    :

    Note: This review contains some spoilers for the second book in the QUEEN’S THIEF series,

    . I've tried to avoid any other spoilers for the prior books.

    In

    (2017), the long-awaited fifth book in Megan Whalen Turner’s QUEEN’S THIEF series, the setting shifts away from the peninsula where Eddis, Attolia and Sounis are, to another country in this world, the Mede Empire, which has long been nursing not-so-

    4.5 stars. Final review, first posted on

    :

    Note: This review contains some spoilers for the second book in the QUEEN’S THIEF series,

    . I've tried to avoid any other spoilers for the prior books.

    In

    (2017), the long-awaited fifth book in Megan Whalen Turner’s QUEEN’S THIEF series, the setting shifts away from the peninsula where Eddis, Attolia and Sounis are, to another country in this world, the Mede Empire, which has long been nursing not-so-secret plans to conquer and annex the peninsula. Kamet is a valuable secretary and slave to Nahuseresh, former Mede ambassador to Attolia and nephew to the Mede emperor. After an escape from Attolia when Nahuseresh’s political intriguing there backfired on him, as was related in

    , they are back in the Mede empire, where Nahuseresh is trying to regain his former political standing. Kamet has what he feels is a close and valued relationship with his master, despite Nahuseresh’s volatility and brutal beatings when slaves make a mistake or displease him, and the hope of an even greater position of power and influence in the future.

    So initially Kamet laughs it off when an Attolian soldier offers him an escape from slavery and freedom in Attolia. He abruptly changes his mind a few minutes later, however, when another slave, Laela, tells him that Nahuseresh has been poisoned, almost certainly by the emperor’s command. She urges Kamet to go on the run immediately to save himself. When a Mede is murdered, his key slaves are tortured and all are executed on principle. Suddenly the Attolian’s previously-scorned offer becomes Kamet’s best option to survive. He leaves immediately, not even stopping in his apartments for supplies or the money he had managed to save up.

    Kamet and the Attolian ― who remains nameless for most of the book, but will be identifiable to most readers who are familiar with the QUEEN’S THIEF series ― embark on a hazardous journey across the Mede empire and beyond. They’re pursued by the emperor’s handpicked guards and other enemies. Kamet mistrusts the offer from the Attolian, is keeping a dangerous secret from him, and plans on sneaking away from him as soon as possible. But as events conspire to keep them in each other’s company and they go through harrowing experiences together, they gain a greater respect for each other and even begin to develop a friendship that may carry them through the dangers to come.

    In its tale of a danger-fraught journey and unexpected friendships,

    is more reminiscent of the first book in this series,

    , than some of the later books, though with a new main character. Kamet is a slave who initially has a slave’s mentality, an acceptance of mistreatment that should not be acceptable. He has pride in his place and power, even though he is mere property under Mede law. In fact, he initially disdains the Attolian, who he believes is a foolish, uncultured person, as well as the country of Attolia generally (“a place more backward than anywhere I have ever known, with its stinking sewers and its smoking furnaces and its preening idiot aristocrats”). But things are never as simple as they seem in this world, and the friendship that gradually develops between Kamet and the Attolian is a fine example of learning to appreciate the qualities in others who are unlike you. It’s a touching bromance

    .

    Gen makes an appearance in the last part of the novel, and (typically for him) quickly put a new spin on several key elements of the tale, making the reader rethink everything that’s previously happened in the story. Gen just never disappoints, even when he is at his most frustrating and deceptive. He’s one of my favorite characters in fiction.

    Like the earlier books in this series,

    contains stories-within-a-story that relate thematically to the main plot. Here, in a nod to the Mede culture, they’re in the form of blank verse poems. I had some difficulty wading through them; they’re more stylized and opaque than the stories in the prior books. But the patient reader will be rewarded with additional insights into the relationship between the main characters and some mysterious characters that show up at key turning points in the tale to help the two along their way.

    The QUEEN’S THIEF series of YA fantasy novels, with allusions of Greek and other ancient mythologies, is well known for its plot twists and complex, layered characters, and

    admirably carries that torch. I was able to quickly identify the Attolian and even was reasonably certain of one major plot twist that is revealed close to the end, but ― this being the QUEEN’S THIEF series ― there were other surprises that I hadn’t anticipated at all. And I wouldn’t have it any other way! Turner says there will be one more book in this series. I’ll be anxiously waiting for it.

    Guess what arrived in the mail today? *abandons all other books and dives in headlong*

    *resurfaces a few hours later, throws confetti in air* I'm done!! Great book! 4.5 stars!

    This story focuses on Kamet, a slave to the former Mede ambassador to Attolia, who we met in

    . Gen doesn't show up until near the end, but it's definitely worth the wait.

    Also I am patting myself on the back for guessing a couple of the surprise twists ... but of course I didn't get all of them. This

    the Thief series, after all!

  • Lois Bujold

    Aha, I'd been waiting for this one. It did not disappoint.

    While this book would work just fine as a stand-alone, in order not to cheat yourself out of a richer reading experience, I strongly recommend starting with the first book in the series,

    , and continuing in order. Do not read reviews, promos, or the jacket copy first, just turn to its Page One and start, and let the book teach you how to read it. Ditto the second,

    , and after that you are on your own.

    I'd been

    Aha, I'd been waiting for this one. It did not disappoint.

    While this book would work just fine as a stand-alone, in order not to cheat yourself out of a richer reading experience, I strongly recommend starting with the first book in the series,

    , and continuing in order. Do not read reviews, promos, or the jacket copy first, just turn to its Page One and start, and let the book teach you how to read it. Ditto the second,

    , and after that you are on your own.

    I'd been wondering how Turner was going to handle the challenge of a coming-of-age series story arc when the main character has worked his way out of his job. Pursuing interesting side characters was one of my theories, so, go me. (The other was "the next generation, lather, rinse, repeat," and I'm a bit glad we didn't go there.)

    Also, if one has a passing acquaintance with Sumerian and Babylonian history and myth, this is just full of nice little Easter eggs from that basket. If not, the story still explains itself, literally en route. So many delicious tropes, folded into Turner's indirect evocation and restrained prose much like a cat curled up on its paws with its tail wrapped about itself.

    I suppose it might, not wholly unfairly, also be described as "Epic of Gilgamesh AU fanfic." * But slyly so.

    Recommended.

    Ta, L.

    * All right, having typed that, I had to go look. 45 pieces of "Epic of Gilgamesh" fanfic on Ao3. As always, the internet exceeds beyond my wildest dreams.


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