I am coming to you with another review (I know I’m on fire) for 2018.
This one is going to be on a series that I am continuing from last year, with the novel The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner.
This series is one that I got into because of Reagan from PeruseProject on YouTube, and I’m very glad I decided to get into it, because I am enjoying the series so far!
Let’s jump into the review!
Goodreads Rating: 4.22/5
Pages: 359 Pages
Published: February 28th, 2017
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Fantasy, Young AdultPlot: (Plot Summary for Book 1: The Thief)
The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities. What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the the old gods and goddesses.
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This novel is one that I found myself looking forward to a lot, but then whilst reading it getting quite bored and confused.
Novels like this, with a big focus on politics and war, tend to become hard to follow for me, due to my never reading them. Due to this fact, I found I lost some enjoyment of the novel through my confusion and refusal to pick up the novel more frequently due to it.
Finally I picked the novel up again and “forced” myself to focus and read the rest of the novel (at this point I was about 60% through). I’m so glad for this push because I found myself enjoying the last half-ish of this novel so much.
I do think that this series is one that I need to set aside some good, quiet time for because without it I would be constantly lost and agitated with missing key plot points.
As for Turner’s writing, I do think the way that she writes is interesting, but I wish it was a bit less confusing and that she didn’t jump from character to character quite so much. I found that once I was finally following the thought process of one character, she would switch the narrator and I would be lost again.
As for the plot itself, I am fascinated with all the twists and turns Turner comes up with to keep this series interesting and me on my toes. Just when I think I have the plan all figured out, Turner throws a twist in there and I’m left shocked as to what just happened.
All in all, I did enjoy this novel, but I don’t think it was my favourite of the two I have read so far. I only hope that the next novel I read in this series is a bit easier for me to follow.
That concludes my review for The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. I hope you enjoyed it!
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