The Thief (The Queen's Thief, Book 1)

By Megan Whalen Turner

"I can scouse borrow anything." So pronounces Gen, the hero of the Newbery Honor e-book The Thief—an interesting experience delusion set in a legendary land wealthy with intrigue. Gen's bragging lands him in criminal . . . yet then the king's magus wishes the thief's ability for a near-impossible activity: to scouse borrow a important magical jewel from a far off land. "In addition to its charismatic hero, this tale possesses probably the most helpful treasures of all—a twinkling jewel of a shock ending," wrote Publishers Weekly in a starred review.

The first of six deliberate books set in Gen's international, The Thief was once an ALA most sensible publication of the yr in addition to a Newbery Honor ebook. School Library Journal stated, "YAs who like snide, quick-tempered, softhearted heroes will love Gen," and Kirkus Reviews known as it "an uplifting booklet, a literary trip that enriches either its characters and readers."

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He’s captain of my father’s protect. ” I whistled soundlessly. A man’s son needs to be beautiful vital to him if he has the captain of his personal defend supply him using classes after which does with no his captain altogether so the son could have a bodyguard. The olive groves replaced in personality as we moved via them. rather than tightly packed rows of timber, there started to be house among the trunks. The irrigation ditches thickened with weeds and silt and have been ultimately choked out of life. extra dry oaks seemed, and we have been finally using among timber that had long gone completely again to the wild. “Doesn’t somebody harvest those olives? ” Sophos requested as he observed symptoms of outdated fruit rotted within the grass. The magus overheard him. “Not anymore,” he stated over his shoulder. “Since the plague there aren’t adequate humans in Attolia to reap these kinds of timber. town the place we received provisions used to be most likely as soon as chargeable for this a part of the ocean of Olives, yet there are just 5 - 6 households residing there now, and so they deal with simply the groves nearest them. ” I knew concerning the plague years that had come thirty years sooner than i used to be born. It had traveled with the buying and selling ships around the center sea, seeping throughout the lowlands and killing off complete households. within the wineshops within the urban they stated that as many as part the folks in Sounis had died. All sea alternate stopped. The vegetation rotted within the box, and Eddis had closed her passes, attempting to continue the affliction out. My grandfather, who have been a tender guy through the plague years, had instructed me that no thief may contact the possessions of a deadly disease sufferer for worry of contagion. every thing was once burned. “Are there locations like this in Sounis,” requested Sophos, “where there aren’t adequate humans to farm the cultivated land? ” “Not many,” the magus replied. “Sounis has continuously been a smaller state than Attolia, and so it already has a surplus inhabitants back. There are a couple of deserted farms—the position we stayed prior to initiating the mountain, for instance. the one surviving member of that family members left the farm in an effort to visit town to get an schooling. ” “How have you learnt? ” requested Sophos, regularly one to overlook the most obvious. “I used to be he. ” The magus glanced over at me. Our horses, by no means relocating speedily among the bushes, had stopped, and mine dropped its head to assemble a grab of gentle grass. After a second he stated, “It’s magnificent, Gen, yet you're evidently considering anything, and i'm curious to grasp what it really is. ” i used to be contemplating my various kin, such a lot of whom I had consistently thought of a grievous burden, but when there hadn’t been one who I enjoyed, I wouldn’t have landed myself within the king’s legal. It used to be greater, I intended, to have them all than none. i feel it was once the 1st beneficiant notion i've got ever had approximately a few of my cousins. I instructed the magus, “I have an overabundance of kin, and that i wonder whether i'm than you. ” “You will be. ” He nudged his horse onward. After your time Sophos begun conversing back. He was once hardly ever quiet for lengthy.

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