Turner, Megan Whalen. Thick as Thieves. (Queen’s Thief series, #5) (Advance reader’s edition.) Greenwillow, release date May 2017. 352 p. $17.99. ISBN 9780062568243. Ages 12-up. P8Q9
The Queen’s Thief series introduced Gen (formally, Eugenides) with the Newbery Honor book, The Thief, released in 1996. Thick as Thieves, the fifth book in the series will finally be released in May 2017. High fantasy set in something very like the medieval Mediterranean city-states of Greece, the Queen’s Thief series follows the life of Eugenides as he grows from a youth to a mature ruler, someone who manipulates people’s lives to an end only he understands. In Thick as Thieves, Eugenides’ machinations touch the life of Kamet, a slave to the nephew of the emperor of the Medes, stealing him away from his position of relative power and throwing him into an adventure-filled race to escape certain death. Though this is the fifth book in the series, each title stands alone, but readers will have a fuller appreciation of the interwoven details after reading the other books in the series.
Verdict: For those of us who enjoy Turner’s books, this is a moment for rejoicing—fantasy readers should give this series a try. If it does not appeal, go away and let the rest of us read in peace. Highly recommended purchase for middle school, high school, and public libraries. Also, make sure that the collection includes the previous books in the series.
February 2017 review by Jane Cothron.