These are incredible books, with amazingly intricate plots. Politics and religion! Action and adventure! These books have it all, and I love them. They take place in pseudo-medieval Greece. Yes, there are mildish spoilers ahead if you haven’t read all of the series yet, so consider yourself warned.
Gen boasts that he can steal anything….except since he wound up in prison after he stole the King of Sounis’ signet ring, his claim seems a little lacking. Regardless, the Magus thinks Gen is exactly the thief he needs to steal the legendary Hamiathes’s Gift, so they set out to do so. But once the Gods get involved, all bets are off.
Fun fact: there’s a line from Howl’s Moving Castle in the text. I didn’t catch it, but I recognized it once it was pointed out to me. (It’s also in The King of Attolia.) Via Bookshelves of Doom
The Queen of Attolia
Gen has become obsessed with the Queen of Attolia, and she with him. It’s not a healthy sort of obsession on either side, however, and once the Queen manages to finally catch Gen, she does the unthinkable: she orders his hand cut off. How can Gen be a thief with only one hand? How can the Queen learn to live with what she has caused to be done? And how can they manage to save themselves (and their respective homelands) from the Mede Empire?
The King of Attolia
Now that he is King of Attolia, Gen must find his place at court. Except that the court (and the country) don’t want him. At all…and make no bones about being very obvious about it. To make matter worse, here is the continual and ever-present threat of invasion from the Mede Empire, not to mention a war on the Penninsula between Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis. This is told from the point of view of Costis, a soldier who grudgingly comes to respect his new king.
A Conspiracy of Kings
Sophos, reluctant heir to the King of Sounis, has been betrayed, kidnapped, and sold into slavery. Now he has to survive long enough to not only uncover the plot against him, but also save his country from the ever-present threat of invasion. And maybe even end the war that is still ravaging the three peninsular kingdoms of Sounis, Attolia, and Eddis.
Fun fact: the book is dedicated to Diana Wynne Jones, and there’s a reference to The Spellcoats in the text. I caught that one!
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Source: own (first two titles), borrowed from library but I’ll be buying them soon (second two titles)