Few of you know that my real name is Arianna (Emily is a nickname I had since I was in high school), it’s a greek name, the original version being Ariadne (you can check the myth here, I am not sure what my parents had in mind when they named me but it’s quite an interesting legend).
It goes without saying that I have a thing for greek’s mythology and imagine my surprise when I started reading The Thief.
I had no idea that this story was a “mythological fantasy” that took place in a natural landscape so dear to me (here it’s a pic from my last vacation, I was reading the book while camping in an olive grove):
A well written fairy tale is a true gem and while reading The Thief I found myself smiling and dreaming because this is the sort of adventure that makes you think about magical lands, impossible missions, forgotten legends. Turner’s style is superb.
Gen (short for Eugenides) is an imprisoned thief who claims the impossible: he can steal everything.
He is recruited by the King’s Magus of Sounis to steal a legendary stone that mythology claims to be hidden in a temple in the kingdom of Eddis:
“The reign of Eddis supposedly arose out of one of the stories in which Hephestia rewarded a king named Hamiathes with a stone dipped in the water of immortality. The stone freed its bearer from death, but at the end of his natural life span the king passed the stone to his son and died. The son eventually passed it to his son, and the possession of it became synonymous with the right to rule the country. When a usurper stole the stone and soon thereafter died, it was understood that the power of the stone was lost unless it was given to the bearer, and so a tradition grew up that allowed the throne of Eddis to change hands peacefully when another country might have had a civil war. One person stole the stone and then gave it to his chosen candidate for the throne, in that way making him rightful king”
Gen is supposed to steal the stone for the Magus so that the Magus can give it to his King, this way the reluctant queen of Eddis will be obliged to accept a wedding proposal from the King of Sounis.
An expedition is arranged by the Magus and off they go, Gen, the Magus, the Magus’ assistants, Ambiades and Sophos ( Useless the Elder and Useless the Younger), plus Pol, an unfriendly soldier appointed by Sophos’ father to protect his son.
Not too much happens, it’s a very simple plot but it’s an utterly enjoyable fast read with a PERFECTLY CRAFTED ENDING and great characters.
Gen, Oh Eugenides, what a refreshing character you are.
Gen has it all but his biggest quality is his cheekyness, here it’s a character that has none of the stuffiness that usually comes with his position, he would rather be a thief than a soldier, he is uber smart and likes his hair long.
I liked Gen from page one but by the end of the book I was completely fascinated, under-a-spell, enchanted. Plus imagine my surprise when I found out that I wasn’t giving him half the credit he deserved.
If you enjoy fantasy than this is a must read, there is more to come in the next two book (my reviews are coming soon).
The Coccinelle put it among her top ten picks
If you want to browse inside, here it’s the link for you.
My grade: 4.5/5