Gen is a thief. Not just any thief, but a thief sentenced to life in prison for attempting to steal the King’s seal. When he is offered a chance for freedom by committing the ultimate theft, he has no choice but to accept. If he is successful, he’ll be free; if he fails, he’ll die. In The thief by Megan Whalen Turner, you’ll follow Gen on his quest to find and steal a legendary treasure.
This is one of those multi layered stories that reveals more and more of itself as the tale unfolds. There isn’t a clear good guy or bad guy and sometimes it’s hard to tell what Gen’s (or anyone else’s) motives really are. While there were definitely a few heart pounding scenes, this is not a fast paced read. The book’s complexity and realistic characters is what really drew me in. If you’re looking for something like Graceling, I really think you’ll like The thief by Megan Whalen Turner.