Friday, October 29, 2010

Guest Post: The Attolia Series by Megan Whalen Turner

From time to time we like to hand over the reigns of the blog to others, as we can't possibly read everything. Today visiting Librarian Katie (as opposed to library intern Kady, who wrote this and also this) shares her excitement about discovering this series of books!

Book Series Review: Attolia Series by Megan Whalen Turner

Discovering a new favorite book is an incredibly satisfying feeling. Discovering that said new favorite book is in a series is the sort of thing that can make a reader’s year. And so I hoodwinked your librarian into letting me write this guest post for one simple reason: If I don’t tell someone about these books very, very soon, I just might burst.

The Attolia Books by Megan Whalen Turner (The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings) transport you to a historical world where the kings and queens of the three island nations--Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis--will go to any lengths to protect their thrones and keep their countries safe from those who seek to destroy them from both inside and outside their borders. Turner turns the historical fantasy genre on its head though by adding a thief to the mix. Early on in the series it becomes evident that things are rarely what they seem when a thief is involved. And that goes doubly when that thief is Gen.

When we first meet Gen, he is in prison for theft. It looks like a hopeless situation, but the more we get to know Gen, the more we realize how looks can be deceiving--especially since Gen has caught the attention of the gods. And so the series begins with a quest that will change Gen’s life, and begin a chain of events that will intertwine the lives of the kings and queens of Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis in unexpected ways over the course of the series.

Turner has created in Gen a hero that is as complex--brilliant, frustrating, funny, flawed--as the plots that he hatches. This is the perfect series for teens who love books that challenge them, plots that twist, and tales of adventure, intrigue, and even a bit of romance. These are the sort of books you can return to over and over again, each time turning over a new nuance in the story. Each book is told from a different point of view, introducing us to a fascinating cast of characters, and always revealing new aspects of our hero’s character, all the while expertly leaving readers yearning for more.

And luckily, there will be more. Books 5 and 6 are still to come.

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