Original Title: The Thief
Year Published: 2005
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Number of Pages: 208
First Sentence: “I didn’t know how long I had been in the king´s prison.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.
What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.
I have to be honest with you. When I first started this book I thought I would either finish it and hate it or not finish it at all. I turned out to be wrong. It’s slow to begin with but as soon as it picks up the pace it turns out to be really interesting.
Gen, or Eugenides, is the main character of this book. When we first meet him he is in a pitiful state. He is looked in a prison and pretty much on the brink of death. He is saved by the king’s magus, who approaches Gen with an offer (read order) to tag along on an adventure. Gen agrees (not like he has a choice) and off they go. As a character Gen is wonderful. He is sarcastic, good hearted and very honorable for a thief.
The other characters grow on you as well. Gen has four companions (perhaps jailers) with him on the adventure. The magus, who I hated at the start, turns out to be an ok guy. I won’t tell you why, because spoilers. The three other characters, Sophos, Ambiades, and Pol, all play their part in the plot. Two of them you will get very attached to, and one you will come to dislike very much.
The plot then. The point of the adventure is to steal an artefact from a neighbouring kingdom. Since Gen is an excellent thief despite being captured he is of course chosen to do the actual stealing. But it is of course not that simple. The artefact is very well hidden and many covet it and its powers. A big part of the plot is the journey to where this artefact is being hidden. The first part of the journey is the boring part, but after a while, it gets really interesting as Turner begins to develop the characters. And of course it doesn’t end with the stealing of said artefact, because of course Gen succeeds, but that is just the start of a new adventure.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.