The Queen of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner

Read for the Once Upon a Time VII Reading Challenge.

In a Mediterranean land that isn’t actually there, Eugenides, the Queen’s Thief of Eddis, finds his country at war with the neighboring kingdom of Attolia – and it’s because of him.    The Queen of Attolia has punished him rather harshly, and his Queen cannot ignore the insult.   It’s up to Gen to figure out a way forward that will save both the kingdoms, as a neighboring empire is looming threateningly over them both, eager to snap them up into their ever expanding empire.

I really like this world.   It’s definitely based on Greece, but isn’t Greece.   The gods are slightly different, but the flavor of the land remains.    Gen is a really interesting character, and he has a very long road to tread in this story.    All of the characters have to change, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down, so I could see what would happen next.

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