Return of the Theif
by Megan Whalen Turner
This is a tricky book to review but first, it is FABULOUS and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
Second, however, you need to read the entire series first and I don’t want to tell you anything about any of them because the twists and revelations are just that good. It’s not really a spoiler to tell you all of the twists and turns that happen over the course of this series, because nothing is going to spoil these books, and I can and do reread them with pleasure, however it seems criminally negligent to deprive anyone of their first experience with it.
So I’m going to say, go read The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner and enjoy a wonderful light adventure story in a fantasy version of the ancient Mediterranean peninsula, and then read the sequel where consequences start to get real and then every other book after that. And don’t even read the back blurbs of each book until you’ve read the previous books.
One thing I will say about this particular book is that it is the sixth book in the series and a grand finale. I am incredibly impressed with Turner’s ability to stick the landing, because not many authors of series can do that. There are a number of different threads going through the whole series that she not only kept track of but ensured the reader could keep track of too. And in addition to the main conflict, there was a whole secondary thematic build-up that I never even noticed happening until it came to a head in this book. I enjoyed it in the previous books and had sort of noticed it becoming more intense in each book but hadn’t given it much thought until this one and just, ooooh!
This book is also possibly the twistiest of all the books as new revels keep on happening and every character has their own complexities, and themes from previous books have reprisals, and just, my god, this book was amazing and this series was amazing and this is an amazingly worthy climax.
I am so so glad that this is your review! I am excited to read this but was also nervous about whether she could wrap all this up.
I can’t think of any other author who’s managed to actually pull together a series ending as beautifully as this. But oh it’s a nerve-wracking journey!
I might be the last person to start this series, but I really want to read it. I noticed that the audiobook version is narrated by Steve West, which is fantastic. Thanks for your review! I’m even more excited about the series now that I’ve read more. I promise not to read the back cover copy of any titles until I’ve read them all! 😀
You are in for such a treat! And it looks like Steve West has done the whole series! I’m now vicariously excited that here is a reader who gets to experience them all for the first time!
[…] I’ve had a copy of THE THIEF for a while, but after reading this review of RETURN OF THE THIEF, which is the grand finale of the series (no spoilers, so feel free to peek), I finally decided to […]