Mini-Review: Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Taylor

Posted August 27, 2017 by Minx

Mini-Review: Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Taylor Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
Series: The Queen's Thief #5
Genres: Fantasy
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Pages: 337
ISBN: 0062568248
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository Google Play Kobo IndieBound
Minx's Rating:

Deep within the palace of the Mede emperor, in an alcove off the main room of his master’s apartments,. Kamet minds his master’s business and his own. Carefully keeping the accounts, and his own counsel, Kamet has accumulated a few possessions, a little money stored in the household’s cashbox, and a significant amount of personal power. As a slave, his fate is tied to his master’s. If Nahuseresh’s fortunes improve, so will Kamet’s, and Nahuseresh has been working diligently to promote his fortunes since the debacle in Attolia.

A soldier in the shadows offers escape, but Kamet won’t sacrifice his ambition for a meager and unreliable freedom; not until a whispered warning of poison and murder destroys all of his carefully laid plans. When Kamet flees for his life, he leaves behind everything—his past, his identity, his meticulously crafted defenses—and finds himself woefully unprepared for the journey that lies ahead.

Pursued across rivers, wastelands, salt plains, snowcapped mountains, and storm-tossed seas, Kamet is dead set on regaining control of his future and protecting himself at any cost. Friendships—new and long-forgotten—beckon, lethal enemies circle, secrets accumulate, and the fragile hopes of the little kingdoms of Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis hang in the balance.



Thick as Thieves is the fifth book in The Queen’s Thief series. I really enjoyed the first four books in this series but this book was wildly different than the other four. This story is truly about the unlikely friendship that builds between Kamet and an Attolian. There is a small part where the Attolian King, aka Gen, plays a part and it is everything I would expect out of Eugenides. I enjoyed the character who played the Attolian, even though I did not know who it was for a very long time. It led to an ah-ha moment and it will mean something to fans of this series.

I thoroughly enjoyed Thick as Thieves for the story it was BUT as part of The Queen’s Thief series I was a wee bit disappointed. I think it was just that this story was told from Kamet’s point of view with him being the narrator and the story did not lend itself to deep involvement of the other characters. It could be renamed “The Memoirs of Kamet” and be completely accurate. I do want to continue on in this series though, but only to see what tricks Gen has up his sleeves and to see if maybe the Queen is going to play a larger part.

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