The Thief

Author: Megan Whelan Turner
Reviewer: Grade 9

This book is about a thief named Gen. When the book starts, Gen is in the King’s prison for stealing the seal of the Magus (the King’s scholar), and then flaunting it in a local wine shop. After months of being shackled to the prison wall, he is released by the person who put him there in the first place: the Magus. The Magus offers Gen a deal. If he can steal an ancient treasure that only the Magus knows the site of, Gen will not only get out of prison, but receive a substantial reward as well. Accompanying Gen on his journey is the Magus, Sophos and Ambiades, the Magus’s apprentices, and Pol, a soldier. Their journey ends in a shocking twist that you will have never seen coming. I thought that The Thief was an excellent book because of its intricate plot, among other things. There were so many twists in the story line and details that you had to pay attention to. That, along with the colorful characters and beautiful descriptions of the countryside made the book fun to read and impossible to put down.