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May 16, 2017

An underdog gets his own story

By Peter Spiegelman

An unexpected turn of events places an unlikely pair—a slave and an enemy soldier—on a treacherous journey in Megan Whalen Turner’s newest adventure-filled novel, Thick as Thieves, part of her acclaimed Queen’s Thief series.

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An unexpected turn of events places an unlikely pair—a slave and an enemy soldier—on a treacherous journey in Megan Whalen Turner’s newest adventure-filled novel, Thick as Thieves, part of her acclaimed Queen’s Thief series.

Highly esteemed among the palace household, Kamet oversees local and outlying estate finances for his Mede master, Nahuseresh. Although he is happy to hold such authority, the intelligent, brown-skinned slave also has to endure his temperamental master’s unexpected beatings. To Kamet, this suffering is worth the chance to become “one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in all the empire” as the next emperor’s personal slave. But Kamet’s hopes for a somewhat brighter future fizzle when he hears news of his master’s demise. The last thing Kamet expects is to run off with an Attolian soldier who promises his freedom. What follows is an unforgettable motley-duo adventure.

Aficionados of this creative series will be thrilled to follow Kamet’s character development as Turner places him front and center in her epic tale. Brimming with a host of pertinent foils, as well as a clever thief named Eugenides, Turner’s plot takes mature teen readers along on Kamet’s death-defying journey. With a well-defined cast and a captivating writing style, Thick as Thieves is a brilliant combination of artful storytelling, imaginative history (with maps) and a flurry of twists and turns—up to the very end.

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Thick as Thieves

Thick as Thieves

By Peter Spiegelman
Knopf
ISBN 9780307263179

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