Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series is one of my favorites, so I was thrilled to see she had written a fifth entry in it. The point of view this time is that of the Mede slave, Kamet. When told of Nehuseresh’s death by poisoning, Kamet is forced to flee for his life accompanied by a helpful Attolian that Kamet plans to ditch at the earliest opportunity. As they travel together, mutual respect forms between the two men, and Kamet slowly embraces the idea of being a free man. The pace, despite the escape, is unhurried. Enough backstory is included that this could be read without the others in the series but all the tasty nuggets that refer to places, events, and phrases from earlier volumes would go unappreciated. Gen doesn’t make his appearance until near the end but his influence permeates the action. As with Turner’s other books, every word counts, and there will be surprises for even the most careful reader.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to anyone who has been reading the series.
Who should buy this book? Middle school libraries, high school libraries, and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve in Fantasy.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, but read the rest of the books in the series first if you haven’t already.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 7/2/17