Thick as thieves 2017 novel
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Review of Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
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. Previous books have been reviewed spoiler-free here. Warning: It contains feelings. We have been waiting a long time more than six years!
The novel is set in the fictional Mede Empire, a large domain that plots to swallow up the nearby countries of Attolia and Sounis. The novel was originally intended to be part of The King of Attolia. However, Turner decided it would be too long and wrote it as a separate book. Unlike in the original novel, Turner wanted to have the story told from the perspective of the slave character. The book picks up after the events of The Queen of Attolia when the Medes failed to establish the Queen of Attolia as a puppet ruler. Nahuseresh, the Medean ambassador to Attolia, and his slave Kamet were forced to flee the country after the botched invasion.
Five books later, her new novel Thick As Thieves takes us back to the kingdoms of Attolia, Eddis and Soulin, and turns to the character of Kamet the slave who readers met briefly in the second book, The Queen Of Attolia to tell the story. Think of the Medes as the Romans, and you get an idea of how fascinating his tale becomes. For example, Mede has a sewer system; Attolia has chamber pots. Turner blends mythologies from the Romans, the ancient Greeks and other civilisations of that time and place to create a fantasy world that may be vaguely familiar to students of history but completely unique to others. The gods themselves appear to influence the events of her world. Her mastery of foreshadowing is second to none. Even better is the impeccable building of her fantasy world.
While this book can theoretically be read independently, the previous books are good too so why not start with them? As the slave of a powerful master, Kamet hopes to accumulate power and influence of his own. So when an Attolian solider offers to help him escape, Kamet laughingly dismisses him. Until he finds out that his master has been murdered and that he and the other slaves are to be put to death. Oh, well. Kamet is a compelling first person narrator. Instead, I saved my criticism for a vague tumblr post.