Since The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner is one of my all-time favorite books, I was beyond excited to find out that she would be publishing another book in the series this year. Thick as Thieves was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. The strange thing is, once I finally got a copy of the book from the library, it sat on my nightstand for weeks. I think I was afraid to start. What if it couldn’t stand up to the rest of the books I’ve loved for years?
I shouldn’t have worried. In the end, I first cracked the cover on a camping trip. It took me all of two pages to be sucked into the story. The bulk of the novel takes place in the Mede empire (the empire trying to take over Attolia in the second and third books in the series). The story follows Kamet, the ambassador’s slave, and Costis, one of the King of Attolia’s favorite guards. It’s part travelogue and part myth (not unlike The Thief), although the format of the myths was a bit difficult for me to follow at the beginning. This is probably my third or fourth favorite book in the five-book series, but that’s not to say it wasn’t great. I just really love Eugenides (who doesn’t show up until the end).
I loved the book, but I kept hoping they’d make it to Attolia already. It reminded me quite a bit of the way it felt to read The Horse and His Boy for the first time: the story is great, but I just wanted to read something else set in Narnia. They don’t get to Narnia until the last few chapters, and the beginning of the book was wasted on me because I was trying to get there as soon as possible. Thick as Thieves had a similar feel. I kept peeking ahead to the end of the chapter to see if it was finally time to be in Attolia. I’m sure I’ll be able to appreciate the journey more the next time through.
I don’t know if Megan Whalen Turner is planning on writing any more books in this series or any other, but you know I will be there for it if she does. If past history is any indication, however, it should be about 5 more years before I have that pleasure.