THE KING OF ATTOLIA by Megan Whalen Turner
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THE KING OF ATTOLIA

Age Range: 12 - 15

KIRKUS REVIEW

Like all loyal soldiers of Attolia, Costis hates Eugenides, his new king. Eugenides was an enemy until he forced the Queen of Attolia into marriage, and the oafish conqueror doesn’t even have the grace to behave with majesty. But when Costis is ordered to guard Eugenides directly, he gains an unexpected sympathy for the young king. Through Costis’s naïve eyes, Eugenides appears weak, bumbling and a too-pathetic target for the pranks aimed at him. A knowledgeable reader of the series, however, will know that Eugenides is more than he appears, and can follow with delight as the king’s clever schemes slowly become apparent to Costis. Ultimately, this unreliable narrator sees Eugenides transform from fool to larger-than-life hero, and never realizes that both are true at once. Well-constructed puzzles and intrigues keep this offering moving through Turner’s characteristic secrets and subtle revelations to a wholly satisfying conclusion, while a few loose ends hint at more entries in this compelling series. Less emotionally powerful than Eugenides’s earlier adventures, but still a winner. (Fiction. 12-15)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-06-083577-X
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2005




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