Dive into a world of myths and legends
back to back, and it was a jarring change to hear the Medes’ style of declamation. Their form of recitation, using a more poetic style of storytelling and visual imagery, was annoying at first. But as Kamet tells one of the many adventures of two legendary friends named Ennikar and Immakuk, the charm of these poetic recitations starts to appear.
Apart from being a way to unload information, it establishes this entire world as a living entity, filled with different people, schools of thoughts and, of course, myths, legends and religions. Turner does love having her deities take direct involvement in her characters’ lives, and Mede’s gods work as much as anyone else to reach their own ends.
This is another level of delight in Turner’s storytelling. A constant thread alluded to throughout the entire body of work is the threat of disaster. We know that a volcanic eruption not unlike Vesuvius is threatening to annihilate Eddis like Pompeii. It’s up to Gen and his friends and allies to do the will of the gods if they are to survive the oncoming destruction.
So if you’ve not had the pleasure of The Queen’s Thief up till now, go pick up Thick As Thieves. And if you’re sold on this book, go get the rest of the series. Moira has a message for you.
Megan Whalen Turner Greenwillow Books, young adult fantasy