Dive into a world of myths and leg­ends

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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

Photo: JEANNETTE PALSA/megan­wha­len­turner.org

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