The ThiefBook - 1996 | First edition
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first in a series set in a historical fantasy world that resembles ancient Rome
MultCoLib_Kate Apr 19, 2021
First of a six book series
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yellow_cat_699 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 12
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If you want to keep something safe, I say hire a guard, at least until someone invents a better lock. Or hide your treasure where no one will find it. - pg 136
"Gods damn, gods damn," I was howling as the guards led me, completely blind, down the stairs. I still had my hands over my eyes, and they held me firmly by the elbows. my feet hardly touched the stone steps.
The magus was a good bit stronger than I was. Holding me by the cloth at the back of my neck, he shook me once or twice and my head swam. I heard the cheap cloth tear. He grabbed for a firmer grip on my neck.
Every time he laughed, I spat insults at him. It was not politic, but as always, I couldn't keep an insult in when it wanted to come out.
Guns weren't as accurate as crossbows, but they were less awkward to transport, and to have one would have been a comfort.
His eyes narrowed, and the hair on the back of my neck started to rise. I've seen envy before, and I know the damage it can do.
Saying things I shouldn't has been the origin of most of the painful episodes in my past, and it would certainly be an improvement in my character if I had a little more control over my own tongue.
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The king's scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king's prison. The magus is interested only in the thief's abilities.
What Gen is interested in is anyone's guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.
From the website of Megan Whalen Turner:
The most powerful advisor to the King of Sounis is the magus. He's not a wizard, he's a scholar, an aging solider, not a thief. When he needs something stolen, he pulls a young thief from the King's prison to do the job for him.
Gen is a thief and proud of it. When his bragging lands him behind bars he has one chance to win his freedom-- journey to a neighboring kingdom with the magus, find a legendary stone called Hamiathes's Gift and steal it.
The magus has plans for his King and his country. Gen has plans of his own.
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