In a word The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner is smart. Intended for a teen audience, it dives right into hard topics with a narrator who is smarter than he seems and more cunning than the reader realizes. An impressive feat as it is an easy read without the use of unusual words and references to outside material. The most impressive feature of this novel is the world. Megan Whalen Turner build a rich world with intricate political rivalries and religious background that every second you read it feels real to you. While some of her characters lack depth, the main characters are equally as rich and enticing to read. She also includes some interesting plot twists that keep you hanging off every chapter. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner is the beginning of a trilogy but ends off on a good note that could be read alone. A great book for those who are looking for a fun little adventure.