The King of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner

By scheming and theft, the Thief of Eddis has become King of Attolia. Eugenides wanted the queen, not the crown, but he finds himself trapped in a web of his own making. Attolia’s barons seethe with resentment, the Mede emperor is returning to the attack, and the king is surrounded by the subtle and dangerous intrigue of the Attolian court.

When a naive young guard expresses his contempt for the king in no uncertain terms, he is dragged by Eugenides into the center of the political maelstrom. Like the king, he cannot escape the difficulties he makes for himself. Poor Costis knows he is the victim of the king’s caprice, but he discovers a reluctant sympathy for Eugenides as he watches the newly crowned king struggle against his fate.

An excellent end to the trilogy!  The story is no longer narrated by Eugenides, but this allows you to see him from a new perspective, and for him to keep some secrets.  He completely fools the court in Attolia and becomes a great King in the end though along the way he faces many hardships.  Well written and captivating.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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