Thick as Thieves, a Queen’s Thief novel as it declares on the front, was as a whole unsatisfying. Coming in, I was a stranger to the series, never having heard of the books, and so when I was thrown into the world with little introduction, I was confused. Of course, this would not be a problem to those coming to the book after having finished the series, but for someone like me, who was unfamiliar, it was extremely confusing. I found it difficult to continue the book at times, because I was simply confused, and it didn’t help that the main character is whiny at times. The main character, Kamet, is a slave, and the entire book revolves around his unwilling escape. Unlike most slaves, Kamet is in a position of power, and knows that he is in a position to gain even more power, and obviously does not want to leave that. However, extenuating circumstances forces him on a journey to a place he would rather not return. However, there, he can get his freedom, no matter how much he wishes to be back in his comfortable situation. This journey is marked with adventure, but the narrator, who complains a lot and thinks himself higher than all others, and makes it obvious, based on how his companion continually comments on this, makes the journey annoying. As a standalone book, Thick as Thieves isn’t quite satisfying despite the clever plot twists, but as a companion novel it probably is much more successful.
THICK AS THIEVES is a story of change and adaption in a world where not everything goes your way. The story joins the protagonist Kamet as he is thrown out of his enslaved (yet comfortable) life into a treacherous journey towards freedom with a complete stranger as a travel partner. As they explore the lands of their path, Kamet reveals stories that he discovered and translated during his life as a slave scribe; the stories of Immakuk and Ennikar, two travellers of the world. Sound familiar?
4/5 stars. While most of the book is great, the ending is somewhat jarring and stands out with stark contrast from the rest of the story.
Review by Brandon M.
One can never outrun fate. This message has been repeated through many pieces of literature, from Greek plays like Oedipus to modern classics like Slaughterhouse Five. Sooner or later, the protagonists in those books realize that they are mortal and powerless to change their destinies. Never has that been more true than in Megan Turner’s new novel titled Thick as Thieves.
In the story, a young slave named Kamet, who lives in a wealthy empire, seems destined for success. He feels that, through respectfully serving his powerful master, he will soon attain a powerful position in the empire. However, overnight, his master is murdered and his dreams are suddenly gone. Kamet is forced to trust a soldier from the uncivilized land of Attolia to escape to his homeland, where Kamet eventually gains the trust of the Attolian king and becomes a valued guest at his court.
The story has its strengths and shortcomings.
It does have a sound plot, with many twists and turns to it. The novel has an important message and is based on a neat story mountain. The characters involved in the story are diverse and the places described in the book are unique.
However, any reader of this book can tell that something is definitely lacking from the story. The plot, however nice it may be, doesn’t have intrigue and fails to grip the reader through the story. Thus, no matter how great the book may be in concept, it won’t make readers feel the same way. In addition, the novel, for all of its orderliness, doesn’t quite connect to its theme. Kamet doesn’t really suffer through a lot in the story, and it doesn’t seem as though fate has really brought itself down upon him.
In conclusion, this book is nice to read, but could be improved in many areas.
Review by Adam T.