Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: December 27, 2005 (First Published in 1996)
“A thief never makes a noise by accident.”
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.
I consider this book as one of my guilty pleasure reads. I’m reading it whenever I feel like it. I read it, I leave it be and then read it again. The plot of the story is not top-notch or phenomenal. The beginning of the book is similar to the Poison Study and Throne of Glass. But keep in mind that it was published before Throne of Glass and at the same time as the Poison Study.
The story revolves around a well-known thief who robbed the palace and gets away with it. But when he was captured he cannot escape the prison and so he awaits his execution. But he was given the chance to be pardon by accompanying the magus into finding an ancient treasure that will give the bearer the power of immortality.
However, the real story takes off when they were in the journey to the place where this ancient treasure was hidden. But my issue with this book is it takes so long to be interesting. Not much is going on in the first half of the book. We get to see the whole journey of the thief together with the magus and the other people who accompanied them. I don’t really know what to expect about the climax of this book. However, nearing the end of the book, it gets quite interesting with some twist and turns and some revelation that would be considered as a minor to almost major plot twist. Yet it seems quite predictable at some point.
The characters were not really likable but it does not hinder you from liking this book. I’m not really attached to the main character and I do not find him very kick ass or heroic. He is just him and it is quite alright.
Although I have some issues with regards to the plot and the paced of the story, I still enjoy this book and I’m currently reading the second book in this series. I would surely recommend this book.