As the slave to one of the highest ranking advisors in the Mede empire, Kamet has the full trust of his master, Nahuseresh. With his master trying to improve his standing in the Mede empire, Kamet is sure that his own fortune would come to fruition. But all his plans go awry, and Kamet finds he must flee the Mede empire to save his life. Unexpectedly, Kamet entrusts his survival to an unknown soldier, and sails across rivers and treads wastelands in an attempt to lose his pursuers. As Kamet attempts to regain control of his future, he realizes it’s not an easy task; not when unexpected bonds are made, or when three empires hang in the balance.
Personal Take: The Queen’s Thief is one of my favorite series, and I was eagerly looking forward to read the newest release. I really tired loving this book, but I just couldn’t deny how dull it was. Kamet was not relatable or likeable for most of the book. A few mythological elements seemed forced, and were totally predictable. Many readers commented on how the pace of this book was similar to first book in the series, The Thief, which I remembered enjoying as the introduction to the world. Which was why I wasn’t expecting the pace to be slow again by the 5th book, especially as we’re familiar with most of the world’s terrain and politics. The new angle didn’t seem that relevant to the progression of the major plot. It picked up towards the end when the old characters appeared, and they breathed life into the story. But again, the overall plot has progressed so much to bring us back to another buddy quest with only two characters.
Having said that, I’m hoping the next book will focus on or around the main characters, and politics of the kingdoms.
Audience: The world here can be a bit confusing, so I would recommend older teens and readers.