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I read Thick as Thieves today, the newest book in the Queen's Thief series, half of it while at work. Ahem. I knew it was a mistake to start it during my morning commute but my self-control is limited. I re-read The King of Attolia, my favorite of the series, the day before, and then I got too impatient and skipped ahead. Reminder for next time, when I find out that a new installment in a series comes out soon, start re-reading the other books before the new one comes out.

Looks like I never actually posted about the series when I first read it, huh. I found the first two books during my US vacation over a year ago, in two different boxes at a booksale in New Jersey. I did not mean to buy actual physical books while in the US! Going to the booksale had not even been my idea, my aunt was meeting people there. Anyway, I remembered seeing several recs for the series and couldn't resist.

And good thing I had heard of it, otherwise I'm not sure I would have finished the first book, it starts very slowly. Around three quarters in I started to enjoy it a lot, and from then on the series got better and better. Politics, complicated plots and machinations, questioned & shifting & rock-solid loyalties, yes please. Plus a whole lot of competence porn, especially in book 3, yum.

I really enjoyed book 5. I know the author better now, I know her M.O., several later revelations I saw coming early this time, and I still was taken by surprise by a plot twist near the end, kudos. I never even considered that Nahuseresh might be alive, even though it makes perfect sense. Pacing- and plot-wise it reminded me the most of the first book, except now I know the political/character backgrounds, so while I found the first book boring at times I really liked this one. I also grew to like Kamet a lot faster than I expected, and I was delighted to find out about the second main character. I was happy about the appearances of the characters I already liked, like Eugenides and Attolia. A miscarriage, oh no :( I loved how clearly it was shown that all of their people love them.

I liked the ending, but I had minor complaints. (First the smallest thing, it says it's a record Kamet wrote for Relius' library but it reads a bit too informal for that, but I'll let it go for reasons of narrative.) I was surprised by Costis' choice to join Kamet. They became good friends, yes, but close enough that Costis would leave his country, his king and queen and friends and family and job, to go live at a temple somewhere else? Granted, it was on Gen's suggestion, and in addition to hiking and collecting specimens Costis will also be responsible for being on the look-out for the Mede and guarding Kamet if necessary, but it's still a completely different life than the one he had before. I hadn't gotten that level of closeness from their adventure together. It's written by Kamet so it's easily possible that he left some things out (like e.g. mutual crushes, which would make sense and be very nice), but in that case I would have liked at least a clear hint that something like that happened. Ah well, maybe it'll fit better on re-read, and otherwise that's what fic is for.
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