Fans of Jennifer Nielsen's The False Prince and Elizabeth Wein's Lion Hunters series will love The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. Gen can steal anything. Or so he claims. It is this claim that puts him in the king's prison--at least until the king's scholar, the Magus, needs a thief. Gen's boasting is put to the test as they set off in search of a long-lost relic that will guarantee the king's right to rule. For the Magus, the young thief is just a tool. But Gen is snarky and clever with plenty of tricks up his tunic, and his journey is as compelling as it is unforgettable. Turner's Newbery Honor novel is a subtle, genius start to what is, in my opinion, one of the best juvenile/young adult series on the market. The world Turner creates--based on ancient Greece with a Byzantine influence--is rich and unique, full of intrigue and harshness and beauty. As the novel goes on, perceptions shift, characters change, and the plot--albeit slow at times--crescendos to a fantastic finish that makes rereading not only compelling, but a necessity.
Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.