History Literature / TheQueensThief

16th Jun '16 8:54:05 PM eowynjedi
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* MadeASlave: [[spoiler:Sophos]] in ''[[spoiler:A Conspiracy of Kings]]''. Unusually, he describes himself as much happier in the simple life as a slave than he had been before.



* PlayingBothSides: The Mede Empire.
* PleaseSpareHimMyLiege: Most memorably Teleus in ''The King of Attolia'', but it shows up a few other times, just less directly.

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* PlayingBothSides: The Mede Empire.
* PleaseSpareHimMyLiege: Most memorably Teleus
Empire routinely stirs up conflict between the three states of the Peninsula, and even within them, such as their meddling in Sounis' civil war in the fourth book. They'll send their support to whomever's going to have a war going in order to soften up al three locations.
* PleaseSpareHimMyLiege:
** Inverted in ''The Queen of Attolia''. Ornon, Eddis' ambassador to Attolia, does a good job of working Attolia up to ''executing'' Gen rather than torturing him for valuable information and starting a war. Gen being killed as a thief wouldn't force Eddis to take military action. [[spoiler:But Gen having his hand amputated and sent back does.]]
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''The King of Attolia'', but it shows up a few other times, just less directly.Teleus begs for the lives of his men and himself using an archaic language phrase provided by the King. It takes some convincing for Teleus to do it, though.



* SacredHospitality

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* SacredHospitalitySacredHospitality: This is mentioned as being an important rule. When Baron Hanaktos orders the men of his household to wear knives to a dinnerm Sophos is shocked not just by the ambush planned but that



* StupidEvil: Completely ignoring Attolia's competency on the grounds that she's a woman was an incredibly idiotic thing to do, Nahuseresh.
** And then his Sounisian counterpart made the ''same'' mistake in ''A Conspiracy of Kings'', regarding Eddis.
* SuccessionCrisis: Attolia seems to go through one once every couple of generations.
** One of the central conflicts of ''A Conspiracy of Kings.''

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* StupidEvil: Completely ignoring Mede ambassadors, for all their cunning and subtlety, just can't seem to get the idea of a clever woman through their brains. Nahuseresh seems totally unaware that the cooperative woman on Attolia's competency on the grounds throne only got that she's a woman was an incredibly idiotic thing to do, Nahuseresh.
** And then his Sounisian
throne by being smart and ruthless. His counterpart made the ''same'' mistake in ''A Conspiracy of Kings'', regarding Eddis.
Sounis similarly does not consider that Eddis is anything but silly and lovestruck.
* SuccessionCrisis: SuccessionCrisis:
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Attolia seems to go through one once every couple of generations.
** One of the central conflicts of ''A Conspiracy of Kings.''Kings'' is the inheritance of Sounis, which requires confirmation by the council of barons.
* TakeAThirdOption: Subverted in ''A Conspiracy of Kings''. Attolia hands the new Sounis a gun to solve his problems. Her husband also includes his own gift in the box, which Sounis hopes is a solution different than killing. When he finally opens the lower half of the box, he finds... [[spoiler:a second gun. Meaning that Eugenides, the cleverest and most devious man on the Peninsula, couldn't think of anything else.]]



* UnderestimatingBadassery: The entire populace of Attolia, including the people ''who should know better'' (I'm looking at you, Teleus), underestimates Gen. [[spoiler: He shows them.]]
** See also the listing under StupidEvil.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: The princess Irene was a minor member of the royal household until her brother unexpectedly died falling from his horse. A year later her father followed and she was crowned queen of Attolia.

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* UnderestimatingBadassery: UnderestimatingBadassery:
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The entire populace of Attolia, including the people ''who should know better'' (I'm looking at you, Teleus), underestimates Gen. [[spoiler: He shows them.]]
** See also the listing under StupidEvil.
Mede ambassadors and women. They just don't ''get'' that women have brains too, and it doesn't ever work out.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: UnexpectedSuccessor:
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The princess Irene was a minor member of the royal household until her brother unexpectedly died falling from his horse. A year later her father followed and she was crowned queen of Attolia.
9th Jan '16 3:07:02 PM crazysamaritan
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* ImpossibleThief: Among the things Eugenides steals: peace, a [[spoiler:queen]], and ''[[spoiler:three entire countries]]''.

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* ImpossibleThief: Among the things Eugenides steals: peace, has stolen a [[spoiler:queen]], queen, the king's seal, and ''[[spoiler:three entire countries]]''.a country. He was only caught once, when he was trying to get arrested. There is ''nothing'' he can't steal, except, it is said, himself out of a prison.


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* IntangibleTheft: Eugenides has stolen time, peace, and a mythical object.
20th Aug '15 12:42:53 PM amaXdear
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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Gen's hair is long enough to braid in ''The Thief'', but gets cut early in ''The Queen of Attolia'' and remains short thereafter.

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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Gen's hair is long enough to braid in ''The Thief'', but gets cut early in ''The Queen of Attolia'' and remains short thereafter. After all, he mentions that the reason he keeps his hair long is because a braid provides HairyHammerspace, [[spoiler: and he can't braid his own hair with only one hand]].
20th Aug '15 9:53:53 AM amaXdear
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** The trope is explicitly addressed in the second book, when the Medean ambassador attempts to seize control in her court; in the process, he executes one of his allies for petty reasons. Attolia thanks him for showing her barons that "if [she] is a dangerous ruler to cross, [he is] a dangerous one to serve."
26th Apr '15 2:15:47 PM Vios
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* HeirInLaw: The Queen of Attolia was a minor princess whose fiancé plotted to take the throne by killing her brother, the heir. Once that was done, the fiancé would seize power through her, except that he and his father[[TooDumbToLive discussed these plans around her openly]], so she poisoned him at their wedding and took the throne herself. However, because Attolia is pretty sexist, the country remained unstable so long as her barons thought they could marry her and seize power themselves, forcing her to enact a brutal regime [[spoiler:until she married Eugenides, who puts in enough kinging that she can maintain her rule without a problem]].
20th Apr '15 8:30:47 AM eowynjedi
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* FramingTheGuiltyParty: In ''King of Attolia'', Gen accuses Sejanus of poisoning his medicine. [[spoiler:Gen put the poison in there himself and didn't take it, since the symptoms--screaming nightmares--happen anyway. Sejanus still takes the credit for it because he ''did'' arrange for the garden assassination attempt. But there's a twist: Gen accuses Sejanus' brother Erondites the Younger, since his goal is to destroy the house of Erondites entirely.]]
7th Apr '15 5:47:11 PM Faebee
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* SingleTargetSexuality: Eugenides has been in love with [[spoiler:Irene]] since childhood and has, at least according to Eddis/Helen, never shown interest in any other woman.
8th Oct '14 11:22:25 AM RhapsodyOfAWhimsicality
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The four books currently publishd are, in order:

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The four books currently publishd published are, in order:
8th Oct '14 11:22:12 AM RhapsodyOfAWhimsicality
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The first book is ''The Thief''. It is followed by ''The Queen of Attolia'', ''The King of Attolia'', and ''A Conspiracy of Kings''. A [[WordOfGod fifth book and sixth book]] have been confirmed but not yet given a title.

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The first book is four books currently publishd are, in order:
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''The Thief''. It is followed by Thief''
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''The Queen of Attolia'', Attolia''
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''The King of Attolia'', and Attolia''
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''A Conspiracy of Kings''. Kings''

A [[WordOfGod fifth book and sixth book]] book [[WordOfGod have been confirmed confirmed]] but not yet given a title.title.

There are also three [[BonusMaterial short stories]] in the same universe:
* “Thief!”, a prequel featuring Eugenides as a young boy, which can be found [[http://meganwhalenturner.org/DisneyAdventureThief.html online at the author’s website.]]
* “Eddis”, a prequel featuring the eponymous queen as a young girl, and published in the extras section of the paperback edition of the third book.
* “Destruction”, set just after the events of ''The Thief'' and published in the extras of the paperback edition of the fourth book.
5th Jul '14 9:29:15 AM Hedgebird
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** The ring Gen picks up in Aracthus's temple is identical to the one handed down in Sutcliff's "Dolphin Ring" books, beginning with ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''.

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** The ring Gen picks up in Aracthus's temple is identical to the one handed down in Sutcliff's "Dolphin Ring" books, beginning with ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''.[[Literature/TheDolphinRing Dolphin Ring]] series.
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