History Literature / TheQueensThief

4th Sep '17 8:43:12 AM Peteman
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* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Averted hard with the queen of Eddis, who though being not within the scope of traditional feminine beauty and having the bearing and gait of a man, and having been trained as a soldier, is noted by many to have a magnetic personality with a smile that would make men want to walk across hot coals and beg for another.

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* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Averted hard with the queen of Eddis, who though being not within the scope of traditional feminine beauty and having the bearing and gait of a man, and having been trained as a soldier, is noted by many to have a magnetic personality with a smile that would make men want to walk across hot coals and beg for another.
30th Aug '17 3:33:33 PM flambeau
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* LockedOutOfTheLoop: In ''Queen of Attolia'', the Magus is the one to break the news to Eugenides that Eddis has been at war with Attolia for months without his knowledge. It's not that it was deliberately kept from him -- as Eddis points out all the signs were there, if he'd bothered to put two and two together -- but no one went out of their way to tell him either. Eugenides does not take the news well.
30th Aug '17 3:10:53 PM flambeau
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* {{Determinator}} - Eugenides most notably. Part of Sophos's character development involves growing into this.

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* {{Determinator}} - {{Determinator}}: Eugenides most notably. Part of Sophos's character development involves growing into this.



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** Eugenides and Nahuseresh. Both are scheming BadassBookworm ConsummateLiars and TheAce playing XanatosSpeedChess from opposite ends of the board, Nahuseresh seeks to marry the queen of Attolia to become king and bring the kingdom into the Mede Empire, while Eugenides seeks to become king of Attolia to marry the queen, because he's in love with her.

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** Eugenides and Nahuseresh. Both are scheming BadassBookworm ConsummateLiars [[ConsummateLiar Consummate Liars]] and TheAce playing XanatosSpeedChess from opposite ends of the board, Nahuseresh seeks to marry the queen of Attolia to become king and bring the kingdom into the Mede Empire, while Eugenides seeks to become king of Attolia to marry the queen, because he's in love with her.



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* {{Kuudere}}: Attolia.

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* {{Kuudere}}: Attolia.m


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2nd Jul '17 4:50:54 PM foxley
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* MedicationTampering: In ''King of Attolia'', Eugenides' medicine is spiked with a dangerous hallucinogen that is used to induced oracular visions and can lead to death if misused--as well as screaming nightmares. [[spoiler:He put it there ''himself'' and didn't take it because he gets screaming nightmares anyway, and he needed to "expose" his chief attendant as a traitor without compromising his ability to secretly gather evidence for the way the attendant ''actually'' tried to murder him.]]
1st Jul '17 9:36:02 PM eowynjedi
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* WeAreStrugglingTogether: The rulers of Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis are ultimately trying to keep the peninsula from being overrun by Medea. It's not until four books in that they actually begin uniting their effort to do so instead of fighting against each other.
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sejanus, of all people.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
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Sejanus, of all people.people. It turns out he really does love his brother, and begs on his knees for his safety.



* KissingCousins: Subverted. Half the world thinks Gen and Eddis are lovers. ''[[LikeBrotherAndSister They]]'' [[LikeBrotherAndSister think it's funny.]]

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* KissingCousins: KissingCousins:
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Subverted. Half the world thinks Gen and Eddis are lovers. ''[[LikeBrotherAndSister They]]'' [[LikeBrotherAndSister think it's funny.]]



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Gen loves to live by this.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: ObfuscatingStupidity:
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Gen loves to live by this.



* PraetorianGuard: The Queen's Guard of Attolia. Eugenides wants to cut their numbers to prevent them eventually going from king-maker to [[BodyguardBetrayal king-breaker]].

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* PraetorianGuard: The PraetorianGuard:
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Queen's Guard of Attolia. Eugenides wants to cut their numbers to prevent them eventually going from king-maker to [[BodyguardBetrayal king-breaker]].


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* TranslationConvention: In ''Thick as Thieves,'' Kamet calls Eugenides "Great King" and everyone present gasps. Although he explains to the reader that he used the archaic for to improve his pleading, there's a hint in that he refers to the ''word'', and that he didn't just use the word''s'' "great" and "king" together. [[spoiler:Not only does use of the archaic show a particular degree of reverence, Kamet addressed Eugenides with the word ''Annux'', which previous books defined as a king who rules other kings.]]
30th May '17 9:29:58 AM Hedgebird
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* AnimalMotif: Sophos is associated with lions throughout ''A Conspiracy of Kings''. Basrus habitually addresses him as "lion", his father's signet-ring is a lion's head, lions (and rabbits, his other alias) appear in the decor of his dream library, and his barons finally acclaim him as "the Lion of Sounis". The association of lions with Sounis goes back to the city gate at the beginning of ''The Thief'', itself a reference to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_Gate Lion Gate]] at Mycenae.



** Anybody Medean ever, if we judge by the continuing trend in the fourth book.

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** Anybody Medean ever, if we judge by the continuing trend in the fourth book.Akretenesh, ambassador to Sounis, is possibly even more patronizing, while Nahuseresh's successor Melheret is more perceptive but equally unsuccessful.



* ChangingOfTheGuard: While Eugenides is a highly prominent character in each book and his character has by no means completed its development, the spotlight shifts to the queen of Attolia in the second book, Costis Ormentiedes of the Attolian Queen's Guard in the third book, and Sophos, the heir of Sounis, in the fourth.

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* ChangingOfTheGuard: While Eugenides is a highly prominent character in each book and his character has by no means completed its development, the spotlight shifts to the queen of Attolia in the second book, book; Costis Ormentiedes of the Attolian Queen's Guard in the third book, and book; Sophos, the heir of Sounis, in the fourth.fourth; and Kamet, slave secretary to the Mede, in the fifth.



* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: The reclusive Mede emperor suffers from something called "tethys lesions." Fans speculate it's a fictional name for syphilis. Alternately, leprosy.

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* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: The reclusive Mede emperor suffers from something called "tethys "Tethys lesions." Fans speculate it's a fictional name for syphilis. Alternately, leprosy. (Tethys is also the name of a Greek goddess and a moon of Saturn noted for a huge, 'disfiguring' crater.)



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Several examples. Eugenides is the name of the god of thieves, and many of the Thieves of Eddis are named after him. Thus it's both a name and a title. In addition, all of the royalty in the three countries take state names derived from the name of their countries (Eddis Helen, Attolia Irene, Attolis Eugenides... Sounis's real name is never mentioned in the first three books, but in CoK it becomes Sounis Sophos. If Sounis ever got his way and married Eddis, she would be Sounia.)

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Several examples.examples, most obviously the magus of Sounis and the Eddisian minister of war. Eugenides is the name of the god of thieves, and many of the Thieves of Eddis are named after him. Thus it's both a name and a title. In addition, all of the royalty in the three countries take state names derived from the name of their countries (Eddis Helen, Attolia Irene, Attolis Eugenides... Sounis's real name is never mentioned in the first three books, but in CoK [=CoK=] it becomes Sounis Sophos. If Sounis ever got his way and married Eddis, she would be Sounia.)) Their nobles, such as Baron Hanaktos and his wife Lady Hanaktia, likewise take their titles from their lands. Kamet calls his travelling companion simply "the Attolian".



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Teleus and Relius.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Teleus and Relius.Relius; the epic Immakuk and Ennikar; [[spoiler:Kamet and the Attolian]].



* IconicSequelCharacter: Costis Ormentiedes only shows up for one book, and for the others, we miss him much.

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* IconicSequelCharacter: Costis Ormentiedes only shows doesn't show up for one book, til book three, and for the others, we miss him much.



** In "Envoy", he steals a priceless statue from a lockbox under constant guard. He bribed the guard.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Ambiades

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** In "Envoy", he steals a priceless statue from a lockbox under constant guard. He [[spoiler:He bribed the guard.
guard.]]
* ImpoverishedPatrician: AmbiadesAmbiades, the grandson of a duke implicated in a conspiracy.



* KarmaHoudini: Nahuseresh stirs up an ugly three-way war, buys Attolia's barons against her, kills the barons he can't corrupt, incites Attolia into cutting off Gen's hand, and does pretty much everything he can to take Attolia's country from her. And then gets away scot free in the end.

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* KarmaHoudini: Nahuseresh stirs up an ugly three-way war, buys Attolia's barons against her, kills the barons he can't corrupt, incites Attolia into cutting off Gen's hand, and does pretty much everything he can to take Attolia's country from her. And then gets away scot free in the end. (He is, however, in disgrace with his emperor.)



* LoveAtFirstSight: Eugenides, towards the Queen of Attolia.

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* LoveAtFirstSight: Eugenides, towards the Queen of Attolia. Also Sophos for Eddis, except that he didn't remember meeting her when he was four.



** ''Ambiades'' (''ambi-'', Latin: 'both') points to his ambivalent loyalties]]; scholarly Sophos's name means 'wisdom'.

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** ''Ambiades'' (''ambi-'', Latin: 'both') points to his ambivalent loyalties]]; loyalties; scholarly Sophos's name means 'wisdom'.



** ''Agape'' is one of the ancient Greek words for love, with a connotation of all-encompassing kindness.
** Sophos's slave name is Bunny, which his companions who previously knew him as "Man-killer" think is an IronicName and he himself feels is actually pretty appropriate.



* OddCouple: Costis and Aristogiton

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* OddCouple: Costis and AristogitonAristogiton, an obstinately honourable patronoi and a pragmatic okloi.



* PetTheDog: Kamet feels compelled in fairness to Nahuseresh to point out he wasn't a bastard ''all'' the time: he once laughed off Kamet's accidental destruction of a priceless work of art, and he arranged a happy retirement for a slave woman they were both in love with.

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* PetTheDog: Kamet feels compelled in fairness to Nahuseresh to point out he wasn't a bastard ''all'' the time: he [[spoiler:he once laughed off Kamet's accidental destruction of a priceless work of art, and he arranged a happy retirement for a slave woman they were both in love with.]]



** The Mede Emperor's elite guards, the Namreen.



* TheQuest: Book one, to find Hamiathes's Gift.

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* TheQuest: Book one, to find Hamiathes's Gift. Kamet is the object of the Attolian's quest in ''Thick as Thieves''.



* SecretRelationship: Played with in ''King''. Eugenides and his queen hide the true romantic nature of their relationship for several months so that he can put in motion his plan to destroy the House of Erondites.

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* SecretRelationship: Played with in ''King''. Eugenides and his queen hide the true romantic nature of their relationship for several months so that he can put in motion his plan to destroy the House of Erondites. In ''Conspiracy'', Sophos explains that Sounis exiled him to Letnos after discovering his correspondence with and marriage proposal to Eddis.



** Creator/RosemarySutcliff: The ring Gen picks up in Aracthus's temple is identical to the one handed down in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' and [[Literature/TheDolphinRing its sequels]]. Costis's cloak-pin and "two inches in the right place" echoes Phaedrus in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''. The island of Epidi in the northwest corner of the map is probably named after a British tribe that appears in these and other Sutcliff novels.
** ''Literature/TheOdyssey'': Polyfemus the one-eyed giant who supposedly built the walls of the city of Sounis is a nod to Polyphemus the Cyclops. Sophos comparing his tutor to a disguised goddess mentoring a young hero refers to Athena and Telemachus.

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** Creator/RosemarySutcliff: The ring Gen picks up in Aracthus's temple is identical to the one handed down in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' and [[Literature/TheDolphinRing its seven sequels]]. Costis's cloak-pin and "two inches in the right place" echoes Phaedrus in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''. The island of Epidi in the northwest corner of the map is probably named after a British tribe that appears in these and other Sutcliff novels.
novels. The "new spears" and "boys' house" mentioned in "Eddis" are from ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''. Turner [[WordOfGod has stated]] that Marcus's abrupt loss of PlotArmor at the beginning of ''The Eagle of the Ninth'' profoundly influenced her ideas of [[HandicappedBadass adventure protagonists]], and that ''Thick as Thieves'' "revisits" that novel. Costis resembles the generality of Sutcliff's dogged, honourable Roman soldier protagonists, down to his land-owning background.
** ''Literature/TheOdyssey'': Polyfemus the one-eyed giant who supposedly built the walls of the city of Sounis is a nod to Polyphemus the Cyclops. Sophos comparing his tutor to a disguised goddess mentoring a young hero refers to Athena and Telemachus. The famous Homeric epithet "the wine-dark sea" appears in ''The King of Attolia''.



* StupidEvil: 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 throne only got that throne by being smart and ruthless. His counterpart in Sounis similarly does not consider that Eddis is anything but silly and love-struck.

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* StupidEvil: 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 throne only got that throne by being smart and ruthless. His Akretenesh, his counterpart in Sounis Sounis, similarly does not consider that Eddis is anything but silly and love-struck.love-struck. Melheret, the ambassador who learns not to underestimate Eugenides et al., goes unheeded by his higher-ups.



* ThatOldTimePrescription: Lethium, an anaesthetic named for Lethe, the water of forgetfulness in the Greek underworld.

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* ThatOldTimePrescription: Lethium, an anaesthetic opiate named for Lethe, the water of forgetfulness in the Greek underworld.


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** Sophos is the son of Sounis's bastard half-brother. Though the official heir, he and everyone else considers him a placeholder for Sounis's future son, until Sounis dies suddenly of a fever.
* UnnamedParent: Eugenides's parents are known only as the minister of war and Queen Thief, while Sophos's, technically the duke and duchess of somewhere or other, don't even have nicknames. Eddis and Attolia's are also not named except as the previous Eddis and Attolis.
23rd May '17 9:10:51 PM flambeau
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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: InUniverse example in ''The King of Attolia''. The ''readers'' are aware that Eugenides and Attolia are in love (thanks to the final scene in the previous book), but literally everyone in Attolia is under the impression that they can't tolerate one another until the moment when Gen kisses her in public after he was almost assassinated. It still takes a while for everyone to truly get it, but that's when they all start to realize that they have been very, ''very'' wrong about their king and queen's relationship.



* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Mede Empire are decidedly the Bad Guys, and only ever offer assistance because getting troops on land in support of a local "ally" gives them enough pretext to invade without violating their other treaties.



* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Mede Empire are decidedly the Bad Guys, and only ever offer assistance because getting troops on land in support of a local "ally" gives them enough pretext to invade without violating their other treaties.



* BreatherEpisode: ''Thick As Thieves'' is this for the series as a whole. The three previous books featured, respectively, the darkest example of physical trauma in the series followed by depression and a three-way war (QoA), political intrigue and attempted assassinations (KoA), and slavery and a political coup (CoK). ''Thick As Thieves'' returns to the comparatively more light-hearted road trip elements of the first book, with [[spoiler: Costis helping/stealing Kamet from Nahuseresh and the bond the two develop during their trip back to Attolia]]. There are a few moments of peril and danger, but the overall mood of the book is much lighter.

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* BreatherEpisode: ''Thick As Thieves'' is this for the series as a whole. The three previous books featured, respectively, the darkest example of physical trauma in the series followed by depression and a three-way war (QoA), ([=QoA=]), political intrigue and attempted assassinations (KoA), ([=KoA=]), and slavery and a political coup (CoK). ([=CoK=]). ''Thick As Thieves'' is set almost entirely outside the royal courts and returns to the comparatively more light-hearted road trip elements of the first book, with [[spoiler: Costis helping/stealing Kamet from Nahuseresh and the bond the two develop during their trip back to Attolia]]. There are a few moments of peril and danger, but the overall mood and stakes of the book is are much lighter.
23rd May '17 9:03:54 PM flambeau
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[[WordOfGod Turner has begun]] work on a sixth book.

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[[WordOfGod Turner has begun]] begun work on a sixth book.book]].


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* BreatherEpisode: ''Thick As Thieves'' is this for the series as a whole. The three previous books featured, respectively, the darkest example of physical trauma in the series followed by depression and a three-way war (QoA), political intrigue and attempted assassinations (KoA), and slavery and a political coup (CoK). ''Thick As Thieves'' returns to the comparatively more light-hearted road trip elements of the first book, with [[spoiler: Costis helping/stealing Kamet from Nahuseresh and the bond the two develop during their trip back to Attolia]]. There are a few moments of peril and danger, but the overall mood of the book is much lighter.


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** Eugenides [[spoiler: forcing Costis to improve his understanding of the Mede language]] finally comes into play in ''Thick As Thieves''.
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[[WordOfGod Turner has begun]] a sixth book.

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[[WordOfGod Turner has begun]] work on a sixth book.



'''Due to the ''sheer number'' of spoilers present in this series, spoilers are unmarked except for those from the latest book, ''Thick As Thieves''. If you haven't read the full series, we strongly suggest that you do so before proceeding. You ''will'' be spoiled. You've been warned.'''

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'''Due to the ''sheer number'' sheer number of spoilers present in this series, spoilers are unmarked except for those from the latest book, ''Thick As Thieves''. If you haven't read the full series, we strongly suggest that you do so before proceeding. You ''will'' be spoiled. You've been warned.'''



--> "Do you want me to beg? I will. I have. You know the words. [[CallBack Please, please don't hurt me anymore]]."

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--> "Do ''"Do you want me to beg? I will. I have. You know the words. [[CallBack Please, please don't hurt me anymore]].""''



--> "I can steal anything."
--> "I CAN DO ANYTHING I WANT!"

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--> "I ''"I can steal anything."
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--> "I ''"I CAN DO ANYTHING I WANT!"WANT!"''



** In the third book, Eugenides uses a call back to the prayers Attolia heard him making when she had him imprisoned to keep her from executing her captain of the guard for failing in his duties —- which was protecting Eugenides.

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** In the third book, Eugenides uses a call back to the prayers Attolia heard him making when she had him imprisoned to keep her from executing her captain of the guard for failing in his duties —- -- which was protecting Eugenides.



--> '''Ornon''' (on Eugenides): ''"Because [he] will not quit, Teleus. You may have noticed. He whines, he complains, he ducks out of the most obvious responsibility. He is vain, petty, and maddening, but he doesn't ever quit. Ever."''

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--> '''Ornon''' (on Eugenides): ''"Because [he] will not quit, Teleus. You may have noticed. He whines, he complains, he ducks out of the most obvious responsibility. He is vain, petty, and maddening, but he doesn't ever quit. Ever."''



--> "You ''shot'' the ambassador?”
--> "You gave me the gun."

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--> "You ''"You ''shot'' the ambassador?”
ambassador?”''
--> "You ''"You gave me the gun.""''



--> "She may be a fiend from hell to make me feel this way."

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--> "She ''"She may be a fiend from hell to make me feel this way.""''



--> '''Gen:''' The day you stop fussing, I'll know to start sleeping with ''two'' knives under my pillow.
--> '''Attolia:''' Don't be ridiculous. (Implying that no amount of knives would save him)

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--> '''Gen:''' '''''Gen:''' The day you stop fussing, I'll know to start sleeping with ''two'' knives under my pillow.
pillow.''
--> '''Attolia:''' '''''Attolia:''' Don't be ridiculous. (Implying that no amount of knives would save him)him)''



--> ‘''My sisters are even married, and honest housewives to boot!' At least they were mostly honest.''

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--> ‘''My ''"My sisters are even married, and honest housewives to boot!' boot!" At least they were mostly honest.''



** Costis in the same book also suffers from one, as after ''punching the king in the face'' ([[spoiler: when the king deliberately bated him]]), he's first stripped of rank, then promoted well out of his capabilities, assigned to the king, and used by the king as a regular ButtMonkey.

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** Costis in the same book also suffers from one, as after ''punching the king in the face'' ([[spoiler: when (when the king deliberately bated him]]), baited him), he's first stripped of rank, then promoted well out of his capabilities, assigned to the king, and used by the king as a regular ButtMonkey.



* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Eugenides doesn't have a good relationship with his cousins, but after [[spoiler: his maiming]] in the second book, they all jump at the call to lead Eddisian reprisals (including those who were the worst bullies to him), and several of them die heroically in combat.

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* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Eugenides doesn't have a good relationship with his cousins, but after [[spoiler: his maiming]] maiming in the second book, they all jump at the call to lead Eddisian reprisals (including those who were the worst bullies to him), and several of them die heroically in combat.



** In "Envoy", he steals a priceless statue from a lockbox under constant guard. [[spoiler:He bribed the guard.]]

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** In "Envoy", he steals a priceless statue from a lockbox under constant guard. [[spoiler:He He bribed the guard.]]



* InMediasRes: ''The Thief'' appears to begin at the start of Gen's quest. [[spoiler: In actuality, it begins just before the climax of it - before the start of the book Eugenides planned everything out, disappeared from court, and made a new life for himself, all as a set-up for being recruited to steal Hamiathes's Gift]]. ''A Conspiracy of Kings'' opens up with [[spoiler: Sophos and the Magus]] trying to get to the attention of Attolian royalty, then reverts to narrating the events that led up to it - leading to the events of the prologue chronologically occurring roughly in the middle of the book.
* InsistentTerminology: The Queen's Guard and some individuals in her inner circle refer to Attolia as "my queen" in private--their feelings for her are a mixture of loyalty, love, and terror. They're not actually allowed to call her that (it's Your Majesty, officially) and are sternly corrected if they slip. Late in the book, Releus is corrected [[spoiler:while begging for his life]] but insists that no, "my queen" is correct.

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* InMediasRes: ''The Thief'' appears to begin at the start of Gen's quest. [[spoiler: In actuality, it begins just before the climax of it - before the start of the book Eugenides planned everything out, disappeared from court, and made a new life for himself, all as a set-up for being recruited to steal Hamiathes's Gift]]. Gift. ''A Conspiracy of Kings'' opens up with [[spoiler: Sophos and the Magus]] Magus trying to get to the attention of Attolian royalty, then reverts to narrating the events that led up to it - leading to the events of the prologue chronologically occurring roughly in the middle of the book.
* InsistentTerminology: The Queen's Guard and some individuals in her inner circle refer to Attolia as "my queen" in private--their feelings for her are a mixture of loyalty, love, and terror. They're not actually allowed to call her that (it's Your Majesty, officially) and are sternly corrected if they slip. Late in the book, Releus Relus is corrected [[spoiler:while while begging for his life]] life but insists that no, "my queen" is correct.



** What [[spoiler: Sophos]] infers would have been his ultimate fate, if the rebel conspirators had succeeded: he would have been married off to the rebel leader's daughter, fathered an heir, and most likely have suspiciously and suddenly met his end once the baby was born. Fortunately, that never comes to pass.

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** What [[spoiler: Sophos]] Sophos infers would have been his ultimate fate, if the rebel conspirators had succeeded: he would have been married off to the rebel leader's daughter, fathered an heir, and most likely have suspiciously and suddenly met his end once the baby was born. Fortunately, that never comes to pass.



* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: ''The Thief'', at [[spoiler:Eddis's]] encouragement.

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* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: ''The Thief'', at [[spoiler:Eddis's]] Eddis's encouragement.



** Likewise Kamet in ''Thick as Thieves'', at the request of [[spoiler:Relius]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Sejanus]], of all people.

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** Likewise Kamet in ''Thick as Thieves'', at the request of [[spoiler:Relius]].
[[spoiler: Relius]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Sejanus]], Sejanus, of all people.



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Nahuseresh]] stirs up an ugly three-way war, buys Attolia's barons against her, kills the barons he can't corrupt, [[spoiler:incites Attolia into cutting off Gen's hand]], and does pretty much everything he can to take Attolia's country from her. And then gets away scot free in the end.
* KickTheDog: Attolia [[spoiler:cutting off Gen's hand]], although the ramifications the act has on her conscience deconstruct the trope and make her more sympathetic. Played completely straight with Nahuseresh, though, who is a [[MagnificentBastard giant bastard]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: Sophos shooting the Mede Ambassador]].

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Nahuseresh]] Nahuseresh stirs up an ugly three-way war, buys Attolia's barons against her, kills the barons he can't corrupt, [[spoiler:incites incites Attolia into cutting off Gen's hand]], hand, and does pretty much everything he can to take Attolia's country from her. And then gets away scot free in the end.
* KickTheDog: Attolia [[spoiler:cutting cutting off Gen's hand]], hand, although the ramifications the act has on her conscience deconstruct the trope and make her more sympathetic. Played completely straight with Nahuseresh, though, who is a [[MagnificentBastard giant bastard]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: Sophos shooting the Mede Ambassador]].Ambassador.



* KingmakerScenario: The resolution of the three-way war between Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis: [[spoiler: Eddis abducts Attolia's queen and negotiates a peace treaty marrying Attolia and Eugenides, making him king]].
* KissingCousins: Subverted. Half the world thinks Gen and [[spoiler:Eddis]] are lovers. ''[[LikeBrotherAndSister They]]'' [[LikeBrotherAndSister think it's funny.]]

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* KingmakerScenario: The resolution of the three-way war between Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis: [[spoiler: Eddis abducts Attolia's queen and negotiates a peace treaty marrying Attolia and Eugenides, making him king]].
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* KissingCousins: Subverted. Half the world thinks Gen and [[spoiler:Eddis]] Eddis are lovers. ''[[LikeBrotherAndSister They]]'' [[LikeBrotherAndSister think it's funny.]]



** Attolia reveals to [[spoiler:her Mede ambassador]] that she is not to be played for a fool.
** The young, naive, hopelessly idealistic Sounis [[spoiler:violates the sacred truce]] at the Barons' Meet.

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** Attolia reveals to [[spoiler:her her Mede ambassador]] ambassador that she is not to be played for a fool.
** The young, naive, hopelessly idealistic Sounis [[spoiler:violates violates the sacred truce]] truce at the Barons' Meet.



* LoveAtFirstSight: Eugenides, towards [[spoiler:the Queen of Attolia]].
** Viciously deconstructed, as well. Gen may have been entranced [[spoiler:with Attolia]] when he first met/saw her, but he didn't really love her until he got to know '''her''' [[spoiler:(and not "Attolia") whether it's through information obtained from the magus or just out-and-out spying on her]].
-->[[spoiler:"Calf love doesn't usually survive amputation, your majesty."]]
* LowFantasy: Although it's in the SciFiGhetto in terms of where it's shelved in libraries and bookstores, there's really no fantasy at all besides the fact it's set in a different universe. [[spoiler: And the highly active pantheon.]]
* MacGuffin: Hamiathes's Gift in the first book. [[spoiler: Only then it saved Gen's life, so...]]

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* LoveAtFirstSight: Eugenides, towards [[spoiler:the the Queen of Attolia]].
Attolia.
** Viciously deconstructed, as well. Gen may have been entranced [[spoiler:with Attolia]] with Attolia when he first met/saw her, but he didn't really love her until he got to know '''her''' [[spoiler:(and (and not "Attolia") whether it's through information obtained from the magus or just out-and-out spying on her]].
-->[[spoiler:"Calf
her.
--> ''"Calf
love doesn't usually survive amputation, your majesty."]]
"''
* LowFantasy: Although it's in the SciFiGhetto in terms of where it's shelved in libraries and bookstores, there's really no fantasy at all besides the fact it's set in a different universe. [[spoiler: And the highly active pantheon.]]
pantheon.
* MacGuffin: Hamiathes's Gift in the first book. [[spoiler: Only then it saved Gen's life, so...]]



* TheMasochismTango: Gen loves the extremely ruthless [[spoiler: Queen of Attolia even after she has his hand chopped off]]
* MeaningfulName: Eugenides is the name of the Eddisian god of thieves.
** Eugenides also means "well-born"
** ''Ambiades'' (''ambi-'', Latin: 'both') points to [[spoiler:his ambivalent loyalties]]; scholarly Sophos's name means 'wisdom'.
** The Queen of Attolia [[spoiler:is named Irene, meaning peace. Especially poignant when Eugenides steals her away after Eddis asked him to ''steal peace''.]]

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* TheMasochismTango: Gen loves the extremely ruthless [[spoiler: Queen of Attolia even after she has his hand chopped off]]
off.
* MeaningfulName: Eugenides is the name of the Eddisian god of thieves.
** Eugenides
thieves. It also means "well-born"
** ''Ambiades'' (''ambi-'', Latin: 'both') points to [[spoiler:his his ambivalent loyalties]]; scholarly Sophos's name means 'wisdom'.
** The Queen of Attolia [[spoiler:is is named Irene, meaning peace. Especially poignant when Eugenides steals her away after Eddis asked him to ''steal peace''.]]



* MuggingTheMonster: Sejanus spends the course of half of ''King Of Attolia'' screwing around with Gen in every way he can muster, from constant hassles to minor pranks to even an assassination attempt, because he thinks Gen is weak and won't do anything about it. [[spoiler:Over the course of about two pages, Gen finally points out to him that he's given Gen all the legal pretext he needs to obliterate his noble house's bloodline and destroy one of the Crown's biggest threats.]]

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* MuggingTheMonster: Sejanus spends the course of half of ''King Of Attolia'' screwing around with Gen in every way he can muster, from constant hassles to minor pranks to even an assassination attempt, because he thinks Gen is weak and won't do anything about it. [[spoiler:Over Over the course of about two pages, Gen finally points out to him that he's given Gen all the legal pretext he needs to obliterate his noble house's bloodline and destroy one of the Crown's biggest threats.]]



* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Eugenides is the name of the god of thieves, and is also a family name in [[spoiler: the Royal Thief line of Eddisian royal family]].

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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Eugenides is the name of the god of thieves, and is also a family name in [[spoiler: the Royal Thief line of Eddisian royal family]].family.



-->I screamed at them every curse I ever practiced when I was alone, trying to imitate the Thief of Eddis, but I doubt I sounded anything but hysterical.
* NecessaryFail: When Eugenides in a rage demands that the gods explain [[spoiler:why they betrayed his movements to Attolia, the goddess points out that had he not lost his hand, he would not now be marrying Attolia]].

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-->I --> ''I screamed at them every curse I ever practiced when I was alone, trying to imitate the Thief of Eddis, but I doubt I sounded anything but hysterical.
hysterical.''
* NecessaryFail: When Eugenides in a rage demands that the gods explain [[spoiler:why why they betrayed his movements to Attolia, the goddess points out that had he not lost his hand, he would not now be marrying Attolia]].Attolia.



* OfficialCouple: Eugenides and [[spoiler: Irene]].
** Later on, also Helen and [[spoiler:Sophos]].

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* OfficialCouple: Eugenides and [[spoiler: Irene]].Irene.
** Later on, also Helen and [[spoiler:Sophos]].Sophos.



** 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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** 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 But Gen having his hand amputated and sent back does.]]



* PointOfView: The first book is from Gen's first person perspective, the second is more third person omniscient [[UnreliableNarrator while deliberately omitting certain key pieces of information that completely alter the interpretation of the text in hindsight]], and the third is almost exclusively third person limited from Costis's POV. The fourth book alternates between Sophos telling the story in first person [[spoiler: to Eddis]], and third person omniscient. The fifth is Kamet's first-person account.
* PraetorianGuard: The Queen's Guard of Attolia. [[spoiler: Eugenides]] wants to cut their numbers to prevent them eventually going from king-maker to [[BodyguardBetrayal king-breaker]].

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* PointOfView: The first book is from Gen's first person perspective, the second is more third person omniscient [[UnreliableNarrator while deliberately omitting certain key pieces of information that completely alter the interpretation of the text in hindsight]], and the third is almost exclusively third person limited from Costis's POV. The fourth book alternates between Sophos telling the story in first person [[spoiler: to Eddis]], Eddis, and third person omniscient. The fifth is Kamet's first-person account.
* PraetorianGuard: The Queen's Guard of Attolia. [[spoiler: Eugenides]] Eugenides wants to cut their numbers to prevent them eventually going from king-maker to [[BodyguardBetrayal king-breaker]].



* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Eddis has been having recurring prophetic dreams of [[spoiler: the sacred mountain eventually erupting and decimating her country]]. And Sophos has dreams of a [[PalsWithJesus female tutor]] discussing philosphy, history, and poetry with him in his ideal perfect library.

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* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Eddis has been having recurring prophetic dreams of [[spoiler: the sacred mountain eventually erupting and decimating her country]].country. And Sophos has dreams of a [[PalsWithJesus female tutor]] discussing philosphy, history, and poetry with him in his ideal perfect library.



* ReluctantRuler: [[spoiler:Eugenides]] as king of [[spoiler:Attolia]].
** [[spoiler:Sophos]] gets this treatment in ''The Thief'', too, though it’s more Reluctant Heir since his uncle is still the reigning king. [[spoiler:Sophos]] would much rather live out a leisurely scholar’s life than inherit [[spoiler:Sounis]].

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* ReluctantRuler: [[spoiler:Eugenides]] Eugenides as king of [[spoiler:Attolia]].
Attolia.
** [[spoiler:Sophos]] Sophos gets this treatment in ''The Thief'', too, though it’s more Reluctant Heir since his uncle is still the reigning king. [[spoiler:Sophos]] Sophos would much rather live out a leisurely scholar’s life than inherit [[spoiler:Sounis]].Sounis.



* RulingCouple: [[spoiler:Eugenides]] and Irene.

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* RulingCouple: [[spoiler:Eugenides]] Eugenides and Irene.



* ScarsAreForever: Eugenides is ''covered'' in them, from sword practice, to getting stabbed, to torture, to a feather-shaped scar on his face as a sign of his god's approval, to [[spoiler: the stump from his severed hand]].

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* ScarsAreForever: Eugenides is ''covered'' in them, from sword practice, to getting stabbed, to torture, to a feather-shaped scar on his face as a sign of his god's approval, to [[spoiler: the stump from his severed hand]].hand.



--> (Another character discusses the above statement) "And a certain accompanying responsibility." And he can't, in fact.
* SecondHandStorytelling: The bulk of ''A Conspiracy of Kings'' is Sophos narrating the events to [[spoiler:the queen of Eddis]].
** Also, the first book is strongly implied to be [[spoiler:a copy of the book the Gen wrote to explain his story of the search for Hamiathes’ Gift to his queen.]]
* SecretRelationship: Played with in ''King''. [[spoiler: Eugenides]] and his queen hide the true romantic nature of their relationship for several months so that [[spoiler: he can put in motion his plan to destroy House Erondites]].

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--> (Another character discusses the above statement) "And a certain accompanying responsibility." And he can't, in fact.
* SecondHandStorytelling: The bulk of ''A Conspiracy of Kings'' is Sophos narrating the events to [[spoiler:the the queen of Eddis]].
Eddis.
** Also, the first book is strongly implied to be [[spoiler:a a copy of the book the Gen wrote to explain his story of the search for Hamiathes’ Gift to his queen.]]
queen.
* SecretRelationship: Played with in ''King''. [[spoiler: Eugenides]] Eugenides and his queen hide the true romantic nature of their relationship for several months so that [[spoiler: he can put in motion his plan to destroy the House Erondites]].of Erondites.



--> “My Queen,” said Xanthe, “you are Eddia.”
--> Knowing the consternation it would cause, and knowing she would overcome it, Helen said, “No, I am Eddis. The gods have told me so.”
* SherlockScan: Eugenides, Attolia

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--> “My ''“My Queen,” said Xanthe, “you are Eddia.
”''
--> Knowing ''Knowing the consternation it would cause, and knowing she would overcome it, Helen said, “No, I am Eddis. The gods have told me so.
”''
* SherlockScan: Eugenides, AttoliaAttolia.



* 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.

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* SingleTargetSexuality: Eugenides has been in love with [[spoiler:Irene]] Irene since childhood and has, at least according to Eddis/Helen, never shown interest in any other woman.



* StalkerWithACrush: [[spoiler:Eugenides]], though it’s played sympathetically towards him. Attolia was understandably put out, though it [[DefrostingTheIceQueen turned out to be good for both of them]].

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* StalkerWithACrush: [[spoiler:Eugenides]], Eugenides, though it’s played sympathetically towards him. Attolia was understandably put out, though it [[DefrostingTheIceQueen turned out to be good for both of them]].



* StreetUrchin: Gen in the first book [[spoiler: is disguised as one, but he's actually closer to being a prince.]]

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* StreetUrchin: Gen in the first book [[spoiler: is disguised as one, but he's actually closer to being a prince.]]



* 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.]]

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* 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 a second gun. Meaning that Eugenides, the cleverest and most devious man on the Peninsula, couldn't think of anything else.]]another solution.



--> "I'll stop shouting. I won't sit down. I might need to throw more ink pots."

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--> "I'll ''"I'll stop shouting. I won't sit down. I might need to throw more ink pots.""''



* TookALevelInBadass - [[spoiler:Eugenides]] comes back from his brutal torture and amputation colder, harder, more ruthless, and [[UpToEleven way more badass]] than before.
** In the fourth book, [[spoiler:Sophos]] doesn't take ''a'' level in badass, he takes ''several''. Then he rips them to pieces with his bare hands, gnaws on them, and uses them as fuel with which to fire ''even more badass''.

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* TookALevelInBadass - [[spoiler:Eugenides]] TookALevelInBadass: Eugenides comes back from his brutal torture and amputation colder, harder, more ruthless, and [[UpToEleven way more badass]] than before.
** In the fourth book, [[spoiler:Sophos]] Sophos doesn't take ''a'' level in badass, he takes ''several''. Then he rips them to pieces with his bare hands, gnaws on them, and uses them as fuel with which to fire ''even more badass''.badass''.
** Although he was by no means ''not'' a badass before, Costis spent the entirety of ''King of Attolia'' being OvershadowedByAwesome, treated as the resident ButtMonkey by the king, and in general being way out of his depth among all the political intrigue in the royal court. His [[spoiler: return in ''Thick as Thieves'']] goes far out of its way to rectify this, finally showcasing him in his element as an excellent soldier who can more than hold his own in a fight, possessing a good tactical mind, and has [[ObfuscatingStupidity clearly learned how to use other people's perception of him to his own advantage]].



* TricksterMentor: [[spoiler:Eugenides]] serves this role for Costis in the third book.

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* TricksterMentor: [[spoiler:Eugenides]] Eugenides serves this role for Costis in the third book.



** The entire populace of Attolia, including the people ''who should know better'' (I'm looking at you, Teleus), underestimates Gen. [[spoiler: He shows them.]]

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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.]]



* UnreliableNarrator: Gen pretty much never says anything untrue in ''The Thief'', but still manages to give other characters and the reader a completely false impression of himself. As a case in point, he defends the respectability of his family, noting that his father was a professional soldier and his sisters made good marriages[[spoiler: …however, he doesn't mention that his father is Eddis’ Minister of War and his sisters are princesses]]. Just a small detail. Despite the later books being third-person, they're ''still'' unreliable. [[spoiler: Hmm, mysterious narrator, no need to mention how Gen ''really'' feels about Attolia, is there? Even though it ''drastically'' changes how all of it looks?]]
* ViewersAreGeniuses: While everything that's important to the plot is explained sooner or later (usually later), many significant details are up to the reader to interpret, or in fact notice at all. Unlike most examples of this trope, no outside knowledge is necessary for full appreciation of the story. The only outside knowledge that ''could'' help a reader tease out the plot twists beforehand only exists in-universe. For example, Gen's careless use of the phrase "Be blessed in your endeavors" reveals [[spoiler: his Eddisian origins,]] but you'd have to be a citizen of one of the three kingdoms to notice.

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* UnreliableNarrator: Gen pretty much never says anything untrue in ''The Thief'', but still manages to give other characters and the reader a completely false impression of himself. As a case in point, he defends the respectability of his family, noting that his father was a professional soldier and his sisters made good marriages[[spoiler: …however, marriages ...however, he doesn't mention that his father is Eddis’ Minister of War and his sisters are princesses]].princesses. Just a small detail. Despite the later books being third-person, they're ''still'' unreliable. [[spoiler: Hmm, mysterious narrator, no need to mention how Gen ''really'' feels about Attolia, is there? Even though it ''drastically'' changes how all of it looks?]]
looks?
* ViewersAreGeniuses: While everything that's important to the plot is explained sooner or later (usually later), many significant details are up to the reader to interpret, or in fact notice at all. Unlike most examples of this trope, no outside knowledge is necessary for full appreciation of the story. The only outside knowledge that ''could'' help a reader tease out the plot twists beforehand only exists in-universe. For example, Gen's careless use of the phrase "Be blessed in your endeavors" reveals [[spoiler: his Eddisian origins,]] origins, but you'd have to be a citizen of one of the three kingdoms to notice.



* [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapter]]: [[spoiler: Eugenides losing his hand]].

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* [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapter]]: [[spoiler: Eugenides losing his hand]].hand near the beginning of ''The Queen of Attolia''.



* [[YouCantGoHomeAgain You Can't Go Home Again]]: Succeeding with his final gambit in ''Queen'' means [[spoiler: Eugenides will never be able to call Eddis home again]].

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* [[YouCantGoHomeAgain You Can't Go Home Again]]: Succeeding with his final gambit in ''Queen'' means [[spoiler: Eugenides will never be able to call Eddis home again]].again.
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