History Literature / TheQueensThief

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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''.
23rd May '17 7:40:42 PM flambeau
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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."
"''
--> "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]].
king.
* 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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'''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.'''



* AbductionIsLove: Essentially how [[spoiler: Eugenides becomes engaged to Attolia]]. Granted, [[HopelessWar it's a bit]] [[AggressiveNegotiations more complicated than that]].

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* AbductionIsLove: Essentially how [[spoiler: Eugenides becomes engaged to Attolia]].Attolia. Granted, [[HopelessWar it's a bit]] [[AggressiveNegotiations more complicated than that]].



* AdultFear: Eddis's Minister of War has to be forcibly prevented from [[spoiler:strangling his son when they're captured by Attolia - because he thinks he's going to be tortured even worse than he was the first time]].
* AfraidOfBlood: Played with. The stoic queen of Attolia normally won't even flinch at the sight of blood, but when [[spoiler:her husband is bleeding]]? Cue {{Fainting}}.

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* AdultFear: Eddis's Minister of War has to be forcibly prevented from [[spoiler:strangling strangling his son when they're captured by Attolia - because he thinks he's going to be tortured even worse than he was the first time]].
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* AfraidOfBlood: Played with. The stoic queen of Attolia normally won't even flinch at the sight of blood, but when [[spoiler:her her husband is bleeding]]? bleeding? Cue {{Fainting}}.



* AintTooProudToBeg: Poor [[spoiler:Eugenides]]. Can you blame him?

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* AintTooProudToBeg: Poor [[spoiler:Eugenides]].Eugenides. Can you blame him?



** [[spoiler: Relius.]]

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** [[spoiler: Relius.]]Relius in ''The King of Attolia''.



* TheAlcoholic: How [[spoiler:Eugenides]] copes with most of his problems during ''Queen'' and ''King''.
** Terve, the old-soldier tutor who made Sophos work out how to defend the villa on Letnos.

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* TheAlcoholic: How [[spoiler:Eugenides]] Eugenides copes with most of his problems during ''Queen'' and ''King''.
** Terve, the old-soldier tutor soldier/tutor who made Sophos work out how to defend the villa on Letnos.



* AltarDiplomacy: What Sounis wants with Eddis, so he can unite their countries and invade Attolia. Also, [[spoiler: ultimately how Eddis and Attolia end their conflicts - by marrying Eugenides to Attolia's queen.]]

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* AltarDiplomacy: What Sounis wants with Eddis, so he can unite their countries and invade Attolia. Also, [[spoiler: ultimately how Eddis and Attolia end their conflicts - by marrying Eugenides to Attolia's queen.]]



* AntiVillain: Attolia, up until [[spoiler: [[LoveRedeems her marriage to Eugenides]]]].
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler:Attolia cuts off Eugenides’ right hand]] at the beginning of ''The Queen of Attolia''.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Attolia to [[spoiler: Eugenides]] in King.

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* AntiVillain: Attolia, up until [[spoiler: [[LoveRedeems her marriage to Eugenides]]]].
Eugenides]].
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler:Attolia Attolia cuts off Eugenides’ right hand]] hand at the beginning of ''The Queen of Attolia''.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Attolia to [[spoiler: Eugenides]] Eugenides in King.



* AssInAmbassador: You're setting a really great impression there, Nahuseresh, what with the insulting [[spoiler:and executing Attolia's loyal nobles behind her back]] and all.

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* AssInAmbassador: You're setting a really great impression there, Nahuseresh, what with the insulting [[spoiler:and and executing Attolia's loyal nobles behind her back]] back and all.



* AssassinOutclassin: [[spoiler:Eugenides]] takes out three assassins single-handedly, armed only with [[spoiler: his hook hand and a knife that he ''[[BarehandedBladeBlock took from the assassin who was trying to kill him]]'']].

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* AssassinOutclassin: [[spoiler:Eugenides]] Eugenides takes out three assassins single-handedly, armed only with [[spoiler: his hook hand and a knife that he ''[[BarehandedBladeBlock took from the assassin who was trying to kill him]]'']].him]]''.



* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Averted. With [[spoiler:Eugenides]], we never actually see the coronation.
** Played completely straight with [[spoiler:Sophos in]] ''[[spoiler:A Conspiracy of Kings]]''.

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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Averted. With [[spoiler:Eugenides]], Eugenides, we never actually see the coronation.
** Played completely straight with [[spoiler:Sophos in]] ''[[spoiler:A Sophos in ''A Conspiracy of Kings]]''.Kings''.



* BerserkButton: Eugenides [[spoiler: deliberately]] pressed Costis's and got punched in the face for it.
* BetaCouple: [[spoiler:Sophos and Helen]].

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* BerserkButton: Eugenides [[spoiler: deliberately]] deliberately pressed Costis's and got punched in the face for it.
* BetaCouple: [[spoiler:Sophos Sophos and Helen]].Helen.



* BlackSheep: [[spoiler: Eugenides]] is easily one of the least popular members of the royal family and Eddisian court, at least until he [[spoiler: steals Hamiathes's Gift]]. It's remarked in-series that the training for the Thieves of Eddis deliberately breeds a degree of isolation.

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* BlackSheep: [[spoiler: Eugenides]] Eugenides is easily one of the least popular members of the royal family and Eddisian court, at least until he [[spoiler: steals Hamiathes's Gift]].Gift. It's remarked in-series that the training for the Thieves of Eddis deliberately breeds a degree of isolation.



* BodyMotifs: Hands, starting in ''The Queen of Attolia'' when [[spoiler: Eugenides loses his right one]].

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* BodyMotifs: Hands, starting in ''The Queen of Attolia'' when [[spoiler: Eugenides loses his right one]].one.



* BreakTheHaughty: Eugenides starts out thinking he can do and steal anything. [[spoiler:Then he loses a hand, and has to learn to cope with that.]]

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* BreakTheHaughty: Eugenides starts out thinking he can do and steal anything. [[spoiler:Then Then he loses a hand, and has to learn to cope with that.]]



* BroughtDownToNormal: Subverted. After [[spoiler:getting his hand cut off]] early in the second book, Eugenides sinks into a deep depression, believing he's now useless ([[spoiler:because what can be stolen with only one hand]])? [[TookALevelInBadass He's not]].
* BullyingADragon: Let's play a lot of childish pranks on [[spoiler: Eugenides, the King of Attolia]]. [[SarcasmMode What could possibly go wrong?]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The king of [[spoiler:Attolia]] is petulant, whiny, slumps in his throne like a printer's apprentice, dresses in colors that would suit a canary, and generally behaves without an ounce of royal dignity. [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Don't let that fool you]].

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* BroughtDownToNormal: Subverted. After [[spoiler:getting getting his hand cut off]] off early in the second book, Eugenides sinks into a deep depression, believing he's now useless ([[spoiler:because (because what can be stolen with only one hand]])? hand)? [[TookALevelInBadass He's not]].
* BullyingADragon: Let's play a lot of childish pranks on [[spoiler: Eugenides, the King of Attolia]].Attolia. [[SarcasmMode What could possibly go wrong?]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The king of [[spoiler:Attolia]] Attolia is petulant, whiny, slumps in his throne like a printer's apprentice, dresses in colors that would suit a canary, and generally behaves without an ounce of royal dignity. [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Don't let that fool you]].



** In the third book, Eugenides uses [[spoiler: 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—at protecting Eugenides.]]

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** In the third book, Eugenides uses [[spoiler: 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—at duties —- which was protecting Eugenides.]]



* ChekhovsVolcano: In the not-too-distant future, the Sacred Mountain is going to erupt again and devastate Eddis. The need to evacuate her citizens (say, to the plague-depopulated parts of Attolia) is a significant political consideration in Eddis's decisions [[spoiler:to marry Sounis and effectively become, like him, a vassal of the king of Attolia.]]

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* ChekhovsVolcano: In the not-too-distant future, the Sacred Mountain is going to erupt again and devastate Eddis. The need to evacuate her citizens (say, to the plague-depopulated parts of Attolia) is a significant political consideration in Eddis's decisions [[spoiler:to to marry Sounis and effectively become, like him, a vassal of the king of Attolia.]]



* TheChewToy: Costis, thy pain and humiliation are an unceasing source of amusement to thy fans. [[spoiler: Eugenides spends almost the entirety of book three screwing around with Costis as part of a XanatosGambit.]]

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* TheChewToy: Costis, thy pain and humiliation are an unceasing source of amusement to thy fans. [[spoiler: Eugenides spends almost the entirety of book three screwing around with Costis as part of a XanatosGambit.]]



* CultureClash: One of the more minor problems [[spoiler: Eugenides]] has settling in in Attolia.

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* CultureClash: One of the more minor problems [[spoiler: Eugenides]] Eugenides has settling in in Attolia.



* DecoyProtagonist: Costis Ormentiedes is largely this in ''The King of Attolia'', to give the reader a native and ignorant viewpoint of [[spoiler:Eugenides]].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Gen and the Magus after [[spoiler: Gen steals Hamiathes's Gift out from under his nose]]. And after the war ends, [[spoiler: Eddis and Attolia are quite close]].
* DefensiveFeintTrap: Sounis sues for peace after Attolia takes several of his islands after [[spoiler:Eugenides destroyed his navy]]. When Attolia refuses, he receives a new fleet of ships, gaining the upper hand - and Attolia loses her chance to make peace.

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* DecoyProtagonist: Costis Ormentiedes is largely this in ''The King of Attolia'', to give the reader a native and ignorant viewpoint of [[spoiler:Eugenides]].
Eugenides.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Gen and the Magus after [[spoiler: Gen steals Hamiathes's Gift out from under his nose]]. nose. And after the war ends, [[spoiler: Eddis and Attolia are quite close]].
close.
* DefensiveFeintTrap: Sounis sues for peace after Attolia takes several of his islands after [[spoiler:Eugenides Eugenides destroyed his navy]].navy. When Attolia refuses, he receives a new fleet of ships, gaining the upper hand - and Attolia loses her chance to make peace.



** Subverted in ''A Conspiracy of Kings'' [[spoiler:by Sophos.]]
--> [[spoiler:"You ''shot'' the ambassador?”]]
--> [[spoiler:"You gave me the gun."]]
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: The [[spoiler:reclusive Mede emperor]] suffers from something called "tethys lesions." Fans speculate it's a fictional name for syphilis. Alternately, leprosy.
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[InUniverse In-Universe]], how Attolia [[spoiler:cutting off Eugenides's hand]] is viewed.

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** Subverted in ''A Conspiracy of Kings'' [[spoiler:by Sophos.]]
by Sophos.
--> [[spoiler:"You "You ''shot'' the ambassador?”]]
ambassador?”
--> [[spoiler:"You "You gave me the gun."]]
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* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: The [[spoiler:reclusive reclusive Mede emperor]] emperor suffers from something called "tethys lesions." Fans speculate it's a fictional name for syphilis. Alternately, leprosy.
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[InUniverse In-Universe]], how Attolia [[spoiler:cutting cutting off Eugenides's hand]] hand is viewed.



* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Eddis has recurring prophetic dreams of [[spoiler:Hephestia's mountain erupting and destroying Eddis]].

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* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Eddis has recurring prophetic dreams of [[spoiler:Hephestia's Hephestia's mountain erupting and destroying Eddis]].Eddis.



* DumbIsGood: Most of the characters, good and bad, are very, very smart. However, there is one notable exception. In the fourth book, Sophos is saved by [[spoiler:the BigBad's idiot daughter, Berrone. She helps Sophos escape from his kidnappers and hides him as a slave. She didn't even recognize him, she just couldn't bear to see anyone that badly treated. Berrone is a total sweetheart and a well-known soft touch, which means that everyone likes her ''and'' everyone takes advantage of her]].

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* DumbIsGood: Most of the characters, good and bad, are very, very smart. However, there is one notable exception. In the fourth book, Sophos is saved by [[spoiler:the the BigBad's idiot daughter, Berrone. She helps Sophos escape from his kidnappers and hides him as a slave. She didn't even recognize him, she just couldn't bear to see anyone that badly treated. Berrone is a total sweetheart and a well-known soft touch, which means that everyone likes her ''and'' everyone takes advantage of her]].her.



* EasilyForgiven: Eugenides towards Relius for [[spoiler:torturing him for information after the queen of Attolia cut off his hand]].

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* EasilyForgiven: Eugenides towards Relius for [[spoiler:torturing torturing him for information after the queen of Attolia cut off his hand]].hand.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Several examples. Eugenides is the name of the god of thieves, and [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Eugenides]]... Sounis's real name is never mentioned, but in the next book it's like to be Sounis [[spoiler:Sophos]]. If Sounis ever got his way and married Eddis, she would be Sounia.)

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Several examples. Eugenides is the name of the god of thieves, and [[spoiler:many many of the Thieves of Eddis are named after him]].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 [[spoiler:Eugenides]]... Eugenides... Sounis's real name is never mentioned, mentioned in the first three books, but in the next book it's like to be CoK it becomes Sounis [[spoiler:Sophos]].Sophos. If Sounis ever got his way and married Eddis, she would be Sounia.)



* 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]].

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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]].hand.



** [[spoiler:Sounis could probably have won a long and bloody civil war with his father's help, but ultimately decides that summarily executing the ringleader of his rebellious barons, as Attolia recommended, is the lesser evil.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Ambiades, in the first book.]]

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** [[spoiler:Sounis Sounis could probably have won a long and bloody civil war with his father's help, but ultimately decides that summarily executing the ringleader of his rebellious barons, as Attolia recommended, is the lesser evil.]]
evil.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Ambiades, in the first book.]]



* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: The end of ''The Thief'' reveals that [[spoiler:Eugenides is the Thief of Eddis, in service to the Queen of Eddis, and part of the Eddisian royal family]] and has been [[spoiler:screwing with EVERYONE (and does it on a regular basis)]]. There are three books that follow. Try explaining to a friend why they should read this series without somehow spoiling them. ''You can't.''
** In addition, ''do not'' buy ''The Queen of Attolia'' and ''The King of Attolia'' at the same time; not only does the back cover spoil the fact that [[spoiler: Euginides becomes king of Attolia]] (which can be guessed by the GenreSavvy reader), but it also mentions that [[spoiler: he is in love with the queen, who had absolutely zero redeeming qualities in the first book.]]

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* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: The end of ''The Thief'' reveals that [[spoiler:Eugenides Eugenides is the Thief of Eddis, in service to the Queen of Eddis, and part of the Eddisian royal family]] family and has been [[spoiler:screwing screwing with EVERYONE (and does it on a regular basis)]].basis). There are three books that follow. Try explaining to a friend why they should read this series without somehow spoiling them. ''You can't.''
** In addition, ''do not'' buy ''The Queen of Attolia'' and ''The King of Attolia'' at the same time; not only does the back cover spoil the fact that [[spoiler: Euginides becomes king of Attolia]] Attolia (which can be guessed by the GenreSavvy reader), but it also mentions that [[spoiler: he is in love with the queen, who had absolutely zero redeeming qualities in the first book.]]



** Attolia and [[spoiler:Sophos]]. Both begin as naive, sheltered children who become unlikely rulers that inherit thrones in countries with disloyal, scheming, and backstabbing, if not outright rebellious, nobility, and both learn that they have to sacrifice some of their idealism to take control. But while Attolia has always been reserved and crows colder the more she holds power alone, [[spoiler:Sophos]] has a handful of loyal friends and supporters. And while she's TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask, he wears his heart on his sleeve and is a ''terrible'' liar.
** [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: Eugenides seeks to become king of Attolia to marry the queen, because he's in love with her]].

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** Attolia and [[spoiler:Sophos]].Sophos. Both begin as naive, sheltered children who become unlikely rulers that inherit thrones in countries with disloyal, scheming, and backstabbing, if not outright rebellious, nobility, and both learn that they have to sacrifice some of their idealism to take control. But while Attolia has always been reserved and crows colder the more she holds power alone, [[spoiler:Sophos]] Sophos has a handful of loyal friends and supporters. And while she's TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask, he wears his heart on his sleeve and is a ''terrible'' liar.
** [[spoiler: Eugenides]] 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 [[spoiler: Eugenides seeks to become king of Attolia to marry the queen, because he's in love with her]].her.



* 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.]]
* GallowsHumor: Eugenides and [[spoiler:Attolia]]'s banter sometimes takes this form.

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* FramingTheGuiltyParty: In ''King of Attolia'', Gen accuses Sejanus of poisoning his medicine. [[spoiler:Gen 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.]]
entirely.
* GallowsHumor: Eugenides and [[spoiler:Attolia]]'s Attolia's banter sometimes takes this form.



--> '''[[spoiler:Attolia]]:''' Don't be ridiculous. (Implying that no amount of knives would save him)
** There are also several jokes throughout the books referring to [[spoiler:Attolia's]] method of disposing of her first husband by poisoning his wine; she actually defuses him from blowing up on a particularly unwise courtier by offering him her wine goblet, provoking a laugh.

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--> '''[[spoiler:Attolia]]:''' '''Attolia:''' Don't be ridiculous. (Implying that no amount of knives would save him)
** There are also several jokes throughout the books referring to [[spoiler:Attolia's]] Attolia's method of disposing of her first husband by poisoning his wine; she actually defuses him from blowing up on a particularly unwise courtier by offering him her wine goblet, provoking a laugh.



** [[spoiler: Eugenides pulls off something in the index every book.]]

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** [[spoiler: Eugenides pulls off something in the index every book.]] book.



* GentlemanThief: Eugenides, to some extent. He's petulant and whiny, but he's also very [[spoiler:regal]].

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* GentlemanThief: Eugenides, to some extent. He's petulant and whiny, but he's also very [[spoiler:regal]].regal.



* GunboatDiplomacy: [[spoiler:The fabulous unified rout of the Medes by the combined Attolian and Eddisian forces]] at the end of ''The Queen of Attolia''.
* HairyHammerspace: One of the reasons Gen likes his hair long. [[spoiler:And what enables most of the climactic plot twists of ''The Thief''.]]
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler:Eugenides]] after the opening chapters of ''The Queen of Attolia'', depending on how you look at it. It’s clear that early on, Attolia and even [[spoiler:Gen himself]] consider the loss of his hand a crippling handicap ([[spoiler:“What can a thief steal with only one hand?”]]), but if anything, it ultimately helps him on the road to becoming much more awesome than anyone (except maybe Eddis) would have expected.

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* GunboatDiplomacy: [[spoiler:The The fabulous unified rout of the Medes by the combined Attolian and Eddisian forces]] forces at the end of ''The Queen of Attolia''.
* HairyHammerspace: One of the reasons Gen likes his hair long. [[spoiler:And And what enables most of the climactic plot twists of ''The Thief''.]]
Thief''.
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler:Eugenides]] Eugenides after the opening chapters of ''The Queen of Attolia'', depending on how you look at it. It’s clear that early on, Attolia and even [[spoiler:Gen himself]] Gen himself consider the loss of his hand a crippling handicap ([[spoiler:“What (“What can a thief steal with only one hand?”]]), hand?”), but if anything, it ultimately helps him on the road to becoming much more awesome than anyone (except maybe Eddis) would have expected.



* HappinessInSlavery: Early in the fourth book [[spoiler: Sophos]] is abducted by slavers working for rebel barons who want to install him as a PuppetKing. To disguise him, the slavers maul his face, and he escapes by tricking the daughter of one of the rebel barons into purchasing him; she then hides him on her father's estate among the field hands. He spends several months there working the fields and finds himself oddly happy, free of responsibility and respected by the other slaves and the overseers for his hard work and his storytelling.

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* HappinessInSlavery: Early in the fourth book [[spoiler: Sophos]] Sophos is abducted by slavers working for rebel barons who want to install him as a PuppetKing. To disguise him, the slavers maul his face, and he escapes by tricking the daughter of one of the rebel barons into purchasing him; she then hides him on her father's estate among the field hands. He spends several months there working the fields and finds himself oddly happy, free of responsibility and respected by the other slaves and the overseers for his hard work and his storytelling.



* HealItWithFire: [[spoiler: Attolia orders Eugenides's wound cauterized after she has his hand cut off.]]

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* HealItWithFire: [[spoiler: Attolia orders Eugenides's wound cauterized after she has his hand cut off.]]



-->[[spoiler: ''[Attolia] wondered when she had sunk so low that she had begun torturing boys.'']]

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-->[[spoiler: --> ''[Attolia] wondered when she had sunk so low that she had begun torturing boys.'']]''



* 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 (the country) is pretty sexist, it would remain 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]].

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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 (the country) is pretty sexist, it would remain unstable so long as her barons thought they could marry her and seize power themselves, forcing her to enact a brutal regime [[spoiler:until until she married Eugenides, who puts in enough kinging that she can maintain her rule without a problem]].problem.



* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler: Eugenides]] is hated in two of three kingdoms, and by the fourth book on his way to being hated in the last kingdom as well, despite doing everything for the best interests of all three.
* HeroicBastard: Played with in the first book, Gen lampshades and disputes the trope, telling his noble companions that although they might assume otherwise, his parents were married, and his sisters have also made respectable marriages. [[spoiler: Since it's later revealed that he's not actually lower class, it's not quite a subversion of the trope.]]

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* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler: Eugenides]] Eugenides is hated in two of three kingdoms, and by the fourth book on his way to being hated in the last kingdom as well, despite doing everything for the best interests of all three.
* HeroicBastard: Played with in the first book, Gen lampshades and disputes the trope, telling his noble companions that although they might assume otherwise, his parents were married, and his sisters have also made respectable marriages. [[spoiler: Since it's later revealed that he's not actually lower class, it's not quite a subversion of the trope.]]



* [[HesBack He's Back]]: And [[spoiler:blowing up Sounis's navy]]!

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* [[HesBack He's Back]]: HesBack: And [[spoiler:blowing blowing up Sounis's navy]]!navy!



* TheHighKing: [[spoiler: Eugenides]] in book four.

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* TheHighKing: [[spoiler: Eugenides]] Eugenides in book four.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: When [[spoiler: Eugenides]] turns the tables on his attendants in ''King'', he hammers in that each and every one of their pranks on him amounts to grievous criminal misbehavior at ''best'' - he only let them get away with it this long so he could destroy an enemy of the crown in their midst.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: When [[spoiler: Eugenides]] Eugenides turns the tables on his attendants in ''King'', he hammers in that each and every one of their pranks on him amounts to grievous criminal misbehavior at ''best'' - he only let them get away with it this long so he could destroy an enemy of the crown in their midst.



* HookHand: [[spoiler: Eugenides has one of these]] from the second book onward. It is razor-sharp, so it can be used for combat. He also uses it to make one of his many serious points in ''The King of Attolia''.

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* HookHand: [[spoiler: Eugenides has one of these]] these from the second book onward. It is razor-sharp, so it can be used for combat. He also uses it to make one of his many serious points in ''The King of Attolia''.



** In ''The King of Attolia'', the king's attendants subject him to a three-month-long humiliation conga. [[spoiler: Subverted in that he let them, so that he could destroy the noble house of one of his attendants.]]

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** In ''The King of Attolia'', the king's attendants subject him to a three-month-long humiliation conga. [[spoiler: Subverted in that he let them, so that he could destroy the noble house of one of his attendants.]]
23rd May '17 6:26:52 AM Hedgebird
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* ''The Thief''
* ''The Queen of Attolia''
* ''The King of Attolia''
* ''A Conspiracy of Kings''
* ''Thick As Thieves''

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* ''The Thief''
Thief'' (1996)
* ''The Queen of Attolia''
Attolia'' (2000)
* ''The King of Attolia''
Attolia'' (2006)
* ''A Conspiracy of Kings''
Kings'' (2010)
* ''Thick As Thieves''
Thieves'' (2017)



** Terve, the old-soldier tutor who made Sophos work out how to defend the villa on Letnos.



** Sophos lampshades the fact that he prayed to spend no more time stuck in the family villa on Letnos.



* BodyguardingABadass: The Queen's Guard in ''The King of Attolia'' have no idea they're guarding arguably the greatest swordsman the Peninsual has seen in recent years.

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* BodyguardingABadass: The Queen's Guard in ''The King of Attolia'' have no idea they're guarding arguably the greatest swordsman the Peninsual Peninsula has seen in recent years.



* ChekhovsVolcano: In the not-too-distant future, the Sacred Mountain is going to erupt again and devastate Eddis. The need to evacuate her citizens (say, to the plague-depopulated parts of Attolia) is a significant political consideration in Eddis's decisions [[spoiler:to marry Sounis and effectively become, like him, a vassal of the king of Attolia.]]



* EasilyForgiven: Eugenides towards Releus for [[spoiler:torturing him for information after the queen of Attolia cut off his hand]].

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* EasilyForgiven: Eugenides towards Releus Relius for [[spoiler:torturing him for information after the queen of Attolia cut off his hand]].



** [[spoiler:Sounis could probably have won a long and bloody civil war with his father's help, but ultimately decides that summarily executing the ringleader of his rebellious barons, as Attolia recommended, is the lesser evil.]]



* HappilyMarried: There are some rough spots, but ''The King of Attolia'' is one long exercise in {{Squee}}.



* HappilyMarried: There are some rough spots, but ''The King of Attolia'' is one long exercise in {{Squee}}.

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* HappilyMarried: There are some rough spots, but ''The King ** Kamet, much as he dislikes his master's beatings and humiliations, at least believes himself to be content with the prospect of Attolia'' is one long exercise in {{Squee}}.someday becoming a hugely influential servant of the Mede emperor.



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



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



** The young, naive, hopelessly idealistic Sounis [[spoiler:violates the sacred truce]] at the Barons' Meet.



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



** Overlapping with NamedAfterSomebodyFamous, there is a physician named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galen Galen]] and the leader of an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anabasis_(Xenophon) expeditionary force]] named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenophon Xenophon]].

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** Overlapping with NamedAfterSomebodyFamous, there is a physician named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galen Galen]] and the leader of an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anabasis_(Xenophon) expeditionary force]] named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenophon Xenophon]]. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sejanus Sejanus]] was the power behind the throne of an eccentric Roman emperor, who was arrested for conspiracy at the height of his influence.



* 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.



* 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.

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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]], and third person omniscient. The fifth is Kamet's first-person account.



* SandBridgeAtLowTide: The temple of Hamiathes's Gift is beneath a riverbed, and only accessible for so many nights per year when the gates to the reservoir at the river's source are closed.

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* SandBridgeAtLowTide: The temple of Hamiathes's Gift is a man-made CaveBehindTheFalls beneath a riverbed, and only accessible for so many nights per year when the gates to the reservoir at the river's source are closed.



** The ring Gen picks up in Aracthus's temple is identical to the one handed down in Sutcliff's [[Literature/TheDolphinRing Dolphin Ring]] series.
** Costis's "two inches in the right place" refers to Sutcliff's ''Literature/FrontierWolf'' or ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'', if not to the Roman source, Vegetius's ''De rei militari''.

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** Creator/RosemarySutcliff: The ring Gen picks up in Aracthus's temple is identical to the one handed down in Sutcliff's ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' and [[Literature/TheDolphinRing Dolphin Ring]] series.
**
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 Sutcliff's ''Literature/FrontierWolf'' or ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'', if not to the Roman source, Vegetius's ''De rei militari''.Athena and Telemachus.



** Played straight at the book's midpoint, when Sounis rejects alliances with the Mede and Melenze to ask help of the king of Attolia. This is foreshadowed by a parable of a man who accepted as a gift from a goddess, neither gold of which he would be robbed nor a sword with which he would die fighting, but a friendly wolf that might or might not eat him.



* ThatOldTimePrescription: Lethium.

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* ThatOldTimePrescription: Lethium.Lethium, an anaesthetic named for Lethe, the water of forgetfulness in the Greek underworld.
17th May '17 11:38:56 AM Hedgebird
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There are also three [[BonusMaterial short stories]] in the same universe:

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There are also three several [[BonusMaterial short stories]] in the same universe:


Added DiffLines:

* "Knife Dance", about an Attolian festival performer, in the 2017 re-issue of ''The Queen of Attolia''.
* "Wineshop", featuring Teleus the guard captain, in the 2017 re-issue of ''The King of Attolia''.
* "Envoy", about Melheret the Mede ambassador, included in ''Thick as Thieves''.
17th May '17 10:42:09 AM Polaris
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The four books currently published are, in order:

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The four five books currently published are, in order:




A fifth book, ''Thick as Thieves'', is scheduled for release in May 2017. [[WordOfGod Turner has begun]] a sixth book.

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\nA fifth book, * ''Thick as Thieves'', is scheduled for release in May 2017. As Thieves''

[[WordOfGod Turner has begun]] a sixth book.
3rd Dec '16 3:56:57 PM eowynjedi
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* HumiliationConga: In ''The King of Attolia'', the king's attendants subject him to a three-month-long humiliation conga. [[spoiler: Subverted in that he let them, so that he could destroy the noble house of one of his attendants.]]

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* HumiliationConga: HumiliationConga:
**
In ''The King of Attolia'', the king's attendants subject him to a three-month-long humiliation conga. [[spoiler: Subverted in that he let them, so that he could destroy the noble house of one of his attendants.]]



* 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.



* InheritanceMurder: 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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* InheritanceMurder: InheritanceMurder:
** Attolia's brother was murdered so that she would "inherit" the throne--orchestrated by the family she was given to for marriage because the country's patriarchy meant that her husband would be the ruler. ''She'', however, had other plans.
**
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.



* LittleMissBadass: Sophos' sister Ina.

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* LittleMissBadass: Sophos' sister Ina. Quick-witted and sharp-tongued, when captured to be used as a hostage, Sophos knows she's going to make their lives an absolute misery.
7th Nov '16 8:39:24 PM flambeau
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* AssassinOutclassin: [[spoiler:Eugenides]] takes out three assassins single-handedly, armed only with [[spoiler: his hook hand and a knife that he ''[[BarehandedBladeBlock took from the assassin who was trying to kill him]]'']].
--> ''Three men dead and he wasn't even breathing hard, Costis noted.''



* SacredHospitality: 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

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* SacredHospitality: 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 to violate it, but that was thwarted by Sophos.


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* TantrumThrowing: Gen has a tendency to throw things when he's angry. His ink pots are frequent victims.
--> "I'll stop shouting. I won't sit down. I might need to throw more ink pots."
7th Nov '16 8:22:31 PM flambeau
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A fifth book, ''Thick as Thieves'', is scheduled for May 2017. [[WordOfGod Turner has begun]] a sixth book.

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A fifth book, ''Thick as Thieves'', is scheduled for release in May 2017. [[WordOfGod Turner has begun]] a sixth book.



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

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



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

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



* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Inverted, and then averted. The queen of Attolia is etherially beautiful but a notoriously hard ruler known for exacting brutal punishments for sedition, while the queen of Eddis is, as her biggest supporter describes her "ugly and mannish", but quite kind. Ultimately averted via CharacterDevelopment.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Inverted, and then averted. The queen of Attolia is etherially ethereally beautiful but a notoriously hard ruler known for exacting brutal punishments for sedition, while the queen of Eddis is, as her biggest supporter describes her "ugly and mannish", but quite kind. Ultimately averted via CharacterDevelopment.



* BerserkButton: Eugenides pressed Costis's and got punched in the face for it.

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* BerserkButton: Eugenides [[spoiler: deliberately]] pressed Costis's and got punched in the face for it.



* BigDamnHeroes: Inverted when the Medes rush to the rescue of Attolia, because...

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* BigDamnHeroes: Inverted when the Medes rush to the rescue of Attolia, because...Attolia.



* BodyMotifs: Hands, starting in ''The Queen of Attolia'' when [[spoilers: Eugenides loses his right one]].
* BodyguardingABadass: The Queen's Guard in ''The King of Attolia'' have no idea they're guarding argualy the greatest swordsman the Peninsual has seen in recent years.

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* BodyMotifs: Hands, starting in ''The Queen of Attolia'' when [[spoilers: [[spoiler: Eugenides loses his right one]].
* BodyguardingABadass: The Queen's Guard in ''The King of Attolia'' have no idea they're guarding argualy arguably the greatest swordsman the Peninsual has seen in recent years.



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

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Mede Empire are decidedly the Bad Guys, and do it 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.
%%* BlueBlood
treaties.



* BullyingADragon: Let's play a lot of childish pranks on [[spoiler: Eugenides, King of Attolia]]. [[SarcasmMode What could possibly go wrong?]]

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* BullyingADragon: Let's play a lot of childish pranks on [[spoiler: Eugenides, the King of Attolia]]. [[SarcasmMode What could possibly go wrong?]]



* CuffsOffRubWrists: Averted with Gen at the very beginning of the series. Several months of jailtime does ''not'' do your wrists any favors.

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* CuffsOffRubWrists: Averted with Gen at the very beginning of the series. Several months of jailtime jail time does ''not'' do your wrists any favors.



* CulturePosturing: Attolia and Sounis towards Eddis and each other; the Mede towards everyone else.

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* CulturePosturing: CulturalPosturing: Attolia and Sounis towards Eddis and each other; the Mede towards everyone else.



-> '''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."''



---> [[spoiler:"You ''shot'' the ambassador?”]]
---> [[spoiler:"You gave me the gun."]]

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---> --> [[spoiler:"You ''shot'' the ambassador?”]]
---> --> [[spoiler:"You gave me the gun."]]



* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Eddis has recurring prophetic dreams of [[spoiler:Hephestia's mountain errupting and destroying Eddis]].

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* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Eddis has recurring prophetic dreams of [[spoiler:Hephestia's mountain errupting erupting and destroying Eddis]].



* EveryoneIsRelated: Eddis, being such a small mountain country, has special ''priests'' whose sole job is to keep genealogies so they can make sure no one ''too'' closesly related gets married.

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* EveryoneIsRelated: Eddis, being such a small mountain country, has special ''priests'' whose sole job is to keep genealogies so they can make sure no one ''too'' closesly closely related gets married.



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

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



* HappinessInSlavery: Early in the fourth book [[spoiler: Sophos]] is abducted by slavers working for rebel barons who want to install him as a PuppetKing. To disguise him, the slavers maul his face, and he escapes by tricking the daughter of one of the rebel barons into purchasing him; she then hides him on her father's estate amongst the field hands. He spends several months there working the fields and finds himself oddly happy, free of responsibility and respected by the other slaves and the overseers for his hard work and his storytelling.

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* HappinessInSlavery: Early in the fourth book [[spoiler: Sophos]] is abducted by slavers working for rebel barons who want to install him as a PuppetKing. To disguise him, the slavers maul his face, and he escapes by tricking the daughter of one of the rebel barons into purchasing him; she then hides him on her father's estate amongst among the field hands. He spends several months there working the fields and finds himself oddly happy, free of responsibility and respected by the other slaves and the overseers for his hard work and his storytelling.



--->[[spoiler: ''[Attolia] wondered when she had sunk so low that she had begun torturing boys.'']]

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--->[[spoiler: -->[[spoiler: ''[Attolia] wondered when she had sunk so low that she had begun torturing boys.'']]



* 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]].

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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 father [[TooDumbToLive discussed these plans around her openly]], so she poisoned him at their wedding and took the throne herself. However, because Attolia (the country) is pretty sexist, the country remained it would remain 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]].



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

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



-> '''Teleus:''' ''"That one will rule more than just Attolia before he is done. He is an Annux, a king of kings."''

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-> --> '''Teleus:''' ''"That one will rule more than just Attolia before he is done. He is an Annux, a king of kings."''



* InMediaRes: ''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.

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* InMediaRes: 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.



* KingmakerScenario: The resoultion 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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* KingmakerScenario: The resoultion 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]].



-->[[spoiler:Calf love doesn't usually survive amputation, your majesty.]]

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-->[[spoiler:Calf -->[[spoiler:"Calf love doesn't usually survive amputation, your majesty.]]"]]



** Overlapping with PredictiveName and NamedAfterSomebodyFamous, there is a physician named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galen Galen]] and the leader of an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anabasis_(Xenophon) expeditionary force]] named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenophon Xenophon]].

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** Overlapping with PredictiveName and NamedAfterSomebodyFamous, there is a physician named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galen Galen]] and the leader of an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anabasis_(Xenophon) expeditionary force]] named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenophon Xenophon]].



->'''Attolia:''' ''Chloe.''
->'''Chloe:''' ''Your Majesty?''
->'''Attolia:''' ''Go fetch something for me.''
->'''Chloe:''' ''What would you like, Your Majesty?''
->'''Attolia:''' ''I don't know. Go find out.''

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->'''Attolia:''' -->'''Attolia:''' ''Chloe.''
->'''Chloe:''' -->'''Chloe:''' ''Your Majesty?''
->'''Attolia:''' -->'''Attolia:''' ''Go fetch something for me.''
->'''Chloe:''' -->'''Chloe:''' ''What would you like, Your Majesty?''
->'''Attolia:''' -->'''Attolia:''' ''I don't know. Go find out.''



* 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 lovestruck.

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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 counterpart in Sounis similarly does not consider that Eddis is anything but silly and lovestruck.love-struck.
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