History Literature / TheQueensThief

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:
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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.]]



* 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
5th Nov '16 11:03:27 PM basilinna
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* AbductionIsLove: Essentially how [[spoiler: Eugenides becomes engaged to 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]].



* AgentPeacock: Ah, Eugenides. You enormously vain fool.



* TheAlcoholic: How [[spoiler:Eugenides]] copes with most of his problems during ''Queen'' and ''King''.



* 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]]]].



* ArmorPiercingSlap: Attolia to [[spoiler: Eugenides]] in King.



* AscendedExtra: Attolia goes from being a minor character with a last-minute appearance in the first book, to being one of the primary protagonists of the second and third.



* 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.
* BecomingTheMask: Attolia was forced to mold herself into a cold, passionless queen, and by the time the books start, she's begun to feel like that's ''all'' she is.



* TheBigGuy: Aulus, the queen of Eddis's cousin and heir.
* 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.
* BlueBlood: Most of the main characters are royalty or nobility to some degree. Most of them.
* 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.
* BornInTheSaddle: Averted with Gen. He notes that it should have been one of the signs to his father that he was not meant to be a soldier.



* 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.]]



* ButtMonkey: Costis Ormentiedes, o how the universe doth love to make you suffer.



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%%* ComesGreatResponsibility* ColdBloodedTorture: The queen of Attolia subjects many of her political prisoners to this.
* ComesGreatResponsibility
* ConflictingLoyalties: Sejanis is torn between helping his father and his brother.


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* CourtlyLove: Erondites the Younger hopes to woo the queen of Attolia this way.


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* CultureClash: One of the more minor problems [[spoiler: Eugenides]] has settling in in Attolia.
* CulturePosturing: Attolia and Sounis towards Eddis and each other; the Mede towards everyone else.


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* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The royal court of Attolia, described by at least one character as a "cesspit".


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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]].
* 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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* {{Determinator}} - Eugenides most notably. Part of Sophos's character development involves growing into this.
-> '''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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* DisproportionateRetribution: [[InUniverse In-Universe]], how Attolia [[spoiler:cutting off Eugenides's hand]] is viewed.
* DividedWeFall: A driving part of the plot is how, one way or another, Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis ''must'' be united if they're to have any chance of staving off the inevitable Mede invasion.


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* TheDragon: Nahuseresh to his brother, the heir to the Mede Empire.
* DramaticIrony: The king's attendants in ''The King of Attolia'' have no idea the short, idiotic-seeming man they're hazing is in actuality one of the most brilliant [[TheChessmaster Chessmasters]] alive.
** Baron Hanaktos loses the prince he'd had abducted - only for said prince to turn out to be disguised as one of the slaves working his fields.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Eddis has recurring prophetic dreams of [[spoiler:Hephestia's mountain errupting and destroying Eddis]].


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


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* EnemyMine: Attolia and Eddis ultimately ally in the face of Sounis's aggression.


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* EthnicGod: The people of Eddis are the only ones to keep to the worship of the old gods, and are referred to as "Hephestia's people" after the chief goddess of their pantheon.


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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 related gets married.


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* FantasticSlurs: "Goatfoot" for Eddisians.


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* {{Foil}}: Several, many of which are acknowledged [[InUniverse In-Universe]].
** Eddis and Attolia. Both inherited their thrones at a relatively young age after losing brothers who were the original heirs. However, Attolia was a minor princess raised to make a noble marriage in the heavily patriarchal Attolian society, and she had a lonely childhood, while Eddis was raised in a loving household and taught to ride and fight like a man, and she inherited her throne securely with the support of her uncle, the head of the Eddisian army.
** 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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* 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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* HealItWithFire: [[spoiler: Attolia orders Eugenides's wound cauterized after she has his hand cut off.]]


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* HeirClubForMen: Attolia and Eddis both only became heirs to their respect thrones when their older brothers died. In Eddis's case, at that point she was expected to be queen in her own right, but Attolia was only intended to be queen to whomever her father picked out to marry her and become king.


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* HellholePrison: Take your pick of any of the royal prisons, but special mention goes to Attolia's royal prison, not because it's objectively any worse, but because of the torture certain characters endure there.
* 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.


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* TheHighKing: [[spoiler: Eugenides]] in book four.
-> '''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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* 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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* 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.]]
** 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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* IconicSequelCharacter: Costis Ormentiedes only shows up for one book, and for the others, we miss him much.


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* 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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* 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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* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: Sophos shooting the Mede Ambassador]].


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* 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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* MinoredInAssKicking: Eugenides, at his father's insistence.


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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]].


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* NiceToTheWaiter: Attolia is noted by her attendants to be unfailingly polite, though remote.
* 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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* TheOathbreaker: ''The King of Attolia'' opens with royal guardsman Costis Ormentiedes awaiting the repurcussions of ''punching his king in the face''.


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* ThePlague: There was one nearly fifty years before the first book that decimated the populations of Sounis and Attolia.


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* 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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* 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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* 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.
* 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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* 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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* SnipeHunt: Attolia to her attendant Chloe, when Chloe makes an ill-thought remark on one of Attolia's suitors.
->'''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.''
* SpannerInTheWorks: Berrone is this for her own father, largely by virtue of being so naive and good-hearted that she sneaks behind her back to buy the one slave that [[KingIncognito wasn't actually]] [[DistressedDude a slave]].
* SpiritedYoungLady: ''Both'' of Sophos's sisters, in contrast to their [[NonActionGuy princely older brother]].


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* StandardRoyalCourt: The series largely revolves around the doings and plottings of the royalty of three countries.


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* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Attolia spent her year living with her fiance's family spinning thread, embroidering her fiance's shirts, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick collecting poisonous plants to murder him]].
* ThatOldTimePrescription: Lethium.


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* WarHawk: The king of Sounis uses war to distract and weaken his barons so they're easier to keep in line.
* [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapter]]: [[spoiler: Eugenides losing his hand]].
* [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent Why Couldn't You Be Different?]]: Eugenides and his father had a famous falling-out when Gen tore up his army enrollment papers. While they've since mended their relationship, he notes that his father still wishes he'd become a soldier rather than a thief.


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* WorldOfSnark: It's easier to count the characters who ''don't'' snark than the ones that do.


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* XanatosGambit: Many characters ''attempt'' this, but no one pulls it off with quite the same flair as Eugenides.
* [[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]].
28th Oct '16 9:36:38 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: It'd be easier to list who ''isn't'' badass than to list who ''is''.
6th Oct '16 11:07:21 PM millernumber1
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A fifth book and sixth book [[WordOfGod have been confirmed]] but not yet given a title.

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A fifth book and sixth book book, ''Thick as Thieves'', is scheduled for May 2017. [[WordOfGod have been confirmed]] but not yet given Turner has begun]] a title.sixth book.
2nd Oct '16 8:27:15 AM CadeyrnofKearneyI
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* KissingCousins: Subverted. Half the world thinks Gen and [[spoiler:Eddis]] are lovers. [[LikeBrotherAndSister They think it's funny.]]

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* KissingCousins: Subverted. Half the world thinks Gen and [[spoiler:Eddis]] are lovers. ''[[LikeBrotherAndSister They]]'' [[LikeBrotherAndSister They think it's funny.]]
16th Jun '16 8:54:05 PM eowynjedi
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* MadeASlave: [[spoiler:Sophos]] in ''[[spoiler:A Conspiracy of Kings]]''. Unusually, he describes himself as much happier in the simple life as a slave than he had been before.



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

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



* SacredHospitality

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



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

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



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

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

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


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

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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Gen's hair is long enough to braid in ''The Thief'', but gets cut early in ''The Queen of Attolia'' and remains short thereafter. After all, he mentions that the reason he keeps his hair long is because a braid provides HairyHammerspace, [[spoiler: and he can't braid his own hair with only one hand]].
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