I loved the first two books of this series, The Thief and The Queen of Attolia. I took a break from the series in an attempt to experience the beauty of delayed gratification. Whatever! I loved The King of Attolia, too.
We already know from the first two books that Eugenides, former Thief of Eddis, now King of Attolia, is smart and clever. In The King of Attolia, Turner chooses to alter the narrative POV again. This time, we see the story through the eyes of Costis, a young Attolian guard. Costis despises the new King and thinks he’s a fool. As the reader, we know Costis is wrong. Part of the tension driving the story forward is the readers awareness that more is going on than we see through the eyes of Costis.
The story isn’t told only from Costis’ POV. There are moments when we see other character interacting. But for the most part, the reader is kept out of Eugenides’ head until he is ready to reveal himself.
He looked gravely at the king. “It isn’t an easy thing to give your loyalty to someone you don’t know, especially when that person chooses to reveal nothing of himself. But no matter, Your Majesty. You are revealed at last.”
The king looked down at his nakedness and back at the captain.
“Was that a joke?” he asked.