The first book in Megan Whalen Turner’s Attolia series. Followed by The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia and A Conspiracy of Kings. The main star of this fantasy series is Gen and his humble beginnings as a thief imprisoned in the lands of Sounis. Picture the Mediterranean. He boasted to be the cleverest thief alive and once everyone knows this, he steals the king’s seal and is promptly caught. After months of wearing chains, the thief is given an impossible task. Find the Hamiathes’s Gift and win his freedom. Off goes our anti-hero on a quest with the king’s magus and apprentices. The epic quest would be easier if everyone didn’t insist on treating Gen as an idiot. Turner has enough twists to make the reader constantly re-evaluate who this young man is. Read it, then tell me if you weren’t fooled too.