Thick as Thieves: The Queen's Thief, Book 5

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Smart, suspenseful, stellar volume in tricky fantasy series.

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Educational Value

Thick as Thieves is set in a fantasy version of ancient Greece, but it's realistic in its details of surviving on the road.

Positive Messages

It isn't wise to think you're superior to any other person. First impressions are not reliable. Friends look out for each other in the face of adversity.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kamet has learned to survive as a slave and prosper as a scribe. He is clever, loyal, and resourceful. He has a habit, however, of underestimating people and thinking he's superior to them.


Kamet is beaten by his master. The Attolian kills three or four bounty hunters, and he is later thrown down a well in a sword fight.


One or two uses of "hell."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Thick as Thieves is the fifth volume in Megan Whalen Turner's historical fantasy series the Queen's Thief. Here, the scribe Kamet and a foreigner he thinks of only as "the Attolian" face grave dangers as they journey to a faraway kingdom. Although the book references characters and settings from other books, it can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. It includes a few scenes of violence, mostly sword fights and beatings. Strong language is limited to one or two uses of "hell." 

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Teen, 14 years old Written byKim04 August 24, 2018

A Great Story

This is the fifth book in the Queen's Thief series by Turner and is again, as always, a fantastic book. (If you do read, I recommend reading the books in o... Continue reading

What's the story?

At the beginning of THICK AS THIEVES, the scribe Kamet receives word that his master has been murdered and that his own life is in jeopardy. Leaving behind his possessions and all the trappings of power, Kamet exits the city under the protection of a strong, quiet foreigner he thinks of only as "the Attolian." In their journey to a faraway kingdom, the duo brave great dangers, from bounty hunters to a pride of lions. They grow to trust each other, but as they near their destination, secrets are revealed that change their perceptions of each other and their places in the world.

Is it any good?

As in previous installments, the element of surprise plays a large part in the plot, and the author again executes the reversals in the story with flair. In Thick as Thieves, Kamet and the Attolian are an entertaining duo, and their interplay is intelligent, clever, and often amusing. Their journey through an alternate version of ancient Eurasia is filled with striking details. and if the pace of the plot is somewhat leisurely, it has enough suspense and momentum to keep readers engaged. Smart, unpredictable, and wise, Thick as Thieves is a welcome return to a fascinating fictional world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Thick as Thieves portrays slavery. Why is the practice of slavery so destructive? What kinds of slavery are still practiced today?

  • Kemet consistently underestimates people he meets on his journey. Why are first impressions often unreliable? What are the dangers of believing that you're superior to other people?

  • The Attolian must sometimes resort to violence. Is violence ever necessary? What strategies can be created to avoid it?

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