The Queen’s Thief Week is finally here! *does happy little dance* I’ve been excited for this event for the past few weeks – I even created a #QueensThiefWeek hashtag on Twitter. Starting January 22, up until January 29, I will be hosting a blog event to celebrate one of my favorite series of all time: the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner (MWT). The books in the series are The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia and A Conspiracy of Kings. If you haven’t heard of the series, I urge you to look it up and read the books as soon as you can. Oh but avoid reading summaries for the books because they might contain spoilers. The less you know, the better the reading experience. Then come back here once you’ve read the books so we can discuss them. 🙂 I’m hoping that the Queen’s Thief Week will be a fun event for fans of the series and that it would encourage other readers to pick up the books.
Let’s get down to business. Since this is the first post for the week, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about how we all discovered MWT’s books. I first found out about the series through another favorite author, Shannon Hale. Don’t you love it when a favorite author recommends books that he or she enjoyed reading? It always makes me curious about the recommendations that they mention. Nowadays, whenever I see MWT recommend a book, I go into MUST READ mode. Back in September of 2007, Shannon had a three-part interview with MWT that convinced me to read the Queen’s Thief books as soon as I could. Links: part 1, part 2 and part 3. If you’ve never read the conversation between Shannon and MWT, hurry and check it out. They talk about some fascinating things – what’s it like to be an author, how difficult it is to write while taking care of kids and what’s the proper attire for authors (e.g. capes). I read that interview, looked for MWT’s books the next time I was in a local bookstore and was delighted to discover that they’re available here in the Philippines. Grabbed paperback copies of the first three books (the fourth one wasn’t out at that time) and read them as soon as I could. I fell in love with the series and I remember having a book hangover – I couldn’t stop thinking about the books days after I finished reading them. I have been recommending them to everyone I know ever since.
What about the rest of you, how did you discover the series? Was it recommended by someone or did you discover it by chance? If you haven’t read the series but have heard about it, how did you find out about the books? More importantly, are you planning to read them soon? Feel free to leave a comment! If you’d rather write about ANYTHING related to MWT’s books in your own blog, grab the poster or the button and include it in your post. Let me know when it’s up so I can link it here.