By Megan Whalen Turner
Why this book?
I still remember the first time I read The Thief. I was twelve or thirteen, and I could tell right away that this would be a lush historical novel set in a Greco-inspired ancient world of megarons and olive groves. The first part had plenty of conversations about the gods, but I didn’t think they would actually show up in the story.
Until they did.
The Thief opened up a window of possibilities in my young authorial soul. I realized that my very favorite stories pulled back the rug of this world and let you see the magical foundation underneath. This magic was not sprinkled on top, it was ingrained. It made everything feel at once more real, and more frightening. When gods walk the earth, anything can happen.
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