of kings and queens and thieves

“This is the stupidest plan I have ever in my career participated in," Xenophon said.

"I love stupid plans," said Eugenides.


~Megan Whalen Turner, "The Queen of Attolia"


Another from this year's attempt to photograph more books. This particular book, held by a friend of mine in front of a poplar farm in Eastern Oregon, is "The Thief" by Megan Whalen Turner. It's the first book of four (thus far), and quite possibly my favorite series ever. They trump The Hunger Games, the Ender's Game series, The Golden Compass, and even Jaran (as a series, anyway). I stumbled into these books a few years ago, and recently reread them, finding them just as stunningly clever as the first time around.


The first book is... different, than the others. It's written in first person, from the Thief's point of view, and the remarkable thing is that despite a first person point of view, you don't really learn much about the Thief from his thoughts, but rather his actions. And the end is so surprising, so remarkable, that your entire perception of the book is suddenly and definitively changed (and for the better). That being said, after my first read through of "The Thief", I wasn't completely sold on the series. But I was SO glad that I kept going, and when I came back to this book a second time, it was so much better.


The second book, "The Queen of Attolia" is my personal favorite. Again, the twists and turns, the subtle ways we learn more and more about Eugenides (the Thief) and about the truly flawed, heroic character that he is... sigh. Makes me want to open the book up again (but I can't, as the series is now lent out to a friend).


In short, these books make me want to write, though I can hardly hope to be as witty as Turner. If you're looking for a good book or two, pick these up... I can't possibly hope to gush enough about them. Oh, and do yourself a big favor - don't read the book jacket covers. Seriously. If you want to be well and truly amazed and surprised, avoid the descriptions and just start reading.

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  • Cristian PRO 3y

    made me courious about the book....i'll give it a try....
  • {JiLL} 3y

    ok, I usually refrain from using this word, but... holy BOKEH!!! awesome!!
  • Peter Smith (ARPS) PRO 3y

    Excellent work
  • Glen~P PRO 3y

    I thought that looked like the tree farm in the background. Nice shot, Danielle.
  • n.white1 3y

    the poplar bokeh provides such a perfect background for this, the colours are just lovely
  • sweetpeatoad~ PRO 3y

    very, very nice.
  • yvone042488 PRO 3y

    What a wonderful shot.

  • wildorange55 3y

    sounds like an amazing series! i love the gradual change in the background from brown to yellow to grey, and how clear the focus is on the words of the page.
  • R Casey PRO 3y

    Sounds like an interesting read! Better than the Ender's series, eh? Hmm...
    Beautiful shot too by the way. Just thought I should mention that part too :)
  • Kirstin PRO 3y

    You are a total star!
    I have added this to both my kindle and Ella's.
    I'm always up for a good book recommendation (I'm reading the Song of Achilles at the moment if you want the back story of Achilles and Patroclus I would recommend it). x
  • Kirstin PRO 3y

    And yes, while I do adore books, we already have SO many, I am trying to keep to the kindle fot the moment. Ella's room is literally bursting with books.
  • Zeb Andrews 3y

    Makes me want to read this series. :-) and I suppose I shall in time. Wait til you start the Rothfuss series. That is Sooooo good too!
  • i k o 3y

    nice work, well executed as usual
  • gretchenhayhurst PRO 3y

    If Erik is holding that book it might burst into flames. I like that thought that trees become paper and paper becomes a book.
  • bnzai9 PRO 3y

    Beautiful bokeh and great layers of color.
  • Danielle Nelson PRO 3y

    gretchenhayhurst Haha! I thought you might say something like that, regarding our friend ;-) And yes, the trees -> paper -> books is an awesome comment.
  • Esther Vasquez PRO 3y

    It sounds like a good read, I'm intrigued! Do you have a blog Danielle? You write well, and I read one of your short stories once and loved it. You should definitely put words down if you're inspired in such a way!
  • Danielle Nelson PRO 3y

    Esther Vasquez I have a website that I don't use/haven't really set up, and no blog. I'm not sure I could keep up with it! And I worry that what I have to say might be relevant or interesting to anyone. Mostly though, it's just a time thing... that, and I would need some major help getting up a site to get started.
  • Glen~P PRO 3y

    Danielle, I'm with you on this. Who needs to spend more time on their computer? Not me. Not you. Not anyone. After all, you have a career that is demanding of your time and of your heart (compassion). You need to have balance in your life and, from what I can tell, you get that through spending time outdoors appreciating Nature and photographing your journeys. That sounds like more than enough of a full life to me. Enjoy that, let your spirit love it, and forget about spending any more time than necessary on the computer. ;-)
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