It’s really starting to feel like the 90’s this year. A Clinton is running for president, kids are catching Pokémon, and now The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner is getting a brand new design.
UPDATE (Oct 5) – SURPRISE! We are also revealing brand new covers for the other Queen’s Thief books! Keep scrolling to see those designers too!
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner was published in 1996 (TWENTY YEARS AGO) and to celebrate the big birthday, we are giving it a brand new look.
In case it isn’t clear, this is a BFD. This book (and all of the novels that came after it) are so beloved in the YA community, it even won the Newbery Honor. For even more 90’s nostalgia, Megan Whalen Turner was actually discovered by Diana Wynne Jones (who wrote Howl’s Moving Castle), and it was Jones who suggested that Megan send her work to Greenwillow!
The Old School Covers
Before we show you the new look, take a peek at the evolution of the OG cover and it’s evolution. This one (below) is the original hardcover designs from 1996 and 2000. O.M.G. How very, um….vintage!
The 2005 Redesign
Can you believe these designs came out 11 years ago ?
The New Covers
And now, it’s time to feast your eyes on the brand new look! Click on the image below to view at an even larger size!
After Gen’s bragging lands him in the King’s prison, the chances of escape look slim. Then the King’s scholar, the magus, needs the thief’s skill for a seemingly impossible task-to steal a hidden treasure from another land. To the magus, Gen is just a tool. But Gen is a trickster and a survivor with a plan of his own.
Not only is it getting a new cover, it is also getting some fresh, bonus content like a map, a cast list for The Queen’s Thief and a behind-the-story essay from Megan! This new paperback edition of The Thief will be hitting bookstores everywhere on February 28, 2017. Go ahead and pre-order it now: Amazon | B&N | IndieBound.
AHHHHH!!!! WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW LOOK????? Tell us in the comments below!!!! If you’ve read The Thief already, what do you think of that scene at the bottom? Does it bring back old memories of Gen & Friends™?
The Queen of Attolia
When Eugenides finds his small mountain country at war with Attolia, he must steal a man, he must steal a queen, he must steal peace. But his greatest triumph, and his greatest loss, comes in capturing something that the Queen of Attolia thought she had sacrificed long ago…
This new edition will also include the map, The Queen’s Thief cast list and Knife Dance, a new short story about Gen.
The King of Attolia
By scheming and theft, the Thief of Eddis has become King of Attolia. Eugenides wanted the queen, not the crown, but he finds himself trapped in a web of his own making.
Then he drags a naive young guard into the center of the political maelstrom. Poor Costis knows he is the victim of the king’s caprice, but his contempt for Eugenides slowly turns to grudging respect. Though struggling against his fate, the newly crowned king is much more than he appears. Soon the corrupt Attolian court will learn that its subtle and dangerous intrigue is no match for Eugenides.
This new edition will also include the map, The Queen’s Thief cast list and Wine Shop, a new short story about Gen.
A Conspiracy of Kings
In Attolia, Eugenides, the new and unlikely king, has never stopped wondering what happened to Sophos. Nor has the Queen of Eddis. They send spies. They pay informants. They appeal to the gods. But as time goes by, it becomes less and less certain that they will ever see their friend alive again.
Across the small peninsula battles are fought, bribes are offered, and conspiracies are set in motion. Darkening the horizon, the Mede Empire threatens, always, from across the sea. And Sophos, anonymous and alone, bides his time. Sophos, drawing on his memories of Gen, Pol, the Magus and Eddis, sets out on an adventure that will change all of their lives forever.
This new edition will also include the map, The Queen’s Thief cast list and a Q&A between Leigh Bardugo (author of Shadow & Bone) and Megan Whalen Turner!