Book review: Thick as thieves

IN this fifth standalone instalment of The Queen's Thief series, author Turner has weaved an interesting tale.

Kamet is a slave held in high regard by his master, Nahuseresh, the emperor's nephew.

Although not a f­reeman, Kamet is educated and ambitious. He has ­authority over other slaves and ­servants, and is being groomed by his master to be presented as a gift to the future emperor.

He is content with his fate, as this will make him one of the richest and most powerful figures in the ­empire.

One day, Kamet meets an Attolian soldier who offers the slave a chance at freedom, which inadvertently leads him away from his ­perceived future.

The book follows the ­journey and the ­interactions of these two ­different individuals – one a literate slave, and the other a loyal soldier.

The two form an unlikely friendship, ­complementing each other's strengths and weaknesses on their travel to "backward" ­Attolia.

We later find out that ­Eugenides, the King of Attolia, wants to steal Kamet from Nahuseresh out of spite.

Turner weaves seemingly ­insignificant ­details throughout the book, that all cleverly fall into place as Kamet and the ­Attolian near the end of their journey.

She certainly does not ­disappoint with Thick as Thieves, leaving more ­breadcrumbs at the end to make you eager for the next instalment.