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[NetGalley] The Thief’s Daughter, Book 2 in the Kingfountain Series by Jeff Wheeler

So it’s been half a year now since I first picked up this series. Sometimes my brother and I decide on a book to read together and for some reason we decided on The Queen’s Poisoner. To summarize what I thought of that book: It was ok, pacing slow, and my two favorites were the Queen’s Poisoner and Evie. I mentioned that I wasn’t sure where the next book would pick up at and well, now I do

In The Thief’s Daughter we start following Owen when he’s 17 and in contrast to his 8-year-old self, Owen as a young adult is capable of conquering lands, leading an army, and doing a bit of espionage. Something he’s not very good at, however, is progressing in his love life. And when the King demands him and Evie to go out to Atabyrion to snuff out the Pretender, Owen needs to decide which is more important, his devotion for Evie or his duty to the King

I don’t know about you guys, but this story sounds way more exciting than the first one and to a degree, I did find it more entertaining. For one, Owen is no longer that scared little boy who needed Evie to take action. Instead, he’s a duke who is respected by his people, though it seems obscure enough where he can go out to a different country as a knight. For what? To figure out if the Pretender is actually one of the King’s nephews and therefore a threat to the throne

While we still have some of our old cast reappear in this book (Mancini, King Severn, Owen, and Evie), we’re also introduced to quite a few new characters, one of the bigger roles being Iago, the ruler in Atabyrion. Not only is he important because he harbors Severn’s possible nephew (the one he was accused of killing), but as the third end in a triangle! I know, I’ve mentioned I don’t like love triangles before but here I didn’t mind it (to a degree)

In The Queen’s Poisoner, I mentioned that I didn’t like Owen and Evie as a future couple. I liked their dynamic but there was just something about them that I didn’t want to see as a couple. But then in this book I saw that it would be cute. They just had that background together, had inside jokes, I could feel that they liked each other, and they just clicked. And when the King said that Evie had to marry Iago to strengthen relations, I really thought this book was going to go in that direction (where it’s Owen and Evie vs. the King)

When it didn’t, I was a bit surprised but also relieved. Relieved because I finally realized why Owen and Evie didn’t appeal to me. Evie has always been that mischievous child, the one who steps up first, and she speaks her mind. Owen has always been the more timid one and in their kind-of-relationship, it’s the same thing. Owen never took a step without Evie taking one first, he never really showed how much he loved her (and he did, just reading his thoughts made me sick in the good kind of way)

Aside from the romance, Owen was also supposed to figure out if the Pretender was actually Severn’s nephew. If it turned out to be a lie, he was to kill him using another of our new characters, Atayne, the King’s Poisoner. And speaking of Atayne, this book is actually named after her but I feel like she’s 1) of little importance and 2) her associating to “the thief” isn’t really important. If anything they should have called this the King’s Poisoner or something, as that was what I identified her for the whole book

Overall, there were a lot of little crumbs in this book. Some of them I don’t want to say much about since they’re kind of spoiler territory (ie. is the Pretender really a fake? and Evie’s fate). The pacing is still really slow but I was able to listen to this while at work so it’s something you can have playing in your ear if you’re doing chores. In that sense, it probably won’t read as slowly

While most of the story is told in detail, at the end it does start to pick up in pace. Not because there’s more action or events unfolding, but because we need to end it (or at least that’s how it feels). The last few pages, however, do give us a direction for where the next book will follow and I am hoping it will be better and involve wars. The series looked to be only 4 books long at the end of 2016 but now it’s at 6!

I ended up rating this book a 4/5 on Goodreads

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