Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for Queen of Attolia, Irene

One of my Top 5 Favorite Series Ever is The Queen's Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. A central character in these 4 books is Irene, The Queen of Attolia. Here she is as imagined by Paola at deviantART

You can tell that this woman is fierce. The Queen of Attolia has had to fight for her place on the throne. As a teenager, Irene overheard her fiance's plans to take full power as king once they were wed. She was to be only a Shadow Queen. So - what could she do - she pretended to be stupid and shy until their wedding day, when she killed him.

Take that!

The Queen is feared by her subjects. When threatened, she doesn't hesitate to hang barons upside down on the castle wall until they die screaming. She is ruthless.

Which is what makes her relationship with Eugenides, the royal thief of neighboring Eddis, so interesting. Are they enemies, lovers, friends? Or maybe they are all these things.

Attolia and Eugenides as imagined by Leng at deviantART:

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge


  1. I hadn't heard of these books, but they sound interesting. Nice to meet and connect through atozchallenge.

    1. They are, indeed, very interesting! Thanks for visiting =)

  2. She sounds like a character I would like to read about. I loved the art you showed to represent her.
    Shawn from Laughing at Life 2