Published in 1996.
Audiobook performed by Jeff Woodman.
1997 Newbery Honor Book.
On the recommendation of my friend Sue, I listened to this young adult fantasy novel on CD. I enjoyed the whole book - the character Gen (short for Eugenides) is fabulous, the world in which he lives is interesting, the mythology of that world is intriguing - but it was the ending that totally blew me away. I'm definitely reading (or listening to) to the next book in the series, The Queen of Attolia.
Karen of Typing With My Toes said, "From the very beginning, Gen’s voice was what drew me in." Her full review is here.
Tricia of Library Queue said, "The ending made me want to read it all over again." Her full review is here.
Corinne of The Book Nest called The Thief "a gem." Her full review is here.
Megan Whalen Turner's website is here.