The Thief by Megan Whelan Turner
Gen is in prison as this story begins, he is a master thief who boasts he can steal anything. He is freed from prison on condition he will travel to do an errand for the king, but the “thief” is an ornery traveler on an unpleasant journey, and he is full of secrets. This is a novel of surprise and adventure. Readers will delight in the author’s ingenuity, which will leave them hungry to read the sequels.