The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Gen, the professional thief, is recruited by a King to steal an ancient, mythical artifact with the power to grant immortality and make or break kingdoms. The worldbuilding is pseudo-Hellenic, which is a refreshing change from the usual, generic Medieval Europe.
I saw the ending of this one a mile off, but that probably means it's hard to predict. I only get fooled by generic twist endings, the ones that everyone else sees through. If they're novel? I nearly always see through them. I thought The Usual Suspects was the most boooooring movie ever, and the book Speaker for the Dead? Knew the ending right from the first mysterious murder. So, yes, I suspect a lot of people will find this book delightfully surprising. I truly enjoyed it, despite feeling like the rest of the characters were pretty dim for not figuring out what would happen.