The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Gen is a thief that has been caught boasting about stealing the King's Seal. In exchange for being let out of prison and not killed, he must steal something very important for the King. Gen takes the deal, and an adventure ensues.
The story was pretty slow the first half of the book although it picked up after awhile. Unfortunately Gen was really annoying all throughout the book, and that detracted from the journey a lot. I'm not sure the ending justifies the amount of annoyance there was.
Throughout the book are sprinklings of stories of a creation myth which is based on the Greek creation myths which were interesting. I liked that they were put in there to give more flavor to the world.
I think I will still read the next book to see what happens as the ending leaves some interesting possibilities for the next one even if this one had annoying moments.