A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief Series #4)

A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief Series #4)

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Discover the world of the Queen’s Thief

New York Times-bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner’s entrancing and award-winning Queen’s Thief novels bring to life the world of the epics and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief novels are rich with political machinations and intrigue, battles lost and won, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception. The New York Times bestseller A Conspiracy of Kings won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, and George R. R. Martin.

After an attempted assassination and kidnapping, Sophos, heir to the throne of Sounis, disappears. Those who care for him—including the thief Eugenides and the Queen of Eddis—are left to wonder if he is alive and if they will ever see him again. The Queen’s Thief novels have been praised by writers, critics, reviewers, and fans and have been honored with glowing reviews, “best of” citations, and numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Newbery Honor, the Andre Norton Award shortlist, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Discover and rediscover the stand-alone companions, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings, and Thick as Thieves, all epic novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief.

This edition of A Conspiracy of Kings includes a conversation between bestselling author Leigh Bardugo and Megan Whalen Turner, an introduction to the characters from the world of the Queen’s Thief, a map of the world of the Queen’s Thief, and an exclusive teaser to Thick as Thieves.

Winner of the LA Times Book Award

A New York Times Bestseller

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

A School Library Journal Best Book

“The Queen’s Thief books awe and inspire me. They have the feel of a secret, discovered history of real but forgotten lands. The plot-craft is peerless, the revelations stunning, and the characters flawed, cunning, heartbreaking, exceptional. Megan Whalen Turner’s books have a permanent spot on my favorites shelf, with space waiting for more books to come.”—Laini Taylor, New York Times-bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone novels and Strange the Dreamer

"Unforgettable characters, plot twists that will make your head spin, a world rendered in elegant detail—you will fall in love with every page of these stories. Megan Whalen Turner writes vivid, immersive, heartbreaking fantasy that will leave you desperate to return to Attolia again and again."—Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

“Megan Whalen Turner is one of my all-time favorite writers . . . impossible to put down.”—Holly Black, award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of the Modern Faerie Tale series and The Darkest Part of the Forest

“Romance, intrigue, mystery, surprises, and sheer beautiful writing.”—Cassandra Clare, award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments and Lady Midnight

“The world Turner creates is so tangible that not only do I believe in its characters, I almost believe in its gods.”—Kristin Cashore, award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of the Graceling Realm series

A Conspiracy of Kings brings the sweetest, sharpest kind of reading pleasure. Megan Whalen Turner’s books are pure joy.”—Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medalist and New York Times-bestselling author of When You Reach Me and Goodbye Stranger

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449822620
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 10/29/2010
Series: Queen's Thief Series , #4
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

New York Times–bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner is the award-winning author of six novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief. These epic novels of intrigue and adventure can be read in any order, but were published as follows: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings, Thick as Thieves, and Return of the Thief. Megan Whalen Turner has been awarded a Newbery Honor and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature. She has won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature and was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award. She worked as a bookseller for seven years before she started writing. Her first book was a collection of short stories called Instead of Three Wishes.

What People are Saying About This

Cassandra Clare

“Romance, intrigue, mystery, surprises, and sheer beautiful writing make this a worthy successor to the previous volumes.”

Kristin Cashore

“The world Turner creates is so tangible that not only do I believe in its characters, I almost believe in its gods.”

Holly Black

“Megan Whalen Turner is one of my all-time favorite writers. A Conspiracy of Kings is impossible to put down.”

Rebecca Stead

“A Conspiracy of Kings brings the sweetest, sharpest kind of reading pleasure. Megan Whalen Turner’s books are pure joy.”

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Conspiracy of Kings 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
SeeMichelleRead More than 1 year ago
Like many of you out there, I am a huge fan of Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series - though perhaps what I should really say is that I am a huge fan of her clever thief Eugenides. Ever since Ms. Turner turned my world upside-down after reading The King of Attolia, I have been waiting none too patiently for another installment of Gen. So it should come as no surprise that I'll admit to being the teeniest bit disappointed upon learning that the bulk of "A Conspiracy of Kings" follows the bookish Sophos from "The Thief" instead of Gen. And then I gave myself a mental face-slap and got down to business after reminding myself: it's Megan Whalen Turner and I will follow that woman anywhere she leads. Sophos has never really wanted his life. Next in line to the throne of Sounis, he'd rather spend his days reading poetry than learning how to fight or the best way to converse with an ambassador. But to Sophos' credit, he's still trying to learn all that his father and uncle, the king, want - knowing even as he does so, that he's still a disappointment to them. But when his family is unexpectedly attacked by rebels - his sisters and mother gone and Sophos himself captured and brutalized and sold into slavery - does Sophos find himself relying on his training as a fighter and a leader in order to find the strength to fight for the country he loves. What I love most about Megan Whalen Turner's books is that she expects a lot from her readers. She expects everyone to be intelligent as Sophos, the Magus, and Gen (although no one really ever could be as smart as Gen). Consequently I find myself often rereading passages so brilliant in their subtly that are never predictable except in their ability to render me speechless. And of course, there are many references to Gen - throwing ink pots and adoring his boots - but Sophos is the real star of A Conspiracy of Kings and he lives up to his role absolutely. Sophos is so genuine and determined and I love his humor and loyalty without hesitation. Most likely due to his rough upbringing, Sophos is constantly plagued with feelings of self-doubt coupled with an immense sense of duty. Although he would much prefer to be left alone with his poetry and books, Sophos never ever backs down from his responsibilities to country and family. Even to the detriment of his own happiness. Sophos will make what has to be the most life-altering decision of his life and even though he knows it will be hard and will make him unhappy, he still CHOOSES WHAT IS HARDEST because he knows it to be the most necessary. And it's not just this once Sophos does this: he makes these hard choices again and again - knowing people may not love him for it, but knowing that it just needs to be done. A better man you could not find. Also: The cover artwork for "A Conspiracy of Kings" is simply beautiful - the entire series has had superb covers actually, each one subtly foreshadowing little bits of the story perfectly. In this case, I think the man on the horse is a little too pretty to be Sophos but you have to agree that his detailed red coat is stunning and the movement of the horse and rider exquisite. Although what draws me to this cover above all is the tightly clenched fist, firmly wearing the golden lion signet ring. There is such power and determination in that single fist that captures Sophos spot-on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! I loved the way she developed Sophos in this book!!! A must read. She needs to keep going with series!!!
katekf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the fourth book of the Thief of Eddis series, Turner expertly pulls together numerous threads that have been laid out since the first book. The first part of the story is told through Sophos, the heir to Sounis who one day finds his world transformed and needs to figure out how to right it. Any plot information I give will be a spoiler but the story as with the other ones delicately balances young people growing up and finding what they're willing to do as they decide how to use their power. The main characters are kings and queens but also growing young people, the way that Turner writes this balances makes this series a fantastic read.As a student of the Classics, I appreciate the research Turner has done into the Greek world which isn't obvious in the books but creates the feel of a familiar but new world. I would recommend these books to an older middle grade reader as there's violence that is treated honestly.
eleanor_eader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
[Warning: spoilers for the Thief of Eddis series, and book four]The young heir to Sounis is miserable when we meet him, dismissed as weak by his father, running through a succession of tutors who either despise him or are run off by his father, until an attack on his family¿s villa forces him into escaping¿ into slavery. He bides his time, content in his obscurity, until events push him back into the fray of treachery and power-mongering. His Uncle-who-was-Sounis is dead. Sophos, now Sounis, must unite his country, avoid falling under Mede rule via regency, and before he can convince anyone to follow him, he must convince himself he can lead ¿ himself and the Attolian King and Queen; his old friend Eugenides and the terrifying Attolia. Turner once again offers up a young protagonist who has to prove his own against enormous opposition¿ the difference being that the Thief of Eddis has always been more capable than he was presented in any given situation, while Sophos genuinely has to learn who he is and what he is capable of, on the hoof. References to Sophos, a likeable character from book one, were brief but tantalising in the next two books; now we are drawn into the story of Attolia, Sounis and Eddis from Sophos¿s point of view, returning to the first person narrative that Turner uses so well in The Thief (although it switches to third person for a middle section, and then back again, and I found this transition¿ odd). Turner has one of those rarefied skills of fantasy fiction writers; the ability to impart the focussed story while clearly having the whole history at her disposal, including the present time-line of any character not in immediate focus. There isn¿t just a story playing out, there¿s a history, and we the reader are being treated to the story within. This skill is most apparent here, in A Conspiracy of Kings where Sophos flounders to understand the actions of the monarchs who are still his peers and friends, but on a whole new level. This can have a downside, too, as any properly greedy reader will want more ¿ the conversations that took place in other rooms, more focus on Gen who we¿ve been relating to the most strongly in the last three books, more twists of treachery and ultimate comeuppance. Overall, a very strong Ya fantasy series that by comparison leaves much of the genre looking lazy and averagely executed. Turner¿s unique approach to storytelling and character left me sorry to have finished the last book.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Last we heard of Sophos, Eugenides receives intelligence that a group of rebels captured the heir of Sounis, and no one is sure whether he is alive or dead. In this story, readers get to learn Sophos' story, primarily told by him as narrator, when he is captured while in exile and sneaked off the island disguised as a slave.Faithful readers of the series will remember Sophos as the young blusher, looking up to Ambiades and the Magus during their adventure in The Thief. Even while staying true to his character - and keeping readers on their toes by shifting to his perspective believably - this story explores how he grows into a man and king. Reading this today and yesterday, I was so full of anticipation and hurry hurry hurry, I need to know what happens, that I read the book over two days, taking a total of about four hours. I think I would have to reread it to really do the story justice and figure out how I like it in terms of the rest of the series, but I have no doubt I would read it again.
Aerrin99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was a latecomer to this apparently classic-to-my-generation fantasy series, but I quite loved the preceding books, The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia.A Conspiracy of Kings lives in the same vein as these others, but with a few noticable differences. The most prominent is that we lose our main (wonderful) protagonist, Gen, in favor of a minor character from the previous three books. While Saphos is an interesting and solid character, he doesn't shine near as bright as Gen, and so neither does the tale. He's also very different - he doesn't have the cunning or wit to make the book quite the page turner I might have wished for.Still, the book is solid, the plot entertaining enough, and the writing as always lovely. I'm invested in what happens to these lands now, not just these characters, so on that front I quite enjoyed it, and would likely enjoy any more to come.I recommend it to fans of the series, but probably not to anyone else.
rivkat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sophos, now heir to Sounis, is the narrator for this book, and as he struggles to actually get the throne he has to deal with kidnappers, Medes who¿d like to take his kingdom, the Queen of Eddis whom he loves, and Gen who was his friend once but now is a rival king. Again, I¿m doing a bad job of description, because while Turner does deal in personal emotions¿Sophos spends a fair amount of time moping plausibly about not wanting to be in these situations¿the principals never lose sight of the fact that they are rulers, or aspiring rulers, and interpret their emotions and desires through that frame. Sophos does his best with his position not to be crushed by the Medes or by Attolia, and the ending is both triumphant and uncertain. I keep coming back to the words ¿control¿ and ¿precision¿¿the scale is more intimate than epic, and the people do what they do because they are humans with pasts and feelings, but at the same time ¿you killed my father!¿ would never be sufficient justification for the upheavals into which their actions can throw their nations, and the characters know it.
ChemChick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book isn't as strong as the other three in the series, but it was still enjoyable in the context of the other books. If you haven't read the first three books in the Queen's Thief series, don't start with this one.
frood42 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After King of Sounis, dies, his nephew Sophos is to be the next king. But first he must escape his capture and enslavement at the hands of an evil baron, rescue his family, reunite with an old friend he is no longer sure he can trust, negotiate peace with the country of Attolia, prevent a violent civil war within his own country, and, most difficultly, come to terms with his own reluctance to be a ruler. This fourth novel set in the imaginary Byzantine-era Mediterranean kingdoms of Eddis, Sounis, and Attolia is full of politics and court intrigue, but plenty of action and battle scenes, and a romance between Sophos and the Queen of Eddis, keep the book moving. As with the other books in this series, characters keep secrets, develop elaborate plans, and are always a step ahead of everyone else. A Conspiracy of Kings touches on some heavy handed themes for a young adult novel; recurring throughout the book is the question of power and authority. At one point the Queen of Eddis tells Sophos that as sovereigns, ¿the rules that govern our behavior are not the rules for other men¿ (p. 295), a responsibility the new King of Sounis is reluctant to accept. However, as Sophos comes to terms with his sovereignty and struggles with the difficult decisions he must make, the book is very much a coming-of-age story for all young adults balancing responsibility with personal desires. Fans of the earlier books in the series may be disappointed that Eugenides, though as clever and ambiguous as ever, is not the main focus of this book, but Sophos holds his own as a protagonist. For grades nine through twelve.
ncgraham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(a very short note: A Conspiracy of Kings is the fourth book in Megan Whalen Turner¿s Attolian or ¿Queen¿s Thief¿ series, and as each of the books has its fair share of twists and turns, there will be spoilers for the preceding novels in this review)This book is simply wonderful.I am a reluctant Attolian. I was goaded into reading the first three books last year, and while I liked them, my enjoyment was mixed with a fair amount of uncertainty. When I picked up A Conspiracy of Kings, I felt that I wasn¿t as excited as I should have been, and certainly not as much as other fans. As I made my way through the prologue and first chapter, I felt lost, and wondered whether I should have reread the other books. Then Turner suddenly reached out, caught hold of me, and pulled me violently into Sophos¿ world. The journey still had its ups and downs after that, but I was never unwilling to go along for the ride.The moment the book kicks into action, when I originally became enthralled, occurs when Sophos is walking across the courtyard of his father¿s villa, lost in his own thoughts, and suddenly rebel soldiers attack from all sides. He is captured, and the villa set on fire, with the fate of his mother and sisters uncertain. The rebels disguise him as a common slave, meaning to transport him to the capitol where¿after they have killed his uncle, the king¿they will name him Sounis and use him as their puppet. Sophos eludes them, managing to be bought by the daughter of a lord, and begins to work in their fields. But the tranquility he finds there is an illusion; beyond the walls that protect him, his country is overrun with rebels, Medes, and loyalists alike, all clamoring to take what is rightfully his.Like its predecessor The King of Attolia, this is primarily a character piece. But whereas King focused on the political intrigues of the Attolian court, Conspiracy is an adventure yarn that hearkens back to the more action-packed The Thief and The Queen of Attolia. It also returns to the narrative style of the first book: for the most part, it is written in the first person, from Sophos¿ point of view. I greatly enjoyed this approach because it allows us to get close to the character in a way that hasn¿t been allowed previously in the series. (Even in The Thief Gen is withholding information from us, and there¿s an even greater degree of separation in the other two.) As a result, I found myself relating to Sophos in ways I didn¿t expect. The predicaments Turner puts him in are quite complex, and seemed to me very believable. How I felt for him when some of those monumental decisions came to rest upon his shoulders!Really, it is Turner¿s characters that are slowly winning me over, even more than her wonderful prose and her now almost-legendary plot twists. They¿re unique in the best sense of the word¿you would never confuse the word or action of one with that of another. Some people have complained about Eugenides in this novel, but I didn¿t find him that different than he was in the first half of The King of Attolia, except that he was a little harsher and much more effectual. The thing to bear in mind when it comes to Gen is that he¿s never what he seems. At the beginning of each novel, you think, ¿Oh no, he¿s changed! Where¿s the old Gen?¿ and yet somewhere along the way you realize it¿s all a ruse. The moment when he reaches into his goblet and flicks wine at Sophos is perfectly played. Even Attolia, the most shadowy of the main figures in this installment, is given several revealing moments: for instance, when she reaches out and takes Eddis¿ hand. It¿s lovely to see more of Eddis too, who was such a powerful presence in The Queen of Attolia.While it would be silly to completely reduce the complicated thematic interplay of Turner¿s world to a single moral, the main idea of this story seems to be that ¿we are not defined by our circumstances.¿
AJBraithwaite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A satisfying conclusion to the series. When I saw that the book was dedicated to Diana Wynne Jones, my all-time favourite children's author, I knew I was in safe hands.
librarianm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s no secret that The Queen¿s Thief series is one of my favorite series. I read the first three books in about two weeks and then did a second read-through with the purpose of going back and finding all the clues, details, and bits I missed the first time. I was excited when I heard there was going to be a fourth book because it meant that I would get to spend more time in the Queen¿s Thief world. It would have been fine if the series ended with The King of Attolia. In fact, each of the first three books stands on its own, so that if you were to pick up any of them, you could understand the story. This really isn¿t true for A Conspiracy of Kings. Now, there is too much background information to know. You could still read it on its own, but it wouldn¿t amount to the same experience or the same level of understanding.Getting the ARC was exciting ¿ much squeeing and happy dancing occurred. I stared at it for awhile, opening it to the first page, reading the first line and then closing it again. When I did start it for real, it was so easy to get lost in the writing and the story. Just like the other three books, there are lots of twists and turns, plenty of ¿what just happened?¿ and ¿what did he say?¿ moments, including going back and re-reading paragraphs or whole scenes.Reading A Conspiracy of Kings felt like reading about long lost friends. I cared about what happened to the characters, especially about Sophos who really did grow up in between the end of The Thief and the start of A Conspiracy of Kings. This was his book. Parts 1 and 3 are his story; in his words spoken to someone he loves. So it made me wonder if any of it was colored by that, was anything left out or changed at all because of who he was telling. These two sections were very narrow in scope, focusing solely on Sophos¿s experiences. Parts 2 and 4 are told in third person point of view, they give more information about what is going on in the wider world and place certain actions and events in context.If The King of Attolia was about outward appearances and how a person¿s actions can dictate what other¿s think about them, then A Conspiracy of Kings was about the roles people play and the various personas they have to adopt and/or play in different situations. It is also about changing friendships and relationships and how people in power have to balance personal and royal relationships. Despite his changing circumstances, it was reassuring to see that Sophos was still Sophos; someone prone to blushing, interested in learning as much as possible from those around him, still enamored with the Magus. I was glad to see that the other characters were much as I remembered them. They all met my expectations and responded to things mostly how I thought they would. The absence of certain characters did make me wonder and hope that we will find out where they were and what they might have been doing in the next book. A Conspiracy of Kings was the first book in the series whose ending really left me with more questions than answers. There are always questions at the end of Ms Turner¿s books, but more so with A Conspiracy of Kings. I am looking forward to the next installment very much. Overall, this was a wonderful book. I wholeheartedly recommend this book (and series) to just about everyone.
cattwing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I, too, had my expectations disappointed by this one. I guess I should have known better - the King of Attolia is my all-time-favorite, and so it¿s going to be hard to equal. The flaw? Eugenides is background material here. This book focuses on the character Sophos, who simply can't bring the fun that Gen did to the plot. Turner's trademark surprise ending also fell a little flat for me, perhaps simply because it felt a lot like the surprises from the first 3 books: a character making a brilliant scheme behind a facade of idiocy. With Conspiracy though, Sophos's coming up with a brilliant plant feels awkward, since he is presented as rather bumbling throughout the story. When the previous books revealed the brilliant plan Eugenides had been cooking, I was simply thrilled, because it was Eugenides. He looked like an idiot but really had everyone fooled - and now can laugh back in everyone's face. Sophos however, still looks like an idiot. Maybe I was reading too fast but it sounds like he had a lot of help cooking his plan up.However, this was still a good book, with more deliciously complex and subtle plots twists. I was THRILLED to hear that this is not the end (and I guess that makes sense, there are still plot threads for Turner to tie up) and that there are more books coming. In that case, with the overall plot in mind, I must say admit having a book sidetrack to follow a secondary character isn¿t all that bad. So, even if I had some foolish expectations for this book, I am still Turner¿s loyal fan. :) All I can say is: Bring back our Eugenides!!
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been a year since I devoured the first three books in this series, but within a few sentences I was entirely immersed in Turners rich world. Oh, how I love these characters, where more is unsaid than said, and every motion has weight and meaning. I loved seeing Gen and his queen from another's point of view, and how delightful to see Sophos grow up.I'd give this, or rather I'd push the first book of the series into the hands of anyone who is interested in retellings of mythology or classical Greek tales, in political intrigue, or in character driven adventure.
KClaire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another adventurous romp of political intrigue, betrayal, revenge, and romance through the 3 countries and palaces of this alternate world. This is book 4 in the series.
veevoxvoom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: War has come to the kingdom of Sounis, and Sophos, the reluctant heir to the king, is kidnapped and enslaved. As he grows and toughens, he realizes that in order to bring peace to Sounis, he needs the help of his old friend Eugenides, the King of Attolia.Review: I love this series. Love, love, love. I¿ve had [A Conspiracy of Kings] pre-ordered since the moment I found out that Megan Whalen Turner was writing another book. I could gush on and on, but I¿ll actually try to say something intelligent, haha.Megan Whalen Turner is a writer¿s writer. A master of the craft. She writes slowly (painfully slow, her fans would say!), but her every word seems deliberate and subtle, nuclear-packed with information. I often had to go back because there was a crucial piece of information hidden in a passage I had foolishly overlooked. Just as often I reread passages to savour the way Turner builds hugely important moments out of ordinary material. Just a word here, a look there, and the story becomes richer than if there were pages and pages of explanation.And the characters! All of them very human and yet very enigmatic. Turner¿s POV is so, so tight, and she makes you realize how constrained and limited it is, especially in this book where she shifts from Sophos/Sounis¿ first person narration to the third person omniscient. It hurt a bit to see Sophos grow from the rather naive boy we met in the first book to a king who has to make tough decisions. I wasn¿t sure if I would like a Sophos-centric book when my favourite characters of the series have always been Gen and Irene. But Sophos turned out to be capable of the same steely resolve and tender vulnerability. The scene with him in the amphitheater of Elisa? I was clutching my chest!And I love, have always loved, the hardness of this series. How queens and kings cannot always be good people, though they may try. How loving someone does not mean an absence of cruelty. How people are not so much born great as they are forced by necessity to be great, because they want to save their country, their family, their friends.Conclusion: Squeeeeee.
foggidawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Note: This review contains possible spoilers for THE THIEF, THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA, and THE KING OF ATTOLIA. Sophos, prince of Sounis, never wanted to be king. He preferred to stay in semi-exile, content to study, hoping against hope that his uncle who is Sounis would produce an heir. Then, one day, Sophos is kidnapped and sold as a slave in his own kingdom. There, as a laborer on the estate of a rebel lord, Sophos finds that he is satisfied to live the life of a slave, with all freedom and responsibility taken away from him . . . and he realizes this, to his shame. What sort of king might he have been? What sort of man is he? When Sophos discovers a secret plot and has a chance to escape and return to his rightful place, these questions become more than simply theoretical.This novel, the long-awaited continuation of Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series, is sure to delight fans. Though the perspective is that of Sophos, a minor character in the other books, old friends Eddis, Attolia, the magus, and of course, Eugenides appear as well. With Turner's usual witty dialogue and intricate plotting, this book grips the reader from the first chapter to the mostly-satisfying conclusion. Just enough loose ends remain dangling to allow fans room to speculate on the content of the next book, whenever it arrives. Though the plot in A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS can stand on its own, it is vastly preferable that readers new to the series start with THE THIEF in order to get the background they will need to fully enjoy the story.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Megan Whalen Turner! The Conspiracy of Kings was different from the other books in this series being from Sophos' point of view. At first I wasn't sure about this, but I warmed up to it as I got used to him narrating. I found his interactions with Gen particularly interesting as I had less faith in him doing the right thing then I do when its from his point of view. All in all, I feel this book lives up to the series as a whole and look forward to the next book.
gluestick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop once I started reading.I hadn't expected to like Sophos but he won me over.Looking at things from the perspective of someone who is aware that he's a straight arrow and not quite as clever or sly as the Thief was interesting.In the end Sophos surprises himself and the reader that being different is not quite so bad.And the climax was wonderful.
mjsbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sophos bides his time living as a slave after escaping a kidnapping attempt, eventually reclaiming his kingdom. Although the action sequences are involving, I don't think most teen readers will be fascinated by the court intrigue. Also, the author jumps right in with names and places in this imaginary world with little explanation for the possibly confused reader. I found no indication on the book itself or CIP that it was fourth in a series.
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Conspiracy of Kings, the fourth book in Megan Whalen Turner's Attolia series, makes some serious departures from the tone of the first three books. Turner again employs her genius for different narrative voices to convey the story in the most effective way possible. We last left Sophos, heir to the throne of Sounis, in the hands of rebels who attacked his father's villa. In this installment, Turner picks up the thread of his story... which of course intertwines with the fates of the three small nations struggling to maintain their autonomy against the powerful Mede Empire.Be warned that this review will contain some incidental series spoilers. The Queen's Thief series has so many great twists that it's really a pity if you know about them beforehand. And if you haven't read them yet, why are you wasting time reading this review? They are, in order, The Thief (a Newbery Honor book), The Queen of Attolia (my personal favorite), The King of Attolia, and now A Conspiracy of Kings. I can't recommend them highly enough for fans of fantasy and YA fiction, and really for anyone who enjoys great characters, wry humor, and sensitive, strong prose. These books are fantastic.I found A Conspiracy of Kings to be rather grimmer than the rest of the series. There are flashes of Turner's trademark humor, most often in the wryly witty dialogue, but there is very little of the playful tone of the earlier books. Not that any of the stories are fluffy jokefests; The Queen of Attolia in particular dwells on some pretty horrific things like torture and maiming, and the first three books are all raise weighty questions of religion and royal power. But even with those heavy subjects the humor is still there, side by side with the serious things. In this story there seemed to be less of that easy companionship between the two elements, and I rather missed it.I really like what Turner does with Sophos/Sounis. In The Thief he is dubbed Useless the Younger by Gen, and as he narrates most of this story, we become intimate with his insecurities. This installment is told both in the first person (Sophos) and the third person omniscient. Turner's device of establishing characters through one narrative voice, and then letting them tell their own stories later, is very effective here. Sophos' view of Gen really isn't a surprise, but it's great to see him grow into that friendship and slowly conquer his feelings of inferiority. I wasn't sure what Turner was doing with the character of Ion; his role seems like a repeat of the Relius subplot in The King of Attolia. But it's entirely possible that I missed the subtleties there.A lot of readers will probably dislike Gen in this book. Turner is showing us that the Thief is not just a fun character who gets the better of all his enemies and lives happily and irreverently ever after. Sometimes he gets the better of his friends, characters we are rooting for, and we're forced to acknowledge once again that he is complex enough as a character to divide our feelings. I think I understand why Gen acts the way he does toward Sophos. Sophos has to grow up, learn to assert himself, and decide what kind of king he is going to be. In some ways Gen is acting like his gods ¿ not exactly manipulating those around him, but knowing them so well that he can foresee what they will do. Interesting.The story ends with a flourish, a perfect moment paused on the screen of your imagination like the closing scene of a film. Though there is a good sense of closure with this plot, Turner has certainly left herself some fantastic material for the two more books she's planning. I especially liked how this story dovetails with Eddis' dreams of the coming volcanic eruption (first mentioned in The Queen of Attolia). That part when Eddis relates her dreams has always struck me as rather awkwardly dropped in, as a not-so-subtle hint of future plots. But it's all coming together
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Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
I've picked this book up twice before I actually finished it and dropped it both times before. If you've read my review of the three previous books in this series, The Thief and The Queen of Attolia you'll know that it was quite a journey for me to begin to understand Eugenides and get used to him, and then in the King of Attolia, the person who was telling the story changed. At least in book three, the story was still about Eugenides (Gen) but with A Conspiracy of Kings, we're told the story of a boy we met all the way back in The Thief, and I honestly wasn't ready for it. This was obviously, my very long way of saying that this series managed to throw me, yet again, with a change in the basic "WHO IS TELLING THE STORY" Even within the book, the first part is told from Sophos' 1st POV and the latter half in 3rd person. Talk about confusing. Even if I treated this book like a standalone, I didn't like the character of Sophos. He seemed like such a naive person even in the first book and it felt like his character was so vanilla throughout the course of the book. He sort of... bored me? Though is character made progress on what kind of a ruler he wanted to be, and what kind of a person he should be from the book in Book One, I struggled to connect with him on what was supposed to be a re-defining journey. Even though I didn't like Sophos, the one thing I've NEVER been able to fault this series with is it's BRILLIANT world building. Whether we've been in Eddis, Attolia or absolutely anywhere else, I could feel the places being described and the people in it come to life as if they were sitting right next to me. There is no doubt in my mind that the world, the customs, the tradition and the religion that are in these books are some of the best that have ever been created in YA Fantasy books - and I've read a LOT of them! Another things I really loved about this book was the Romance! I didn't think too much of it at first, as this series hasn't given the most importance to that particular aspect of books and life but there was just this minute when the ship in this book hit me and, well, I loved it. I'm not entirely sure if I will be picking up Thick as Thieves, but it has been a wonderful experience reading this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At least once every other year, they are so satisfyingly readable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging, Left me wanting more