A Conspiracy of Kings
The Queen’s Thief #4
author : megan whalen turner
pages : [hardcover] 335
memorable quote : What a strange world it is, where prisoners are left their weapons and the written word is a mortal danger.
favorite characters : sophos, eddis, & gen
Sophos, under the guidance of yet another tutor, practices his swordplay and strategizes escape scenarios should his father’s villa come under attack. How would he save his mother? His sisters? Himself? Could he reach the horses in time? Where would he go? But nothing prepares him for the day armed men, silent as thieves, swarm the villa courtyard ready to kill, to capture, to kidnap. Sophos, the heir to the throne of Sounis, disappears without a trace. In Attolia, Eugenides, the new and unlikely king, has never stopped wondering what happened to Sophos. Nor has the Queen of Eddis. They send spies. They pay informants. They appeal to the gods. But as time goes by, it becomes less and less certain that they will ever see their friend alive again. Across the small peninsula battles are fought, bribes are offered, and conspiracies are set in motion. Darkening the horizon, the Mede Empire threatens, always, from across the sea. And Sophos, anonymous and alone, bides his time. Sophos, drawing on his memories of Gen, Pol, the Magus and Eddis, sets out on an adventure that will change all of their lives forever.
I love this series so much! It’s probably one of my all-time favorites. That’s how much I idea these characters, the world they live in, and the obstacles they have to go up against. Every book, and this installment is no exception, has twists I never saw coming, gripping action and heartfelt dialogue. So incredibly wonderful!
I loved how this book alternated between the first person accounts of Sophos and an omnisicent third point of view. I wanted the chance to see all of the characters I’ve grown to love over the last three books as well as learn more about those who haven’t been specifically focused on. I’ve loved Sophos from the beginning and seeing the changes he experienced in this novel made me like him even more. If that’s possible. He isn’t perfect, he has flaws just like everyone else in the book and in real life.
Usually books that contain a lot about politics, even fictionalized politics, wouldn’t interest me in the slightest. But this not only kept my interest, it kept me flipping through the pages. I wanted to know what was going to happen next as soon as possible. And not one part of it disappointed me.
I’d really recommend this series to everyone! It starts with book one, The Thief, continues to book two, The Queen of Attolia, and then there’s book three, The King of Attolia.