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

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  10,998 ratings  ·  1,256 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers (first published March 5th 2010)
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Engrossing, but I didn't love it the way I loved the previous three volumes of the series. It lacked the liveliness and humor that characterized the other books. In some ways, that made sense -- Sophos is kind and sincere person rather than a clever and adventurous one. In a natural progression from the third volume, this focused more on external politics and the ethical dilemmas of rule. Those are important and Turner handles them with delicacy. But I missed the funny!
After attempting to organize my thoughts about this book for about an hour and making no progress at all, I decided to throw in the towel and go to bed. Of course, once I got there and lay down, my brain would just not shut up about what it wants to write about this book (Oh, so now you’re talking, eh? Bastard.). So, I am giving in. This better not be a fake-out, brain.

I am so consistently surprised and impressed by this series as it progresses. A Conspiracy of Kings is definitely a favorite, se
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy Read with some series fanatics at Buddies Books & Baubles

Every once and awhile I like to jump into some Middle Grade reading. They can be a lot of fun and full of great stories that I don’t have to really focus completely on to enjoy as an adult. This is one of those MG stories that I’ve read and thought I really would love it if this was an Adult Fantasy instead. It is written mostly about adults or young adults becoming more than they thought they could be, but I would have loved a
I love, love this series and I am now very sad that after reading this 4th book I must wait another 3-5 years for the next one to be published! I guess I will have to ease the pain of separation by re-reading all 4 installments some time soon.

A Conspiracy of Kings is most and foremost Sophos's story. I will not give anything away by saying that it is a book about his ascend to the throne of Sounis. And of course, the road to power is hard and full of obstacles.

The story is told primarily from S
So feel free to jump in and tell me if I get any of this wrong, but I think the way this works is I read a book for pleasure and then I talk about it. It’s the “for pleasure” that’s really throwing me.

I read this book two months and the bar exam ago, and I don’t actually have a lot to say about it. Young adult fantasy politics series that makes me flail and emit high-pitched noises. These are books that are not nearly as young as they pretend to be. They are about violence and disability and tak
I figured we should start the new year out right. And what better way to do that than with a review of what is quite possibly my most anticipated title of 2010? Thanks to my lovely book fairy and the benevolent folks at Greenwillow, I was the giddy recipient of a coveted ARC of Megan Whalen Turner's upcoming A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS. For those not in the know, this is the fourth novel in the spectacular Queen's Thief series. The series that effectively robbed me of the ability to form coherent thou ...more
I am happy to say that A Conspiracy of Kings absolutely lives up to the promise of Megan Whalen Turner's earlier books. I felt confident that it would be a good story, but it even exceeded my wildest expectations of just how good it would be.

No worries, I am not going to spoil this book in my review. I would sooner cut off my hand than spoil it for anyone. I will say, however, that the summary in the HarperCollins catalog is slightly misleading. There's so much more to this story than just the q
**Before the start of the review, I wanted to put a spoiler warning. This being the fourth book in the series, there will be some minor spoilers, nothing plot related or anything major. But the ocassional mention of some small piece of information from one of the previous books is included for purposes of clarity.**

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 goin
Sherwood Smith
Apr 08, 2010 Sherwood Smith added it
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June 28, 2012

You know what Lewis left out of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? Ruling. He draws four human children in to rule his magical world of talking animals and mythical human/creature hybrids, makes them kings and queens and then elides over a decade or so before throwing them back into childish bodies in a war zone. Certainly when I was nine I didn't get hung up on what it would entail, being a queen, nor did I worry about humans being in charge of a society of non-humans, nor did
Jan 26, 2011 Vinaya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Vinaya by: Tatiana G.
Sophos, woo hoo! *pumps fist in air*. So I'm done with The Queen's Thief series, and the fact that I raced through all four books in roughly two and a half days should tell you how much I loved 'em. The last installment is a sort-off spinoff tale from the story of Gen, the Queen's Thief, and revolves around Sophos, whom we last saw in The Thief as the heir of Sounis. In A Conspiracy of Kings, Sophos' uncle has died and Sophos is now the king of Sounis, but his country is in the middle of a civil ...more
Anne Osterlund
Megan Whalen Turner is AMAZING. Not just with crafting stories, which she is. And not just because her books have some of the most exciting climaxes in YA, which they do. But because she is sneaky. Her characters have a way of pulling one over on you.

Sophos is the temporary heir to the throne of Sounis. Temporary because his uncle will no doubt marry and produce a different heir. And because Sophos is an utter failure at pretty much everything. Other than poetry. And temporary because when his f
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
The King of Attolia is still my favorite of the series, but this book is perfection.
Oh GOOD LORD! Megan Whalen Turner, you are my hero. I rushed home from work because Amazon told me this book had been delivered. They did not lie. About three hours later, I looked up at my husband and asked him why in the world I love love love these books so much? They are sort of about political strategy and war strategy, and there are snarky ambassadors, and difficult conversations, and that's not exactly like books I normally love. But there is SO MUCH MORE too, like love stories, and trick ...more
The book is well written just like the previous books. However, Eugenides's brilliance in book 3 is a tough act to follow. Since my emotions were still lingering around Eugenides, it's difficult to be absorbed into Sophos's story. In addition, it's really just my preference, I found Eugenides's cunning ways more entertaining and attractive than Sophos's innocent stumbling around. In the end, things worked out perfectly. I felt satisfied at the conclusion of the conflicts between Attolia, Eddis a ...more
Every once in awhile you stumble across a book that you want everyone else to read. You love it, you cherish it, you tell everyone about it and you get absolutely no response at all. People look at you like you have 3 heads when you tell them that you've been blown away by a book that has an age recommendation of 10 and up. They immediately assume that you aren't using your reading time wisely because why would you waste it on something for children?! I'll tell you why: Megan Whalen Turner. This ...more
Kerry *Soulcaster*
*4.5 stars*
I know that many people do not love this book as much as the previous three, because the focus of the story shifts from Eugenides to Sophos. But for me, A Conspiracy of Kings is where Megan Whalen Turner's vision for her Queen's Thief series reaches new heights of brilliance. What Turner does not do is follow a set form for her stories, instead she employs whatever means she feels is necessary to unfold her tale. Eugenides narrated The Thief in first person; The Queen of Attolia switched to thir ...more
Sometimes I just want to go up to Megan Whalen Turner and shake her and say something irrational like "Stop writing really good books over extended periods of time because I can't handle the consistent awesomeness that is you as a writer!"

Obviously that will never happen -- if I happened to bump into her you'd be scraping me of the floor as I lay there unmoving and gibbering from my brief but magical encounter. For realsies.

But my issues with authors aside, let's focus on how completely fantas
me about Sophos:

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First read: May 2014

Sophos my babyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

The whole book is a little confusing I need to go back and forth a few times to make sense of it. But pretty sure I'll understand more when I reread everything.

Also, Eugenides. I'm torn between wanting to kiss him because he's brilliant or strangle him to death because he's infuriating.
Aug 17, 2015 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Two words: Sophos and Eddis
I can die happy.
While this wasn't the Eddis POV I had hoped for, she has a main role and I’m satisfied with it. I love Sophos. I love all the character change he and the other characters undergo. I love the relationship between Gen and Sophos, between all the rulers, really.
While certain plot elements were extremely convenient (view spoiler)
I picked up the paperback edition because I heard it had an extra story that wasn't included in the hardback. Disappointingly, it really isn't a story, just a scene, one that would fit chronologically at the end of The Thief, describing (view spoiler). Not worth getting the book for.

However, Turner also includes a list of books she likes. The list is also available on her website, and I'd read most of them anyway, but I'll paste them he
I liked this book very much! So, why I gave 4 stars instead of 5? Well, I wanted more Gen, of course! It was a very nice read with more adventure and from Sophos’s POV. I liked him since I met him in the first book, so this wasn’t a problem for me. Actually, after reading this story, I liked him even more.

He changed a lot in this book. I couldn’t believe that something like that was even possible to happen, but it’s true. He proved that he’s versatile, smart and brave. And in a story full of int
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

In The King of Attolia, while Eugenides is coming into his power, there are a few seeds of another story planted; that of Sophos, the Sounis heir who went 'adventuring' with the Eugenides during The Thief. This book is the fruit of those seeds. We learn what Sophos has been up to and how things are progressing in Sounis.

I didn't like this book quite as much as the previous one, although I can safely it was still wonderful. The POV switched around and sometimes it went from third
After reading a spate of mediocre books, I was relieved to sink into something unreservedly enjoyable. Actually, "sink" isn't all that accurate. Let's say "devour." I read Conspiracy fast, too fast, and I'm sure I missed a lot.

But that's okay. I'll have plenty of opportunity to peruse when I get my hands on the final copy in March.

Let's start with the basics: Conspiracy is told in first and third person from Sophos's point of view. Gen makes a fairly lengthy appearance in the middle of the book,
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I discovered the Queen’s Thief series last year and fell irrevocably in love with it – suffice to say that in a scale between 1 and 10 of book awesomeness, they are certainly … 11. A Conspiracy of Kings ,the fourth book in the series was easily my most anticipated read of 2010 , one which I waited for with fervour and passion hoping for another perfectly excellent read from Megan Whalen Turner. It is with the utmost enthusiasm that I report that yes, this is another GREAT ONE
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This book has yielded a lot of surprises for me.
"A lamb, they said. No more trouble than snatching up a little lamb"

On the one hand, Sophos’ story has been exciting and wonderful, at the level of the rest of the series and I really didn’t expect it. I was in since the beginning of the prologue, so I hope it works with you too.

Sophos was not a character that leave a mark in me when I met him in The Thief -Sounis was a kingdom I didn’t care for very much either- whereas I was so deeply in love
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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 ...more
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The Queen's Thief (6 books)
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  • The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)
  • The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #3)
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“Sounis had been thinking of Ambiades. "He would have been a better man under different circumstances."
Gen looked at him. "True enough," he said. "But does a good man let his circumstances determine his character?”
“All my life they had made choices for me, and I had resented it. Now the choice was mine, and once it was made, I would have no right to blame anyone else for the consequences. Loss of that privilege, to blame others, unexpectedly stung.” 111 likes
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