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

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  8,908 ratings  ·  1,128 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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Megan
Well, I did like this book. Don't get me wrong. But I have to admit that I'm mighty disappointed. This is the 4th book in the series, so imagine my surprise when the main character of the series barely makes an appearance in this installment. This would be a bit like getting the next Harry Potter book in your hands only to find out that J. K. Rowling had decided to write the whole book about Ron. We like Ron, but we what we really, really, really wanted was to find out what was going on with Har...more
Miriam
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!
Catie
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...more
Tatiana
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...more
Lightreads
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...more
Angie
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
R.j.
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...more
Maria
**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...more
Vinaya
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
Sherwood Smith
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jade
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
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...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
The King of Attolia is still my favorite of the series, but this book is perfection.
Charlotte
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
Maria
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...more
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...more
Lauren
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
ambyr
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,...more
Wealhtheow
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Yune
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Michelle
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 bo...more
Liz
I am seriously in mourning. I can't believe the book is over. I wanted to make it last longer, but I couldn't put it down. It was by far the best book I have read since The King of Attolia came out. These books are perfect. I have loved Sophos since the first book and I have been looking forward to hearing his story, but this was better than I could have hoped for. I loved watching Sophos as he realized he could be king and gain the confidence and experience he needed to be the king his people n...more
Chris
Another solid addition to the Queen's Thief series. The story follows the story of Sophos, Eugenides long, lost friend from the very first novel. We've heard little about Sophos, but the tale woven by Turner in this 4th novel in the series, while quickly have him back in your good graces. While still full of all the fast-moving intrigue, hilarious quips and misdirection that have been present throughout this series, A Conspiracy of Kings missed the mark for me, but only slightly. Still a very go...more
A Canadian Girl
Whereas the previous books in The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner starred Eugenides, A Conspiracy of Kings is from the perspective of Sophos. This was unexpected; and meant that at least early on, I missed Eugenides.

But, I think Turner knew exactly what was necessary to broaden the scope of political intrigue in her series. Unlike Eugenides who you know would definitely have something up his sleeve, Sophos is a more vulnerable character; and so the series shifts its focus from the sl...more
Sam
4.5 stars
Megan
I was so excited to get the fourth - and, I thought, last - book in this series. I absolutely loved the first three books, especially the third one.

This book was interesting and answered a lot of questions (the book primarily focuses on Sophos, heir to Sounis, who mysteriously disappeared in Book 1). The story is interesting and original. However, I would have to say this is my least favorite book of the series. The narrative techniques used were a little awkward. The story is told primarily in...more
Beanbag Love
I pretty much dropped everything to read this book -- the fourth in Megan Whalen Turner's "Queen's Thief" series -- the moment B&N called me to tell me it was in. I so love this series, I had to contain my giggles as I paid for it and cracked it for the first time.

I was sent the first six chapters + the prologue from the publisher, so I skimmed a bit and then dove right in, abdicating all responsibility for my family or my home. I've been waiting for this book since 2006, so sue me.

So, for t...more
Heidi
Originally reviewed here.

We do what we must, but we are not defined by our circumstances.

Sophos, last seen by us (and by Eddis and Eugenides) at the close of The Thief, has gone off the map. Rumored to be dead in the midst of his country’s civil war, Sophos has managed to survive under the radar long enough to come into his inheritance, the throne of Sounis. With his country torn by rebellion and facing overzealous influence from both the Continent and Medes, Sophos must find a way to secure his...more
Daria
I can say the same thing here as I did for King of Attolia: Turner is smart. She's too smart. We are unworthy of her. She illustrates a romance in about a sentence and, if she were to narrate all worldly political intrigue, political-intrigue-watching would be an international pastime. And Turner just enjoys keeping things from us, the sneaky little puppeteer.

This installment focuses mainly on Sophos (remember that nice kid from The Thief?), and it's a relief to get away from the cold-blooded A...more
Maya
A Conspiracy of Kings starts out in a similarly slow fashion as books 1 and 3 in the series. This time it's Sophos reminiscing, pondering about his life and his role in the world while working on the fields. However, I found the pacing a lot better than in the earlier books, because he decides to act and things start happening before half of the novel is over. Just when I was getting fed up with him being emo, he makes his decision and the plot moves on.

Megan Whalen Turner has again written wond...more
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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?”
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“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.” 100 likes
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