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A Conspiracy of Kings

(The Queen's Thief #4)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  17,508 ratings  ·  1,848 reviews
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
Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Greenwillow Books (first published March 5th 2010)
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Marian Mayuga I'll try my best to come up with a decent (spoiler-free) list...
- It passes the Bechdel test
- The story takes place in three countries, two of which…more
I'll try my best to come up with a decent (spoiler-free) list...
- It passes the Bechdel test
- The story takes place in three countries, two of which are ruled by queens who insist that whoever they marry is of their own choosing
- Although many of the characters are male (including the protagonist), the women play roles NO LESS important
- But the women go about their duties not to prove anything for their gender, but simply to fulfill their responsibilities
- The uncontested ruler of lesser gods is a goddess named Hephestia
- There is no one ideal representation of women in any of the female characters; they are unique, flawed and beautiful in their own ways

To those who've read this, please feel free to add more to this list! :)(less)
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
I’ve read five books of this now, so here’s a quick roundoff of my points:
✔Megan Whalen Turner is so good at planting and payoff it makes me want to cry
✔I have never seen an author follow through in such interesting ways
✔anyway a romantic pairing that got set up in book ONE just got payed off
✔all the scenes work individually but ALSO as callbacks to earlier plot points
✔she keeps pulling the rug out from under us with some huge reveal that makes you want to scream
✔so many different players
✔so muc
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update 3/10/2017 Sadly, after reading YA for almost a decade now, I see that Megan Whalen Turner still remains almost the only author who puts sophisticated political intrigue into her fantasy books for kids.

BUT the wait for her next Thief book is almost over!

Original review
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 installme
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐ (for that ending.)

I love this series so damn much.

But, needless to say, that at first, I was very reluctant and fearful to start this book because, well... how would you feel if told that the brilliant hero of one of your favourite series will take a back seat, so that others may step in? Because the fact is, Eugenides (Gen) MAKES this series. Of course, along with its brilliant writing.
Every book with him in it is like an adventure you never want to end (I’m STILL melancholic from comple
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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!
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: At this point I don't know what to say. YOU.

Look, I'm not going to beat about the bush : yes, I know that the relative absence of Eugenides as an explanation for my rating is ridiculous. I objectively, honestly know that. Now, does that change in any way the fact that my heart is ridiculous by essence, because that's what hearts do, right, falling in love, breaking, and so on, as the unruly little shits they are? Well, no.

I can stress
a) how captivating A Conspiracy of Kings is ;
b) how brilliantly Megan Whalen Turner handles the POVs ;
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sherwood Smith
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Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
These books are so easy to read, I always end up devouring them. This one was really good but King of Attolia is by far my favourite in the series.

This book follows the character of Sophos, who was one of the characters from the first book. It tells the story of what happened whilst Sophos was missing during the events of the previous book. It was great to revisit this character and it was a joy to see him grow. The first half of the book describes the where Sophos was and what happened to him
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
**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
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Reread: March 2015

me about Sophos:

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Reread: June 2017

My reread thread on Twitter: HERE.

I'm never n
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
The King of Attolia is still my favorite of the series, but this book is perfection.
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2010
Original Review HERE

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
This book moves away from Gen’s point of view even more and gives us a whole book with Sophos. The first time I read it, I really wasn’t a fan; Sophos was too often passive, too prepared to just let things slip by and become a slave, for rather nebulous reasons about it being easier. It actually worked better for me this time; I knew that the action was coming, so that probably helped, and I do love the interaction between Sophos and Eugenides. Once more it shows the difficulties for Gen in beco ...more
Melissa McShane
On re-reading this, I'm not changing my star rating, because even though I liked it better this time, this book lacks the complexity of the earlier ones in the series. It's still very good. Sophos, who in The Thief was slightly gormless and in need of a spine, begins the story in much the same position: he loves to read, he's bad at sword fighting, and as his uncle's heir he knows he's pretty much just a placeholder until his uncle gets around to producing an heir of his body. But he's clever, a ...more
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Reread this in light of the new book news (NEW BOOK!), and my thoughts haven't changed. I still think this is the weakest of the series, I still think this book is a bridge book, my favorite moment is still the amphitheater scene. I still love every exchange with Gen being Gen. I still think Sophos is great -
"Dirnes," I said, "I don’t want your cake." I did, actually. I wanted it a lot.
I think I appreciate the diplomacy in Sophos's telling a little more. There's a kingliness and detachment pres
Anne Osterlund
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-and-5-stars
I wasn't terribly excited about The Conspiracy of Kings being Sophos centric, and I did want more of Eugenides and Attolia, but Megan Whalen Turner won me over. I didn't love it as much as The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia, but it came pretty close.
Gahhh. So good. So very very good.
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
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-the-best
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
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
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
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My love for this series goes strong, four books in. I am reeling from how smart these books are. I can't get enough of Eugenides, Irene, Helen and Sophos. I'm immediately jumping into the fifth book, Thick as Thieves!
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

I didn't love it as much as the first three books. That's surprising, because I liked Sophos in the first installment. ANYWAY, WHY IS THE LAST TWO BOOKS OUT YET.
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Megan Whalen Turner is the author of short stories and novels for children, teenagers and adults. She has won the LA Times Book Award for Young Adult LIterature, a Boston Globe/ Horn Book Honor and a Newbery Honor. She won the Mythopoeic Award and was shortlisted twice for the Andre Norton Award.

Other books in the series

The Queen's Thief (6 books)
  • The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)
  • 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.” 137 likes
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