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A Conspiracy of Kings

(The Queen's Thief #4)

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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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- 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

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Tatiana
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Elle (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
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❄️BooksofRadiance❄️
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 compl
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Mir
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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 ;
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Catie
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in the fantastic THIEF historical fantasy series, but the first one in which Eugenides isn’t front and center, and Gen is sadly missed by both me and the main character, Sophos. Still, it’s an interesting and thoughtful tale with (of course) a few great twists up its sleeves.

Sophos, a young man in the royal family of Sounis, is unexpectedly attacked in his villa, along with his family. He’s able to evade his attackers, but one thing leads to another and Sophos ends up bei
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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 more
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Emily
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
God, I love this series.

I think this is the weakest (so far, I still haven't read book 5), but that might also be because it's contrasted with what is, in my opinion, the strongest book in the series (A Conspiracy of Kings.

This is told as from a new perspective, which once again reinvigorates the series. Whalen Turner is such a master at expanding her world without losing control of it, as is often the case with fantasy books.

Honestly, I don't know what can be said about this series that hasn'
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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
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Sherwood Smith
Jul 16, 2009 added it
Shelves: fantasy
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Angie
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Kaethe Douglas
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
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Gavin
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-books
This 4th book in Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series was not quite as good as the excellent third instalment of the series but it was still an enjoyable and worthwhile read in its own right. Like the rest of the books in this series this was an intelligent YA fantasy with a heavy focus on characters and intrigue.

I liked the fact that this book told the story of Sophos, the heir of Sounis, who went missing in the third book in the series. I always liked the character so was delighted we f
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Phee
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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R.J.
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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Maria
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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Lisa
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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also WHY DID I ONLY NOTICE THE LACK OF COSTIS IN THIS I MEAN

COSTIS???

Reread: June 2017

My reread thread on Twitter: HERE.

I'm neve
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Vinaya
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
TheBookSmugglers
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
The King of Attolia is still my favorite of the series, but this book is perfection.
Jaimie
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, 4-stars
This novel does not focus on Eugenides. This novel does not focus on Eugenides. This novel does not focus on Eugenides.

Just so we're clear.

I had to beat myself over the head with this going in, so as to set my expectations at a realistic level. For the most part I think I succeeded.

I had some trouble getting into A Conspiracy of Kings. The story, initially, is a simplistic and straightforward recounting of events as they happen to our main character, Sophos. Event A. Event B. Event C. Drama e
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Anne Osterlund
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Nicky
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-roman, fantasy
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
Kelly
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Re-read

I didn't read my review before listening to the audiobook and I find that I have still the same opinion. This time around, for the first 75%, I was a little bored and not really invested. I missed Gen. I needed more action and schemes. Fortunately, the last 25% gave me what I wanted. I also liked the first scene with Sophos and the magus. That was fun.

Now this is where my re-reads end and I'll finally pick up Thick as Thieves. It'll be completely new to me and I'm excited. I'm not excite
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Kacie
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I've been building card towers all day. What does that have to do with A Conspiracy of Kings, you may ask? Because I probably would have died of boredom while building card towers without my audiobook because apparently I'm too stubborn and wouldn't give up until I made a good tower, which, i might add, is extremely difficult (thanks a lot, covid, for making me bored enough to waste a whole day making towers out of cards). So thank goodness for this amazing audiobook with a perfect narrator writ ...more
Nafiza
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gahhh. So good. So very very good.
christina
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
★ true rating: 3.5 stars ★

I love Sophos the precious cinnamon roll, but I just wasn't as invested in this storyline. It really tied everything together for the upcoming war that this series has been building up to, however, there wasn't enough Gen. I'm also still not 100% sold on the romance between Sophos and the Queen of Eddis? -I honestly always though Sophos had the hots for Gen ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The next book is about Kamet, the Mede slave -which I feel will also be more of a set up for the final b
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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
Beth
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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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)
  • Thick as Thieves (The Queen's Thief, #5)
  • Return of the Thief (The Queen's Thief, #6)

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