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A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
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Feb 02, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010, fantasy, ya, mythopoeic, 2017, favorites
Read from March 09 to 10, 2017

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 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 Sophos's 1st person POV. He narrates the 1st and 3rd part of the story. The 2nd part is told in 3rd person. I just love how Megan Whalen Turner plays with POVs, always finding new interesting ways to show the events and relationships from different angles.

A Conspiracy of Kings is absolutely on par with Turner's previous books - The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia. Many reviewers complain that this book is not as good because Eugenides is just a secondary character in it, but I disagree. I love Gen and his sneaky ways, but I enjoy the books because of the outstanding writing, skillful world-building and intricate political intrigues. All of it is present in A Conspiracy of Kings, plus another never-easy romance. And Sophos is an interesting narrator too. He is very unlike Eugenides and his insecurities and humbleness make his road to power ever so much more compelling.

An excellent addition to The Queen's Thief series and a must read for all Megan Whalen Turner fans. I wonder what else she has in store for us. Will Eddis, Sounis and Attolia have to take on Mede? The danger of Mede invasion is always looming. And what is the fate of Eddis? Its future looks rather bleak at the moment...
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message 1: by Crystal (new)

Crystal I am going to have to read these soon =)

Tatiana I am interested to know what you think of these books. They are not your standard YA fantasy romances. These books are about politics and intrigues and I just love how they are written.

message 3: by Crystal (new)

Crystal They sound really interesting =) I actually have the first 3 so I'm going to try and get to them after I finish the 2 I am currently reading. It will be a nice change of pace =)

Lady Salford Oh wow. Maybe I should start this series soon.

message 5: by Rosanne (new)

Rosanne Wow-what a rating! QoA is amazing.

Tatiana The Queen of Attolia is my favorite book in this series

Tatiana I can't help it, I love these books:)

Angie That's because they're bloody brilliant.

QUEEN is my favorite, too.

Tatiana That love story still gives me goosebumps:)

Angie Oh, man. Chills.

Tatiana Give it a try. The first book was just OK for me, but I liked the writing and moved on to the 2nd and then totally fell in love with the series:)

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