Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief, #4)
Good Reads Summary
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

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, to kidnap. Sophos, the heir to the throne of Sounis, disappears without a trace.

In Attolia, Eugenides, the new and unlikely king, has never stopped wondering what happened to Sophos. Nor has the Queen of Eddis. They send spies. They pay informants. They appeal to the gods. But as time goes by, it becomes less and less certain that they will ever see their friend alive again.

Across the small peninsula battles are fought, bribes are offered, and conspiracies are set in motion. Darkening the horizon, the Mede Empire threatens, always, from across the sea. And Sophos, anonymous and alone, bides his time. Sophos, drawing on his memories of Gen, Pol, the Magus and Eddis, sets out on an adventure that will change all of their lives forever

My Thoughts
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

In a way I have THE FALSE PRINCE to thank for finally picking A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS up. I’d hoped to hold out ‘till the rest of THE THIEF series was out, but all that FALSE PRINCE lacked had me missing what Gen and his stories possessed. So that with Gen’s “Your time will come, puppy. You just wait.” Right now, I’m all, He certainly has!

Brilliant, is all: brilliant characters, brilliant story, in a brilliant world of people struggling not to be defined by defined by their circumstance simply doing what they must. And though I thought I knew where things were headed and sometimes I called it right, most other times (most frequently often) I’d be off the mark. And I loved that aspect of this: that there are still some things that can take me by surprise.

Except I really shouldn’t be surprised with Gen in the picture it’s actually best to chuck any expectations out the window and go with things. And this is starting to read like a love letter to Gen... (I have no qualms about making this about that,) when really this is more about Sounis and how things are going on in his part of the peninsula. In fact, he takes his cue from Gen being as big and as unexpected in where he takes things. He shines in this one, even with all the self doubt and wanting something else. It's his reluctance to be who he is and what follows after that which proves how much he’d grown and still he managed to let me catch glimpses of who he was when first encountered!

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