A Conspiracy of Kings

A Conspiracy of Kings

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Kidnapped and sold into slavery, Sophos, an unwilling prince, tries to save his country from being destroyed by rebellion and exploited by the conniving Mede empire.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062642998
Branch Call Number: Ju F Tur


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IndyPL_SteveB May 06, 2019

This is the fourth book in the fine series that began with *The Thief.* Catalogued in our library system as “juvenile”, but really are at least young adult books and are popular with adults as well.

The first three books follow the career of Eugenides, the Queen’s Thief of the tiny country of Eddis. “Thief” in this context is more like “spy” – he steals secrets. Three neighboring countries, Eddis, Attolia, and Sounis, have been having small wars for centuries; but the real threat to them is the much larger and more powerful ocean-going Mede Empire.

The Queen of Eddis and Sophos, the heir to the throne of Sounis, are attracted to each other and hope to combine their thrones; but many of the Barons who run Sounis are plotting against each other and against the King, with the help of the Medes. *A Conspiracy of Kings* primarily takes up Sophos’s story, although Eugenides and the two queens have strong supporting roles.

Sophos is more of a poetry lover than a warrior or a person who understands the uses of power. One of the great pleasures of the book is watching the growth of Sophos as he begins to pay attention to the politics going on around him. Clever, interesting characters, surprise plot twists, and political maneuvering make this a fine entry in the series.

Beatricksy Jan 03, 2018

Because I'm selfish and childish, I like this book a little less than the previous ones in the series. Sophos is great, but...Gen. Gen brings such a spark of comedy and intrigue and snark. But, even without Gen as the main protagonist, it's still glorious. It's fresh and complex and beautiful, with a fantastic mythology and world building and character development. It treats its audience with respect and really analyzes the consequences of its royal characters' decisions. Sophisticated political intrigue. It's for everyone to enjoy! (psst, adults, you'll enjoy this as much as the teens it's theoretically written for.)

Jul 18, 2017

Somehow these books just keep getting better. The characters, the politics, the intrigue, the plot twists! Turner is the master of surprises, of not explaining what her characters intend to do until it is shown to you, and it makes for wonderful storytelling. Also, I always think I will be sad that Gen is not the main character in these sequels, but then the new main characters are just as interesting as he is. Can't wait to get my hands on Thick as Thieves!

Feb 01, 2017

Another adventure in The Queen's Thief series. The seeming simplicity of the author's writing belies the density and complexity of the story that kept me turning the pages. So happy to discover this installment of the series and can't wait for #5 mid-2017!

Mar 29, 2016

So I didn't get as much pleasure out of this book as the previous two. Likely it's because A Conspiracy of Kings is by and large a transitional book, where a key few pieces are put into place to prepare for the inevitable Mede attack. Don't be deterred by that though. Sophos is amazing, if completely the opposite of Gen, and his story is heart-warming, honest and brave, like the lion he is and represents.

Honestly, the more I read this series, the more I realize how often people in power need to have a detached attitude when they make hard decisions. That's what this book is, and that's what this series has been all along. A bunch of friends in power who need to use and be used for the greater good. And big are these people who realize the need for the sacrifice and still see beyond it, to keep their friendships.

Mar 23, 2014

This was a great read, even though like the commenter below, it was my least favourite in the series. However, it's fun to see the characters of Gen, Irene, and Helen again, as well as Sophos. She switches perspective often, as in the other books, but this one is mainly from Sophos' perspective. She is a very clever writer. And how many stories are there out there about four different rulers who are all teenagers and young adults? It's great to see how they all learn together, but still do their own thing.

LibrarianJan Jan 05, 2011

It's great to be back with these characters. I think, though, because it focuses on Sophos's story rather than Gen, it's my least favorite of the series so far. Still cleverly plotted, though, and as full of incite into human nature and relationships and politics as the others.


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Nov 14, 2011

Why he was the leader of this rebellion I couldn't begin to guess. I wouldn't have expected him to be able to lead the more fractious of my uncle's barons out of a hole in the ground if it was filling with water . . .

Nov 14, 2011

To make war you need three things: one, money; two, money; and three, money.

Nov 14, 2011

What a strange world it is, where prisoners are left their weapons and the written word is a mortal danger.

Nov 14, 2011

There were more meetings, confirming my impression that talking is the most important thing a king does.


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