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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, 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 Badventure that will change all of their lives forever.

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"The fourth installment in Turner's saga is another absorbing political drama, this time focusing on Sophos, reluctant heir to the Sounis throne. Readers will remember him as Useless the Younger in The Thief, when he was more interested in poetry than power. As the king's only heir, however, he had no choice but to prepare for the monarchy until, in the opening pages of this volume, he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. He narrates the story of his abduction to an undisclosed 'you,' whose identity close readers of the series may guess. Given the complexity of Turner's plot, readers should reread the first three books before beginning this one, which derives its power from the intricate construction of Turner's imagined world, a realm in which her founding mythology is as impressive as her descriptions of the land itself. Sophos's choice — live anonymously in servitude or accept a role he doesn't want — drives the story as his allies approach a showdown with the enemy Medes. Strong evidence emerges that the story doesn't end here, and fans will savor this while they wait for more. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Megan Whalen Turner is the author of the Newbery Honor Book The Thief and its companions, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. She lives with her family in Ohio.

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Jessalynn, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by Jessalynn)
If you’re not familiar with this series, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? First of all, they take place in a world of complex political negotiations, tangled personal histories, and complex, real characters. If you met Eugenides on the street (heaven help you) you’d know it was him.

Second, and just as important, is the fact that I love spending time with these characters. Sure, it can be difficult and painful, but it’s oh so rewarding. A new book is just a big excuse to reread one of my favorite series. Although series is a slightly misleading term for these books. Each one as a unique flavor, a slightly different point of view. They aren’t formulaic and they aren’t predictable, and while plot is key in each story, and the setting is handled magnificently, the characters really do grow and change between books and within each book. Turner gives you lots of clever foreshadowing and hints about what the characters aren’t telling you. In fact, that might be my favorite aspect of the series. How much the characters keep hidden. With clues, of course, for the reader.

A Conspiracy of Kings is no different in that regard - strongly realized characters and setting, and a deliciously twisty plot that demonstrates great faith in the reader. Fans of the earlier books might be disappointed that Eugenides continues to be out of the spotlight, but seeing him from a new point of view is always intriguing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061870934
Author:
Turner, Megan Whalen
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Author:
Henkes, Kevin
Author:
Whalen
Author:
Turner, Megan
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Princes
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Diets
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100323
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 14.4 oz
Age Level:
10-14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The fourth installment in Turner's saga is another absorbing political drama, this time focusing on Sophos, reluctant heir to the Sounis throne. Readers will remember him as Useless the Younger in The Thief, when he was more interested in poetry than power. As the king's only heir, however, he had no choice but to prepare for the monarchy until, in the opening pages of this volume, he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. He narrates the story of his abduction to an undisclosed 'you,' whose identity close readers of the series may guess. Given the complexity of Turner's plot, readers should reread the first three books before beginning this one, which derives its power from the intricate construction of Turner's imagined world, a realm in which her founding mythology is as impressive as her descriptions of the land itself. Sophos's choice — live anonymously in servitude or accept a role he doesn't want — drives the story as his allies approach a showdown with the enemy Medes. Strong evidence emerges that the story doesn't end here, and fans will savor this while they wait for more. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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