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review 2017-06-08 06:13
A Conspiracy of Kings
A Conspiracy of Kings - Megan Whalen Turner

I legit thought the whole book was the events of the first third of the book. I have no idea how I managed to forget so much of this story. But that was great for the reread because it was like reading it for the first time.

 

The ending does make me mad that Thick as Thieves is a standalone story. I've been waiting seven years, I need some closure after this ending.

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review 2016-01-07 22:32
#TheQueen'sThief: I Am Smitten
The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1) - Megan Whalen Turner
The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2) - Megan Whalen Turner
The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #3) - Megan Whalen Turner
A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief, #4) - Megan Whalen Turner

You must know this first.

 

I am smitten.

 

The Queen's Thief is why I read. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

 

Will someone please explain why I haven't heard of Megan Whalen Turner or The Queen's Thief before? What else has the world been hiding from me that I should already know about?

 

Tell me you haven't felt like this before. Go ahead. I dare you.

 

There are four books in this series, with rumors of at least two more...although I'm not getting my hopes up, the last book was published in 2010. Never fear. Book four ends in a very good place.

 

Book 1: The Thief
Book 2: The Queen of Attolia
Book 3: The King of Attolia
Book 4: A Conspiracy of Kings

 

Not to mention--the book covers are totally sweet!

 

This is the story of Eugenides--The Queen's Thief himself--and how he is a completely wonderful literary character. It's one of the most well written and clever series of books I've read. The writing is so confident (yes, confident), I was powerless to resist being pulled into Gen's world.

 

Of course, only his closest friends can call him Gen. That's me. I've read the books. We're tight.

 

This is fantastic fantasy at its finest, with epic story lines to follow, heroes to adore, villains to despise, lessons to learn, kingdoms to save, love to find, and twists to try (and fail) to anticipate. The twists! Oh, the twists, Twists, TWISTS! Just when you think you have it, you realize you've been long-conned since before you even knew you needed to watch out for the trick. The world building and polytheistic culture is as lovely as it is tight. I'm telling you, this is top quality stuff.

 

Don't allow yourself to waste any more of your life having not read The Queens Thief.

 

I can't abide my friends not knowing they are missing something great.

 

Read. Now.

 

My job is done.

 

I wash my hands.

 

The Value of a Star: Ratings Explained

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review 2015-08-03 17:40
A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief, #4) - Megan Whalen Turner

Maybe a bit spoilerish:

 

I wasn’t ready for this book, maybe a bit of a reading slump unfortunately. I had thought this would be the perfect way to get back into good reading since I loved the King of Attolia. But maybe I was hoping for more Gen or even Attolia, but Sounis was not that great of a perspective to read from, at least halfway through the book.

 

I guess the journey aspect follows through as it has throughout this series, but the abductions and running away from Sounis felt hard to believe, compared to the Sounis we met in The Thief. There wasn’t any emotional connection with him, even when he was drilling the fact that he desperately needed to find his mother and sisters (the ending when they met up at the end was underwhelming compared to how desperate he was throughout the book to know if they were alive).

 

The book got more interesting once Sounis met up with Gen, Attolia, and Eddis after which heading out to get kidnapped again! Which is fine since this time, it was all part of the plan.

 

I suppose you will really have to push through this book to get to the essential political controversies, which lacked in detail until halfway through the book.

 

I kinda of loved the very last chapter though; it showed the great relationship between Gen and Sophos that we also see in the prologue/beginning chapters of the book. It bothers me greatly that we won’t be seeing Gen and Attolia until the next unpublished novel, which comes out whoknowswhen.

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review 2014-07-17 04:10
A Conspiracy of Kings - Megan Whalen Turner

The third book was better. I think one of the best things about this series is each book as a different narrator. The first three books mainly dealt with Gen. In this book he was barely in it and the scenes he was present he was aloof and didn't actually say much.

 

From the reports that Sophos was missing in previous books I was curious what had happened to him. I am not completely sure I was expecting this story to be from his point of view. I enjoyed his descriptions of what had happened to him after his disappearance.

 

Throughout this series I have wanted a map. There are so many neighboring countries mentioned I have wanted to look at something to make sure I have the picture right in my head. The war discussions do get a little long without actually saying anything, but overall I did enjoy the book.

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review 2013-12-10 20:49
The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
The Queen of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner
The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #3) - Megan Whalen Turner
A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief #4) - Megan Whalen Turner

I've had this book on my "to read" list for awhile, but just never seemed to get around to it.  It came up on sale for the kindle for $1.99 and I could no longer resist.  It is fantastic.  I was engrossed from the beginning even though I thought I knew how it would turn out.  I did figure out a few things, but I missed some pretty major turns at the end.  I've got the next three from the library and can't wait to get started on them.

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