I already mentioned here that I just got a copy of A Conspiracy of Kings and since it’s my most anticipated book in 2010, I dropped the book that I was currently reading and dove right in. I’m done reading it but I still have a book hangover and I think I need to read it again. Just wanted to post my initial thoughts, spoiler-free of course.
Here’s a brief summary from Megan Whalen Turner’s website:
Sophos is the very reluctant heir to the King of Sounis. He would prefer to read poetry, study philosophy, or count the ridges on grasshopper wings. But, what he wants doesn’t matter . . . until the day all his responsibilities are taken away and he has a chance to decide his fate for himself.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – Megan Whalen Turner (MWT) is awesome! She really is. I don’t think I can ever be disappointed in a book that she’s written. This one was no exception. This is the kind of book that you just inhale the first time you read it and you know that no matter how many times you read it again, it’ll never get old. A Conspiracy of Kings is all about Sophos, last seen as the Magus’ apprentice in The Thief. I did miss Gen’s (otherwise known as Eugenides, the main protagonist in the first three books) presence in the book but he’s still there in the sidelines. As with MWT’s other books, this one is all about political intrigue, internal struggle, plot twists and turns, character development, subtle romance, revelations and everything else that we’ve come to expect and love in her books. If you’re already a fan of the series, by the end of the book, you’ll love Sophos as much as you love Gen. If you aren’t a fan and haven’t read the series, what are you waiting for?
This book is one of my entries in the Once Upon a Time challenge.