A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen’s Thief, #4)
By: Megan Whalen Turner
My Rating: FIVE out of FIVE STARS!
Best for: Advanced 12 and up
The great The Queen’s Thief re-read of 2020 continues! I’ve just finished book 4, and thus ends the “re-read” part of my re-read. Book 5 was published in 2017, but I put off reading it because I knew book 6 was coming. Book 6 (the series conclusion) was finally published a couple of weeks ago–hence my re-read. Now I FINALLY get to dive into the last 2 books, which, I should point out, have been a quarter of a century in the making.
The Thief was published in 1996. There was a four year wait for book 2 (2000), a six year wait for book 3 (2006), a four year wait for book 4 (2010), a SEVEN year wait for book 5 (2017), and a three year wait for book 6 (2020).
Well, 24 years. But I’ve been patient, so I’m going to round up. And you thought it was tough being a Patrick Rothfuss fan?
Anyway, I’m excited for book 5. But these thoughts are going to be attached to book 4…ok, so book 4.
I don’t know that I can find the right set of words and put them in the right order to adequately express how impressive the stories of The Queen’s Thief are. Now that I’ve finished A Conspiracy of Kings for the second time, I’m left with the feeling that this is the kind of writing other writers pass around to each other and praise publicly because it’s what they are all aspiring to be, then curse it privately because, well, because it’s what they are all aspiring to be.
Like the first three books, A Conspiracy of Kings is a brilliantly executed story. It’s packed full of intrigue, mystery, surprises, is colored by romance, and tied together with writing that’s a joy to read. Even the second time through, my heart still raced, my emotions were still stirred, and I can’t deny at least one secret celebratory fist pump when no one was looking.
It’s a cantputitdowner.
There. I couldn’t think of the right words, so I just made up my own.
Reading A Conspiracy of Kings solidifies it. The Queen’s Thief series is one of a kind.
And now I get to read book 5. I’m off!
Zero content concerns. The complexity makes it best for advanced 12 and up.
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.
My job is done.
I wash my hands.