A Conspiracy of Kings
By Megan Whalen Turner
A Conspiracy of Kings in the fourth book in The Thief series. I don’t know that I loved this one, which is supposedly the final book in the series, as much as the previous three, but I did enjoy it.
Sophos of Sounis is more concerned with complaining about his tutor than with the fact that he may one day be the King of Sounis. When his father’s villa is attacked, he gets the chance to figure out whether or not he has what it takes to be King of Sounis.
I missed Sophos in the last two books. He’s a likable character in The Thief but here, well, I wanted to slap him and yell at him to grow up. He’s going to be King, let’s face it, you know he is, and his land is at war and all he can think to do is whine about the tutor he can’t stand because he thinks he’s smarter than him. And while that might be true, it just shows you how childish he is. When he finds himself a slave in one of his father’s Barons’ household, he thinks about staying there because it’s easier to let someone else make decisions which made me wonder why I liked him in the first place. But then he finds out there’s more to him than even he thought and the rest flowed, although I did miss Gen, the King of Attolia and the former Thief of Eddis, in this book. Gen was a whiner too but there was something still so likable about him because you knew he was doing it to hide something. Sophos just whined. This one is all about Sophos and while he’s good, he’s no Gen.
I’m slightly annoyed though. It did end on a good wrap-up note but I feel there is still more and I don’t know if another book is planned — must Google! Otherwise, it has been a satisfying series and I recommend it.