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A Conspiracy of Kings
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A Conspiracy of Kings
Attolia Series, Book 4
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Megan Whalen Turner delivers the fourth entry in a critically acclaimed series that includes a Newbery Honor Book and a Best Book for Young Adults. Exploring peace, power, leadership, and loyalty, this richly imagined tale features Sophos, the reluctant heir to the throne of Sounis. While residing in a remote villa, the teenaged Sophos finds himself overpowered and sold as a slave. But as days of toil and adversity strengthen him, Sophos determines to escape and assume his rightful place in his kingdom. "[A] stand-out, stand-alone adventure, filled with all the expected intrigue and political machinations." –Booklist, starred review

Megan Whalen Turner delivers the fourth entry in a critically acclaimed series that includes a Newbery Honor Book and a Best Book for Young Adults. Exploring peace, power, leadership, and loyalty, this richly imagined tale features Sophos, the reluctant heir to the throne of Sounis. While residing in a remote villa, the teenaged Sophos finds himself overpowered and sold as a slave. But as days of toil and adversity strengthen him, Sophos determines to escape and assume his rightful place in his kingdom. "[A] stand-out, stand-alone adventure, filled with all the expected intrigue and political machinations." –Booklist, starred review

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    Starred review from February 15, 2010
    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.

  • AudioFile Magazine Jeff Woodman expertly ushers listeners into the fourth audio he's narrated about Attolia, a classical-based fantasy world. Woodman's glib reading of details and his facility with language patterns establish a strong sense of place that welcomes new and returning listeners. Woodman's precise delivery and emphasis on allusions match the bookish personality of the first-person narrator, Sophos, the prince of Sounis, who is bent on reading poetry rather than acquiring the political savvy needed to lead a country. When the security of his home is breached, Woodman conveys the complexity of Sophos's character. He must draw on his intellect to surmount his uncertainty and muster the strength to face life as a slave, soldier, and finally a king. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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