A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
Queen’s Thief #4
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I just realized that if you don’t follow my Goodreads, you might not know much about my current favorite series. So I figured it was time to promote all my reviews of it and scream a bit!! Yay, fun.
I’ve read five books of this now, so here’s a quick roundoff of my points:
✔Megan Whalen Turner is so good at planting and payoff it makes me want to cry
✔I have never seen an author follow through in such interesting ways
✔anyway a romantic pairing that got set up in book ONE just got payed off
✔all the scenes work individually but ALSO as callbacks to earlier plot points
✔she keeps pulling the rug out from under us with some huge reveal that makes you want to scream
✔so many different players
✔so much character development
✔so much dimensionality
✔but usually in a very good way? I’m always delighted by her plot twists
✔upsetting things happen but then the books as a whole are Happy And Good
That’s my full review. But also, here is a roundup of things that stood out in this book:
✔Everyone showed up.
✔No, really. Every single lead.
Yes, I’ve gotten through three and a half reviews without doing a character roundup, so I just had to mention the current leads of this job:
the literal epitome of haha I want to die. I actually loved his character arc so much but he’s so much of a disaster.
a queen and icon, but in such a dimensional way. she is not a ruthless power player
like my favorite female character, but she still wields so much power in her own narrative.
still my favorite character, but she’s not showing up as much. and it is absolutely tragic and I think she deserves to be the lead character of the final book.
final side note: Gen and Irene: interact with Sophos for a second
me: personally, I love Sophos’ parents
Absolutely the most hilarious protagonist I have ever come across.
Basically, I love this complete disaster of a found family of ridiculous, extra characters, and this ridiculous series of political intrigue and plot twists. I cannot wait for book six to hurry up and release.