“Basileus,” someone hidden in the steam whispered. Others echoed the praise. “Basileus.” Only Teleus shook his head. Costis watched him, not surprised. “The Basileus was a prince of his people, what we call king now,” Teleus explained. “That one”—he nodded toward the closed door—“will rule more than just Attolia before he is done. He is an Annux, a king of kings.”
I love stories that are unpredictable and suspenseful. I love stories that are well plotted and well written. I love stories that have complexity of thought and character growth. I love stories that offer surprises. I loved The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner for all the reasons I stated above. And I hated that it all came to an end.
The events of the story take place shortly after Eugenides has become King. The story unfolds through the eyes of Costis. A Guard who loses his temper and has struck the King in the face. Rather than have him hang for treason, Eugenides promotes him to lieutenant in name only. In order to change the mind of many, you need to change the mind of the one next to you or so says Eugenides. Costis is relieved for the reprieve of his life but his opinion of the king is like many in Attolia: they all hate him. They feel as though the Thief of Eddis stole the throne of Attolia and that the marriage is a sham.
There are other subplots that were interesting like the relationship between the King and Queen; then there is the threat to the throne by a powerful baron. Lastly, there is the Mede Empire to worry as well as Sounis. However, that is all of the plot that I wish to elaborate. The story goes on to have many twists and turns. There is still more political intrigue and sabotage. Plenty of surprises and revelations. There were several scenes that I’ve bookmarked and have went back to read over and over again. I loved this book. At the first, I didn’t know what was going on but from experience I should have known what was up. Eugenides is clever and powerful and everybody has often mistook him for a fool. All except The Queen of Eddis, his father, the ambassador of Eddis and his wife, The Queen of Attolia.
In closing my thoughts, I am rather depressed to see this story end. I sincerely hope that Ms. Turner is writing another story about Eugenides. I’m pretty sure she probably is because there is much to be told about Eugenides and his life. I’ve now read all three of the stories and have enjoyed them all. Do I have a favorite? Not really. I’ve enjoyed all three books and have graded them all A reads. These are YA novels but don’t let the label stop you from reading them. Where else can you find romance, sword fights, political intrigue laced with suspense? Look no further than The King of Attolia. My grade, A. Check out the series starting with the first book, The Thief.