I love Twitter because yesterday afternoon, I learned something great. I just learned from @Shayera that Megan Whalen Turner has a new book coming out called, A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS, that is tentatively scheduled for March 23, 2010. Fans of Eugenides can now rejoice! We have another book in the saga. You can click here to see a screencap of the cover and synopsis and preorder your copy of the book here from Amazon. Didn’t see the book listed at BN. My brief commentary about the series is below the cut.
For those unfamiliar with Turner, her first book in the series is The Thief, which features Eugenides, a thief from Eddis who is asked to obtain a mythical gift in the first book. In the second book, Eugenides decides to toy with the Queen of Attolia and she metes out her revenge in the old fashioned way. In the last book, The King of Attolia, well, the title is self-explanatory. What I like about Eugenides is that he is unassuming and likes to appear the fool but he is far from it. The stories are richly layered and complex. There is plenty of political intrigue and suspense. The story also generates a unexpectedly, sweet and quiet romance.
The author made mention that the stories take place in a fictional recreation of Greece. How best to describe these books? Try historical fantasy with just a touch of magic. Although the books are labeled YA, rest assured that they can be enjoyed by adults. The stories get more and more complex as it goes along. Many fans have been anticipating a new story with Eugenides and his Queen. It will be nice to catch up with him and see what new adventure the author has set for him in A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS. What are your favorite titles in the series? And if you had to rank them? My favorite? Eh, hard to say. I loved them all. Thanks for your comments in advance.