Sophos, under the guidance of yet another tutor, practices his swordplay and strategizes escape scenarios should his father’s villa come under attack. How would he save his mother? His sisters? Himself? Could he reach the horses in time? Where would he go? But nothing prepares him for the day armed men, silent as thieves, swarm the villa courtyard ready to kill, to capture, to kidnap. Sophos, the heir to the throne of Sounis, disappears without a trace.
In Attolia, Eugenides, the new and unlikely king, has never stopped wondering what happened to Sophos. Nor has the Queen of Eddis. They send spies. They pay informants. They appeal to the gods. But as time goes by, it becomes less and less certain that they will ever see their friend alive again.
Across the small peninsula battles are fought, bribes are offered, and conspiracies are set in motion. Darkening the horizon, the Mede Empire threatens, always, from across the sea. And Sophos, anonymous and alone, bides his time. Sophos, drawing on his memories of Gen, Pol, the Magus and Eddis, sets out on an adventure that will change all of their lives forever.
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If I couldn’t be Eddis, I would be Attolia. If they needed to see my uncle in me, then I would show him to them. And I would take Attolia’s advice because if I identified my enemy and destroyed him, Sounis would be safe.
An heir to the throne who lost his mother & sisters, got kidnapped and sold to slavery, grew up to the king he didn’t want to be. Oh, Sophos! you are stronger than i thought.
The author has a strange sense of humor, i’d tell you that.
Sophos is now the narrator of the story. From being exiled to Letnos, to being a slave to an unknowing rebel baron, to being a pawn in the dangerous politics in Attolia, to being ‘imprisoned’ (again) in his own land, and finally, to rising up as the new king of Sounis.
The slavery part is boring, although i symphatized with Sophos’ wonderings – he was content to being a slave. No expections from his father, no breathing down his neck from his uncle. He was not happy but content.
My favorite part would have to be the moment Sophos will be voted for as king by the barons. I was kinda expecting it, but I was surprised Sophos can be so brutal. And i admired that, applauded him even! That is the only action I got from the book, but it was just right.
I miss Eugenides! He was shown being an idiot to Sophos (and i hate him for it) but as usual, Gen has something up his sleeve. The intricate plotting between Gen, Attolia, Eddis and the magus for the upcoming war was brilliant.
Megan Whalen Turner weaves a story that is mysterious, intriguing, and romantic (at times). I have to be on my toes while I was reading her series, because I’ll be lost in understanding all the politics and strategies that made her story worth reading, and rereading.
Sounis had been thinking of Ambiades. “He would have been a better man under different circumstances.”
Gen looked at him. “True enough,” he said. “But does a good man let his circumstances determine his character?”
#2 Off-the-Shelf Reading Challenge 2011
.: maria :.
“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”