Just finished A Conspiracy of Kings. I enjoyed it. I've always liked Sophos, so its nice to have him--and everyone...minus Costis--back. And I enjoy Sophos/Helen, although I am not nearly as satisfied by it as I am Gen/Attolia. Nor does it leave me as squeeful. Still, it's sweet. There were definitely some very good bits and lines--Attolia's jokes; bits of Moria lessons; "We eat chicken NOW!" etc. And I LOVED the entire voting sequence. It was good stuff. And, I must confess, I am a little in love with the line "I make the king." Certainly, the book had some issues, and I don't think it was quite as strong as it predecessors. And I felt an upsetting disconnect from Gen that made me uncomfortable...but maybe that was the point. At any rate, a good read that has set the scene for the two remaining books, which I shall anxiously await!