Thursday, July 02, 2015

2015 book 157

Jo Walton's The Philosopher Kings
The second book in Walton's Thessaly series (after The Just City) takes place twenty years after the first one, as Athena's City has fractured into several different cities/factions, and Simmea (the main character of the first one) is killed, leading Apollo to go on a quest for vengeance--which turns into something else entirely. I loved all the mythological/religious stuff Walton is playing with here, though was still not super enthused by all the philosophical discussions (they are relevant, of course!). Still, there's plenty of action, and I loved all three of the POV characters (Apollo; Arete, his daughter with Simmea; and teacher Maia), and I /really/ loved everything with Apollo and his family. The end was a GREAT and totally bonkers change-up, and I am eagerly awaiting the third one, which is gonna be crazy. CRAZY. A/A-.

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