Review: The Philosopher Kings

The Philosopher Kings (Thessaly, #2)The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had no idea how the story could continue after The Just City. It seemed to have such a finality to it. Yet Ms Jo Walton has really shone with this sequel. It finds a way to build on just about everything from the first book in a way that makes perfect sense while continuing to introduce even more ideas. Just as with the first book, it’s told through diary entries of the main characters and so it’s it’s an exploration of Platonic ideals as they interact with reality. One of our point of view characters is a child born after the events of The Just City, so we get a new perspective from someone who knows about the successes and failures of the first city.

If you enjoyed the meditative aspect of the first book, I think you’ll really love this one. If you didn’t like the first book, don’t read this one – it’s more of the same.

I can’t wait to see how the trilogy ends!

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