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The Philosopher Kings

(2015)
(The second book in the Thessaly series)
A novel by

 
 
From acclaimed, award-winning author Jo Walton: The Philosopher Kings, a tale of gods and humans and the surprising things they have to learn from one another.

Twenty years have elapsed since the events of The Just City. The city, founded by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, organized on the principles espoused in Plato's Republic, and populated by people from all eras of human history, has now split into five cities, and low-level armed conflict between them is not unheard of.

The god Apollo, living (by his own choice) a human life as Pythias in the city, his true identity known to only a few, is now married and the father of several children. But a tragic loss causes him to become consumed with the desire for revenge. Being Apollo, he goes about handling it in a seemingly rational and systematic way, but it's evident - particularly to his precocious daughter, Arete - that he is unhinged with grief.

Along with Arete and several of his sons, plus a boatload of other volunteers - including the now fantastically aged Marsilio Ficino, the great humanist of Renaissance Florence - Pythias/Apollo goes sailing into the mysterious Eastern Mediterranean of pre-antiquity to see what they can find - possibly the man who may have caused his great grief, possibly communities of the earliest people to call themselves Greek. What Apollo, his daughter, and the rest of the expedition will discover...will change everything.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Walton shines, as she always does, in the small and hurtful and glorious business of interpersonal relationships." - Cory Doctorow


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Used availability for Jo Walton's The Philosopher Kings

Hardback Editions

June 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Philosopher Kings: A Novel (Thessaly)
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 0-7653-3267-1 / 978-0-7653-3267-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Philosopher Kings (Thessaly)
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 1-4721-5079-1 / 978-1-4721-5079-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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September 2015 : UK Paperback

Title: The Philosopher Kings (Thessaly)
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 1-4721-5080-5 / 978-1-4721-5080-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

February 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Philosopher Kings (Thessaly)
Author(s): Jo Walton
ISBN: 1-5226-3604-8 / 978-1-5226-3604-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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July 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Philosopher Kings: Thessaly, Book 2
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


July 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Philosopher Kings: Thessaly, Book 2
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Philosopher Kings: Thessaly, Book 2
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Philosopher Kings (Thessaly Book 2)
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Corsair
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


June 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Philosopher Kings: A Novel (Thessaly Book 2)
Author(s): Jo Walton
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA