The Philosopher Kings

by Jo Walton
The Philosopher Kings (Thessaly #2) by Jo Walton 8.00   1

From the acclaimed, award-winning author of Among Others, 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 only to 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 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.

Also known as The Just City Book 2.

Category: Science Fiction

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Release date June 24, 2015
Details updated January 17, 2017


Series contains 3 primary works and has 3 total works.

The Just City (Thessaly #1) 8.00   1
The Philosopher Kings (Thessaly #2) 8.00   1
Necessity (Thessaly #3) 8.00   1