A Conspiracy of Princes by Justin Somper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The sequel to Allies and Assassins doesn't fall victim to sophomore slump; the only problem is that on occasion a little more backstory would be nice for those who read the first book a while ago. The mix of strong male and female characters, as well as good and evil characters (and the reminder that not everyone is as they appear on the surface) is done well. Not having read any of the Game of Thrones books, I don't know for sure, but I suspect this would be a good gateway into that series for middle grade readers.
ARC provided by publisher.