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Aha! I have resolved my Hilarion-Lamion-Ion confusion!

Near the end of KoA, in the scene where Attolis ruins his bedroom after receiving news about Nahuseresh, he explicitly orders Cleon and Ion to come help him change while the other attendants clean up the mess. Both Lamion and Hilarion participate in the conversation after the king leaves, which means Ion must be a separate person rather than a nickname for either of them.

(That remains, of course, an incredibly trivial issue, but I like to have things clear. Next I want to see if I can turn the described geography of our three focus countries into any kind of coherent map...)
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I have now read The King of Attolia and A Conspiracy of Kings (and most of the extant Queen's Thief fic on AO3, as one does), and yes, this was a good choice. This is a good series. :)

I hear book five (and possibly also six?) may be released either this year or in 2017? I certainly hope so! I very badly want to see more of these characters, and also learn how their socio-political woes turn out. (Plus that volcano, which is a Chekhov's gun if I ever saw one.)

I think, of the four currently published volumes, The King of Attolia is my least favorite. Which is not to say that I disliked it, just that while I was convinced that spoilers, I guess? )

Eh, perhaps these things simply happen in stages.

On a much more trivial note, I am slightly perplexed by one issue of nomenclature: namely, I can't tell whether some of Attolis's attendants (Hilarion, Lamion, and Ion) are meant to be three separate characters or only two. I genuinely have NO IDEA if Ion is meant to be a nickname, and if so, for which of those longer names. I mean, nicknames exist in this setting! Gen has one! So does Dite! On the other hand, there's a character (Nomenus) in CoK who seems to have Ion as his actual full given name, which Sophos takes at face value and directly equates to Ion-the-attendant.

I was unable to find a scene in which Hilarion and/or Lamion directly addressed or thought about Ion, or vice versa, so I can't clear the confusion up that way.

Is there any fandom consensus on that issue?
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There are a lot of books that I sort of vaguely intend to read at some point. Like, A LOT a lot. Most of them I never do get around to, because other things come up and a vague intention is easily forgotten or set aside, but now and then I do actually make good on things.

Which is a long way of saying that I checked out Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief and The Queen of Attolia yesterday (sadly, my local library does not own the next two books), took them home in the evening, and made the terrible life choice to start reading them at 10pm.

...

I put hold requests on The King of Attolia and A Conspiracy of Kings this afternoon. Hopefully they will arrive on Friday.

*attempts not to die of anticipation*

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