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The House of Always ★ A Chorus of Dragons #4 ★ Jenn Lyons
What if you were imprisoned for all eternity?
In the aftermath of the Ritual of Night, everything has changed.
The Eight Immortals have catastrophically failed to stop Kihrin’s enemies, who are moving forward with their plans to free Vol Karoth, the King of Demons. Kihrin has his own ideas about how to fight back, but even if he’s willing to sacrifice everything for victory, the cost may prove too high for his allies.
Now they face a choice: can they save the world while saving Kihrin, too? Or will they be forced to watch as he becomes the very evil they have all sworn to destroy.
Hardcover 523 Pages ★ Published May 2021 ★ Tor Books
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Contains major spoilers from books #1-3, minor spoilers book #4
Jenn Lyons epic fantasy series A Chorus of Dragons is coming to a close. The House of Always is book #4 in the five-part series, with the final installment, The Discord of Gods, coming later in 2022. Kihrin has runoff on his own to Vol Karoth’s prison, believing Karoth is nothing more than a lost & lonely, wounded man-baby soul he can reason with. But, of course, he’s wrong—sort of.
Oddly enough, not the dumbest decision ever made by Kihrin.
To even get inside Karoth’s prison, he had to get Talon to murder him.
Senera quickly figured out what Kihrin had done & the problem with his plan. Time. Var wants Karoth free & he will not stop until he achieves his goal. Time inside Karoth’s prison moves at a snail’s pace. A turtle in peanut butter, if you will. Var could free Karoth long before Kihrin ever has a chance to “heal the broken man-baby soul.”
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Coming off the high of The Memory of Souls – The House of Always is a bit of a disappointment.
& it pains me to say it.
Hoping to give Kihrin a fighting chance, Senera quickly kidnaps all his friends & takes them to the Light House. Time in The Light House moves considerably faster than in the real world. Senera links The Light House to Karoth’s prison, creating a “mind-scape” to communicate with Kihrin. Theoretically, nothing is happening outside of these two locations, giving our crew time to figure something out.
It turns out, though, it’s a two-way street & Karoth can easily pull people out of the Light House & into his prison.
The concept of The House of Always is intriguing enough. Kihrin quickly realized just how wrong he was about Karoth. He can not be reasoned with, and so they fight. Which is fruitless; neither of them can hurt the other. Not physically anyway. When his friends start arriving in Karoth’s prison, they try a new plan instead; Throwing memories around, hoping to harm each other emotionally.
I’ll give Lyons one thing; I was not expecting this.
While I can appreciate what Lyons was doing here, I didn’t like it. I found myself extra disappointed because The House of Always is the release that caught my eye for A Chorus of Dragons in the first place & honestly, it’s the worst book of the bunch, in my opinion.
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There was almost no point to The House of Always.
Sure we learn a few things that progressed the story, but Lyons could have snuck that information in somewhere else. First of all, The Memory of Souls didn’t need to be as long as it was. Or, it just as easily could have been longer. In my opinion, so much happened in The Memory of Souls & so little happens in The House of Always. Both could have benefitted dramatically with a bit of reworking of the plot. The Memory of Souls could have ended before Thaena completely lost her shit & attempted to sacrifice Teraeth.
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The Battle of the Well of Spirals could have occurred in The House of Always.
One thing or two people rather that I enjoyed during The House of Always was Galen & his wife, Sheloran. I adored the two of them. I love how much they love each other & It was so lovely to see that Galen’s family hadn’t corrupted him. He’s grown to be a fantastic, caring man. The two of them have been up to some remarkable mischief; freeing slaves across the empire. They have an amazing supportive relationship.
There really is quite a lot to love about The House of Always, but still, there was almost no point to the book. It’s not a plot-driven story. The House of Always is an emotional story, building the relationships and personas of our secondary characters. It’s all of our nearest and dearest coming together, fighting their inner demons & saving the day.
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I felt a strange disconnection – as if the city only existed when I directly gazed at it, dissolving and reforming as I moved my field of view.
Somewhere out there lurked a god. A haunted, tortured god.
Vol Karoth was a hollow place just under my sternum, like the gut twist of loss that scrapes one’s insides clean and leaves only stupefaction in its wake. He lurked in the back of my throat, in the unbidden sting of tears with no cause, in the creeping sour taste of malice under my tongue. Vol Karoth was empty and dark and endless. A bottomless cup that could never be filled.
She wasn’t sure where the bottom was, but the universe seemed determined they would reach it.
The rain had turned to blood.
His heart had been soaked in ice, abandoned to the elements- he had no feeling anymore.
It was hungry, and it was cold. There really wasn’t any difference between these two states of being. It was an empty void that existed only to devour.
…every cynic was an idealist who saw the world too clearly.
It felt like the wrong piece of a puzzle hammered into a different position.
As she watched her plans transform into acid, eating away everything they touched.
A man who believes that the ends justify the means is capable of anything so long as he thinks his intentions are pure.
Being a mermaid was remarkably fun once one got used to it.
A stone tied itself around her heart and threw itself into a deep, dark well.
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