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The Name of All Things ★ A Chorus of Dragons #2 ★ Jenn Lyons
You can have everything you want if you sacrifice everything you believe.
Kihrin D’Mon is a wanted man.
Since he destroyed the Stone of Shackles and set demons free across Quur, he has been on the run from the wrath of an entire empire. His attempt to escape brings him into the path of Janel Theranon, a mysterious Joratese woman who claims to know Kihrin.
Janel’s plea for help pits Kihrin against all manner of dangers: a secret rebellion, a dragon capable of destroying an entire city, and Kihrin’s old enemy, the wizard Relos Var.
Janel believes that Relos Var possesses one of the most powerful artifacts in the world―the Cornerstone called the Name of All Things. And if Janel is right, then there may be nothing in the world that can stop Relos Var from getting what he wants.
And what he wants is Kihrin D’Mon.
Jenn Lyons continues the Chorus of Dragons series with The Name of All Things, the epic sequel to The Ruin of Kings.
Hardcover 589 Pages ★ Published October 2019 ★ Tor Books
Review The Name of All things by Jenn Lyons
A Chorus of Dragons epic fantasy series
★ Review ★
Contains major spoilers from book #1 & minor spoilers from book #2
The Name of All Things is Book #2 in Jenn Lyons A Chorus of Dragons Series. Much like book #1, Lyons tells her tale by flipping back and forth between two perspectives. This time around, we meet new characters, Count Janel & Brother Qown, who tell our dear Kihrin what was going down in Jorat during his time as a slave & being held hostage by The Old Man.
When The Ruin of Kings ended, Kihrin was on the run, having killed the Emperor & destroying the Stone of Shackles. Inadvertently, freeing every demon and slave in the process. Kihrin runs into Janel & they simply sit down for dinner & drinks as Lyons overlaps the adventures of Janel & Co. over the adventures of Kihrin & Co. from The Ruin of Kings. I have to say, while Talon & Kihrin’s reasoning for going back & forth, using a magic stone to record their conversation was quite clever. Saving our voices was just outright silly as the reason in The Name of All Things.
Whenever one of them mentioned “our voices,” my eye roll got more exaggerated.
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I admit, I enjoyed The Ruin of Kings way more than The Name of All Things. However, the story was still fantastic, and if you are an action lover, Book #2 will turn your crank more than Book #1. The Ruin of Kings contains information, The Name of All Things contains adventure.
The Name of All Things timeline runs consecutively to The Ruin of Kings.
The two major plot points being, Kihrin up for auction as a slave & killing the Emporer.
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An interesting formatting detail Lyons uses to tell Janel’s side of the story is a quick blurb at the start of each chapter. A short sentence, simply stating what events were taking place in The Ruin of Kings at the same time. I loved it. I loved when Kihrin would pip up with some information Janel didn’t know or vice versa. Those two minor details keep the two stories tightly bound together.
The main reason I didn’t enjoy Book #2 as much as Book #1 is simply the characters. I like Kihrin’s personality more than Janel’s & without a doubt, liked Talon more than Brother Qown. In the beginning, I found him insufferable & preferred him when he was gaeshed. However, I do find it quite funny that he technically worships Kihrin.
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We get a better insight into Lyons tale’s spiritual and rebirth aspects in The Name of All Things. There is a whole underlying East vs West mentality happening. Different views on sex and gender. Other religions & different names for The Eight. Differences in politics. There are several lessons to be learned inside the pages of A Chorus of Dragons.
I can’t wait to see where all these prophecies take us next in The Memory of Souls.
★ Rating ★
★ Quotes ★
Urthaenriel sang a song of chaos and hated all other voices but her own.
No one outruns demons, especially not an eight-year-old girl.
The dragon dove and snatched up an elephant in each front claw before pulling up, mighty wings driving it back into the heavens.
Death isn’t an end; it’s a change of venue.
Sometimes everyone is wrong and you must decide whose wrongness is more acceptable.
A million screaming souls make up her identity, and some of those souls belong to god-kings.
Killing me is like taking a cup of water from the sea and thinking you’ve stopped the tide.
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