Book Synopsis Ruin of Kings Jenn Lyons A Chorus of Dragons #1

The Ruin of Kings ★ A Chorus of Dragons #1 ★ Jenn Lyons

Ruin of Kings A Chorus of Dragons Book #1 By Jenn Lyons

Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up on storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn’t what the storybooks promised.

Far from living the dream, Kihrin finds himself practically a prisoner, at the mercy of his new family’s power plays and ambitions. He also discovers that the storybooks have lied about a lot of other things too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love, and how the hero always wins.

Then again, maybe he’s not the hero, for Kihrin is not destined to save the empire.

He’s destined to destroy it. 

Hardcover 560 pages Published February 2019 Tor Books

Review Ruin of Kings Jenn Lyons

★ Review ★

Contains Mild Spoilers

The Ruin of Kings is book #1 in a five-part series by Jenn Lyons titled A Chorus of Dragons. Not since reading Game of Thrones have I needed a spreadsheet to keep track of characters. While there aren’t nearly as many characters in Lyons’ tale, some of my newfound friends are on their hundredth life now, I am sure.

Thaena, the Goddess of Death, likes to bring back her favourites in this one, over & over again.

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The Ruin of Kings is told in two parts; the format for the series is actually quite interesting. When our story starts, Kihrin is behind bars, under the watchful eye of a Mimic named Talon. Alternating between Kihrin & Talon’s perspectives, we piece together the tale of how Kihrin came to be behind bars.

& what an interesting tale it is.

Talon tells us the story of how Kihrin comes to be sold into slavery at 16 years old. At the same time, Kihrin tells us what happened after he was sold to The Black Brotherhood. I really liked both Talon & Kihrin. In particular, I loved Kihrin’s witty & sarcastic personality.

We could be friends; I thought Kihrin was a fantastic character.

A Chorus of Dragons Book 1 Review Jenn Lyons

Kihrin is an orphan, raised to be a thief in the night, moving in the shadows. All is well for Kihrin until he crosses paths with a demon sent to find a relic. The Stone of Shackles, a trinket owned by Kihrin since he was scooped up from his mother’s dead arms. A trinket that cannot be removed from its owner’s neck unwillingly & protects its owner from death by swapping souls with the one who attempts to kill the Stone of Shackles owner.

In an attempt to sus Kihrin out, Talon murders just about everyone he loves. As a mimic, she absorbs her victim’s thoughts, personality & image. Using her mimic abilities to torture &, in some cases, keep up appearances for the one she is working for. In this case, the great House D’mon.

As it turns out, Kihrin is not an orphan but the lost son of Darzin D’Mon.

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In an attempt to flee his new home & family, Kihrin finds himself gashed, having part of his soul ripped out & given to another to control him. Kihrin finds himself enslaved. That is until The Black Brotherhood finds him. There is a lot to unpack during Kihrin’s time with the Black Brotherhood.

Prophesies galore.

Lyons’ story is complicated. Personally, I loved it, but I understand that it may not be for everyone. Keeping track of who is who can be confusing, especially with a mimic running around wearing people’s faces. The Stone of Shackles has been swapping souls & there are about ninety-seven different prophesies on the go in various cultures & races. Immortal gods & obsessive dragons. It’s a lot, but damn, was it fantastic.

Ruin of Kings Quotes

★ Quotes ★

Play my game, Bright-Eyes, or I’ll come back here wearing your mother’s skin cinched by a belt of your father’s intestines.

There are eight Cornerstones. Two stones for each of the four founding races. Each different, each with a different awful set of powers, each meant to usurp one of the Eight Gods.

His terror tastes as sweet as the honey from your daughter’s thighs.

He will have an army of shadow & darkness with him-demons of the cold, frozen Void.

The dragon was sooty black, the color of thick coal ash. The cracks under its scales pulsed and glowed as if those scaly plates barely contained an inferno.

He was jealous of you as streams are jealous of the sea.

And ash will fall from the sky as the Great City burns, and the howls of sinners will echo with the screams of the righteous, for the Thief of Souls has come.

Rating Ruin of Kings A Chorus of Dragons 1

★ Rating ★

★ Links ★

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