Discord of Gods Review

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The Discord of Gods A Chorus of Dragons #5 Jenn Lyons

The Discord of Gods Review

The end times have come.

Relos Var’s final plans to enslave the universe are on the cusp of fruition. He believes there’s only one being in existence that might be able to stop him: the demon Xaltorath.

As these two masterminds circle each other, neither is paying attention to the third player on the board, Kihrin. Unfortunately, keeping himself classified in the “pawn” category means Kihrin must pretend to be everything the prophecies threatened he’d become: the destroyer of all, the sun eater, a mindless, remorseless plague upon the land. It also means finding an excuse to not destroy the people he loves (or any of the remaining Immortals) without arousing suspicion.

Kihrin’s goals are complicated by the fact that not all of his “act” is one. His intentions may be sincere, but he’s still being forced to grapple with the aftereffects of the corrupted magic ritual that twisted both him and the dragons. Worse, he’s now tied to a body that is the literal avatar of a star – a form that is becoming increasingly, catastrophically unstable. All of which means he’s running out of time.

After all, some stars fade – but others explode. 

Hardcover 528 pages Published April 2022 Tor Books

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A Chorus of Dragons Reviews

” Fourteen thousand years ago, human settlers invaded this dimension from another, fleeing the death of their universe. They were ill-prepared to deal with a world where magic existed and where they could neither easily die nor reproduce. “

” Four thousand years ago, a second invasion occurred, this time by a race of telepathic, incorporeal monsters who thrived on pain and fear. This invasion damaged the barrier between this world and its twin, a shadowy Afterlife from which all souls came and eventually returned. Afterward, humans could be killed and could have children, but this seemed an ill reward for being slowly destroyed by demons they couldn’t fight. ‘

Discord of Gods Review

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Contains significant spoilers from previous books.

Minor spoilers from the current book.

A Chorus of Dragons has come to an end. The epic five-part fantasy series by Jenn Lyons closes out with The Discord of Gods. I honestly was not ready for it to be over, and it is heartbreaking that it is. There are so many fantastic characters in A Chorus of Dragons, and I am not ready to let go of my friends.

The Discord of Gods is told in the same fashion as all the previous books. The formatting for A Chorus of Dragons was exceptionally well done. Each book has a precis at the beginning, reminding you what has been going on. Each chapter states Who, Where, & When and contains annotations. All under the guise of recording what has happened for future generations. It was genius.

A Chorus of Dragons is a millennia-long & complicated tale.

Don’t let that discourage you; as I said, the story’s formatting is well done. Many of our characters are on their second and third lives when we meet. Some characters are still on their first very long life, albeit in a different body & some are still in the same body, while some are now dragons. I can not stress enough how functional the formatting is and how it keeps the story from being overwhelming.

The Discord of Gods picks up right after The House of Always.

Vol Korath, aka S’arric aka Kihrin, is free from his prison and healed. Or partially healed anyway, our dear Kihrin can’t touch or hold anything for more than a few minutes without it disintegrating. That puts a real damper on his relationship with Janel & Teraeth, especially since our throuple is now expecting.

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Yes, I said throuple. It’s an alphabet-friendly series.

Love is love in A Chorus of Dragons, the way it should be in life.

There are a lot of life lessons within the pages of A Chorus of Dragons & it is worth the read for that reason alone.

The Discord of Gods may not be my favourite book of the bunch, but it was a very fitting ending for the story. Lyons has written some fantastic characters, every one of them fully fleshed out with spectacular growth throughout the series. Galen, Talea, Senera, Xivan. I could go on forever about all of them.

One of my favourite moments in The Discord of Gods is when Galen finally crosses paths with his grandfather again. Neither had seen each other after the epic ending of The Ruin of Kings. Gone was the scared little boy Therin had known & allowed to be murdered by his lover. In his place was a strong, wise, caring man. Galen had the opportunity to show his grandfather who he had become despite the environment provided for him under his vengeful, manipulative and abusive father.

The Discord of Gods is filled with humour, too, not just emotion-filled moments. Some of Lyons’s characters are hilarious, witty and sarcastic. Characters like Serena are finally out from under Var’s thumb & Xivan, who no longer has to feed to survive. Both are flourishing with their true personalities shining bright like beacons and experiencing real love and friendship for the first time. It’s beautiful.

I was on the edge of my seat & flipping pages like a madwoman.

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As everything in the previous books comes to a close, there must be at least one more epic battle. The Discord of Gods did not disappoint, with multiple edge-of-your-seat battles. One of which contained eight of the nine dragons of Lyons’s story. The Battle of Eight Dragons, the most destructive family conversation ever, was spectacular. Each of the dragons, in its own right, is spectacular. However, each one is different in its unique abilities, strengths and weaknesses. After all, they were once people.

I loved Galen taking on his uncle-cousin-dragon Aeyan’arric. It was adorable. & when, because you should read this series, you get to know Galen, you’ll know why. I mean, how can a dragon fight be adorable? But once you know Galen, you’ll understand. The adorable little fucker pleads with his niece to just leave. Galen is a treasure & I love him.

I can not express enough just how much I enjoyed this series. From start to finish it is fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. Honestly, it was a great end to the journey for my new friends. The Discord of Gods may be the best ending to a series I have read for a long time.

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Instead, it turned Rev’arrric and the eight other participants into insane dragons and turned S’arric into a horrifying monster under no one’s control.

I was fully aware that by Relos Var’s standards, he firmly and genuinely believed that he was saving the world (with the side effect of becoming its kingly if tyrannical god) in what might be described as the ultimate expression of “rewarded benevolence.”

There was never any anger worse, any betrayal worse, that the ones committed by the people who were supposed to love you.

Dawn painted the sky in stripes of violet and pink, casting long shadows through the trees and on the paved pathways deserted so early in the day.

There was something in the air. Something unpleasant and furious hanging heavy over the streets.

It was like wearing a coat of broken glass.

I was aware of their voices, whispers at the edge of my hearing, hissing and scratching for attention.

Vol Korath had been whispering into the minds of the dragons for years, even while imprisoned.

Fear has so much more energy than you’d think. Pain is good too. And souls … Oh, the energy of souls … We can show you how.

How quickly you forget. You abandoned us. You left us to die in a universe grown sepulchral and cold.

He felt rage. Fury. Bitter, resentful anger. A desire for revenge strong enough to verge into a lust for cruelty.

It felt like her parents had both been replaced by mimics, although at least her mother didn’t seem on the verge of committing manslaughter.

We didn’t understand much about demons. We never had.

That’s what happens when you close down the gates and leave everyone to starve. People start to realize you were never on their side.

I’d be lying if I said that I knew delving deep into the mind of an elder demon was a mistake the moment I’d done it.

I don’t think any of us had considered that time might move at different speeds between that universe and this one.

Those with the strongest wills, the worst resentment, the greatest ferocity, devoured the rest.

These were proper demons in horrific chimerical forms. Many of them resembled monstrous knights astride equally awful steeds.

These were the last few moves of the whole game, the crescendo to a musical score that Relos Var had been building for over a thousand years.

Only the most craven of souls would stoop to take a baby and turn them into bait.

Black rot spread out from her fingertips, racing up over the rainbow-white scales, the cell death spreading virus-like through the dragons body.

That was when each dragon lifted their head up into the sky and began to sing.

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