The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons #1) by Jenn Lyons | ARC Review
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The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
Series: A Chorus of Dragons #1
Published by: Tor on February 5th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Epic Fantasy
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About the Book:
There are the old stories. And then there’s what actually happens.
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 things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love, and how the hero always wins.
Then again, maybe he’s not the hero, for Kihrin isn’t destined to save the empire.
He’s destined to destroy it . . .
It wasn’t until I began typing this review that I realized what I had read was not actually the full galley, but a preview excerpt. I had typed up a whole rant about how nothing from the synopsis of the book happens in the book and I had to delete it all because it turns out I just was not aware I didn’t have the whole book. That all being said, I really loved the preview, I am really curious as to what the rest of the book will be like, and I recommend people pick it up!
The Ruin of Kings gives us Kihrin, a young orphan who was raised by Surdyeh, a musician, and Ola, the owner of the Shattered Veil Club, a high-end brothel. Before we get into the plot of things, it’s helpful to talk about how the novel is structured. When we first meet Kihrin he’s in prison. We don’t know why, we don’t know who put him there, but there he is. Talon, his jailer who can read minds, demands him tell her a story to keep her entertained. She provides him with a magic rock, and Kihrin begins to tell the story of how he got here. When the second chapter begins, Talon takes the magic rock from Kihrin, accusing him of not starting at the actual beginning of the story. From this point, chapters alternate between Kihrin’s story, told in first person, and Talon’s story of Kihrin, told in third person. On top of all this, a man named Thurvishar D’Lorus, is the one currently in possession of the magic rock that recorded the conversation from Kihrin and Talon. So Thurvishar is giving the account of events, which is Kihrin and Talon exchanging two stories that are really the same story, but different starting points. Also throughout the story, we get footnotes from Thurvishar explaining various things about the world.
Once you get past the narration style, which is a little clunky, you’re left with a lush and intricate world created by Jenn Lyons that I am really excited to see be developed throughout the series. You’re left with great characters, although some of their names do get confusing when they’re really similar. You’re left of the story of a boy, forced into slavery, getting caught up in a weird cult, as well as a story of the same boy growing up doted on and loved by his adopted parents. There are dragons, there’s magic, there are demons, there are really rude royals, there are gods that interact with the mortals who worship them, there’s so much I was excited about and I cannot wait to read the full novel when it’s finished. The preview ended on a terrible cliff-hanger and I cannot handle it.
Although I didn’t get to read the whole book, I’m still giving the book 4 out of 5 controllers. I really enjoyed this preview, the world building is top notch, very intricate, very well done, the characters are rich and I was excited to read about them, it just takes a bit to get used to the narration style, but I was definitely left wanting more.