The Ruin of Kings

The Ruin of Kings

Jenn Lyons / Aug 21, 2019

The Ruin of Kings 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

  • Title: The Ruin of Kings
  • Author: Jenn Lyons
  • ISBN: The Ruin of Kings
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  • Page: 237
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  • 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 pract 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.Uniting the worldbuilding of a Brandon Sanderson with the storytelling verve of a Patrick Rothfuss, debut author Jenn Lyons delivers an entirely new and captivating fantasy epic Prepare to meet the genre s next star Get A Copy Kindle Store KoboOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 560 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Tor Books More Details Original Title The Ruin of Kings ISBN 1250175488 ISBN13 9781250175489 Edition Language English Series A Chorus of Dragons 1 Other Editions 11 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Ruin of Kings, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Genres marks this as young adult True false 2 likeslike 3 months ago See all 2 answers Cyndi False There are too many elements that I feel take this above YA and into Adult Fantasy While I expect that many teens will read this, I certainly False There are too many elements that I feel take this above YA and into Adult Fantasy While I expect that many teens will read this, I certainly wouldn t classify it as YA less flag See 2 questions about The Ruin of Kings Lists with This Book Can t Wait Sci Fi Fantasy of 2019 452 books 1,025 voters Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction of 2019 213 books 179 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 02, 2019 Petrik rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves owned ebooks ARC provided by the publisher Tor Books in exchange for an honest review.Convoluted and complex are probably understatements, but I don t have any other words to describe the main attributes of this debut.For those of you who don t know, The Ruin of Kings have been the fantasy debut that Tor has been promoting heavily for several months now This novel has been advertised as the debut of the year that s targeted For fans of George R R Martin, Robin Hobb, Joe Abercrombie, Brent Weeks, Brandon ARC provided by the publisher Tor Books in exchange for an honest review.Convoluted and complex are probably understatements, but I don t have any other words to describe the main attributes of this debut.For those of you who don t know, The Ruin of Kings have been the fantasy debut that Tor has been promoting heavily for several months now This novel has been advertised as the debut of the year that s targeted For fans of George R R Martin, Robin Hobb, Joe Abercrombie, Brent Weeks, Brandon Sanderson, and Patrick Rothfuss I ll be completely honest here, if any publisher or author decides to put all of these giant, super high profile fantasy authors references into a debut work by an unknown author, it seriously better be a masterpiece I m one of those readers who had their interest for this book sparked by that bold claim, and I jumped at the chance of reading and reviewing it early expecting it to be a debut that will go down into my best of all time lists Unfortunately, it didn t Although I liked spending time with this book, I didn t love it And honestly speaking, despite the chaos and questions which arose from the ending sequences, I doubt I ll be continuing with the series A hero who has never had a bad thing happen to him isn t a hero he s just spoiled The Ruin of Kings is Jenn Lyon s debut and it s the first out of five books in A Chorus of Dragons series The main story revolves around Kihrin, who in the present timeline is in jail retelling all the events that have happened to him which eventually led to his capture Now, here s where it immediately started to get complicated Kihrin s narration doesn t begin from his actual beginning but halfway through his journey the first half of Kihrin s story is instead being narrated by his jailor Talon This means there are three main timeframes to follow First is the present timeline in which Kihrin is in jail telling his story to Talon Then, the second and third timelines where the majority of the book takes place in deal with Kihrin s past These chapters are told in a see saw method, consecutively switching back and forth with each chapter progression in the first person Kihrin s narration and third person Talon s narration perspectives There are also a lot of footnotes added by another character, because everything you read about Kihrin in both timelines was actually done in written format by this character Not only the unconventional storytelling makes it very easy to lose focus on who s who or what, many of the characters and believe me, there are a lot of names to remember have multiple nicknames, and also similar sounding names For example Teraeth, Terindel, Therin, Tyentso, Kelindel, and Kelinos, just to name a few To add even confusion, there were also elements of body swapping, which meant some of the characters you encounter may not be who you think they are My main problem with all these is that even after finishing the whole story, it all feels like it was unnecessarily convoluted I truly believe The Ruin of Kings would ve been an amazing debut if it was told in a linear and chronological structure Talon s narration which began from Kihrin s true beginning was so much engaging than Kihrin s narration due to its natural sense of story progression and characters development Kihrin s narration began halfway throughout his flashback Think of it like this When you re reading a book, you start reading from the first page and flip through it one at a time In The Ruin of Kings, not only do you start from the first page, but at the same time you also have to start from the 50% mark then you continue your progress from each starting point by switching back and forth between two different time frames I thought there would be a good reason for using this unconventional storytelling style that will result in a huge impact, but there was none There was no epic convergence or anything like that at all In the end, it all seems like this unconventional style was included for the sake of making things complex than necessary Every chapter became a constant battle of readjusting information gathered in your head due to the different timeframes Plus, Kihrin in all timeframes sounded like totally different characters due to this storytelling method the main character s development became disjointed and abstract rather than natural When a chapter was great and I was interested to find out what happened next, the narrative forced me to read another chapter from a different timeframe first And this happened regularly.This doesn t mean that I don t enjoy complex epic fantasy, I ve read and utterly loved Malazan Book of the Fallen and other massive fantasy series However, The Ruin of Kings didn t really work out for me, as I felt it was deliberately complex than it needed to be I strongly advise readers to check out the preview chapters kindly provided by Tor on their website, or NetGalley before getting this book For the reasons I mentioned above, I truly believe that you have to truly know what kind of storytelling style you re getting into here you can t rely only on the blurbs and advertisements I m saying this so that the book will attract the right audience too I always try my best to read a book that has my interest with as little information as possible Most of the time it worked absolutely well, but sadly this was one of those rare cases where it didn t I should ve read at least a few chapters before requesting for the ARC I know I have sounded really negative and critical so far but believe me that it wasn t all bad The world building, in particular, was spectacular Lyons implemented her world building gradually and there wasn t any info dump The world that Lyons has built in The Ruin of Kings was huge in scope, full of rich history, brimming with dangers, politics, gods, demons, and massive dragon Lyons also has a superbly engaging prose that even when the story became too convoluted, I was never bored with it and was still intrigued to continue Finally, the side characters were incredibly well written I didn t find myself invested with Kihrin, but his interaction and banter with the side characters were humorous and entertaining to read Every side character have their personality well fleshed out and their own distinct voices Galen and Doc were two of my favorite characters from the book I do want to say though, that this book is not for YA It deals with a lot of heavy and dark topics like rape, incest, slavery, and prejudice that I think is not suitable for a younger audience Real evil is an empire like Quur, a society that feeds on its poor and its oppressed like a mother eating her own children Demons and monsters are obvious we ll always band together to fight them off But real evil, insidious evil, is what lets us just walk away from another person s pain and say, well, that s none of my business My rating speaks for itself that I liked The Ruin of Kings and I think this was a good debut Overall, I just didn t find the book to reach the level of grandeur promised by the very high claims In my opinion, The Ruin of Kings was a good debut that could ve been amazing if it follows a linear and chronological storytelling style Although in the end this didn t really work out as much as I hoped, I recommend The Ruin of Kings to readers who are looking for complex epic fantasy with an unconventional storytelling method.Official release date February 5th, 2019 US , February 7th, 2019 UK You can pre order the book from UK US Book Depository Free shipping The quotes in this review were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions flag 172 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Lucia I hate it when publishers use other popular authors series to promote their books As you mentioned in your review, it usually makes my expectations s I hate it when publishers use other popular authors series to promote their books As you mentioned in your review, it usually makes my expectations super high and it only leads to disappointment Anyway, great review Jan 31, 2019 12 27AM Petrik Lucia wrote I hate it when publishers use other popular authors series to promote their books As you mentioned in your review, it usually makes my Lucia wrote I hate it when publishers use other popular authors series to promote their books As you mentioned in your review, it usually makes my expectations super high and it only leads to disappointment Same here This happens a lot, and most of the time the comparison never make sense Thank you btw, Lucia Jan 31, 2019 12 55AM Nov 27, 2018 James Lafayette Tivendale rated it really liked it Shelves fantasy We did this myself and Emma as a combined review for Fantasy Book Review which can be seen here were my thoughts following on from what Emma had already written.I received a limited edition proof copy of The Ruin of Kings in exchange for an honest reviewAdditional notes by James Tivendale I think Emma summed up most of the points perfectly.I agree with what Emma said about the point of views switching between 1st and 3rd person sometimes being c We did this myself and Emma as a combined review for Fantasy Book Review which can be seen here were my thoughts following on from what Emma had already written.I received a limited edition proof copy of The Ruin of Kings in exchange for an honest reviewAdditional notes by James Tivendale I think Emma summed up most of the points perfectly.I agree with what Emma said about the point of views switching between 1st and 3rd person sometimes being confusing and the reader having to readjust The beginning and middle I rated 10 10 The ending occasionally felt forceful and rushed until the final 30 40 pages which I found absolutely stunning There are a lot of characters and many of which have very similar names and there are very complex family trees Lyons kindly includes a Dramatis Personae as well as explaining difficult or uneasy context to help us understand the deepness and complexities in her amazingly crafted world.Following on from there being many characters it does get confusing with the two timelines One being Kihrin s 1st person perspective which is his recent antics and the other being his jailor Talon s descriptions of what happened before his sections Many of the cast are in both timelines and with short, sharp and often very thrilling chapters and I believe only 4 years difference between the action of both segments it does sometimes take a few minutes to work out, or it did for me if this is before or after what happened last First of my two further negatives is that I didn t really grasp the reasons for the whole prophecy about our main character and I never thought he wasn t the hero as the tagline states Also, the 80 90% section of the narrative is too swift, and however amazing it is, pardon my french it s a bit of a head fuck I sound like I ve been negative here but I m really not Emma summed up perfectly what I enjoyed about this book I still believe this will be an instant classic and TOR have got an absolute winner on their hands My comments might have been the harshest but I ve pushed the rating up because of how great I think this book is, albeit including minor issues The Ruin of Kings will be in many top 10 lists next year and I cannot wait to see what comes next because I m 100% here for the whole ride flag 77 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 11, 2018 Emma rated it really liked it review of another edition Kihrin is many things orphan, thief, long lost son of a prince destroyer of the world Whatever else he is, he s also having a really bad time of it Everything he s ever believed is lies, truths only discovered though violence and death But since his new life involves evil magicians, a death cult, a war between gods and demons, the kind of family that epitomises the whole keep your enemies closer philosophy, and dragons well, his chances don t seem like they ll be looking up any time soo Kihrin is many things orphan, thief, long lost son of a prince destroyer of the world Whatever else he is, he s also having a really bad time of it Everything he s ever believed is lies, truths only discovered though violence and death But since his new life involves evil magicians, a death cult, a war between gods and demons, the kind of family that epitomises the whole keep your enemies closer philosophy, and dragons well, his chances don t seem like they ll be looking up any time soon After all, he s in prison when we meet him.Right from the outset it s clear this book isn t set up in the usual fashion Kihrin languishes in a jail cell, bullied by his captor into narrating the events that led him to this point Into a magic rock no less His tale is told in alternating chapters, while his jailer, Talon, accounts for the other But here s the hook, she has some very particular skills that means the story she s telling is also his, adding parts of the plot not only on a different timeline, but from varied perspectives too If that isn t complicated enough, the resulting recoding magical rock, remember from which this book is supposedly drawn is then provided with somewhat snarky commentary in footnote style from a whole other character who is also involved in the story at various points It s an interesting premise, but one that nevertheless has its own challenges When it works it creates an escalating tension as the chapters flip, each one ending on a cliffhanger, so that it s impossible to put the book down The chapters are short, high energy, and thrilling.But that s when it works The dual storyline of Kihrin in first person and then in third from differing perspectives sometimes created a strange dissonance, almost like it was two different people, and not just because of the character development acquired in one half or the other There s a constant need to remember which Kihrin knows what and when he learned it, especially because the overarching plot is seriously convoluted Not only is there high stakes politics, ethnic and religious wars, and familial infighting on an epic scale, there s bodyswapping So people might not be who you think they are Or were Or whatever To say it brings about some dodgy familial connections is a bit of an understatement When the format fails, bogged down in detail and unnecessary complication, things end up needing to be explained a bit too much by one person or another, making it feel unnatural Even if, because of the complexity, they probably really do need to work through it themselves This happens a bit too much at the beginning and then again with the finale, which felt rushed and threw in some curve balls to conform to the prophesies that supposedly underly the action So at this point you might be wondering how it got 4 stars at all Let me go back to the whole when it works thing I was talking about before Parts of this book are blindingly good As in, 5 stars are not enough kinda great Pretty much all the middle in fact If you re one of the people that read the preview, it starts right at the end of that and lasts all the way till the stories converge in the final segment This is where Jenn Lyons creativity shines From beginning to end, the worldbuilding is excellent, layered and intricate, developed by an author who knows everything about the place she s created It s never less than believable, from the systems of government to history, cultural norms and values to religion and magic There s diversity of all sorts, including both underlying and overt dialogue about sexual identity choice that surprised and pleased me Of course, it s not all hearts and rainbows, variation brings hostility and this is a dangerous world All of the abhorrent aspects of human society are here slavery, racial wars, rape, incest, murder, human sacrifice People have dark stories and even darker motivations Even our lead has a real attitude, though considering his circumstances I can understand where he s coming from, and in any case it s done with comedy rather than angst It s not just him either The book had the same kind of humorous banter and point scoring backchat that reminded me much of UF The exchanges between Kihrin and Teraeth were exceptional, transforming from genuinely funny to moving and emotional and back again with ease Such humour provided a very necessary lightness in pretty dire circumstances and gave Kihrin the kind of appeal accorded to those who respond to the shit shovelled in their direction with two fingers and a smile Yet he s only one of a whole cast of memorable characters, so well conceived and vibrantly portrayed that they carry the book even when the plot loses itself a bit Most of the true character development came predominantly in that middle section and was by far the best part of the book, managing to maintain momentum whilst deepening the relationships between characters and expanding our knowledge of the world I raced though it, loving every minute There were questions answered and even asked, a labyrinthine game that has been played for thousands of years And even though the ending didn t hold quite the same thrill, it brought enough surprises, enough possibilities, to whet the appetite for Despite my quibbles, I m intrigued about where this will go The dual storyline format doesn t seem to be one that can be successfully repeated, potentially giving the next book an entirely different feel Certainly, the final scenes include some you can t do that moments that I can t wait to see explored If you thought things were going to hell here, the future seems like it s already on fire and I ll be there to see it burnC via publisher for fantasybookreview flag 73 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Dec 28, 2018 Eon Windrunner rated it really liked it 3.5 stars, maybe 4 may change as I review the full book upon publication Who are you again So sweet of you to ask I m Talon I ll be your murderer tonight I recently finished reading this preview available on Netgalley of The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons and enjoyed it very much I did have some problems with the chosen narrative style which did not help the story, but the book was fascinating enough to keep me glued to the pages.Our story starts off with the protagonist stuck in a prison c 3.5 stars, maybe 4 may change as I review the full book upon publication Who are you again So sweet of you to ask I m Talon I ll be your murderer tonight I recently finished reading this preview available on Netgalley of The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons and enjoyed it very much I did have some problems with the chosen narrative style which did not help the story, but the book was fascinating enough to keep me glued to the pages.Our story starts off with the protagonist stuck in a prison cell and his formidable captor watching over him, preventing any chance of escape His captor is bored and demands threats are made the protagonist tell her the tale of how exactly he got here Thus we find out what has transpired, but from chapters told through alternate viewpoints One from the protagonist, Kihrin, and the other from the jailor, Talon These alternating viewpoints then also have different timelines and every time a viewpoint switches it is almost a mental exercise in remembering what is going on There is also another complication with the viewpoints, as one character can see from multiple viewpoints, but I will leave it at that See why I mentioned the confusing narrative style Young Kihrin is a talented thief who witnesses something he should not have, which then sets in motion events that will eventually lead to him being claimed against his will as the long lost son of a treasonous prince, as mentioned in the blurb The Kihrin we find languishing in the jail cell though, seems to be a very different version of the character and I can only wonder at all the changes in him and the events that transpired to result in his incarceration.I have not read Jenn Lyons before, but apart from the confusing narrative I enjoyed her writing Worldbuilding was solid, characters were interesting and the story riveting As mentioned, this was just a preview though, so I cannot judge the entire book but only comment on what I have read so far The thing is that this book would likely have been amazing without all the extra complication of the viewpoints and timelines etc When it was good, it was SO good But the narrative choices take so much away from the story I am not sure if the rest of the book gets less complicated as it continues, but the story being as fascinating as it is, I hope that the next book takes a simpler approach The preview ended just as things got REALLY interesting, so I am pretty much clueless as to what s next but still VERY eager to find out where this is going I have hope, friends Another part of a book on the TBR list The Ruin of Kings releases February 5th 2019 flag 41 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Jan 12, 2019 Holly Holly Hearts Books rated it it was ok Shelves own, review copies Have you ever been to denial town Currently visiting and it sucks.The Ruin of Kings has been on my radar ever since it was announced in 2018 being compared to Joe Abercrombie one of my favorite authors , Patrick Rothfuss, and Brandon Sanderson It sounded so good a heavy dose of epic fantasy with all the usual nastiness and morally grey characters But I could not connect with a single character or event in this book no matter what I did The convoluted storytelling DID NOT HELP In Fact Have you ever been to denial town Currently visiting and it sucks.The Ruin of Kings has been on my radar ever since it was announced in 2018 being compared to Joe Abercrombie one of my favorite authors , Patrick Rothfuss, and Brandon Sanderson It sounded so good a heavy dose of epic fantasy with all the usual nastiness and morally grey characters But I could not connect with a single character or event in this book no matter what I did The convoluted storytelling DID NOT HELP In Fact I skimmed the last half of this as fast as I couldI m sure the right sort of reader will eat this up and add it to their favorites list It does seem to be garnering a lot of positive attention At least the publisher is making it seem like that with those heavy words Prepare to meet the genre s next star Page 1 begins with an ominous scene We re introduced to a boy named Kirian as he is in a jail cell with a demon named Talon who is leaning on the outside bars begging for a story to be told on how he got there.And so he begins.And so does she.That s right We are forced to follow not one but two different perspectives of the same story being told We have two narrations here There s Kihrins 1st person perspective talking about his recent events and then there s Talons 3rd person perspective talking about what happened before the events he s telling uhhhh So yes, Talons chapters aren t about her They re also about Kihrin in 3rd person but his name is RookWhich would have been incredibly unique and interesting but I found it to be confusing and hard to follow OH YEAH There s also footnotes throughout the whole book Not like I don t enjoy a complex story, I freaking do Like give me all the complexity But with the writing style, body swapping where characters are actually not the characters you think they are and the 10 page glossary in the back of the book of smash your face on keyboard names including multiple nicknames for multiple characters made up slangs for gangs, and kingdoms and faraway lands This quickly became a chore Adding insult to injury, I found the the main character Kihrin very unlikeable and did not enjoy reading the story he wanted to tell.I think if we had a linear plot line, it would have been much enjoyable It s so frustrating that its convoluted because there is a wonderful story and world that s sort of obstructed by the time and perspective jumps The world building is beautiful and the rich history cultures were insert grabby hands But all in all, I am left in a puddle of disappointment Like I said, I skimmed the fork out of the last half of this book I was over it but I feel like I have a good mindset on my rating flag 26 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Dec 10, 2018 Stefan Bach marked it as to read Angsty orphan with his head in the clouds didn t get his happy story so he decides to destroy the world Orphan with his name so conspicuously similar to Krillin s And then even the blurb is so filled with bullshit that they go so far to compare the worldbuilding with Sanderson s and prose with that of Rothfuss which is basically like they compared her with Robin Hobb, modern Mary Shelley Give me a break.I see where this is going, when you finish hyping this book out to heavens and beyond, Angsty orphan with his head in the clouds didn t get his happy story so he decides to destroy the world Orphan with his name so conspicuously similar to Krillin s And then even the blurb is so filled with bullshit that they go so far to compare the worldbuilding with Sanderson s and prose with that of Rothfuss which is basically like they compared her with Robin Hobb, modern Mary Shelley Give me a break.I see where this is going, when you finish hyping this book out to heavens and beyond, and couple of years passes by and everyone forgets it I will read it in peace flag 26 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Oct 27, 2018 Beth rated it it was ok Shelves kindle, netgalley, own, february 2019, macmillan, tor forge, fantasy, read to review The The Ruin of Kings was not for me I do like complex fantasy I enjoy great world building with descriptive storytelling And here comes the BUT But the story is presented in a very original way but I found convoluted and quite confusing way that lead to me developing zero character connections.I received this ARC copy of The Ruin of Kings from Macmillan Tor Forge This is my honest and voluntary review The Ruin of Kings is set for publication Feb 5, 2019 flag 20 likesLike see review Oct 28, 2018 Dianne rated it it was amazing What a preview THE RUIN OF KINGS by Jenn Lyons looks to be a fabulous fantasy read with all of the action, the quests and the outstanding characters that have hit every one of my must read buttons My only regret is that I didn t realize this was only a preview but I do appreciate the length of it There is enough to be than just an info dump I received a complimentary PREVIEW edition from Tor Forge Expected publication date for the entire book is February, 2019.For Reviews, Giveaways, Fa What a preview THE RUIN OF KINGS by Jenn Lyons looks to be a fabulous fantasy read with all of the action, the quests and the outstanding characters that have hit every one of my must read buttons My only regret is that I didn t realize this was only a preview but I do appreciate the length of it There is enough to be than just an info dump I received a complimentary PREVIEW edition from Tor Forge Expected publication date for the entire book is February, 2019.For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow flag 18 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Sherwood Smith added it Shelves fantasy The next big blockbuster fantasy series, at least according to the massive publicity push.There are three narrative threads switching back and forth, sometimes with lightning speed there is the present day, in which our handsome hero, Kihrin, is in prison, telling his story to Talon in first person Then we get Talon s narrative intrusions explaining Kihrin s past, interpolated with a mysterious narrator who also adds footnotes It s clear that the author is having prime fun with narrative devi The next big blockbuster fantasy series, at least according to the massive publicity push.There are three narrative threads switching back and forth, sometimes with lightning speed there is the present day, in which our handsome hero, Kihrin, is in prison, telling his story to Talon in first person Then we get Talon s narrative intrusions explaining Kihrin s past, interpolated with a mysterious narrator who also adds footnotes It s clear that the author is having prime fun with narrative devices the footnotes veer between mordant toned commentary and casual worldbuilding nuggets The result is a snarl of time and place and POV that the reader must constantly adjust to, but there is enough cleverness in the prose, and vivid imagery sometimes too vivid for my wimpy self to make it worthwhile if one likes this type of fantasy.And a lot of people will It s intelligently written, with wildly inventive worldbuilding stitching together the usual fantasy tropes of kings, demons, wars, and priests doing blood magic, etc The book should do super well as there is enough torture, blood, guts, brothel forced sex, incest, rape, and agony while still preserving Kihrin s fabulous looks and nascent powers to satisfy the Game of Thrones fans who go into fantasy expecting astronomical body counts.Since this was a preview, ending on a thousand mile drop of a cliffhanger, there is no predicting how this first book of a projected five book series hangs together, but judging by the exhilaratingly wild ride of this glimpse, I expect it will do what its fans want most entertain.Preview provided by NetGalley flag 15 likesLike see review View all 4 comments AnnMarie This sounded interesting until you compared it to Game of Thrones Definitely out if it s anything like that series Jan 27, 2019 10 10PM Sherwood Smith AnnMarie wrote This sounded interesting until you compared it to Game of Thrones Definitely out if it s anything like that series I only read part AnnMarie wrote This sounded interesting until you compared it to Game of Thrones Definitely out if it s anything like that series I only read part of the first book of GOT before I bailed, but this one reminded me of it in the high octane violence, rape, and torture Jan 28, 2019 01 23AM Nov 20, 2018 Alaina rated it liked it Shelves pending arcs, fantasy, fiction, november challenge 2018, young adult, sci fi I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I was so pumped to dive into The Ruin of Kings Especially after getting accepted for this but, unfortunately, I ended up disappointed Honestly, it could ve been the format since I read this on my phone but it s just like ugh, nope.At first, the characters were interesting and I wanted to know about them BUT, ugh, I couldn t stand the backstories any One and done people I didn t need to know what people had I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I was so pumped to dive into The Ruin of Kings Especially after getting accepted for this but, unfortunately, I ended up disappointed Honestly, it could ve been the format since I read this on my phone but it s just like ugh, nope.At first, the characters were interesting and I wanted to know about them BUT, ugh, I couldn t stand the backstories any One and done people I didn t need to know what people had for breakfast 500 years ago or whatever It s not something that actually happened just an example Other than the interesting characters, the demons, magicians, and long lost princes were what kept my engaged Oh lord, the demon was freaky, weird, and honestly made me laugh Probably not supposed to laugh when a demon is yelling at a character in all caps but I did It was hilarious.I wish I liked it than I actually did Might try to reread it but no promises right now flag 14 likesLike see review Jun 26, 2018 Sana marked it as to read so bad it hurts review of another edition So this is a story about an orphan whose dream of being a lost prince turns into a nightmare when he discovers his real family is vile Well, now I need it in my life.Also, the opening lines are so good I m a fan of a first line where monsters are mentioned Tell me a story The monster slouched down by the iron bars of Kihrin s jail cell She set a small, plain stone down on the ground between them and pushed it forward.She didn t look like a monster Talon looked like a girl in her twentie So this is a story about an orphan whose dream of being a lost prince turns into a nightmare when he discovers his real family is vile Well, now I need it in my life.Also, the opening lines are so good I m a fan of a first line where monsters are mentioned Tell me a story The monster slouched down by the iron bars of Kihrin s jail cell She set a small, plain stone down on the ground between them and pushed it forward.She didn t look like a monster Talon looked like a girl in her twenties, with wheat gold skin and soft brown hair Most men would give their eye teeth to spend an evening with someone so beautiful Most men didn t know of her talent for shaping her body into forms crafted from pure terror She mocked her victims with the forms of murdered loved ones, before they too became her next meal That she was Kihrin s jailer was like leaving a shark to guard a fish tank. Source flag 10 likesLike see review Jun 20, 2018 jaypee marked it as to read Brandon Sanderson Patrick Rothfuss I m a shallow guy Count me the fuck in flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Jessi Novel Heartbeat marked it as dnf DNF 150 pagesThe storytelling was tedious and made me want to bash my skull into a wall It flip flopped back and forth between Khirin s story in first person, at point B in the timeline and Talon s story in third person, talking about Khirin Rook, at point A in the timeline I think it would have been interesting if it had been done just a certain way, but this one sooo did not work for me There were a lot of names and places being thrown around names that sounded like my cat decided DNF 150 pagesThe storytelling was tedious and made me want to bash my skull into a wall It flip flopped back and forth between Khirin s story in first person, at point B in the timeline and Talon s story in third person, talking about Khirin Rook, at point A in the timeline I think it would have been interesting if it had been done just a certain way, but this one sooo did not work for me There were a lot of names and places being thrown around names that sounded like my cat decided to galavant across my keyboard, might I add with little to no explanation except for the mind numbing useless facts in the footnotes that did absolutely nothing for the readers comprehension or story line, which I ll get to in a minute and it made the world confusing and hard to follow I do hope the final copy will have either a map or a glossary or both, preferably.Which brings me to the utterly useless footnotes that made me want to rage quit after two chapters of reading them I ended up skipping them altogether after a few chapters and I m pretty sure I missed exactly nothing There was world building in them on occasion, but it was irrelevant drivel that didn t add to the plot in any way, shape, or form To further my point, here are some examples of said footnotes The vane s eyes glowed footnote One presumes not literally Most folks just assume it must be a diamond Hard as a diamond, anyway YES THAT S TWO IN THE SAME FREAKING SENTENCE footnotes It s not a diamond Harder Like I said utterly useless I think maybe the author was going for a Nevernight esque thing with the footnotes, but most definitely failed If you re going to drag me out of the story, at least make it worth my while flag 9 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jessi Novel Heartbeat Nicole wrote Damn Another book with footnotes That s one of the reasons I have such a problem with Nevernight I actually liked them in Nevernight Nicole wrote Damn Another book with footnotes That s one of the reasons I have such a problem with Nevernight I actually liked them in Nevernight, I thought they were hilarious Plus Jay is my fave author so he could write a documentary about toothpaste and I would like it lol But these were just bad Jan 23, 2019 07 10AM Angela I agree, especially about the footnotes SO unnecessary I m around 150 pages now and struggling to get into it Feb 01, 2019 12 46AM Jan 08, 2019 Lauren DontGoBrekkerMyHeart rated it liked it A hero who has never had a bad thing happen to him isn t a hero he s just spoiled I had a lot of mixed thoughts throughout this novel I think the part that really hurt it for me personally was the narration It jumps back and forth between present time first person and flashbacks third person , and I always have a rougher time reading novels involving heavy uses of flashbacks Kihrin s POV during the present part of the novel was my favorite hands down Moreover, both stories were incredi A hero who has never had a bad thing happen to him isn t a hero he s just spoiled I had a lot of mixed thoughts throughout this novel I think the part that really hurt it for me personally was the narration It jumps back and forth between present time first person and flashbacks third person , and I always have a rougher time reading novels involving heavy uses of flashbacks Kihrin s POV during the present part of the novel was my favorite hands down Moreover, both stories were incredibly interesting I mean it s high fantasy it s obviously intriguing , but it was overwhelming at times with all the high fantasy information and names.The names Ohhh they are so similar, especially in this specific group in the world, and it only makes it harder to keep all the facts straight I mean it makes sense because of the culture those people have, but I used the glossary as if it was my best friend.I was honestly confused most of the time in the first 200ish pages, and it really took away my enjoyment.Now you may be wondering what was my favorite part THE HUMOR.OHHHHH I loved Kihrin because he was quite frankly me if I was ever put in a high fantasy world I just wanted to pat his head and console him nearly the entire time because his life is a MESS No, his life truly SUCKS, and he has MANY lows in this novel His journey physically and mentally as a person was just fascinating to delve into Though for real, his sass, commentary, and jokes legit made this book shine so bright I d honestly compare his humor and sarcasm to Mia Corvere from Nevernight I got so many similar vibes between the two There s even footnotes AH The politics also were a big 10 10 From family drama to impending war to hysterical gods, I was living my best political intrigue life.Now I do not know if it was my confusion resurfacing at the end, but I started to pull away from enjoying the politics after 450ish pages Like I said before, it became a real hassle to follow the plot when a thousand things, names, and issues are thrown at you at one time I usually am very good with staying on track when it comes to complex plots, but this was a doozy.At the end of the day, I think I would have really benefitted in taking notes while reading this novel, and I 100% recommend that for any of you thinking about picking this up flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Brittany marked it as put on pause Shelves arc, dragons, fantasy Thank you to Netgalley for generously providing this arc preview So far so good I love the main character and the world building is nice The pacing takes some time to get used to and it was a little confusing at times but I was really enjoying itso far I m super sad right now because I thought this was the whole book arc Sadly, its a long arc preview So I got up to the end of chapter 23 and BOOM it ended so I am VERY excited to get my hands on the full copy of this flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 ella rated it it was amazing I ve got to admit its super confusing at times but this book was still wholly enjoyable and reading it felt like being thrown into a whole other world If you re a fan of adult fantasy and having your brain twisted then this one s for you I loved it flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Lili Marcus rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fantasy, epic fantasy, net galley arc 3.5 4 starsTE I Read a Preview of this novel.I actually didn t realize it was a preview and if I d known earlier, I should ve read it sooner but anyway, I ve read it in one sitting Didn t even realize I m reading it until I m almost done I m not that familiar to the story except to who Kihrin is and a part of his past But I m liking this I found the premise of this book really promising and interesting I heard this book is marketed as for fans of Patrick Rothfuss, G.R.R Martin, RObin H 3.5 4 starsTE I Read a Preview of this novel.I actually didn t realize it was a preview and if I d known earlier, I should ve read it sooner but anyway, I ve read it in one sitting Didn t even realize I m reading it until I m almost done I m not that familiar to the story except to who Kihrin is and a part of his past But I m liking this I found the premise of this book really promising and interesting I heard this book is marketed as for fans of Patrick Rothfuss, G.R.R Martin, RObin Hobb and others in the genre I can see why Presently, Kihrin is in jail and telling his story to his jailer, Talon and I found his story, at least some of it, intriguing I can even say I felt like leaning in so close to hear him tell The world building is amazing and I ve just read a preview I was expecting a lot of info dump but there was none Actually my only problem with this book is the narration It shifts from first person and third person and you ll understand why when you read the book The writing is good but I would ve preferred a simpler narration Overall, I look forward to this book I was provided a copy by the publishers via Netgalley flag 7 likesLike see review Sep 14, 2018 Ashlee Library In The Country marked it as to read I NEED THIS flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Garima marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves netgalley Just by reading blurb, I was like, it should be The King of Ruins not The Ruin of Kings but hey, what do I know flag 5 likesLike see review Jun 10, 2018 Caleb Masters rated it really liked it A thrilling beginning to a new fantasy series Lyon s debut follows Kihrin, an orphan who soon finds himself swept up in a grand tale of prophecy, intrigue, and magic Moving at a break neck pace, The Ruin of Kings hits the ground running and breathlessly carries the reader through a world of demons, a dragon the size of island, body switching talismans, snake people, a sword powerful enough to kill the gods, and so much A fun fantasy adventure that never lets up Can t wait to see what A thrilling beginning to a new fantasy series Lyon s debut follows Kihrin, an orphan who soon finds himself swept up in a grand tale of prophecy, intrigue, and magic Moving at a break neck pace, The Ruin of Kings hits the ground running and breathlessly carries the reader through a world of demons, a dragon the size of island, body switching talismans, snake people, a sword powerful enough to kill the gods, and so much A fun fantasy adventure that never lets up Can t wait to see what happens in book two flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Kelsie rated it really liked it review of another edition A Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons is book one in her new A Chorus of Dragons series First, I must advise that the copy I am reviewing is a preview and not the full novel The novel begins with Talon, a shape shifting, murderous jailer, encouraging the main character, Kihrin, to tell her his story The point of view then begins to shift between Kihrin s narrative and Talon s version of the same narrative The narrative also shifts between first and third person At first the shifting viewpoints were A Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons is book one in her new A Chorus of Dragons series First, I must advise that the copy I am reviewing is a preview and not the full novel The novel begins with Talon, a shape shifting, murderous jailer, encouraging the main character, Kihrin, to tell her his story The point of view then begins to shift between Kihrin s narrative and Talon s version of the same narrative The narrative also shifts between first and third person At first the shifting viewpoints were somewhat confusing, but I eventually caught on The story then shifts from Kihrin s past to the present Thus far, Kihrin has lived an adventurous, but somewhat scary life, and the future promises of the same The Ruin of Kings is a true fantasy The author introduces white and black magic, magical and mystical beings and creatures There are myriad creatures, castes and characters I liked that Lyons incorporates actual sea creatures interacting with the mystical marine life The true Ruin of Kings is revealed in the narrative, if you re paying attention The rest of the story will undoubtedly be as fantastical as this preview I rate The Ruin of Kings 4 out of 5 stars Sadly, the changing viewpoints may be distracting to some readers, but I highly recommend it to those interested in a complex, epic fantasy My thanks to MacMillan Tor Forge and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 07, 2018 Chana Miriam rated it it was amazing Shelves arcs, 2018 I have to say, usually when I see books advertised being compared to other successful authors series I get a bit skeptical, but describing this book as Uniting the worldbuilding of a Brandon Sanderson with the storytelling verve of a Patrick Rothfuss is the most accurate thing ever The Ruin of Kings crafts the intricate story of an orphan boy named Kihrin, following his journey after he gets claimed as the missing child of a prince I feel like this synopsis doesn t do the story justice, wha I have to say, usually when I see books advertised being compared to other successful authors series I get a bit skeptical, but describing this book as Uniting the worldbuilding of a Brandon Sanderson with the storytelling verve of a Patrick Rothfuss is the most accurate thing ever The Ruin of Kings crafts the intricate story of an orphan boy named Kihrin, following his journey after he gets claimed as the missing child of a prince I feel like this synopsis doesn t do the story justice, what with the demons, the goddesses, the magic, the fighting, the enormous dragons, and pretty much anything else you could ever wish to be included in the fantasy book of your dreams.There were so many things I loved about this book, but the fantastic worldbuilding, unique storytelling footnotes are always my favorite thing ever , and well developed characters are my top three loves This book will have you making double takes in almost every chapter, leaving you shocked and awed by revelations It s hard for me to describe it as anything short of spectacular The Ruin of Kings will definitely be the epic fantasy read of 2019, and I suggest you rush to pre order it ASAP flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 15, 2018 Claire rated it it was amazing Shelves arc s, claire s library, fantasy Review to come flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Nicole rated it it was amazing Review originally posted at Thoughts Stained With Ink Massive thanks to Literary Agent Sam Morgan, for sending a copy in exchange for an honest review THIS BOOK.No one had higher expectations for this book than I did Claimed akin to the greats, like Sanderson and Rothfuss, includes dragons AND written by a woman I wanted this book to blow my mind I wanted it to completely shatter my reality of what fiction could be, of what stories could do I wanted to find a new author to admire, someone Review originally posted at Thoughts Stained With Ink Massive thanks to Literary Agent Sam Morgan, for sending a copy in exchange for an honest review THIS BOOK.No one had higher expectations for this book than I did Claimed akin to the greats, like Sanderson and Rothfuss, includes dragons AND written by a woman I wanted this book to blow my mind I wanted it to completely shatter my reality of what fiction could be, of what stories could do I wanted to find a new author to admire, someone to look up to as a writer and be like, I want to write like her Lyons nailed it in every way.This book was incredible It was visceral, the pace was fast moving and the voice especially was fantastic, especially how it differentiated between the three narrators Kihrin is in prison He s being tormented there by Talon, a woman if she still has any claim to that label who knows a lot of his story already and is responsible for most of the heartache in it But she s tormenting him by asking him to recollect this story, how he got to be in his cell, help pass the time a little bit Yet he doesn t start at the beginning, not according to what she knows So she starts at the real beginning, according to her, while Kihrin gives his own account Back and forth we go between the two, learning the complicated and heartbreaking story of Kihrin through two pairs of eyes, across two different timelines, all while sitting in a jail cell waiting to be sacrificed.Of course, you can t forget the third, who has transcribed this entire account down and has offered his own footnotes throughout the tale, listed as actual footnotes within the book.So, the way it was presented, through these three narrations, deserves nothing but a standing ovation, as it distinctly reminded me of how Rothfuss expertly messed with time and storytellers the same way, while also keeping up the high standard of intricacy and worldbuilding woven throughout this piece as Sanderson sets in his Stormlight Archive As a debut novel, Lyons, in my opinion, is already an expert in the field.Yet Lyons story is also such a breath of fresh air and her story is still unique Her world is vast and incredible and it was impossible not to feel the absolute depth presented here It feels like I could reach out and visit, it s so real and has so much history though I m not sure it s a place I would want to visit, considering the circumstances Or the events that happen in the last 150 pages.I love the characters, as well I cheered for Kihrin the entire time and I couldn t help but like Talon, even though I wanted to hate her The wide company of side characters were each fleshed out and developed and everyone played a role Some of the new races introduced here were amazing I enjoyed learning about the lore a ton and I audibly expressed my surprise or pain a handful of times throughout the story The way the story was presented this intricate weaving of three narratives, past and present, all being told at the same time was my favorite aspect, though It was the intricacy level of Scott Lynch, one who I personally hold in high respect and regard everything revealed at the perfect moment, creating the perfect balance of tension and revelation, while always making the reader continue to read without any choice on her part even if it s almost 3am and you should ve went to bed hours before oops.This book was incredible, I can sum it up simply as that I don t think this review does this justice, not even close If you re a fantasy fan, you can t afford to miss this book which releases Tuesday, February 5th Lyons has been compared rightly so to Sanderson, Rothfuss and Lynch at least by me.But I predict it won t be before long before we re comparing books to Lyons, instead.Read on flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Jypsy rated it really liked it review of another edition I read The Ruin of Kings preview From what I ve seen so far, I think it s going to be an excellent story Now waiting to read the rest of the book Thanks to NetGalley for a preview in exchange for an honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 20, 2018 DeAnna rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways So Good.I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book, and OH LORD it was amazing Lyons has built an amazing world with wonderful, diverse, and crazy characters She s not afraid to take some wild chances in building her world, and it 100% paid off The story is unique and the twists completely unexpected.I m going to have to wait way too long for the sequel, but it will ABSOLUTELY be worth it flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Michael Mclendon rated it it was amazing Originally posted to Booknest The Ruin of Kings is a bold and awe inspiring work It rattles the bones as it imprints upon the senses battles for the human soul and for ancient kingdoms Behold a literary maelstrom that will devour you whole The Ruin of Kings is the first book in the A Chorus of Dragons series by Jenn Lyons It is, in my estimation, epic dark fantasy It releases in the US on February 5th, 2019 from Tor Books Tor provided Booknest with an advanced ebook of this title for re Originally posted to Booknest The Ruin of Kings is a bold and awe inspiring work It rattles the bones as it imprints upon the senses battles for the human soul and for ancient kingdoms Behold a literary maelstrom that will devour you whole The Ruin of Kings is the first book in the A Chorus of Dragons series by Jenn Lyons It is, in my estimation, epic dark fantasy It releases in the US on February 5th, 2019 from Tor Books Tor provided Booknest with an advanced ebook of this title for review Note of content I ve yet to formalize my notes on content in reviews but it s something I ve been thinking about This work deals with domestic abuse, slavery, and offstage rape There is also the occasional use of profanity I found nothing that did not fit the story that was being told I really have been on a lucky streak lately And while my tastes seem to span a great deal of the fantasy genre, it is rare that I read a book like this For one, until the very end of the book, I felt like I was just barely keeping my head above the narrative waters This book is not afraid to get complicated in the way I feel epic fantasy should dare Immortality, reincarnation, body swapping, shape shifting, slavery these are just a few of the ways that make nearly every relationship in the novel complex There are Dragons and Demons and necromancers that will make your skin crawl and your brain struggle to fathom a full picture of what is described Even now as I try to wrap my head around everything I feel like I only see a shadow on the wall as I inherently resist the scale of those big moments in the story There is a sense that all the fantastical creations and action set pieces live on the back of the reams of history that Jenn Lyons has somewhere on her hardrive We as the audience only get small necessary glimpses behind the curtain, but this intuitive worldbuilding attests that she knows the rules of her world and doesn t break them That s not to downplay the quiet intimate moments either We truly care for our hero Kihrin and those he cares for We are afraid of who he is afraid of This thread of his personal loves and fears takes the reader though moments that don t make complete sense until later if ever We learn to live with a comfortable discomfort The novel is built on this paradox It s about the bonds of family, both of love and domination It s about ambition and heroism Revenge and redemption Slavery and freedom Godhood and mortality The power of a wizard, of a dragon, of a thief, and of a bully The format of the story also mirrors this as it is setup as a conversation between our hero and his jailer We tumble further and further toward ends of the story that we know from the very beginning or do we These alternating narratives in different points in Kihrin s life are further punctuated by a third voice who makes corrections and annotations for our benefit This paradigm illuminates and obfuscates, daring us to connect the dots while sometimes purposefully having the chapters mirror each other at beginnings and endings not unlike a clever camera cut Your conscious mind has to take a second to recover that you re no longer in the time and place you were previously Which brings me to my final point I felt completely captivated and transported I really think that the complexity of this story worked to an advantage in this regard I sometimes felt like I didn t fully grasp everything but I felt compelled to continue on and understand things by moving forward rather than trying to go back Though now that I m finished I know that a reread of this book would be vastly rewarding The Ruin of Kings is a dense work of opposing forces that rewards and awes It elicited many verbal reactions from me as I found myself racing through the labyrinth of history, deceit, and intrigue Highly recommend to readers who crave excitement and empathy twisted up in a complex and meaningful story flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Somaya Salama rated it did not like it Shelves dnf DNF unpopular opinion I can t take it any This book was such a huge disappointment I had high hopes for this one, but i m not sure why the publisher is hyping this book up I was 60% in and so far, there is no plot Everything is so confusing and nothing is being explained I have to go back to the glossary at the end, which is 10 pages long, to remind myself what this creature is or what this means in general The story was written in two different timelines and it disrupted the flow o DNF unpopular opinion I can t take it any This book was such a huge disappointment I had high hopes for this one, but i m not sure why the publisher is hyping this book up I was 60% in and so far, there is no plot Everything is so confusing and nothing is being explained I have to go back to the glossary at the end, which is 10 pages long, to remind myself what this creature is or what this means in general The story was written in two different timelines and it disrupted the flow of the story I would sometimes forget what happened in the previous chapter Not to mention the characters were unlikeable.I know I sound harsh, but this was terrible I don t have it in me to care for the MC or want to know what s going to happen to him He can die for all I care TW There s also a lot of abuse and mention of rape just in case you re not a fan of such things I received an ARC from the publisher for review flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Kendra rated it really liked it Shelves z added in oct 2018, giveaway wins, sci fi fantasy, read in jan 2019 I received this ARC for free via Giveaway.So, this book drove me nuts for the first 50 or so pages It jumps back and forth between two points of view a past and present timeline, with a third who is writing both stories down Once I was able to get past the jarring feel of it, the story itself was really good The middle portion was a bit slow, and building, and, as other have mentioned, the ending was fast and furious and amazing I am very much looking forward to the next book I I received this ARC for free via Giveaway.So, this book drove me nuts for the first 50 or so pages It jumps back and forth between two points of view a past and present timeline, with a third who is writing both stories down Once I was able to get past the jarring feel of it, the story itself was really good The middle portion was a bit slow, and building, and, as other have mentioned, the ending was fast and furious and amazing I am very much looking forward to the next book I enjoyed the characters, and was amused at the head scratching of who was who, and how they all worked together, especially over the timelines The author did a fine job of making it interesting, and the twists and turns kept things lively flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Chris rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fantasy copy from the publisher in exchange for a review The Ruin of Kings is a debut fantasy novel from Jenn Lyons and it s really rather good It core is the story of Kihrin, sometime orphan and occasional thief It s possible though that he has the capacity to be something.I have to say, I rather enjoyed the style of the text The book is split into two narratives one looking at Kihrin s youth, and another concerned with recent events They come from two different narrators, each with copy from the publisher in exchange for a review The Ruin of Kings is a debut fantasy novel from Jenn Lyons and it s really rather good It core is the story of Kihrin, sometime orphan and occasional thief It s possible though that he has the capacity to be something.I have to say, I rather enjoyed the style of the text The book is split into two narratives one looking at Kihrin s youth, and another concerned with recent events They come from two different narrators, each with a unique voice and prose style This interleaving also means that explanations and context for one part of the story are provided in a drip feed fashion from the other How did the later Kihrin get where they are What were the choices which led them there, and what will they do next The two stories reinforce each other, and I found I wanted to know as much about what had gone before as what was going to happen next.The story takes place in a world with a richly imagined past of its own There are gods, a rich tapestry of divinities which humanity pays homage to from its spired citadels Largely they seem to stay quiet and out of the way, but their undeniable presence is a weight on the world As is the presence of demons They are, really, not very nice at all, with a penchant for large scale atrocity, stomping around the place, setting things on fire In between the divinities and the demonic sits humanity Much of the action takes place in a thriving metropolis, at the heart of an empire The Emperor has the power and indeed the duty to banish demons when they appear He s surrounded by noble houses, each of which control vast mercantile interests and magic Oh yes, there s magic here too, ranging from the repair of minor wounds, through speed and strength, to the sort of world ending meteor throwing which makes you sit up and take notice We see both sides of this city over the course of the text the flea bitten slums, where every breath is a gift and a curse, where you re one bad deal away from a knife in the back or the front are filled with a vicious energy, a richly imagined tapestry of chaos, violence, and personalised authority.The halls of the nobility are hardly any better albeit possibly cleaner The houses are in a constant whirl of politics, where the price for a mis step is being poisoned, imprisoned, or quietly murdered Much like their counterparts in the lower echelons, the leaders of these houses are hardened, ruthless, and not at all averse to getting a little blood on their hands to get a result The swirling tides of deals and backstabbery is marvellously realised You can smell the blood in the water with every word these slick politicians drop and that they can back up their words with superior firepower only makes it better.The characterisation is top notch, especially of Kihrin, in both his past and present incarnations Watching a cynical but eager youth grow into a measured man is a delight That he is convincingly careworn and scarred helps highlight the contrast with his younger self as they converge throughout the volume The text builds Kihrin up and tears him down in equal measure but at every step he feels conflicted, feels hurt, feels emotional, feels raw, feels human Some of the other characters are perhaps a little less nuanced though in fairness to them, they may also be demons , but most of the supporting cast have backstory which makes us feel alongside them, and makes them feel real.The world is a lavish one and between KIhrin and his cohort, we have players enough to make it feel real But what about the story Well, it ticks the tension up gradually, simmering the reader in the world and the characters for a while, marinating their questions and concerns Once it gets going though, once you re invested, it s near impossible to put down The physical stakes are high, yes life, death, empire, the end of the world But they re also personal family, love, trust, betrayal are key themes This is a book which isn t pulling any punches Actually, it s probably using brass knuckles and coming at you with an attitude.This is smart fantasy It s clever It wants you to think about what you re reading, about character, about consequences And it wants to show off world shattering events, and do so with some cool magic and a world which vividly displays a wealth of imagination.It s good stuff, is the short version A great debut, and a series and an author to watch Give it a try flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity YA Buddy Readers The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons Starting November 5th, 2018 3 13 Nov 20, 2018 06 43PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Jenn Lyons lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three cats, and a lot of opinions on anything from the Sumerian creation myths to the correct way to make a martini At various points in her life, she has wanted to be an archaeologist, anthropologist, architect, diamond cutter, fashion illustrator, graphic designer, or Batman Turning from such obvious trades, she is now a video game produc Jenn Lyons lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three cats, and a lot of opinions on anything from the Sumerian creation myths to the correct way to make a martini At various points in her life, she has wanted to be an archaeologist, anthropologist, architect, diamond cutter, fashion illustrator, graphic designer, or Batman Turning from such obvious trades, she is now a video game producer by day, and spends her evenings writing science fiction and fantasy When not writing, she can be founding debating the Oxford comma and Joss Whedon s oeuvre at various local coffee shops


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    1. ARC provided by the publisher Tor Books in exchange for an honest review.Convoluted and complex are probably understatements, but I don t have any other words to describe the main attributes of this debut.For those of you who don t know, The Ruin of Kings have been the fantasy debut that Tor has been promoting heavily for several months now This novel has been advertised as the debut of the year that s targeted For fans of George R R Martin, Robin Hobb, Joe Abercrombie, Brent Weeks [...]


    2. We did this myself and Emma as a combined review for Fantasy Book Review which can be seen here were my thoughts following on from what Emma had already written.I received a limited edition proof copy of The Ruin of Kings in exchange for an honest reviewAdditional notes by James Tivendale I think Emma summed up most of the points perfectly.I agree with what Emma said about the point of views switching between 1st and 3rd person sometimes being c We did this myself and Emma as a combined review f [...]


    3. Kihrin is many things orphan, thief, long lost son of a prince destroyer of the world Whatever else he is, he s also having a really bad time of it Everything he s ever believed is lies, truths only discovered though violence and death But since his new life involves evil magicians, a death cult, a war between gods and demons, the kind of family that epitomises the whole keep your enemies closer philosophy, and dragons well, his chances don t seem like they ll be looking up any time soo Kihrin i [...]


    4. 3.5 stars, maybe 4 may change as I review the full book upon publication Who are you again So sweet of you to ask I m Talon I ll be your murderer tonight I recently finished reading this preview available on Netgalley of The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons and enjoyed it very much I did have some problems with the chosen narrative style which did not help the story, but the book was fascinating enough to keep me glued to the pages.Our story starts off with the protagonist stuck in a prison c [...]


    5. Have you ever been to denial town Currently visiting and it sucks.The Ruin of Kings has been on my radar ever since it was announced in 2018 being compared to Joe Abercrombie one of my favorite authors , Patrick Rothfuss, and Brandon Sanderson It sounded so good a heavy dose of epic fantasy with all the usual nastiness and morally grey characters But I could not connect with a single character or event in this book no matter what I did The convoluted storytelling DID NOT HELP In Fact Have you ev [...]


    6. Angsty orphan with his head in the clouds didn t get his happy story so he decides to destroy the world Orphan with his name so conspicuously similar to Krillin s And then even the blurb is so filled with bullshit that they go so far to compare the worldbuilding with Sanderson s and prose with that of Rothfuss which is basically like they compared her with Robin Hobb, modern Mary Shelley Give me a break.I see where this is going, when you finish hyping this book out to heavens and beyond, Angsty [...]


    7. The The Ruin of Kings was not for me I do like complex fantasy I enjoy great world building with descriptive storytelling And here comes the BUT But the story is presented in a very original way but I found convoluted and quite confusing way that lead to me developing zero character connections.I received this ARC copy of The Ruin of Kings from Macmillan Tor Forge This is my honest and voluntary review The Ruin of Kings is set for publication Feb 5, 2019.


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