February 04, 2019

#BookReview: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Title: The Ruin of Kings
Series: A Chorus of Dragons, #1
Author: Jenn Lyons
Genres: Adult, Fantasy 

Pages: Hardcover, 560
Published: February 5, 2019
Publisher: Tor Books
Rating: 1 ★

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Synopsis:  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.

About the Author: Jenn Lyons was a graphic artist and illustrator for 20 years and has worked in video games for over a decade. She previously worked on The Saboteur and Lord of the Rings: Conquest at EA Games. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. The Ruin of Kings is her first novel.

My Review: I have to say that I was so excited to read this one.  I am still not sure how this was posted on Goodreads as young adult becuase it really doesn't feel like young adult.  I was looking forward to reading this epic fantasy book becuase I had just recently finished the entire Throne of Glass series but what I found when I started this one was FOOT NOTES! For me these do NOT belong in a normal story just like no please no.   

Other than that the first start of this story was GREAT I would have totally loved to hear the story of how this demon and this guy in a jail goes from there.  But what we get is a dual narative of one story being told by two people.  So we are giving this story to follow with two different POVs of one story being told.  So we have Kihrins in 1st person telling us his story then we have Talons in 3rd person telling us the same story as Kihrins.  As you can see it gets pretty confusing just trying to explain the insaness of the way this story was written and o right don't forget about those foot notes that are ALLLLLLLLLL throughout the book.  

To top it all off there is a glossery in the back of the book where characters have multi-names and at that point of finding that I was just DONE with this one.  I mean really Throne of Glass was hard enough to follow and it was well pretty on the easy side for some of the stories I've read.  But this was just crazy.  

Go Into This One Knowing: Confusing

"With the scope and sense of fatality of Patrick Rothfuss, and well-choreographed action sense of Brandon Sanderson, Lyons leaps into the big leagues of epic fantasy and sticks the landing."―Booklist, starred review
"[A] jaw-dropping, action-packed story of betrayal, greed, and grand-scale conspiracy . . . Lyons ties it all together seamlessly to create literary magic. Epic fantasy fans looking for a virtually un-put-down-able read should look no further."―Kirkus, starred review
"Tightly plotted . . . its lore and memorable characters will leave epic fantasy fans eager for the second volume."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This stunning debut takes epic fantasy to a high level, portraying a world filled with magic, demons, gods, and dragons, in which politics and power plays are the laws of the land."―Library Journal, starred review
"Rich, cruel, gorgeous, brilliant, enthralling and deeply, deeply satisfying. I loved it."―Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians
“It was one hell of a ride. I gobbled it up and was hungry for more.”―Glen Cook, author of The Black Company

The Ruin of Kings is a fascinating story about a compellingly conflicted young hero in an intriguingly complex world.”―L. E. Modesitt, Jr., author of the Recluse series
"A thriller plot of revenge and loyalty with a get-under-your-skin and keep-you-reading-all-night mystery at its heart. I loved it."―John Gwynne, author of Malice
"The Ruin of Kings revs up with the glitz of a high-speed, multi-level video game, with extreme magic and a teen hero with angst."―Janny Wurts, author of The Curse of the Mistwraith


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