Book Title: Ruin of Kings – Preview Excerpt
Series: A Chorus of Dragons (#1)
Author: Jenn Lyons
Release Date: 02/05/19
Star Rating: Take my money!
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in return for an unbiased review.
This will be short. I don’t usually do book previews for my blog. It’s hard to get a feel for a book with a short excerpt, but the buzz on Tor.com for this book, and my unending love for Tor meant I needed to get a glimpse at this.
Oh my goodness.
It starts out well, a young man, Khirin, is imprisoned and taunted by a completely terrifying demon. She forcefully requests he tell her his life story. He starts with the story of his time in slavery as a young man, but she doesn’t trust him to tell it complete (not that I trust her either). So the book alternates the story as he tells it, with one told by the demon about Rook (Khirin as a much younger boy). It’s a fascinating way to push the story forward. You know of know where young Rook will end up, in prison, but not how he gets there. That’s the fun part, but there is also the question of where he will end up once we catch up with Kihrin as prisoner of the demon Talon. (I’ve not done any of this justice, please just read the excerpt for yourself … link below)
I am most impressed with the scope of this book. The worldbuilding is something fantastic. It is complex. I’m going to add a couple of links here so you can see for yourself some of the work that the author has put into this book. She has labored over it and it shows in the quality of the work she has produced.
First is a twitter thread from Tor which shares some of the content I mentioned:
#TheRuinofKings by @jennlyonsauthor is on sale today! Here’s a thread of all the amazing content we and @tordotcom have done (thus far!) to get you even more hype for the start of this great new fantasy series! pic.twitter.com/h3kGF3rl2f— Tor Books (@torbooks) February 5, 2019
Click here if you’d like to see the preview chapters for yourself. They are on Tor.com’s website as well as a commentary provided by Leigh Butler.
In case you’re wondering, I just finished the excerpt and thank goodness I waited until the book was available because I am buying it as soon as I’m done posting. Imagine if I’d read it a month ago and had to wait for it to come out! I’m at a freaking cliffhanger for goodness sake!
Do yourself a favor and look into this one. It’s not to be missed.