The Ruin of King
When destiny calls, there’s no fighting back.
Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur. A thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against his will. Consequently claimed as the missing son of a treasonous prince. Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family’s ruthless power plays and political ambitions.
Practically a prisoner, Kihrin discovers that being a long-lost prince is nothing like what the storybooks promised. The storybooks have lied about a lot of other things, too. Dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, and how the hero always wins.
Then again, maybe he isn’t the hero after all. For Kihrin is not destined to save the world.
He’s destined to destroy it.
Jenn Lyons begins the Chorus of Dragons series with The Ruin of Kings. An epic fantasy novel about a man who discovers his fate is tied to the future of an empire.
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 intelligently written. With wildly inventive worldbuilding stitching together the usual fantasy tropes of kings, demons, wars, and priests doing blood magic, etc.
This is the first book of a projected 5 book series, so buckle in for a good read.
Jenn Lyons lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three cats. And a nearly infinite number of opinions on anything from Sumerian mythology to the correct way to make a martini. She is a video game producer by day, and spends her evenings writing science-fiction, fantasy and paranormal mysteries. A long-time devotee of storytelling, she traces her geek roots back to playing first edition Dungeons & Dragons in grade school and reading her way from A to Z in the school’s library.