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The Ruin of Kings

By Jenn Lyons
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Publisher Description

A Kirkus Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy pick for 2019!
A Library Journal Best Book of 2019!
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019!

"Everything epic fantasy should be: rich, cruel, gorgeous, brilliant, enthralling and deeply, deeply satisfying. I loved it."—Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

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 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.

"It's impossible not to be impressed with the ambition of it all . . . a larger-than-life adventure story about thieves, wizards, assassins and kings to dwell in for a good long while."—The New York Times

A Chorus of Dragons
1: The Ruin of Kings
2: The Name of All Things
3: The Memory of Souls

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

58 Reviews

Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“This book was fantastically complex and I loved it!”
Morally ambiguousWitty banterTwistyImmersive settingDark
“I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Khirin is very likeable and feels very real. I think that the way it is written is very interesting. I can't wait to learn more about this world with Lyons' next book.”
“3.75⭐️ This was actually pretty good but the different stories/POVs every other chapter (what was the reason??) plus having to keep track of 20 characters that each have at least 1 other past life.. made it overly complicated imo. I highly recommend the audiobook, not sure I could have finished without it, great voice acting!”
“I’m confused. Told 90% by split flashbacks to 2 different times. Disorienting to figure out which story is happening. The climax was….anti-climactic at best and also confusing. We moved from just a story about a boy to gods and demons and reincarnation really fast and I don’t feel like I was prepared for it. Will continue with the next book since I already own it but still not sure how I feel about it.”
“4.5 stars! Loved this one so much!”

About Jenn Lyons

Jenn Lyons was a graphic artist and illustrator for 20 years before working as a video game producer on projects ranging from indie projects and slot-machine games to AAA titles for EA. In 2020, she was nominated for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer. Her five-book Chorus of Dragons fantasy series began with The Ruin of Kings and continues with The Name of All Things.

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