Hello, blog lovers! And happy Easter weekend to those who celebrate! I’ve got a great book review for all you fantasy lovers out there: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons. This one comes with kind of a funny personal story around it, and then we’ll get into the good stuff. Got it? Good. Let’s go!
As most of you who read this know, I’m currently getting my Master of Science degree in Publishing. In a class last semester, we were assigned to create a marketing plan based on a book that had not yet been released from an imprint called Tor. Weirdly enough, this is the book that I chose! I knew nothing about it, but it had a dragon on the cover, so that was an immediate draw for me. A few months later, I got an internship at the literary agency that was responsible for finding the manuscript! I got to talk with the agent who represented Jenn Lyons and learn from him about how the book came to be and what the entire publishing process is like, from finding a manuscript to holding a hard copy of it in your hands. I don’t have time to go into that whole process right now, but who knows? If that’s something you guys are interested in, let me know and I’ll make a post about it in the future! But, for now, let’s get into the book!
The book begins with our main character, Kihrin, imprisoned by Talon, a shapeshifter of sorts. They are having a conversation about Kihrin’s life and how he came to be in his current position. They both begin to tell Kihrin’s life story, alternating chapters between his perspective and hers. However, this story is also being told by another person, Thurvishar D’Lorus, who is also telling the story as a type of historical documentation, as Kihrin is someone very special in the history of their land. D’Lorus leaves footnotes throughout the story, so his voice is somewhat omniscient through Kihrin and Talon’s stories.
This book is definitely not a light read. I’m a fantasy lover and love some good old-fashioned world building in my novels, but there’s a lot going on in this book. You really have to pay attention. They even have an extremely helpful glossary in the back so you can keep all your information straight! Don’t let its density deter you though, folks. Lyons has created a real masterpiece here. The intricacies are what make this book great. The universe of Quur is fascinating as is Kihrin’s journey as he comes of age and tries to figure out if he’s meant to save the world or destroy it.
Between you, me, and the ghostlight, this book is worth your while if you love fantasy and are willing to commit to a big read with an even bigger reward. Until next time, blog lovers!
P.S. This could also hold you over between episodes of Game of Thrones, if you’re into that sort of thing.