Title: The Ruin of Kings
Series: A Chorus of Dragons #1
Author: Jenn Lyons
Publisher: Tor Books
Source: ARC – I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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.
I recommend you try The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, be mad, be happy, and even take in sudden breaths out of shock. This book has everything including cute notes at the end of each chapter explaining things almost as a citation or defining who monsters or gods are. The notes at the end threw me off to begin with, but I got used to them and even looked forward to these little tidbits.
In addition to Kihrin, we also get to know a boy named Talon. He is a performer, but is owned; he’s basically a slave but has a really great owner. He is trying to buy both his father and himself out of ownership. To do this, he also goes at night and steals. On one of his outings he steals something he really shouldn’t have, and it ends up causing him more trouble than he could have guessed it ever would.
How these two stories come together I don’t know yet, but am excited for the next book to find out.