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  • A peek just wasn't enough!

    “Tell me a story” You know, I honestly did not know what to expect when I started reading this book but I know I didn’t plan on liking it as much as I did. Multiple POV’s are always a little tricky in that they can sometimes be hard to follow but the way Lyons wrote this, in a dual story-telling format, was so enjoyable. The addition of the first person narrative was, admittedly, a little unexpected given the former third person story-telling but it didn’t bother me. I’m usually not a big fan of timeline-flipping either, but it worked for me here. Originally, I will admit, I was a bit confused but it didn’t take very long to figure it all out and get me hooked on Kihrin’s story. One thing I’m not sure of is the addition of the footnotes at the end of almost every chapter. The problem with footnotes is that in order to properly reference them you need to be able to keep track of where to find what’s being referenced, which is pretty hard to do in a digital copy of a book. The footnotes themselves are very informative and a pretty great way to incorporate world building but I think they are easily forgotten about unless you have a physical, paper copy of the book that you can easily flip back to. After the first few chapters, I had to pretty much stop reading them. The notes themselves were great, but it was just too hard to keep trying to reference back. That’s really not an issue with the book itself, just a note to anyone that will be buying this upon release. Make sure you grab yourself a paperback or hardcover copy. I think these added footnotes deserve to be read in order to properly immerse yourself in this world and a digital copy just won’t do. I wish this wasn’t just a preview but I’m so happy I read it. The Ruin of Kings has mildly been on my radar for a while but it’s also one of those books that hasn’t been overly hyped and I think that’s a mistake. People need to start talking about this book because, if the preview is any indication, this is going to be something that all fantasy readers NEED to get their hands on! I know I’m dying to get the finished copy.

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  • Epic Fantasy!

    A Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons is book one in her new A Chorus of Dragons series. First, I must advise that the copy I am reviewing is a preview and not the full novel. The story begins with Talon, a shape-shifting, murderous jailer, encouraging the main character, Kihrin, to tell her his story. The point of view then begins to shift between Kihrin’s narrative and Talon’s version of the same narrative. The story also shifts between first and third person. At first the shifting viewpoints were somewhat confusing, but I eventually caught on. The story then shifts from Kihrin’s past to the present. Thus far, Kihrin has lived an adventurous, but somewhat scary life, and the future promises more of the same. The Ruin of Kings is a true fantasy. The author introduces white and black magic, magical and mystical beings and creatures. There are myriad creatures, castes and characters. I liked that Lyons incorporates actual sea creatures interacting with the mystical marine life. The true Ruin of Kings is revealed in the narrative, if you’re paying attention. The rest of the story will undoubtedly be as fantastical as this preview. I rate The Ruin of Kings 4 out of 5 stars. Sadly, the changing viewpoints may be distracting to some readers, but I highly recommend it to those interested in a complex, epic fantasy. My thanks to MacMillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

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  • The ruin of Kings

    Pret-ty darn convoluted. Hard to follow the body swapping or who was supposed to stay dead or not. Overall a great read if vewy, vewy long.

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  • Could be better

    Wonderful opening, interesting characters. Unfortunately there was this convoluted body swapping part of the plot that really baffled me. After a while I gave up trying to figure out who was who and just went along with the rest of it. Also, I didn't understand until the end that there was a dictionary of magical terms at the end of the book.

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  • Ruins of kingd

    This is a book that needs to be read in one maybe two sittings .Each character has multiple names and if put down to often becomes confusing. When i could read or a long period of time i enjoyed more. A good vacation read

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