Ahoy there mateys! “Can’t Wait Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday ye get to highlight a book that ye be really looking forward to. I don’t normally do memes here on me log, but I received this fantasy eARC excerpt from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved it and am now looking forward to readin’ the full version when it be published. The stats:
the ruin of kings (Jenn Lyons)
Title: the ruin of kings
Author: Jenn Lyons
Publication Date: currently set for February 5, 2019 (hardback/ebook)
Well mateys. This certainly is an awesome start. The excerpt let me read Part I – chapters 1 to 23. This be the story of Kihrin. It begins with him in a prison cell talking to a demon named Talon. How fun is that? The chapters alternate between Kihrin’s versions of events and Talon’s additions. There are also fun footnotes in both.
In Kihrin’s chapters it talks about what happened to him after being purchased in a slave auction. In Talon’s chapters it goes back even further than that to when Kihrin’s is a 15 year-old and participates in a heist gone wrong. There was a little settling in for both sections because of the jumps in time. I couldn’t decide which sections I liked better. Both have awesome magic, fun characters, snarky Kihrin, and lots of politics, intrigue, and action. While I do love both sections, I hope at some point the story does go to one narrative for better ease of readin’. But I certainly do want to know what happens next. Arrr!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Macmillian-Tor/Forge!
Goodreads’ website has this to say about the novel:
There are the old stories. And then there’s what actually happens.
Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew upon storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn’t what the storybooks promised.
Far from living the dream, Kihrin finds himself practically a prisoner, at the mercy of his new family’s power plays and ambitions. He also discovers that the storybooks have lied about a lot of other things things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love, and how the hero always wins.
Then again, maybe he’s not the hero, for Kihrin isn’t destined to save the empire.
He’s destined to destroy it . . .
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