The Ruin of Kings
by Jenn Lyons
Review by Bronwyn Eley
Can I just start by saying: WOW! What a read that was. The Ruin of Kings is exactly what an epic fantasy should be: there’s adventure, betrayal, incredible magic and a quest, of course.
Our story revolves around Kihrin, a street thief and musician who grew up living in a brothel. Despite his upbringing, Kihrin manages to maintain a loving, loyal and respectful persona. There are a lot of cute little scenes with Morea at the beginning – the girl he fancies – before everything gets turned upside down.
Author Jenn Lyons isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. Prepare yourself for magical twists, wild turns and the occasional sucker-punch.
A lot of things happen to poor old Kihrin but the gist of it is this: Kihrin’s life gets turned upside down when he is firstly marked by a demon and then claimed as the lost son of a royal household. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end up being as great as it sounds.
When Kihrin enters his new life, he enters a den of liars, manipulators, abusers and killers. My favourite part was to discover that Kihrin has a serious backbone! The kid does not back down from a fight, instead he jumps into it with an eagerness and fierceness that was sometimes frightening to witness.
As his story progresses, we realise that Kihrin’s past isn’t as humble as we first thought. It’s even more complicated than being the lost son of a royal household. Way more complicated.
There are dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, endless challenges and heartbreak. Kihrin goes from street thief to royal son to slave to castaway to… I’m not going to spoil it, duh!
If epic fantasy is your thing, you need to get your hands on a copy of The Ruin of Kings. It even has great little footnotes that add so much depth and richness to this already deep and rich world. It’s a big book full of big ideas, brave characters and thrilling plots. Don’t miss this!
~ Bronwyn xo