The Ruin of Kings

The Ruin of Kings

There are the old stories. And then there?s what actually happens. Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up on 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 pract There are the old stories. And then there?s what actually happens. Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up ...

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Title:The Ruin of Kings
Author:Jenn Lyons
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Ruin of Kings
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:560 pages pages

The Ruin of Kings Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    Jan 27, 2019
    The next big blockbuster fantasy series, at least according to the massive publicity push. There are three narrative threads switching back and forth, sometimes with lightning speed: there is the present-day, in which our handsome hero, Kihrin, is in prison, telling his story to Tal...
  • Eon ♒Windrunner♒
    Dec 28, 2018
    3.5 stars, maybe 4 - may change as I review the full book upon publication. Who are you again?? So sweet of you to ask. I?m Talon. I?ll be your murderer tonight. I recently finished reading this preview available on Netgalley of The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons and enjoye...
  • Somaya Salama
    Dec 31, 2018
    DNF (unpopular opinion)- I can't take it anymore. This book was such a huge disappointment! I had high hopes for this one, but i'm not sure why the publisher is hyping this book up. I was 60% in and so far, there is no plot. Everything is so confusing and nothing is being explained. I ...
  • Beth
    Oct 27, 2018
    The The Ruin of Kings was not for me. I do like complex fantasy. I enjoy great world building with descriptive storytelling. And here comes the BUT. But the story is presented in a very original way but I found convoluted and quite confusing way that lead to me developing zero characte...
  • Sana
    Jun 26, 2018
    So this is 'a story about an orphan whose dream of being a lost prince turns into a nightmare when he discovers his real family is vile' Well, now I need it in my life. Also, the opening lines are so good? I'm a fan of a first line where monsters are mentioned: 'Tell me a story.' ...
  • Eric Allen
    Feb 04, 2019
    A friend of mine who is still in the business sent me an extremely well-worn ARC of this book, saying that, literally, everyone I used to work with when I was still writing and editing articles had already read and completely loved it. I used to work with some extraordinarily hard to p...
  • Veronica ⭐️
    Mar 06, 2019
    *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp... The story opens with Kihrin in prison guarded by Talon. Talon asks, I should say forces, Kihrin to tell his story whilst she also narrates her part of Kihrin?s story. Kihrin?s narration is in first person and starts as a 16 year old K...
  • Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
    Jan 22, 2019
    DNF @ 150 pages The storytelling was tedious and made me want to bash my skull into a wall. It flip flopped back and forth between Khirin's story - in first person, at point B in the timeline; and Talon's story - in third person, talking about Khirin/Rook, at point A in the timeline...
  • Dianne
    Oct 28, 2018
    What a preview! THE RUIN OF KINGS by Jenn Lyons looks to be a fabulous fantasy read with all of the action, the quests and the outstanding characters that have hit every one of my must read buttons! My only regret is that I didn?t realize this was only a preview but I do appreciat...
  • Kaylie
    Apr 29, 2019
    It seems The Ruin of Kings wasn?t my kind of fantasy? I didn?t enjoy The Ruin of Kings because: I listened to the audiobook. I might have enjoyed this book much more if I read it physically. The book has a glossary and family tree which is something I would?ve definitely us...
  • James Tivendale
    Nov 27, 2018
    We did this (myself and Emma) as a combined review for Fantasy Book Review which can be seen here. http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Je... These were my thoughts following on from what Emma had already written. I received a limited edition proof copy of The Ruin of Kings in exch...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Feb 21, 2019
    This book was one you have to commit to being a tome but the read just flies by because it is utterly fantastic. In fact I wouldn?t have minded a bit more? A good fantasy novel lives and dies on its world building and characters and Jenn Lyons has an intricately imaginative eye fo...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Feb 23, 2019
    UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US 6/2/19 I don?t like the sprayed edges on this one. It looks like they might have been trying to do a grey color from the grey book (which I like better and am going to get) or maybe a light blue. Holy shit balls! This book was so confusing and s...
  • Krystal
    Apr 07, 2019
    Look. I cannot count the number of times this book had me feeling confused. There are so many names and most are hard to pronounce and often similar so it was incredibly difficult to keep track of who was who and what was what. Then you throw in the genealogy and the adultery and...
  • Kaitlin
    Apr 12, 2019
    * I read this as my Defence Against The Dark Arts OWL read * This is a story which I think is a little hard to really describe as it tells the story in a fairly unique way. The book is divided into three main narrators, we have: Talon, a mimic who can take on the memories and skin o...
  • Stefan Bach
    Dec 10, 2018
    Angsty orphan with his head in the clouds didn't get his happy story so he decides to destroy the world? Orphan with his name so conspicuously similar to Krillin's? And then even the blurb is so filled with bullshit that they go so far to compare the worldbuilding with Sanders...
  • Emma
    Dec 11, 2018
    Kihrin is many things: orphan, thief, long lost son of a prince... destroyer of the world? Whatever else he is, he?s also having a really bad time of it. Everything he?s ever believed is lies, truths only discovered though violence and death. But since his new life involves evil ma...
  • Brittany
    Dec 31, 2018
    Thank you to Netgalley for generously providing this arc preview. So far so good!! I love the main character and the world building is nice. The pacing takes some time to get used to and it was a little confusing at times but I was really enjoying it...so far! I'm super sad right n...
  • The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
    Apr 04, 2019
    As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress... There?s something to be said for losing yourself in a book. Forgetting about the outside world and the stresses and strains of life, letting it all take a backseat a...
  • Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
    Jan 12, 2019
    Have you ever been to denial town? Currently visiting and it sucks.... The Ruin of Kings has been on my radar ever since it was announced in 2018 being compared to Joe Abercrombie (one of my favorite authors), Patrick Rothfuss, and Brandon Sanderson. It sounded so good - a heavy dos...
  • Esme
    Feb 20, 2019
    I have no idea how I'm going to rate this. It's one of the rare books where there are parts I truly love, and some that I seriously hated. That always makes coming up with a score/rating particularly difficult. This had really neat world building that had some very cool ideas, ther...
  • Tricia Levenseller
    Jun 18, 2019
    This was fun! I tend to get bored while reading epic fantasy, but that wasn?t the case with this one! The dialogue was well done, and I admire the unique storytelling method. I wouldn?t pick this up if you?re a fan of hard magic systems with clear rules, but if you like more wond...
  • ella ✨
    Jan 06, 2019
    I?ve got to admit its super confusing at times but this book was still wholly enjoyable and reading it felt like being thrown into a whole other world. If you?re a fan of adult fantasy and having your brain twisted then this one?s for you! I loved it. ...
  • Lauren Chamberlin
    Jan 08, 2019
    ?A hero who has never had a bad thing happen to him isn?t a hero- he?s just spoiled.? I had a lot of mixed thoughts throughout this novel. I think the part that really hurt it for me personally was the narration. It jumps back and forth between present time (first person) an...
  • Alaina
    Nov 20, 2018
    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was so pumped to dive into The Ruin of Kings. Especially after getting accepted for this but, unfortunately, I ended up disappointed. Honestly, it could've been the format (since I read this on my phone) but...
  • jaypee
    Jun 20, 2018
    Brandon Sanderson + Patrick Rothfuss? I'm a shallow guy. Count me the fuck in! ...
  • The Captain
    Feb 07, 2019
    Ahoy there mateys! Today finally be the release day for this fantasy book and I had an unusual journey towards obtaining this novel and also in how I read it . . . Well mateys. When I first requested this book via NetGalley, I was super excited to read it. I was very much enga...
  • Petrik
    Jan 02, 2019
    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor Books?in exchange for an honest review. Convoluted and complex are probably understatements, but I don?t have any other words to describe the main attributes of this debut. For those of you who don?t know, The Ruin of Kings have been the ...
  • Megan
    Mar 23, 2019
    I made it about 175 pages in and then I just.... I can't. I tried very hard, but to be quite honest, after about 30 pages, I was hate-reading out of spite, and I have better ways to spend my time. Here's my main two problems with it: 1. Even if your frame device--a letter...
  • Amy Imogene Reads
    Mar 24, 2019
    3.5 stars There is such a thing as too much, too fast, too deep, and too convoluted in high fantasy. This is it. Writing: ????? World Building: ????? Pacing: ?? Timeline: ? Overall Reader Enjoyment: ? for the act of sorting out the plot, and ??...