Jenn Lyons was a graphic artist and illustrator for 20 years and has worked in video games for over a decade. She previously worked on The Saboteur and Lord of the Rings: Conquest at EA Games. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. The Ruin of Kings is her first novel.
It's impossible not to be impressed with the ambition of it all, the sheer, effervescent joy Lyons takes in the scope of her project . . . a larger-than-life adventure story about thieves, wizards, assassins and kings to dwell in for a good long while. --The New York Times Ms. Lyons is all set to take her readers on a long journey indeed, unfolding and unfolding like brilliant origami. So far, though, not a hairy chest in sight, nor a languishing maiden. Fantasy has moved on, and is all the better for it. --The Wall Street Journal An impressive and highly accomplished debut . . . The Ruin of Kings makes both an ideal introduction to epic fantasy and a rewarding read for fans of the genre. --The Los Angeles Times With the scope and sense of fatality of Patrick Rothfuss, and well-choreographed action sense of Brandon Sanderson, Lyons leaps into the big leagues of epic fantasy and sticks the landing. --Booklist, starred review [A] jaw-dropping, action-packed story of betrayal, greed, and grand-scale conspiracy . . . Lyons ties it all together seamlessly to create literary magic. Epic fantasy fans looking for a virtually un-put-down-able read should look no further. --Kirkus, starred review Tightly plotted . . . its lore and memorable characters will leave epic fantasy fans eager for the second volume. --Publishers Weekly, starred review This stunning debut takes epic fantasy to a high level, portraying a world filled with magic, demons, gods, and dragons, in which politics and power plays are the laws of the land. --Library Journal, starred review Rich, cruel, gorgeous, brilliant, enthralling and deeply, deeply satisfying. I loved it. --Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians It was one hell of a ride. I gobbled it up and was hungry for more. --Glen Cook, author of The Black Company The Ruin of Kings is a fascinating story about a compellingly conflicted young hero in an intriguingly complex world. --L. E. Modesitt, Jr., author of the Recluse series A thriller plot of revenge and loyalty with a get-under-your-skin and keep-you-reading-all-night mystery at its heart. I loved it. --John Gwynne, author of Malice The Ruin of Kings revs up with the glitz of a high-speed, multi-level video game, with extreme magic and a teen hero with angst. --Janny Wurts, author of The Curse of the Mistwraith