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The Ruin of Kings (#1 Godslayer Cycle)

Jenn Lyons

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Tor U.K.
05 February 2019
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Fantasy; Epic Fantasy; Questing & Adventure; Mythological Creatures, People & Places; Monsters Fantasy; Thieves
TO BE PRODUCED INTO A MAJOR TELEVISION SERIES FROM ANNAPURNA TV What an extraordinary book . . . enthralling and deeply, deeply satisfying. I loved it Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians What if you weren't the hero?

Kihrin grew up on tales of long-lost princes and grand quests - despite being raised in a brothel, making money as a musician and street thief. One day he overreaches by targeting an absent noble's mansion, hunting for jewels. There he witnesses a prince performing a terrifying dark-magic ritual. Kihrin flees but he's marked by a demon and his life will never be the same again.

That night also leads to him being claimed as a lost son of that prince's royal house. But far from living the dream, Kihrin finds himself practically a prisoner, at the mercy of his new family's power plays and ambitions. He must also discover why his murderous father finds Kihrin more valuable alive than dead. Soon Kihrin attempts to escape his relative's dangerous schemes, but finds himself in far deeper waters.

He becomes tangled in a plot to kill the Emperor, rob the Imperial Vaults, claim a god-slaying sword and free bound demons to wreak havoc across the land. Kihrin also discovers the old tales lied about many things: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love - and the hero always winning. But maybe Kihrin isn't fated to save the empire. He's destined to destroy it.

The Ruin of Kings is the first book in Jenn Lyons's epic new series.

PRAISE FOR THE RUIN OF KINGS A virtually un-put-down-able read Kirkus Reviews A fantastic page-turner with a heady blend of great characters John Gwynne, author of A Time of Dread its lore and memorable characters will leave epic fantasy fans eager for the second volume. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
By:   Jenn Lyons
Imprint:   Tor U.K.
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 39mm
Weight:   723g
ISBN:   9781509879496
ISBN 10:   1509879498
Series:   A Chorus of Dragons
Pages:   720
Publication Date:   05 February 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jenn Lyons lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three cats and a nearly infinite number of opinions on anything from Sumerian mythology to the correct way to make a martini. She is a video game producer by day, and spends her evenings writing science-fiction, fantasy and paranormal mysteries. A long-time devotee of storytelling, she traces her geek roots back to playing first edition Dungeons & Dragons in grade school and reading her way from A to Z in the school's library.

Reviews for The Ruin of Kings (#1 Godslayer Cycle)

Though the hero's journey structure and classical fantasy elements are familiar, the complex mysteries and revelations feel novel and offer plenty of room for rereading and analysis. There's more mystery than action in this tightly plotted tome, and its lore and memorable characters will leave epic fantasy fans eager for the second volume -- <i>Publishers Weekly</i> starred review In a sprawling, magic-filled world populated by gods, dragons, krakens, witches, demons, ghosts, shape-shifters, zombies, and so much more, 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 The Ruin of Kings revs up with the glitz of a high-speed, multi-level video game, with extreme magic -- Janny Wurts The Ruin of Kings is a fascinating story about a compellingly conflicted young hero in an intriguingly complex world -- L. E. Modesitt, Jr. A fantastic page-turner with a heady blend of great characters, fast-moving action and a fabulously inventive magic system . . . I loved it * John Gwynne * It was one hell of a ride -- Glen Cook What an extraordinary book. The Ruin of Kings is everything epic fantasy should be: rich, cruel, gorgeous, brilliant, enthralling and deeply deeply satisfying. I loved it -- Lev Grossman, author of <i>The Magicians</i>


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