Chorus Dragons Jenn Lyons
Happy May Bookfiends ! Blink, and it will be June. I wish the tree leaves would hurry up & bloom already; looking at naked trees depresses the fuck outta me. I am finally seeing some buds bloom on trees in my backyard tho, so that is something. Something not depressing? A Chorus of Dragons, the Epic Fantasy Series from Jenn Lyons.
Near the end of 2021, I started reading A Chorus of Dragons & I fucking loved it. I’m obsessed with it. I wish I could take some magical draught & forget every word so I could relive the whole tale over & over again.
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A Chorus of Dragons
A Chorus of Dragons first caught my eye with the release of The House of Always in the spring of 2021. I don’t even know why; I loathe octopuses. Loathe them with a passion. I imagine them taking over the planet one-day using humans as their tools, controlling our brains… it’s all very dystopian. To this day, I’m not sure why I was attracted to this book.
The Ruin of Kings
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 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 too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love, and how the hero always wins.
Then again, maybe he’s not the hero, for Kihrin is not destined to save the empire.
He’s destined to destroy it.
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“Play my game, Bright-Eyes, or I’ll come back here wearing your mother’s skin cinched by a belt of your father’s intestines. I’ll reenact the moments of their deaths for you, over and over, until your brother returns.”
In Ruin of Kings, we meet Kihrin, an orphan raised as a thief & owner of a mysterious cornerstone called The Stone of Shackles. An orphan who happens to be a long-lost royal. Not wanting to be a pawn in his newfound family’s games, he quickly finds himself a slave.
“A witch had summoned a demon, and that demon had ripped part of my soul away, transferring that essence to the cheap tourist bauble the auctioneer now held in his hand. Anyone who carried that damn gaesh charm could command me to do anything they desired. Anything. If I ignored those orders, my reward would be my agonizing death. I would do anything that the holder of my gaesh asked of me, no matter how objectionable, no matter how repugnant. Obey or die. There was no choice.”
I love Kihrin. He’s witty, sarcastic & in a cage when we first meet him. We learn a lot about the world Lyons has built-in A Chorus of Dragons while Kihrin is in that cage. Tossing a rock back and forth with a mimic named Talon. I love Talon too. She is one of my favourite characters in the series. She is an absolute delight, even if she eats people’s brains.
“There are eight Cornerstones. Two stones for each of the four founding races. Each different, each with a different awful set of powers, each meant to usurp one of the Eight Gods. “
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The Name of All Things
You can have everything you want if you sacrifice everything you believe.
Kihrin D’Mon is a wanted man.
Since he destroyed the Stone of Shackles and set demons free across Quur, he has been on the run from the wrath of an entire empire. His attempt to escape brings him into the path of Janel Theranon, a mysterious Joratese woman who claims to know Kihrin.
Janel’s plea for help pits Kihrin against all manner of dangers: a secret rebellion, a dragon capable of destroying an entire city, and Kihrin’s old enemy, the wizard Relos Var.
Janel believes that Relos Var possesses one of the most powerful artifacts in the world―the Cornerstone called the Name of All Things. And if Janel is right, then there may be nothing in the world that can stop Relos Var from getting what he wants.
And what he wants is Kihrin D’Mon.
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After defeating The Big Bad in The Ruin of Kings, Kihrin goes on the hunt for The Black Knight. Enter Janel and Company, who also happen to be seeking out Kihrin. The Name of All Things basically runs in tandem with The Ruin of Kings. Janel fills Kihrin in on what happened while he was enslaved & with the Black Brotherhood. If I were doing a reread, I would read these two books together.
Janel needs Kihrin’s help to defeat a Dragon.
You can’t have a series called A Chorus of Dragons without dragons; there are nine of them in this tale. Yeah, that’s right, nine dragons. Most of which have gone insane. & I mean, who doesn’t want to read a story involving insane dragons? Each dragon was once a human and is unique from the other, as most humans are.
“”Once Morios surfaces from underneath Lake Jorat, he’ll attack Atrine. Thousands will die. Normally the emperor would handle the problem, or the Eight Immortals themselves, but Emperor Sandus is dead, and the gods…” He held out his hands. “The gods are busy battling demons,” Janel finished. “
“Lightning outlined the draconic shape before him. It wasn’t Sharanakal, the volcanic dragon who had sought to keep him prisoner. This was a different dragon, white and gray and silver, blue eyes sparkling gemlike. Staring at him. “
“The dragon spread her wings wide and pulled her head back. She whipped her head forward as razor-sharp ice shards rushed from her huge mouth in a hurricane-force blast. “
The Name of All Things is more action-packed than The Ruin of Kings. I liked The Ruin of Kings more. I’ve decided that is because I am biased. I love Kihrin & although he is still a significant part of The Name of All Things, it’s not his story; it’s Janel’s. As much as I like Janel, I like Kihrin more. Janel did grow on me as the series progressed, but my heart belongs to Kihrin.
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The Memory of Souls
Now that Relos Var’s plans have been revealed and demons are free to rampage across the empire, the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies—and the end of the world—is closer than ever.
To buy time for humanity, Kihrin needs to convince the king of the Manol vané to perform an ancient ritual which will strip the entire race of their immortality, but it’s a ritual which certain vané will do anything to prevent. Including assassinating the messengers.
Worse, Kihrin must come to terms with the horrifying possibility that his connection to the king of demons, Vol Karoth, is growing steadily in strength.
How can he hope to save anyone when he might turn out to be the greatest threat of them all?
The Memory of Souls is when things really get juicy in A Chorus of Dragons. Relos Var has tricked everyone into doing precisely what he wanted, again. Naturally, the Immortals are not happy. Relos Var has been playing them all for fools. From the moment when he created the Immortals, it was part of a bigger game, in which the Immortals didn’t receive the rule book. The Memory of Souls is my favourite of the series, except for The Discord of Gods.
I love how Lyons tells her story and weaves all our main characters’ perspectives together. The underlining format of this series saves it from becoming too overwhelming. Each book has a precis, reminding you exactly what happened in the previous book. Each chapter has vital information about when it takes place and where and to whom it is happening, along with annotations. The characters of A Chorus of Dragons are recording their story for future reference. & we get to go along for the ride. It is a neat writing trick put to good use.
Lyons set up the board in The Ruin of Kings & The Name of All Things, and everything starts to fall into place in The Memory of Souls.
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The House of Always
What if you were imprisoned for all eternity?
In the aftermath of the Ritual of Night, everything has changed.
The Eight Immortals have catastrophically failed to stop Kihrin’s enemies, who are moving forward with their plans to free Vol Karoth, the King of Demons. Kihrin has his own ideas about how to fight back, but even if he’s willing to sacrifice everything for victory, the cost may prove too high for his allies.
Now they face a choice: can they save the world while saving Kihrin, too? Or will they be forced to watch as he becomes the very evil they have all sworn to destroy.
The House of Always honestly is my least favourite of the series. A lot happens in The Memory of Souls, too much, almost. When I said it was juicy, I meant it. So much happens in The Memory of Souls. In comparison, almost nothing happens in The House of Always.
The House of Always takes place in a “time pocket”; nothing happens outside of our character’s location. Nothing. Although a lot is discovered while our friends are together, it was almost dull compared to the other books. What I did like about this whole “time” issue; is that I like time travel. I liked how Lyons used the time aspect. The House of Always brings a sci-fi twist to an already enthralling story.
The House of Always is an emotional story, building the relationships and personas of our secondary characters. It’s all of our nearest and dearest coming together, fighting their inner demons & saving the day and helping their friend, lover, and brother to overcome the darkness and embrace the light.
When The House of Always concludes, we have learned all about the Eight Immortals. We know all about dragons and the cornerstones. And the life cycles of our favourite characters; Who has reincarnated as who. Demons have been explained, and we finally get to the bottom of the mystery of Vol Korath. We finally have most of the puzzle pieces, and everything fits together. Finally, we are armed with information, and our heroes are ready to stop Relos Var once and for all.
Discord of Gods
The Discord of Gods
The end times have come.
Relos Var’s final plans to enslave the universe are on the cusp of fruition. He believes there’s only one being in existence that might be able to stop him: the demon Xaltorath.
As these two masterminds circle each other, neither is paying attention to the third player on the board, Kihrin. Unfortunately, keeping himself classified in the “pawn” category means Kihrin must pretend to be everything the prophecies threatened he’d become: the destroyer of all, the sun eater, a mindless, remorseless plague upon the land. It also means finding an excuse to not destroy the people he loves (or any of the remaining Immortals) without arousing suspicion.
Kihrin’s goals are complicated by the fact that not all of his “act” is one. His intentions may be sincere, but he’s still being forced to grapple with the aftereffects of the corrupted magic ritual that twisted both him and the dragons. Worse, he’s now tied to a body that is the literal avatar of a star – a form that is becoming increasingly, catastrophically unstable. All of which means he’s running out of time.
After all, some stars fade – but others explode.
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The final installment of A Chorus of Dragons was just as impressive as the rest of the story & a fitting conclusion for the series. I could not have been happier with how The Discord of Gods closed the entire tale. It was full of adventure, battles, humour & emotion. Finally, our friends are back together for the final fight against the big bad. And it was beautiful.
” Fourteen thousand years ago, human settlers invaded this dimension from another, fleeing the death of their universe. They were ill-prepared to deal with a world where magic existed and where they could neither easily die nor reproduce. “
” Four thousand years ago, a second invasion occurred, this time by a race of telepathic, incorporeal monsters who thrived on pain and fear. This invasion damaged the barrier between this world and its twin, a shadowy Afterlife from which all souls came and eventually returned. Afterward, humans could be killed and could have children, but this seemed an ill reward for being slowly destroyed by demons they couldn’t fight. “
If you enjoy insane demons, insane talking dragons, and talking horses. Demon kings and queens. Immortal races, witches and body swapping. A touch of SciFi. Mad gods, reincarnated souls and wizards, I beg of you to check this fantastic epic fantasy out.
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A Chorus of Dragons is published by Tor Books.