Title: A Ruin of Kings
Author: Jenn Lyons
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 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 things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love, and how the hero always wins.
Then again, maybe he’s not the hero, for Kihrin isn’t destined to save the empire.
He’s destined to destroy it . . .
First, I would like to thank Jean and Jenn for the ARC of the Ruin of Kings in exchange for an honest review. It was a good read, and I really liked it. I’ll provide as little spoilers as possible, so that hopefully you’ll pick it up right after! Let’s get started.
When I was first started the book, I was close to DNF’ing it (seriously). I was so lost in the first few pages, that I didn’t know what was happening. When I got back to speed on the plot, it’s as if the book compelled me to not put it down. It’s great!
If there’s one thing that was a standout to me, it’s the way it was presented, as if someone was taking notes on the entire matter. It was unusual, a standout, kind of had this Red Pyramid/Illuminae thing going on. And it’s something I’ll never get tired of so kudos to the writer! I love the characters, love the way they’re woven into the storyline so effortlessly—none of them seemed awkward, none of them were one dimensional, all of them had their own personalities that just molded with the other and you’ll get it!!
Ruin of Kings is a book filled with adventure and action, enough to have you turning each page every second just to see what happens. You won’t regret it, and I definitely recommend it.
If you want to learn more of the origin of Ruin of Kings plus get to know the AMAZING mind behind it, here’s my interview with Jenn Lyons!
1. When did you want to become a writer?
I’ve written for most of my life, but for most of my life I’d also believed (because everyone constantly told me) that it was my destiny to be an artist. I was an illustrator for many years (and still am on a hobbyist level) before I began to realize I was far happier as a writer.
2. Do you have a favorite character you love writing about?
I have too many to pick just one. After all, if I’m not interested in writing about my characters, why would I expect anyone else to be interested in reading about them?
3. What inspired you to write The Ruin of Kings?
A whole lot of things. The Ruin of Kings didn’t come from one single idea or trigger. But here’s one: what defines whether the prophesied person who is going to destroy a kingdom is the hero or the villain? Would it be obvious to the people who live in that kingdom?
4. Any scenes or characters that you’ve related with from real life?
I am sad to say that at least some of the abuse was pulled from my own experiences, if not in precisely the way depicted in the novel. And maybe I’m just a little too familiar with the blind panic of finding out you have an extremely large extended family you never knew existed.
5. Any advice for young writers?
Don’t stop writing after you’ve finished the first book. I’ve known so many writers who stop writing after they’ve completed a manuscript, thinking that’s all it will take for book offers to descend from heaven. And that’s so rarely true. Keep writing. Even if the book offers do come in, keep writing.
Also, don’t neglect your query letter. Everyone hates writing query letters and I understand that, but they aren’t just a way to find an agent: they’re also a marketing document which will help you throughout the process of publishing your book. A good query letter will continue to useful long after you’ve signed an agent.