Homer's Travels: Book: Jenn Lyons' "The Ruin Of Kings"

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Book: Jenn Lyons' "The Ruin Of Kings"

My second book of the year was my return to the fantasy genre.  It has been a while since I dipped my toe into good ol' Swords and Sorcery type of fiction.   I'm thinking the last real fantasy I read was in 2014 tho I have read a few one shots or the first book of series which were kind of Sword and Sorcery but none ever grabbed my interest.  Unlike those books, Jenn Lyons' "The Ruin of Kings" pulled me in.

The storey follows a very typical fantasy story line of young street kid turns out to be the prophesied hero.  The hero journeys - either voluntarily or not - gathering allies along the way until there is an ultimate encounter with evil.  The stories are almost always the same and it's the little character and world building details that make it interesting or not.

The author does build a compelling world.  The characters are interesting, if not typical for the genre.  The only issue I had was the changing of names resulting from body swapping and the similarity of names due to the naming convention which combined parts of names made it hard to follow who was who and who was related to who.  Other than that it was a good read.

I gave it four stars out of five on Goodreads and I'm looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy.

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