Previewing ‘The Ruin of Kings’

The Ruin of Kings is a fantastic novel — my one regret is that I was only able to devour the preview instead of the full book. It’s a fantasy tale set in a world that seems similar to Middle Earth. The progression of the novel is compelling, gradually revealing tidbits of details through two timelines. I couldn’t wait to get to each new chapter, to put the pieces together and figure out who our main character really is. 

There are many deep forces in this world tying life, magic, and death together into three realms. The magical aspects are especially fascinating. We meet demons and sorcerers, some as ancient as the land they stand on. We’re introduced to objects with immense, evil powers. A sense of good versus evil lies beneath every page, making you wonder what everyone’s intentions are.

It’s also notable how easy it is to follow along with the world and the characters. So many epic fantasy novels flood you with names, kingdoms, gods, and random beings that are impossible to remember. Here, each character has an obvious purpose and place within the plot.

Overall, there’s an impressive strength in the writing and storytelling that makes The Ruin of Kings a great read. I look forward to flying through the rest of the book as soon as I can get my hands on it.

NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I only publish reviews of books I enjoy, and this novel meets that criterion.

THE RUIN OF KINGS

By Jenn Lyons
Tor Books
Publication Date: February 5, 2019

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Author: Jacob Olson

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