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John

John Scritchfield spends his days wrangling three future readers and his nights wearing costumes and pretending to hit people with blunt weaponry. There is very little money it. He holds an MFA in Acting, which he puts to use by teaching at a Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and as the Creative Director for the Calvin Theatre CompanyIn his free time, he enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, reading, writing, and spending time with his wife, three children, and two cats (Jasnah and Vin). Oh, he's also the new Booknest Admin.

Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination. 

This is the first ideal of the Knights Radiant, a legendary military organization purportedly blessed with supernatural powers by the Almighty. Revered in their time, the people of Roshar once considered the Heralds, the ten leaders of the Knights Radiants, as divinities until they betrayed humanity, forsook their oaths, and disappeared. Centuries later, their names are still whispered in awe and disdain in this world of storms and stone. All that remains of them are their Shardblades and Shardplate, mystical weapons and suits of armor worth kingdoms.

Jenn Lyons’ The Name of All Things is the sequel to The Ruin of Kings and the second book in the A Chorus of Dragons series. Unlike the first book, which followed the story of Kihrin D’Mon, The Name of All Things primarily tells the story of Janel Theranon, a mysterious character introduced near the end of The Ruin of Kings. The stories happen nearly concurrently with the majority of the interlude chapters moving forward the timeline while the last quarter of the book advances their collective narrative.

Dear gentle readers out in social isolation, if you are anything like me, you have likely been turning to your comforts in this time of uncertainty: fantasy, weapons, fighting, bacon. Or you know…other things like alcohol, chocolate, movies, and most definitely books. My first quarantine review is for none other than The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons, a book which asks the question, “What if you weren’t the hero?