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?”
The Ruin of Kings is a bold and awe-inspiring work. It rattles the bones as it imprints upon the senses battles for the human soul and for ancient kingdoms. Behold a literary maelstrom that will devour you whole.