A gritty and fierce fantasy... The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons (Interview & #Giveaway)

Welcome to my tour stop (check out all the stops here)! I'm sharing
an interview with the author along with the tour giveaway below...

The Ruin of Kings
(A Chorus of Dragons #1)
By Jenn Lyons
Adult Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 560 Pages
February 5th 2019 by Tor Books


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 . . .

Uniting the worldbuilding of a Brandon Sanderson with the storytelling verve of a Patrick Rothfuss, debut author Jenn Lyons delivers an entirely new and captivating fantasy epic. Prepare to meet the genre’s next star.  


"[A] jaw-dropping, action-packed story of betrayal, greed, and grand-scale conspiracy . . . Lyons ties it all together seamlessly to create literary magic. Epic fantasy fans looking for a virtually un-put-down-able read should look no further." ―Kirkus, starred review

"Rich, cruel, gorgeous, brilliant, enthralling and deeply, deeply satisfying. I loved it." ―Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

“It was one hell of a ride. I gobbled it up and was hungry for more.” ―Glen Cook, author of The Black Company

“The Ruin of Kings is a fascinating story about a compellingly conflicted young hero in an intriguingly complex world.” ―L. E. Modesitt, Jr., author of the Recluse series

"A thriller plot of revenge and loyalty with a get-under-your-skin and keep-you-reading-all-night mysetery at its heart. I loved it."―John Gwynne, author of Malice

"The Ruin of Kings revs up with the glitz of a high-speed, multi-level video game, with extreme magic and a teen hero with angst." ―Janny Wurts, author of The Curse of the Mistwraith

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What inspired you to write THE RUIN OF KINGS?

I seldom have a single inspiration for what I write (I tend to draw from a lot of varied influences) but here’s one inspiration: as someone who grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons, I found myself questioning the mechanics of resurrection and outer planes which are so taken for granted in table-top RPGs. What does the relatively common-place ability to raise people from the dead really do to a society’s relationship with death? And who controls this? What does this do to the balance of power in a world?

Would you tell us a little more about your main character?

Kihrin is the most well-intentioned anti-hero I’ve ever written. He’s genuinely trying to do the right thing, trying to be a good person, which is rather at odds with a world that keeps saying he has to be something other than a good person to survive and succeed.

What do you love the most about this story?

I love that it gradually became a conversation about consent. That’s not necessarily obvious, but as the story evolved it more and more became about the freedom to decide one’s own choices, in face of a number of situations where others would rather force their own perceived authority.

What is the world like in THE RUIN OF KINGS?

While it’s not horrible everywhere, it’s certainly horrible in a lot of places. From the very beginning I knew that I wanted Quur to be a place that was far from idyllic, and that led to the rest of the world being…well, not much better. Quur itself is theoretically ruled by an Emperor, but in reality, the day-to-day decisions are made by a council elected by an oligarchy of extremely rich wizard families who control various economic monopolies. They have no one’s well-being at heart but their own.

What genre do you read the most, and any favorite authors?

I mostly read fantasy and science-fiction with occasional forays into mysteries. My favorite authors? That’s a long list. There’s some amazing talents out there right now. Let’s start with N.K. Jemisin, Max Gladstone, Kate Elliot, Robert Jackson Bennett, Yoon Ha Lee, Mur Lafferty, Alexandra Roland…seriously, this list goes on for a while.

What are you working on next?

I’m currently finishing the third book in this series (two more to go after that.) After that, we’ll see.

About the Author

Jenn Lyons lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three cats, and a lot of opinions on anything from the Sumerian creation myths to the correct way to make a martini. At various points in her life, she has wanted to be an archaeologist, anthropologist, architect, diamond cutter, fashion illustrator, graphic designer, or Batman. Turning from such obvious trades, she is now a video game producer by day, and spends her evenings writing science fiction and fantasy. When not writing, she can be founding debating the Oxford comma and Joss Whedon’s oeuvre at various local coffee shops.


Tour-Wide Giveaway

- 2 Winners will receive an Exclusive THE RUIN OF KINGS by Jenn Lyons Gift Box (ARC, A Dragon Pint Glass and a Dragon Bookmark).
- 2 Winners will receive a Copy of THE RUIN OF KINGS by Jenn Lyons.
- Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter | Ends February 19, 2019

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