Book Review – The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

the name of all thingsYou can have everything you want if you sacrifice everything you believe.

Kihrin D’Mon is a wanted man.

Since he destroyed the Stone of Shackles and set demons free across Quur, he has been on the run from the wrath of an entire empire. His attempt to escape brings him into the path of Janel Theranon, a mysterious Joratese woman who claims to know Kihrin.

Janel’s plea for help pits Kihrin against all manner of dangers: a secret rebellion, a dragon capable of destroying an entire city, and Kihrin’s old enemy, the wizard Relos Var.

Janel believes that Relos Var possesses one of the most powerful artifacts in the world―the Cornerstone called the Name of All Things. And if Janel is right, then there may be nothing in the world that can stop Relos Var from getting what he wants.

And what he wants is Kihrin D’Mon.

Jenn Lyons continues the Chorus of Dragons series with The Name of All Things, the epic sequel to The Ruin of Kings.

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I recieved this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Again I really enjoyed this – there’s something about this series and Lyons’ writing that works very well for me. I also liked that it covered a lot of the same timeline as the first book. This confused me at first, as the “real time” parts are 3 days after the end of the first book and I hadn’t managed to separate that from the story being told (even though that is clearly in the past!) but it was fun to line events up with what happened in the first book.

Having said all that, what worked amazingly in the Ruin of Kings works slightly less well here. A dual narrative but instead of related but separate stories, we get two people telling the same story. I liked it but didn’t love it as much as the first one for that.

The story itself was fun, and I particularly liked the gender politics of the Joratese and how Janel explains it all. I also loved her for being in way over her head but going with it all anyway lol.

I felt a little jarred occasionally by the asides in the present day, and especially so at the end where it fully transitioned to it. That said the ending was great. You *know* Relos Var is up to something and it’s fun to watch it play out.

Plus we get to see more cornerstones! I love how we see their pros and cons – they are powerful but not all powerful. It’s very cleverly done and the concepts of what they can do is brilliant.

I’m really looking forward to book three which I believe will be the culmination of events from the first two with the characters from both books – so if you are sad the name of all things isn’t a continuation, that’s what you’re waiting for!

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Buy The Name of All Things from Amazon UK.

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