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The Name of All Things

Series: A Chorus of Dragons, Book 2
Length: 25 hrs and 46 mins
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"Everything epic fantasy should be: rich, cruel, gorgeous, brilliant, enthralling and deeply, deeply satisfying. I loved it." (Lev Grossman on The Ruin of Kings)

You 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

A Chorus of Dragons
1: The Ruin of Kings
2: The Name of All Things 

©2019 Jennifer Williamson (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Fantastic sequel

The Name of All Things managed to be even better and more surprising than The Ruin of Kings. Readers are thrown in different directions trying to piece the story together just to have all their expectations thrown out of the window.
Now I’m even more intrigued to see what Jenn Lyons has up her sleeve.
I liked the former narrator ( the one that did Kihrin’s voice in RoK better) but the new one are good too.

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Read. This. Book!

After The Ruin of Kings I knew to expect something amazingly epic from this book, what I wasn't certain of is how it would be structured.

It's no secret that the first book does some really interesting things with structure and point of view. I'm both pleased and surprised to see that this one is both similarly structured and also largely occurs prior or simultaneous to the first book.

Once again, we have three separate narrators for the audiobook, which actually works really well with how the novel is structured. Each narrator is skilled with a strong assortment of distinct voices. They are all very good with vocal inflections and tempo changes.

I really only have two comments. First, none of the narrators do well with opposite-gender voices. The best of them is merely passable. Second, while I understand the reason for the choices made, with the structure of this novel I really feel that the audiobook would have been better served as a full-cast recording rather than merely shifting narrators with POV changes.

If anything, I honestly think this book might be even better than The Ruin of Kings was.

I love almost every character here. Kieran is an amazing character whose back story is just incredible. Janell is, if anything, even more interesting. And I'm not ashamed to admit that a part of me fell just a little bit in love with her.

The new culture (sorry, no clue how to spell it) is so amazing. The way it merges knighthood, honor, and horses into a coherent culture is both fascinating and incredible.

And let me just say that I find the fire bloods absolutely amazing! The whole idea of what they are is so fascinating.

On a side note (no pun intended), I found the footnotes in this book much more appropriate and entertaining (and less awkward and info-dumpy) than those in The Ruin of Kings.

I don't recall if I fully processed this in The Ruin of Kings or not, but the basis for what gods and dragons are in this world is both amazing and surprisingly unique!

There are a few revelations herein that were truly staggering. If there's anything that Jenn Lyons does better than anything else, it's probably the twist. There are so many amazing twists in these books, each one completely reframing everything we thought we knew!

I think my biggest shock is that even after everything he's done, I find myself identifying with Relos Varr and really liking him as a character.

But the Dragon! Oh, the Dragon! Maurios is such a fascinating dragon! Between his physical form, the nature of his special breath, his personality, and his weakness (to say nothing of his familial connections!), I am completely blown away. I think he is legitimately the most original, most unique, most creative dragon I've ever read about!

Now, criticisms...
Hmmm.
Do I even have any?

Just one. Although I understand the reason for it, I found the single short bout of present tense both jarring and awkward.

Now, the ending.
Although I would have liked to see a longer climax with a bit more wrapup afterward, I can't deny that the ending comes together brilliantly, tying all the disparate threads together, and far exceeds any level of epicness that I might have expected or asked for.

I can't imagine any reader not enjoying these books unless you are so dead set on standard structure or a particular POV style that you aren't willing to consider anything different.

I, myself, am normally not at all fond of first person narratives. But this book, just like the first and a small handful of others, pulls off the first person parts so brilliantly and with such a compelling voice that I couldn't help loving it.