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.
I finished reading The Name of All Things a couple of weeks ago and have been a bit behind in my blog posts. Part of the reason why I didn’t post on this one straight away is because I don’t know if I can put into the right words, how much I loved this book. I will try though…
So, if you didn’t know, I absolutely adored the first book – The Ruin of Kings. We were introduced to Kihrin, who is just the cutest, snarkiest little cinnamon roll there is, as well as an incredibly diverse world, demons, dragons and gods. I didn’t read the synopsis for The Name of All Things so I actually had no idea who was going to be in this book or what it was going to be about. (As an aside, I never read the synopsis of books. If I see something that looks even remotely stressful in the synopsis, I won’t read it because #anxiety).
I managed to read this 589 page beauty in a little over a week, and let me tell you, that is actually a really BIG deal. I am a slow reader, and generally a book this size can take me up to a month to finish. But I couldn’t put this one down because so much was happening that I had to constantly keep turning the pages.
I will admit, I was initially disappointed that Janel and Qown were the alternating PoV’s. I only wanted Kihrin, but to be honest, this is mostly just due to me hating change. Once I got over that small hurdle, I really got into both PoV’s, however I have to say that I definitely preferred Janel. Janel is a fucking badass. She is physically strong, smart and just an overall awesome character, and I loved seeing her progression through the story.
Janel’s story pretty much happens in line with Kihrin’s timeline in The Ruin of Kings, and I loved how their paths intertwined in various ways throughout The Name of All Things. There were some pretty big revelations, so it was fun to see Kihrin’s reactions (or how he didn’t react in some cases because he can be a bit dense with certain things….or people). I loved seeing how everything came together by the end, leaving us waiting for the final book next year.
My only criticism is that I wasn’t a massive fan of some of the footnotes. I found some of them to be just a bit unnecessary, and while I get that it was to add some humour, at times it annoyed me a little bit. It’s not that big of an issue though, and definitely doesn’t affect my rating.
Overall, The Name of All Things was so freaking awesome, and it was a really, really solid sequel. It has left me super excited for the final book, and even more in love with Kihrin. My only request for the final book is GIVE ME MORE TERAETH.
Thank you Pan MacMillan Australia for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.