Wednesday 24 November 2021

Book Review: The Name of All Things (A Chorus of Dragons #2) by Jenn Lyons (Fantasy)

Title: The Name of All Things (A Chorus of Dragons #2)
Author: Jenn Lyons
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: 2020 (2019)
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

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.


I confess, it took me a little while to get into this second book in the A Chorus of Dragons series, I think because of the change in narrators. While The Ruin of Kings was narrated by Kihrin and Talon, The Name of All Things is narrated by Janel and Qown, and for the first third of the book, I was awaiting the return of Kihrin's narration. However, once I got about 150 pages in, I had settled down with the new POV characters and began to get into the story once again. The Name of All Things picks up right where the first book left off, and soon there was plenty of action and chaos taking place. Once I got used to them, I enjoyed getting to know the new characters and seeing how they slotted into what had happened in the first book, before bringing us up to date in the timeline by the end for an epic battle scene. The world building continued strong in this volume, extending what we learnt in the first book and hinting at things still to come, and despite my tentative start with it, by the time I turned the last page, I was left eager to read on to book three to see what will happen next. This was a solid four-star read for me.

I received this book as a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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