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Things Heat Up for Kihrin and His Companions in Jenn Lyons’ “The Memory of Souls”

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Plot Summary:

Now that Relos Var’s plans have been revealed and demons are free to rampage across the empire, the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies—and the end of the world—is closer than ever.

To buy time for humanity, Kihrin needs to convince the king of the Manol vané to perform an ancient ritual which will strip the entire race of their immortality, but it’s a ritual which certain vané will do anything to prevent. Including assassinating the messengers.

Worse, Kihrin must come to terms with the horrifying possibility that his connection to the king of demons, Vol Karoth, is growing steadily in strength.

How can he hope to save anyone when he might turn out to be the greatest threat of them all?( Goodreads, 2020)

Review:

Jenn Lyons continues her world building in Book 3 of her Chorus of Dragons series. I feel that with each book we get to see another piece of the intricate world she has created. In this book we finally get to see the semi legendary Vane kingdom, home of Kihrin’s birth mother, Keriel. In addition to getting to explore more of this world I thought that having Kihrin meet his mother’s people somewhat brought his journey full circle since he had begun book 1 by meeting and dealing with his father’s people.

Another thing I enjoyed in this book was how seamlessly Jennifer Lyons has woven these different characters together in terms of the plot. A gripe I had with George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire was that with so many characters it’s easy to forget the importance of characters we haven’t seen in a while. Yet Jenn Lyons manages to re-introduce characters we haven’t seen in a while in such a way that not only do we remember who they are, but they end up having an important role to play in the overall plot. For example, Tallon the Mimic provides Kihrin with some unexpected assistance and Kihrin is also reunited with his birth parents, Keriel and Theron.

“The Memory of Souls” being the middle of the series means that we finally get some answers as to the origins of Vol Karoth and the battle between the 8 Immortals and Relos Var. I really like how with this information neither the gods nor Relos Var can easily be identified as either the hero or the villain, because both sides have somewhat valid reasons for what they are doing. I think it would have been too easy if the good guys were so easy to spot and after all we learned in the first book that the immortals are all too fallible.

I will say that unlike in Book 2 the Janel-Kihrin-Teraeth love triangle is starting to grow on me. This is mostly, because it’s become less a competition now between Kihrin and Teraeth and more of three people who genuinely love one another.

As with the other two books, I didn’t see that ending coming. Kihrin is just so good at doing the unexpected! I really hope there is a happy ending for him somehow, because I just love him as a character! Definitely a 5 out of 5 read. If you love books with great world building then this is a must read for you

Quotes I Enjoyed:

More and more I wish I didn’t remember who I used to be. People shouldn’t remember their past lives. It hasn’t done me any favors.”

Teraeth

It turns out you don’t automatically get a happy ending just because you’re the hero of the story.”

Thurvashar

That kiss was perfect. It lasted forever. It was over in a second

Kihrin

Would love to hear your thoughts! If you haven’t read this series please check out my reviews of Book 1 and Book 2.