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 (Goodreads, 2019).
Jenn Lyon’s “The Name of All Things” is definitely a book you need to take your time reading. She creates a very intricate world with numerous characters and unique cultures so it can be a lot to process. That being said I absolutely loved this book and am enjoying the Chorus of Dragons series as a whole.
Having read the first book in the series, “The Ruin of Kings”, I’m starting to see certain patterns that the author follows. In both books, we have a past and present storyline told by two different narrators. Ultimately, the two stories converge and progress into a “future” storyline. Also I’ve noticed that the title of each book refers to an item and/or artifact that plays an important role in the story.
“The Name of All Things” refers to a stone that can grant the owner the answers to any question they have. This book is also primarily the story of Janel Danorak, whom Kihrin, as well as the reader, met in the afterlife towards the end of “The Ruin of Kings”. I found the character intriguing and really enjoyed getting to know her backstory in this book. Janel and Kihrin come across as the classic case of opposites attract. Kihirin is a survivor and is often not above shady dealings. Janel on the other hand values her honor above all else and struggles when it is likely to be compromised. The two definitely clash and at the same time the sparks are undeniable.
Another thing I enjoyed about this story was seeing how the characters in book one are connected with those in book two. There were definitely a few relationships that I could not have foreseen while I was reading the first book.
I also loved how Jenn Lyons presents good and evil as less than clear cut. Even two books into this series I’m not sure if the main characters are the heroes or the villains of this story. The same goes for the gods and Relos Var. While reading this book, I was reminded a lot of the plot twist at the end of season 7 of Game of Thrones. I found myself wondering if the author is going for something similar here, leading us to believe that the villains are actually the heroes up until the very end of the story. And speaking of surprises, I did not see that ending coming at all. Poor Janel is going to be heartbroken when she finds out! It just goes to show how clever and seductive Relos Var can be.
Although I genuinely enjoyed this book, I have two small criticisms. First, there are a lot of characters to keep track of in this series and I think it would have been helpful to have a character guide somewhere in the book to help refresh one’s memory at times. Second, I’m not a fan of the Kihrin/Janel/Teraeth love triangle that the author seems to be setting up. In my opinion, it doesn’t really add anything to the story.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and give it a 5 out of 5. If you are a fan of Game of Thrones or enjoy a series with a lot of world building, then this is a great book for you.
Quotes I Found Significant:
As an old friend used to say, I only become romantically involved with those who can beat the pants off me in a fight”Kihrin, “The Name of All Things”
If I’m a monster than anyone who opposes me is by logical deduction a hero… It’s not that simple.”Relos Var, “The Name of All Things”
He [Relos Var] seems so responsible that’s the hardest part. You find yourself wondering if you’re the one who’s being unfair”Brother Qowyn, “The Name of All Things”
Hope you enjoyed this review! Would you be interested in reading this book? Have you read anything similar?
For my review of “The Ruin of Kings”, book 1 of the Chorus of Dragons series, click here