Helen Francelj

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  • The Ruin of Kings

  • Written by: Jenn Lyons
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin, Vikas Adam, Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up on storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn't what the storybooks promised. He also discovers that the storybooks have lied about a lot of other things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love, and how the hero always wins. Then again, maybe he’s not the hero, for Kihrin is not destined to save the empire. He’s destined to destroy it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Magical hero story

  • By Helen Francelj on 2019-03-02

Magical hero story

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Reviewed: 2019-03-02

Very engaging story once you get past the unique story perspective. The story jumps between narrators and timelines.
Our hero Kihrin, orphan and thief raised in a brothel as the adopted son of a blind musician turns out to be a kidnapped son of a high lord. Insert magic, dragons, demons, revenge, treason, slavery, death/resurrection, a few prophesies, some fantastical races and gods and this will give you the ruin of kings.
I found it a wonderfully spun story where it is quite apparent that even with the help of the goddess of luck our hero isn’t coming out on top. Can’t wait to find out what comes next.

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