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The Lyre Thief

(Hythrun Chronicles: War of the Gods #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  596 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Ten years have passed since the events of the Demon Child books that left the god Xaphista dead, the nation Karien without a religion or king and the matriarchal country of Medalon ruled by men. But it is in the kingdoms of the south that things really heat up. When Princess Rakaia of Fardohnya discovers she is not of royal birth, she agrees to marry a much older Hythrun n ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Tor Books
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dokie80 Expected publication: March 8th 2016
Roxanne I just read this. I haven't read any of the other books and the author does an amazing job i didn't realize until I finished this that there were book…moreI just read this. I haven't read any of the other books and the author does an amazing job i didn't realize until I finished this that there were books before this one.(less)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

2016 fantasy releases have been blasting away all my expectations so far, and as a result, we’re not even officially into spring and already I have a long list of contenders for favorite book of the year. The Lyre Thief is most definitely going to be one of those contenders, as I’d known within the first fifty pages. This is a book that captured my attention from the start.

It was also the first time I’ve read Jennifer Fa
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Bringing to mind the days when fantasy by the likes of Barbara Hambly, David Eddings, and Stephen R. Donaldson dominated the bookstore shelves, The Lyre Thief is a triumph of that type of classic storytelling; a masterful amalgamation of traditional themes, colorful characters and divine beings which will entertain even the most demanding fantasy aficionado out there.

Told through multiple points of view, this first installment of the Hythrun Chronicles: War of
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, 2016, fantasy
Re-read February 2016
It's been a long time since the days of my starry eyed Beta review (see below), but I loved this book - as I do all of Fallon's - so of course I purchased my own 'official' copy now the book is published and had a re-read. I enjoyed this book as much now as I did back in 2014!

I'm not much of one to recount plot, but to sum it up in a few words we have a harem, hidden identities, revenge, romance, and intrigue, all on an epic fantasy scale. But in the interests of me being
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Sadly a DNF because life is too short to read confusing clichés..
Why confusing? Because I feel like I crashed a party at midnight, I was aware that this is a part of an overarching series, but at least this is a first book in an independent trilogy.. Still, introducing the world still felt like a dump of recaped info..
Why cliché? The plot introduced in the first couple of chapters was very engaging but then the way it went did not catch my attention, and the few things that held my interest wer
Where have I been that I have not read Jennifer Fallon's books before? She is such a fantastic writer of top quality fantasy fiction! Along with a number of titles, she has previously written the 'Demon Child' and 'Wolfblade' series both set in the the same world as 'The Lyre Thief' and collectively known as 'The Hythrun Chronicles'. Despite this being my first foray into that world, it did not take long to come up to speed with the characters, their realms and relationships, although if you hav ...more
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received The Lyre Thief from Tor for review- it was a great surprise to find it randomly in my mailbox one day. Prior to this I hadn’t heard of Jennifer Fallon or her previous books, though I’m extremely glad I had the chance to read this book. I have plans to go back and read her other works, which are set in the same world and feature many of the characters that make appearances in The Lyre Thief. This book was a stunning work of fantasy, with a rich plot, captivating characters, and a deep ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Stolen music, a dangerous switch, and an even more dangerous game is afoot.

Opening Sentence: “Were it not for the voices in his head, Mica would have been incredibly lonely.”

The Review:

Naveen wonders why Princess Sophanny is so desperate to have her daughter married to an old man, but he believes her when she says it is because of what will happen when the heir inherits. He knows that she is leaving something out, but he isn’t sure what. However
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full review at The Speculative Herald:

4.5/5 stars

The Lyre Thief by Jennifer Fallon is packed full of all my fantasy favorites. Assassins, thieves, undesirable arranged marriages, scandalous secrets, switched identities, bandits, magic. Oh, and dragons. It checks lots of boxes, and honestly, it does it all quite well.

I quickly became engrossed with the characters. The story is told through numerous POVs, but all are done well and all provide clearer insigh
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Lyre Thief is the first of Jennifer Fallon's books I've read but it won't be the last since it is thoroughly enjoyable! It follows several characters, most of whom are quite interesting, but the highlight is following Charisee pretending to be Princess Rakaia. I loved Charisee, who is kind, outspoken, and clever; her story is both fun (especially when conversing with the God of Liars, who takes an interest in her situation) and heartbreaking. I'm really looking forward to the second book in ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am completely surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! My one complaint is that without reading the previous series, there are times when I was definitely playing catch up on information other readers would have known already. However, despite not normally liking a politically driven plot, I loved how vivid all of these characters were and all their separate adventures. The world is rich and expansive, the gods entertaining in their meddling, and I was never once bored!
Anika Claire
Took me a while to get through this one but I really love this world and the way that Jennifer Fallon writes! I haven't read any of the previous series, and while I felt that I was missing some of the references to past events, it didn't get in the way of this story. Great stuff!

Review posted on Tea in the Treetops in June 2016:

The Lyre Thief is the first in a new trilogy, set in Jennifer Fallon’s lands of Medalon, Hythria and Fardohnya. High-stakes political fantasy is woven together with famil
Ariana Fae
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE LYRE THEIF by Jennifer Fallon was one of best fantasy novels I have read this year, and I have lost count on how many books I did not finish, so this was a great surprise. It was wonderful re-visiting old friends from the Hythrun world and making new ones. Although the story revolves Rakaia and Charisee, I have to say the stand out character of the book was Liam. Liam had me smiling at his kind heartiness, not what you expect from an assassin and he described himself perfectly in the book-a ...more
Erin Arkin
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series
The Lyre Thief by Jennifer Fallon is the first book in the Hythrun Chronicles series and once I started this book, I had a tough time putting it down. Fallon created a story that took me on a journey right along with her characters and once I hit the last page, I wanted the next book so I could see what happens next.

The world that Fallon has developed here is built around her characters and she did a wonderful job of exposing the different customs and beliefs along the way. What I didn’t get wa
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The latest installment from my favorite author! The Lyre Thief is the first of a sequel series to Fallon's Hythrun Chronicles. The chronological first three of those, The Wolfblade Trilogy, are absolutely amazing works of art. Next, The Demon Child Trilogy is her first published work, and pretty good, though no where near as polished as the later series. This new book is certainly a fun read, but there is a lot of rehashing what went on before, because the story is in a large way a direct fall o ...more
Feb 18, 2016 added it
There are multiple character POV's that are incredibly intricately woven. I began to worry that I was not going to be able to fill in plot holes left by the last series but it quickly became apparent I need not fear. Fallon does a great job of informing the readers with out loads just strait info dumpage. The epicness of what is going down is incredibly easy to grasp yet still very intriguing at the same time. I can't stress enough just how broad a picture she is able to paint.This review was or ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-review
Epic - review on 2/18
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This is the first book I've read by this author, and though it's the first in it's series, it clearly follows after the events of other books in other series. I didn't feel the need to have read the earlier books, except that one of the story lines - and the one I enjoyed the least - is about R'shiel, (Whose name makes me think of poison ivy. Sorry), and her quest to get Brak back from the land of the dead. I'm sure I'd have cared more if I'd read the earlier books about those two. What I did ca ...more
Monalisa Sharma
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! It has so many characters and so many stories. So much is going on in the present, so much has happened in the past. It was hard to keep track of all the events, but the story was intriguing and that kept my brain motivated to memorize the incidents and the characters associated. Although at times, it was hard to connect the names to the character and the backdrop, yet it was an amazing reading experience.

Hats off to writer Jennifer Fallon. This is the first book that I read and later
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, medalon
This book was hard to put down, but I still can't find it in my heart to give it 5 stars. It found a novel way around not explaining what had happened in previous series's, which made me grin. The action built up slowly, introducing characters and then starting to weave plot twists around them. While I found some of them rather unlikable, nevertheless, this is the first book in at least a trilogy, so I can't see any resolution happening for some time yet. The cliffhanger ending was just mean, so ...more
Bec (becklebooks)
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's a spoiler free review! :D
Tsana Dolichva
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lyre Thief by Jennifer Fallon is the first book in a new series, The War of the Gods, set in the same world as the Hythrun Chronicles and the Demon Child Trilogy. It is set about ten years after the events in the Demon Child Trilogy and features many characters from both older series, as well as several new characters.

I have always been a fan of Fallon's books, since I first read the Second Sons trilogy, and my enjoyment of her writing has not wavered with this new addition. If you are famil
Mar 22, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: for-trade
*finished copy kindly provided by Tor Books*

I'm over the halfway point, but I am just... DONE. I WAS enjoying this in the beginning and when I posted the map on Instagram. But I'm certain that had more to do with my curiosity regarding certain aspects than actually liking the book and characters. There are three reasons why this one didn't work for me. 1) This book is the 3rd series set in this specific world, so not only did I feel like I was missing SO MUCH, but I ended up wanting to read the
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Leave it to Jennifer Fallon to get me out of a reading slump. I devoured this book in less than 48 hours, and that is not a rare occurrence with a Jennifer Fallon novel. I've read almost every book she has published and reading one of her books is an experience akin to a junkie needing to get their fix (just one more chapter...). The Lyre Thief is no exception. Even though it is set 10 years after the end of thr Demon Child Trilogy, you don't need to read them to understand what's going on in th ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I received an e copy from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

I read this without reading the previous series and I had no problems following along. This story is very well-written and the author does a great job using multiple POV's. I was very much invested in the characters, especially Charisee and Kiam. The story flowed very well. The scenery is very vivid and detailed. Political intrigue, a Princess and mother who will do anything to protect her past and her daughters future, an assassi
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Heart

I loved the World blade chronicles so much I actually wanted to name my first born Marla.

This book was the perfect continuation of Fallon's universe and I love Mica and Adri and oh hell the lot of them.

...I hope Aja survives. I want to know who Kalan had sex with. I want the beast child to spend all his time with the Defenders. I want Marla to start a war. I want so many things.

Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
yesterday i received a copy of Jennifer Fallon's new book the lyre thief from the lady her self to give feed back as a beta reader if you have never read her work its a must the world building and the characters are well thought out and 3 dimensional as for the book its self i loved it and i really cant wait for the next one
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a beta-reader for this book last summer. This book as an excellent continuation and we got to reunite with old beloved characters and meet new characters. Definitely would recommend it to all Jennifer Fallon fans and would suggest readers of fantasy to invest in the first book, Medalon.

I plan on purchasing and rereading the book once released and will elaborate further later.
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book. I could gush about it forever but I'd probably run out of characters long before I was properly done with the review and still have more to write. This new start to the series will hopefully end as solidly as it started and I can't wait to read the next book, whenever it comes out, hopefully sooner rather than later.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It breaks my heart that I didn't love this one. The original Demon Child trilogy was one of the first fantasy series I fell hard for and I was so excited to return to the world. But this book was just so overwhelmingly ok. Prose, characters and plot were all serviceable but that's about it. It was great to see the original crew again but nostalgia isn't enough.
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly disappointing. I expected far much more than this book delivered. The entire storyline doesn't give the impression of being well thought-out. The characters aren't so well developed. Plus the themes aren't intriguing enough. Not good enough for me.
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Fallon is the author of 17 full-length bestselling novels and a number of published short stories in genres ranging from horror to science fiction.

In addition to 4 complete fantasy series - The Demon Child trilogy, The Hythrun Chronicles, the Second Sons Trilogy,The Tide Lords Quadrilogy and the Rift Runners series - Fallon has written both a tie-novel and short fiction for the TV series, Stargat

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Hythrun Chronicles: War of the Gods (4 books)
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