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The Name of All Things

(A Chorus of Dragons #2)

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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
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Hardcover, 589 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Tor Books
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Petrik
ARC & Review Copy provided by my friend—Traveling Cloak—and the publisher—Tor UK—in exchange for an honest review.

The Name of All Things is vast, complex, and engrossing; a wonderful improvement over its predecessor.

It’s quite surreal to think that Jenn Lyons released her debut, The Ruin of Kings, at the beginning of this year and a week from now its sequel, The Name of All Things, will be published to the world as well. Some of you may be familiar with The Rureview.
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Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads
I absolutely loved The Ruin of Kings, so to get an early copy into my hands was a gift from the gods. The Name of All Things picks up pretty much directly after The Ruin of Kings, with Kihrin having found himself in Jorat after needing to leave Quur because he maybe, hypothetically, technically killed the Emperor. But it wouldn't be the Chorus of Dragons series if Kihrin caught a break, soon enough he finds himself roped into killing a dragon - among other things.

"If you hear my dyin/>
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Laura
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you very much to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing a review copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

The Name of All Things is the epic sequel to a fantasy book that has already become an all-time favourite of mine. The Ruin of Kings was a stunning and complex novel with badass characters and a phenomenal storyline that kept me gripped to the page. A book such as this would be difficult to top, but Jenn Lyons manages to do just that with The Name of All Things.

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Freya Marske
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
For my money, this is even better than the first book in the series. It's smoother and faster, with a much more straightforward narrative, and it contains all the things I loved best about book 1 (snark! dragons! footnotes! more snark!) plus: incredible action scenes, the badass horse-girl protagonist of my heart, some AMAZINGLY compelling villains, and the burgeoning spark of a three-way romantic tangle in which I am now deeply invested.

(Read in ARC form because I'm lucky and I know
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Amy Imogene Reads
Aug 31, 2019 is currently reading it
The book gods heard my confused yet impressed rage and clearly wanted to put me out of my misery—I have an ARC! The Ruin of Kings (book 1) absolutely wrecked me as a reader. I couldn’t forget it. It was infuriatingly obtuse, clever, and convoluted—and yet I loved it. I am SO interested in what will happen in this one.

Thank you to TOR for sending me an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

Bob
When I read The Ruin of Kings back in March I called it the best epic fantasy I have read in ages, a complex story that was so much more than the sum of its parts. The only book to have challenged it (so far, at least) for year’s best is The Priory of the Orange Tree, but that’s a serious toss-up. My first thought upon finishing the final chapter is that The Name of All Things isn’t quite in the same category as either of those books, but it’s good . . . and as sequels go, it’s really good.
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Marta Cox
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Have you ever wished you could save the world ? Well Kihrin almost destroyed his when he released not just slaves but Demons as well. This is the second book in this series and as it follows Kihrin on his journey we learn about others who have a vested interest in Kihrin and a rather special blade he carries. Janel has been waiting for Kihrin but she's a woman of secrets and surprises. Let's be honest here Janel is awesome ok she's not perfect but I'd certainly buy her a pint ! I'm not entirely ...more
Kayla
Oct 19, 2019 marked it as owned-to-read
Shelves: 2019-releases, arc
If you wondered what my reading plans are after finishing Oathbringer it's reading book one of this series so I can get to the ARC before release day

Thank you so much to Tor for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Lizy
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Note: I requested this ARC directly from Tor on the first day I saw it was available through Edelweiss (I just wanted a hard copy so I didn't get it directly through Edelweiss). A ridiculously huge thank you to the publisher & the author. I am fully aware that I am probably the first person to finish this book who isn't a personal friend of Jenn Lyons or an employee at Tor--at the very least I am the first person to write a written review and I would never, ever forgive myself for spoiling a ...more
TheMilkMaid
....i loved loved loved book 1 and i came for kihrin....this book was not about kihrin it was about janel. janel is so-so, her story however was mindnumbingly boring. no one is more upset about this low rating than me, trust me. this series was going to be one of my favourites. maybe less janel next time? maybe.
Laura
Sept 27, 2019: I need this immediately! I requested an ARC on Netgalley; currently pleading to all the book Powers-that-be that it’s approved 🤞🙏🙏

October 29, 2019: well, Tor approved me - on release date 🙃🙃 diving in cuz I need to know what happens!!
Eric Allen
Nov 20, 2019 is currently reading it
"What's that," asked the author. "You absolutely loved the characters from the first book. Yeah. Fuck you. They're not in this one."

"What's that," asked the author again. "You were really into the story of the first book, and couldn't wait to find out what happened next? Well, fuck you twice. This book has nothing to do with anything that happened in the first book, even though, you know, the apocalypse just started and all."

Raise your hand if you HATE when authors do thi
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CR
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I know your thinking you didn't care for the first book why did you read the second. Well I have to say that although I didn't really care that much for the first book I was kind of invested to see where it was going. I have to say that I am happy that I did. Where book one was very confusing on how it was written you could see how far this author has gone for this title. I loved it!! I still think that this series needs to get a little better but this was SO much better than book one. I won't g ...more
Kevin Potter
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After The Ruin of Kings I knew to expect something amazingly epic from this book, what I wasn't certain of is how it would be structured.

It's no secret that the first book does some really interesting things with structure and point of view. I'm both pleased and surprised to see that this one is both similarly structured and also largely occurs prior or simultaneous to the first book.

Once again, we have three separate narrators for the audiobook, which actually works real
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jonathan finn
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A big step up..

This is book 2 of chorus of dragons do not attempt to read this without reading book one I did and I have a fairly good memory when it comes to remembering plots and story points ext and I was still completely lost for the first 60 pages or so.
Like the first book this is set in a high fantasy world where 12 royal families function like quasi corporations under the emperor, an ancient prophecy about a hell warrior is starting to come to fruition and a ancient evil is on
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Jordan Shiveley
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
So I finished reading The Name of All Things (sequel to Ruin of Kings) in the wee hours of this morning and what a wild ride! Fanged horses, hellmarches, dead gods who won’t stay dead, FOOTNOTES, and dragons...like a LOT OF DRAGONS.

With NoAT Lyons has managed to do the multiple narrators taking turns around a table technique more smoothly than I’ve ever read before. One narrator’s tale winds perfectly into the next and their distinct personalities perfectly match the aspect of the st
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Kim
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun read and definitely worth picking up. Not quite as good as book 1 (which I loved), perhaps because I prefer Kihrin as the POV character and maybe also because I feel like very little went right in this book, which was frustrating. Janel's story stagnated a bit when she was stuck in Yor. It was a lot more fun when she was riding around with outlaws and their antics.
SteffyJay (Little Booky Nook)
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, 5-stars
This book was fucking epic. Holy shit, I fucking loved this book.
Traveling Cloak
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*****Note - This review is based on an uncorrected advance copy provided to me by the publisher for an honest review.*****

Two days ago Khirin D'mon killed Gadrith the Twisted with the sword Urthaenriel ("The Ruin of Kings") and ended the demon Hellmarch on Quur, led by demon demi-god Xaltaroth. Now Khirin sits in a pub, where has been led to meet with Janel and her crew, listening to their side of the story. It turns out while Khirin was was facing down his destiny, Janel et al were
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Shane O'Neal
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
The description of this book threw me off a bit. I expected Janel to be a large focus...as well as Khirin. That wasn't the case.

Nope.

If this book had been pitched as a Janel story, one that told her side of things in parallel with much of Khirin's POV in the first book, then it would have been very good. It spent 85-90% of the book rehashing what Janel was doing during Khirin's adventures in Ruin of Kings. Janel is a headstrong, fearless characters who I loved. I just expected, base
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Caitlin
Note: I was provided an ARC of this book by the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.

Kihrin D'Mon is on the run.  Two days ago, a harrowing set of events unintentionally released demons across the continent to do as they please.  Now Kihrin is hoping to find Janel, a woman he met while traveling through the Afterlife.  He finds Janel and her traveling companion, Brother Qown at an Inn, and not only are they waiting for him, they have need of his help - there's a dragon ab
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Gemma McGee
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Name of All Things should be named The Name of All Things Amazeballs.

One of my favourite, if not my favourite element of Jenn Lyons books is the footnotes. As a character from the book has collected the diaries of the main characters and is commenting on their view of the evens.
Below are some of my favourite.

"I assume this is an example of Joratese humor. 'His woman.' Ha!

"Love the assumptions he's making here. Yes, because all the Hellwarriors simply must
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Karen Mace
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been eagerly awaiting the return of Kihrin since The Ruin of Kings, and in The Name of All Things you're left totally absorbed in the world of magic, battles and dragons once more and I loved being part of this world once more! The snark is strong in this book!! Kihrin is being hunted after wreaking havoc in book one and in the quest to escape it brings him face to face with new characters - allies and foes!

These stories are always told really imaginatively and in this installme
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Delia Evin
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

Obsessed doesn't even begin to cover how I felt about the first book. It was amazing, so I was definitely excited when I heard that the sequel would be released much sooner than I expected, and even more excited when I was provided with an e-arc ahead of release as well.

Overall I enjoyed the book. I don't think I could give any spoilers here if only because the story was so involved and even more detail oriented than the first one, that I am still making sense
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Anil
Nov 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry I couldn't rate it -52 stars. :|

This is a book a book written for leftist idiotic proganda of sex and gender, really jenn? If I ever wanted myself to educate about these subjects the last thing I would choose to read is a fantasy book. This book and the the book "On the Shoulders of Titans" by Andrew Rowe are proofs that the left has no ground narrative to build it's politics on, this is why they want to propagate this idiocy in youngsters and ignorants who don't read anyth
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Laura Newsholme
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a really solid and entertaining second entry in a very intricately plotted and fascinating series. Here in book 2, Lyons retains the flashback structure for the narrative and we find Kirhin trapped in a bar with Janel and Qown, who are telling the story. The action takes place in a different part of the world with a largely new set of characters, expanding the world-building in an incredibly impressive fashion and really capturing my interest. I liked the snarky chapter titles very much ...more
Karen Cohn
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great book from Jenn Lyons, marred by her insistence on using a narrative frame that references the previous book in ways only those truly familiar with the precursor would understand. In the format of this volume, the narrative is carried, as it was in the previous volume, by two different characters. Given that the two characters were we counting a story in which they were both present at the same time, although occasionally in different locations, this is not as confusing as the previ ...more
ShandyT
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
3.5 stars.

Whereas Kihrin was the main character of Book 1, he takes a back seat in this volume to Janel, a character who was only briefly introduced in the first book. Janel is a strong character in her own right, competent and intelligent, but she's missing that spark of irreverence and snark and "why me?" that makes Kihrin so compelling. The structure of the story is definitely an improvement, though the middle third (which is really more like a "middle half") drags on for too long
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Hannah Grace || BookNerdNative
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the first book, and this one was no different. I absolutely loved second installment in The Chorus of Dragons series. I'm a sucker for all things dragons/fantasy, so this series is right in my wheelhouse. I also love a fantasy series that explores sexuality and that is completely free of homophobia, racism, and sexism. We need to see more of this in fantasy. I love seeing a female fantasy author thrive! Lyons' world building is exceptional, and her characters are so well rounded and fles ...more
Megan Forrest
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series A Chorus of Dragons. So far, the novel does not disappoint, and once again, when reaching the end of the sample. The Name of All Things continues the adventures of Kihrin immediately after the end of The Ruin of Kings. So far, the sample continues the same style, a story within a story, with multiple storytellers. The rich construction, world-building, and intriguing characters all continue to draw in the reader and create a spellbinding story. If you enjoye ...more
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