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The Memory of Souls

(A Chorus of Dragons #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,053 ratings  ·  187 reviews
The Memory of Souls is the third epic fantasy in Jenn Lyons’ Chorus of Dragons series.


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 k
Hardcover, 636 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Tor Books
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
My stained edge/signed/numbered edition finally got here! It’s perty!

4.5 stars

I love this series. Do they confuse the hell out of me? Yes! But, I still love them all the same.

We have the different narrations and stories of all the characters. I love these characters so much and their banter together or if it’s just banter with a dragon is hilarious.

I do plan on (hopefully) getting the special edition hardback from the UK to match the first two books. And for some reason, I thought this was t
C.G. Drews
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
You know when a book is so good you don't even want to review it because you'll h ave to condense your jumble of feels into wORDS??? Me right now 😪 This series has cemented itself as an absolute and utter favourite. It doesn't just live in my head rent free, it parties up there. I don't even need to make memes or tumblr jokes about it because they are On the page. If we had a dollar for every time Thurvishar corrected Kihrin or demurely agreed he is a complete dumbass, we would be ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
My thanks to Tor, Ms. Lyons and Netgalley.
Short review.
This was just barely tolerable. Barely. I had hoped it would get better. Not. I honestly thought the whole thing was a shit show.
My head hurts almost as much as my heart after turning the final pages of The Memory of Souls, but knowing that Jenn Lyons is currently writing book 4, The House of Always, has me healing . . . and smiling.

This was insane, chaotic, and often confusing – but wonderfully so. It’s a beautiful mess of characters and relationships that defies either convention or description. I’ve read plenty of fantasy dealing with reincarnation and past lives, but never like this . . . never to this degree. This is
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've been absolutely obsessed with Jenn Lyons' A Chorus of Dragons series ever since I read the first book in the series, The Ruin of Kings, last year; and The Memory of Souls is definitely my favorite book in the series so far! The Memory of Souls is 100% pure awesomeness! Bring on book #4:
The House of Always! :)

(Full Review To Come)

My rating/score: 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads' rating system / 10 out of 10 on my own personal scoring system.
Thank you very much to Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Read my reviews of the other books in the series:
The Ruin of Kings (#1)
The Name of All Things (#2)

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

The Memory of Souls is Jenn Lyons’ third addition to The Chorus of Dragons series and it is without a doubt my favourite. Just like the other novels, The Memory of Souls is stunningly st
Ash | Wild Heart Reads
Atrine has been destroyed and Kirhin, Teraeth, Janel and Thurvishar find the swords of the empire pointed at them, but the journey is far from over. Tasked by the Eight Immortals, they find themselves having to convince the Manol Vané to give up their immortality in a desperate attempt to buy more time to find a way to destroy Vol Karoth. But not everything is as it seems and the sacrifices that will need to be made carry a high cost. 

"Plummeting to his death was starting to sound quite
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy_2020

I am not okay. I'm not exaggerating when I say this might be one of my favourite reads of 2020 (and i've read some really good books this year!!). I love all the characters in this books so much, and I think what makes this book stand out from it's two predecessors is we really see everyone start to come together (I loved having Khirin and Teraeth back!!) and plot threads from books 1 and 2 start to weave together in the most satisfying way!!!

We also got so many answers abou
"My brain hurrrts."

Is what I wrote immediately upon finishing this book. I tell you what, there have rarely been series that I feel such weird conflicting thoughts over. I was super peeved at the beginning of this book, getting myself all worked up at how annoyed I was, and then I went and started having a good time with it.

Bottom line: this series' worldbuilding very often gets in the way of it being an enjoyable book to read. There is just WAY too much to remember, and way too many complicati
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book and....


Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This has to be my favourite instalment in this series yet. Dragons, gods, morally grey characters, polyamory and betrayals, what more could you want? And with that cliffhanger I'm counting down the days till May T___T ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was stunning. And possibly my favorite book of 2020 so far. The characters, the plot twists, the twisting morality: *chef's kiss*!

You absolutely cannot read this without prior knowledge of the first two books. You will literally be so confused. But aside from that, this does not pick up quite where The Name of All Things left off. Thurvishar and Khirin are telling each other a story after the events in The Memory of Souls happened and the structure is similar to that of The Ruin of Ki
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OUT TODAY! Are you reading this series yet?

With thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

My reviews of the first and second installments of this series were pretty succinct and to the point: "Spectacular." "Superb." "First class epic fantasy." And also - "I do not understand why more people are not reading this series."

Since I'm obligated to Netgalley to review the third installment, but I do not want to spoil, I am going to keep t
Lois Young
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The cast has been introduced. The conflict has been revealed. So, the story can continue, right? Many readers of any genre understand both stories and real life are more complex than they first appear to be. Fans of epics, sagas and (space) operas know to expect more from such stories, but they never know which direction the story will move throughout the narrative. "The Memory of Souls," the third book in "A Chorus of Dragons" series, is the latest epic fantasy to provide more plot devices as t ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*THANK YOU to Macmillan-Tor/Forge for graciously providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

I can honestly say that this is the best book in the series!
Although the book has enough merit to be read as a standalone it's absolute must to read the previous two for a full and much in depth experience.
The third books picks up pretty much where the second book ended and give us resolution for our main character and in sync with the other books it gets more complicated as we go on furthe
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
So hard to get through this this book! To learn there is a fourth coming is too much to bear. Needlessly repetitive plot twisting, stretching, dragging out every slightest detail without any appreciable point. It feels like when I once saw an animal dragging a dead carcass pretending to slay it again and again. Here adding in a sadistic narrator/storyteller, snickering at tricking everyone and feeling very smug, only their story really isn't capable of supporting it's interminable length. Churni ...more
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Thank you very much Jenn Lyons for destroying me with the end of this book, the good news for me is that this isn’t a trilogy and there are future books, so I’m hoping nothing is definite and things can or will change !
No spoilers here because I do not believe in ruining people’s book love, but I can tell you this if you loved the first two books you will freakin’ love this third instalment. The fine twisty threads of amazing plot that have been weaving, turning and bending in the first two boo
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Please tell me that we get another book after this? PLEASE!

Just like the previous books, The Memory of Souls was addicting to read. Of course I'm constantly confused by every little thing that comes my way in this series but I still end up loving each book. This probably sounds beyond weird.. but it works. For me.

Without trying to spoil anything about this book, just know that you will be confused. It's bound to happen real
Edward Silverman
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
#TheMemoryofSouls #NetGalley

I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair, spoiler free review of the story.
I absolutely loved this story, and would say so if I did not, and have been hooked since the first book. The novels are multilayered, stories within stories, and this book was structured the same way, although a different character was the “writer” this time, just as book 2 had a different narrator than book 1. A reader would be advised to start with the first
El Hyrst
Full review available on my blog on September 28th:

Thanks to Tor UK for sending me a finished copy of this book. It has not affected my honest review.

Trigger Warnings: misogyny, murder, mentions of slavery, gore, cannibalism, sexual assault (perceived consensual sex however one person was under an enchantment at the time, so could not consent), violence, non-consensual drug use.

Holy god, this book. I’m not exaggerating when I say that when I finished this
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Thank you very much Jenn Lyons for destroying me with the end of this book, the good news for me is that this isn’t a trilogy and there are future books, so I’m hoping nothing is definite and things can or will change !
No spoilers here because I do not believe in ruining people’s book love, but I can tell you this if you loved the first two books you will freakin’ love this third instalment. The fine twisty threads of amazing plot that have been weaving, turning and bending in the first two boo
Lena (Sufficiently Advanced Lena)
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
*eArc recived from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Well, If for some reason you have follow me for a while you know I have a softspot for A Chorus of Dragons since I first got my hands on the first book, and continue to loved the series with the second entry. Now, lets talk about The Memory of Souls, if I could summarize it all up it probably be something like WOW. The plot continues to thrive in this one, even though this time it feels like a book more centered around its characters,
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A huge thank you to NetGalley / Tor for getting me a copy of this book.

So, Jenn Lyons is one of my top 5 favorite authors of all time. I f*cking love A Chorus of Dragons. I have screamed and will continue to scream about how amazing these books are and how obscenely talented/skilled Lyons is.

These books are busy. They have lots of moving parts. There's a lot of weird time hops. A lot of different characters, many of whom have past lives as characters with different names-- and sometimes even di
Megan ❀
This book cracked my heart open like an egg. I can't believe I have to wait until MAY for the next one. RTC. ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this e-arc. I’m obsessed with this series, so I was quite excited to see I was approved. Wow, this book did not let me down at all. I think it was the best one yet. There were so many twists and turns I didn’t see coming, especially the ending. I’m officially dying. I can’t believe this book doesn’t come out until August, and I have to wait so long for the next one. I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself. Long story short, if you haven’t picked ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads

**Caveat: DO NOT read this book without re-reading the 2nd book at minimum if it has been a while for you**

Jenn Lyons has created an entire world in this series that is as complex as our own. Though it deals with the basics of fantasy such as dragons, magic and faery, this is very much a world with the real world problems of treachery, politics, war, poverty, class conflict and race conflict. That is what saves this whole series - if it were just relying on the element
Kirstie Ellen
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Big thank you to Pan Macmillan for providing me a copy for review!

Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing
These stories are just so epic! It took me a little while to get going with this one as the stories are so complicated, but once I did I was just as hooked as I've been with the previous books.

The Memory of Souls
This review contains spoilers for books one and two.

I love the way that these books are written. The chronicling and storytelling style is really engaging and sets a rapid pace in this book.
Literary Han
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
So I am currently reading this series back to back and I have got to say that I am having the time of my life. This series is so impressive in scope and the world building is truly incredible. I cannot get enough, that's for sure.

So this is the third book in this quartet and it continues to follow the stories of Kihrin and Jenal, as well as other important characters. I must say that whilst this book was still amazing it is my least favourite in the series so far. Having said that I had a fanta
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, fantasy-and-ya
Please note this is a review of an ARC graciously given to me by for an honest review.

Prepare to enter the thrall of a dragon, and gain the insatiable appetite of a demon.*

Kihrin D’Mon continues to find himself the chosen one, and he is continuing to discover that does not mean there is a happy ending for him...or the world. The complex harmony woven in the previous books in the series between humor, tragedy, hope, and shock continues in this installment, avoiding the pitfalls ma
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm dead and this book killed me it's so good.
Honestly the only thing that bothered me slightly was the switching perspective in the first third or so part of the book, because I just wanted to read about my favs, but it all tied together quite nicely after that and then I couldn't stop reading because it's so gooood!! This is exactly what I want out of epic fantasy: intriguing different cultures and settings, amazing characters, intricate plot, and on top of that it's queer af. I absolutely can
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Jenn Lyons lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three cats, and a lot of opinions on anything from the Sumerian creation myths to the correct way to make a martini. At various points in her life, she has wanted to be an archaeologist, anthropologist, architect, diamond cutter, fashion illustrator, graphic designer, or Batman. Turning from such obvious trades, she is now a video game produc ...more

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