I have found my new series obsession in A Chorus of Dragons. 😩👌🏻
You know when a book is so good you don’t even want to review it because you’ll have to condense your jumble of feels into wORDS??? Me right now 😪 This series has cemented itself as an absolute 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 just…canon. 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 rich.
Note: This is book 3 in the Chorus of Dragons series! There are no spoilers in this review, but it may spoil things from the first two books. My reviews for The Ruin of Kings (1) and The Name of All Things (2).
The characters own my heart, but the story itself is just phenomenal — twisty and complex, with a deliciously vibrant and vast world, and history that can leaves you in awe. Yes, I do get a bit confused at the family tree since there is soul-swapping and reincarnation galore. By the end there are a lot of characters and, like Kihrin, I have but one braincell. But I still kept up and thoroughly wholly enjoyed myself as the plot twists unravelled and the audience (me *sobbing*) is left to gasp in awe, horror, and shock.
Also I am so thoroughly here for the how it’s just 600 pages of morally grey characters. The best part about the villains (I can’t even NAME villains because it’s truly about perspective after a while) is how each thinks they’re truly doing the best they can for themselves but also the world. It’s so, so well written.
Right so THE CHARACTERS. 😭 You already know I’m obsessed. We finally have the gang of four together: Janel, Kihrin, Taraeth and Thurvishar. And the dynamics!! Thurvishar just being tired as the other three wrangle hormones and their teen crushes 😪 Kihrin finally has his sexuality meltdown while everyone watches patiently and is just like “you’ll be fine bro”. Still shipping Janel, Taraeth, and Kihrin together. They are solidly fools and I love them. I appreciate how affably the series includes trans and genderqueer characters. Yes, there are some countries that still oppress it, but the vanē are just like…gay. All of them. (Proof that fantasy worlds don’t need to have all of the same oppression as our worlds.)
I also love the vastness of the world. The travelling they did was not boring! The whole tone of the book was almost self-depreciating and it indulged us with humour and domestic moments, as well as the most brutal boss battle yet. The ending was phenomenal. I screamed into my sleeve. But did I mention the fREAkINg cliffHAnGER–
It’s cemented as one of my all time favourites and I just pine for the next volume.
I also still am listening to the audios, and the narrators are the best, they’re so expressive and fun and utterly perfect. So in summary, perfect book is perfect 😪 and I’m a smear on the carpet by this point. (BUT THAT ENDING WHAT THE–)
THE LONGER HE LIVES,
THE MORE DANGEROUS HE BECOMES.
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 king of the Manol vané to perform an ancient ritual which will strip the entire race of their immortality, but it’s a ritual which certain vané will do anything to prevent. Including assassinating the messengers.
Worse, Kihrin must come to terms with the horrifying possibility that his connection to the king of demons, Vol Karoth, is growing steadily in strength.
How can he hope to save anyone when he might turn out to be the greatest threat of them all?