I love Kihrin and the mega-cast of characters. Keep reading to see what I thought of book three in this five book series...
Title: The Memory of Souls
Author: Jenn Lyons
Series: A Chorus of Dragons #3
Genres: Epic Fantasy
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Publisher: Tor Books
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WHAT IF YOU'RE THE ONE WHO HAS TO DIE?
Now that the city of Atrine has been destroyed and Relos Var's plan to free the dark god Vol Karoth has been revealed—the end of the world is closer than ever.
To buy time for humanity, Kihrin, Janel, and Thurvishar must convince the king of the Manol vané to perform an ancient ritual that will strip the vané of their immortality—a ritual that certain vané will do anything to prevent. Including assassinating the ones bringing the news.
Worse, Kihrin must come to terms with the horrifying possibility that his connection to Vol Karoth is steadily growing in strength. How can Kihrin hope to save anyone when he might turn out to be the greatest threat of them all?
Quote(s) I Like:
"How could I ever tell you yes when I could never choose to say no?" - Miya
"If one person's dominant, the other person has to be submissive." - Kihrin
"Do I love him? We hurt each other so deeply. How can we ever openly acknowledge our vulnerability? We shielded our wounds, buried them. Admitting someone has power over you is not easy." - Khaeriel
"The universe is not black and white." - Thurvishar
"People will do stupid things when they're scared." - Taja
"Maybe the thing to do wasn't to lock the tool away or destroy it, but mend it." - Kihrin
Just like her first two novels, if you are not a fan of footnotes or twisted plots this may not be for you. However, just as I enjoyed the first two books this did not disappoint me at all! As usual, Jenn's writing is so descriptive and easy to flow into. I got absorbed into the story from the first page to the end. I found no part lagging or paced oddly. I can't say that I ever get lost reading her books -- they always flesh out seamlessly by the end.
Book three is still told from 3 perspectives: footnotes, Kihrin's first person POV and the third person POV of all the other characters. I was blown away by how many characters got to share their side of the story. It is engaging, comedic and gripping. No perspective was the same, each was very distinct.
This book is where the first battle really happens between Kihrin, Relos and the gods. This book is where relationships are tested. This book is where romances touch your heart. This book is where you get to the beginning of why Vol Korath was created.
Kihrin is forever my favorite character of the series. He has grown a bit and doesn't make as many rash and idiotic decisions in the firs two books. Janel is still a powerhouse who comes to terms with her ability to cross into the afterlife. Teraeth finally gets a handle on his emotions and gets the answer he's been waiting on. The gods completely PISSED me off in the end -- like why?! Relos Var definitely is the villain of the story. Thurvishar is much more prevalent. I can go on and on about characters (Therin, Khaeriel, Kelanis, Grizst, Senera, Talea, Suless, Xaltorath, and etc) -- but there are too many to discuss. Just know that I love every single character in some way.
The world-building was amazing. I enjoyed exploring the vane and their heritage. It was so interesting to read about and that reveal toward the end about them as a race -- MINDBLOWING.
The relationships in this book was EVERYTHING! Families are brought together and other torn apart. I was baffled by some of the truths revealed. As for romantic relationships, I love that Jenn doesn't hold back from it -- the romances are steamy and shocking. LGBTQ+ rep all through the book. My favorite couple will always be Kihrin and Teraeth, but I wouldn't mind Kihrin with Janel or if all three got together.
The dragons are still freaking awesome for me! I love seeing them fight one another and the humans. That last chapter, chapter 114...I wasn't prepared whatsoever for it. Especially when Talon cried --- I couldn't handle it. Kihrin is brilliant. That last line...I need book four now!
If you can't tell by this review I freaking loved it! It's still hard to articulate my feelings, but know that this book is tabbed up!!
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