Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 62 and 63


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CAKE OR DEATH, Tor.com? Cake? Well, we’re OUT of cake! So instead, have a RROK Goddess of Death with your afternoon tea, won’t you? I thought you would!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 62, “The Gryphon Ring”, and Chapter 63, “Tea with Death.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 62: The Gryphon Ring (Talon’s story)

[In which a boy, a thief and an expository interlude walk into a bar, and stop me if you’ve heard this one]

You probably haven’t heard this ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 60 and 61


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I never really cared until I met you, Tor.com! Have a post in token of how I Heart you!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 60, “The Invitation”, and Chapter 61, “Guardians of the Cage.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 60: The Invitation (Talon’s story)

[In which Galen and Kihrin hear an unexpected conversation they probably shouldn’t, and receive an unexpected warning they definitely should.]

So You’re Summoning A Demon; ask Darzin how!

At this point in the story the reader ...

Casting The Wheel of Time: Your Auntie Leigh Has an Opinion On It


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What ho, Tor.com! What news hath ye? WOT casting news, what? Whoa.

Indeed, O my Peeps, as you most likely have heard even if, like me, you’re obstinately allergic to social media and facesnapping your twitgrams or whatever the e-fants are calling it these days (yeah, you saw that, I’m hip to the lingo), the ever-more-really-happening Wheel of Time TV series has revealed some key casting choices, and the WOT section of the fandom world is het up about it.

And, as someone with, shall we say, a BIT of experience being het up about WOT things, my input was requested. And here we are. Don’t say I never did nothing nice for ya. Click on for my hot takes, y’all!

So, what can we determine from perusing the casting choices presented to us by showrunner Rafe Judkins and his merry band of beings?

Well, I’ll be ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 56 and 57


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Hey howdy hay, Tor.commers, it’s a RROK post. There’s a snake in your boot!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 56, “The Octagon”, and Chapter 57, “Ghost Walk.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 56: The Octagon (Talon’s story)

[In which we meet our chronicler, but not my expectations.]

[Footnote:] It’s very odd to read a description of oneself written by other hands, although I must admit Tishar’s description flatters. She had a keen eye for detail, or more likely, Talon gave ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 54 and 55


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Ghosts and Orwell and Willy Wonka refs, oh my! This RROK post has got it all, Tor.com.

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 54, “The Carriage Ride”, and Chapter 55, “The Pale Lady’s Judgment.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 54: The Carriage Ride (Talon’s story)

[In which Great Aunt Tishar gives a tantalizing impression of maybe not being 100% awful, and we are suspicious.]

Because of course you really have to be suspicious, given the abysmal track record thus ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 52 and 53


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A sweaty hello to you, Tor.com! Take some shelter from the swelter and sit with me a spell(ter), wontcha? Wotcher!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 52, “Dark Streaks”, and Chapter 53, “Speed Training.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 52: Dark Streaks (Talon’s story)

[In which Darzin medals in Horrifying Father Son Talk, and the progeny plot thickens, slime-like.]

Oooh, a Darzin POV chapter, JUST WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED.

No, actually. That is not what I wanted. That is not ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 50 and 51


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Hey howdy hay, Tor.commers, it’s another RROK!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 50, “The Lord Heir’s Wife”, and Chapter 51, “The Rock Garden.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 50: The Lord Heir’s Wife (Talon’s story)

[In which Kihrin learns probably-at-least-50%-lies about his family while Alshena/Talon gears up for some statutory rape. Yay.]

Ugh. We’ll talk about the rape when we get to it, I guess. CAN’T. WAIT.

The problem with exposition from a psycho monster assassin who lies like ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 46 and 47


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Sooooo the intro to my previous post is now a tad ironic. In related news, getting floodwater out of your car stinks. Literally.

But fear not! No mere water-logged weekend could keep me from your eyes, my lovelies. Behold, a RROK, just for you!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 48, “Family Dinner”, and Chapter 49, “Critical Lessons.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 48: Family Dinner (Talon’s story)

[In which Kihrin pwns various father figures, to an unwise extent.]

“I’d give ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 46 and 47


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Happy Hurricane Season, Tor.com! Can you feel the barometric pressure tonight? Well, nor can I, yet, thankfully. Let’s keep it that way, yes? And in the meantime, here’s a RROK post to celebrate!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 46, “The Crypt”, and Chapter 47, “The Mother of Trees.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 46: The Crypt (Talon’s story)

[In which sort-of-brothers bond and a vow is accidentally made.]

And here we have what is probably literally the only remotely normal ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 44 and 45


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Verily, v’all, a volley of verbiage for vous re: this volume of verbosity! Victory!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 44, “Fencing Lessons”, and Chapter 45, “Riscoria Tea.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 44: Fencing Lessons (Talon’s story)

[In which “fencing” stands for “child abuse.” Also, Galen meets Kihrin and is judgy about it.]

But, you know, probably understandably so. It’s not like Galen’s life so far has given him much incentive to give anyone, particularly his relatives, the benefit of ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 42 and 43


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Happy mid-June, Tor.com! I who am about to melt salute you, and also offer you this reread post, hurray!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 42, “The Younger Son”, and Chapter 43, “The Dragon’s Deal.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 42: The Younger Son (Talon’s story)

[In which Talon offers very cold comfort and a an even more depressing curriculum vitae.]

Well, gee, Talon, I can’t imagine why your idea of comfort (i.e. “my little torture recording session means you’ll ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 42 and 43


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Happy mid-June, Tor.com! I who am about to melt salute you, and also offer you this reread post, hurray!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 42, “The Younger Son”, and Chapter 43, “The Dragon’s Deal.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

Got that? Great! Click on for the rest!

 

Chapter 42: The Younger Son (Talon’s story)

[In which Talon offers very cold comfort and a an even more depressing curriculum vitae.]

Well, gee, Talon, I can’t imagine why your idea of comfort (i.e. “my little torture recording session means you’ll ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 40 and 41


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Hey, Tor.com, is it weird that I think “abattoir” is a fantastic word? It’s probably weird. Oh, well.

Er… blog post? Blog post!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 40, “Interlude in an Abattoir”, and Chapter 41, “Refusal.” Please note that going forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 40: Interlude in an Abattoir (Talon’s story)

[In which villains gonna villain, and Talon out-villains us all.]

So okay, for my own sanity, I’mma do a listicle of what we learned in this chapter:

  • “Alshena” is really Talon in disguise ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 38 and 39


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Merry June, Tor.com! Are we all dead from global warming yet? If not, perhaps you’ll have a RROK blog post to celebrate!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 38, “The High Lord”, and Chapter 39, “In Search of Music.” Please note that going forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 38: The High Lord (Talon’s story)

[In which mucho información es descargado, and Kihrin begins to understand how profunda is his mierda.]

(As a note, my version of the book says this chapter is Kihrin’s story, but since that’s ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 36 and 37


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Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Rereads of the Ruins of Our Kings! Violins intensify!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 36, “Testing the Lock”, and Chapter 37, “The New Tutor.” Please note that going forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 36: Testing the Lock (Talon’s story)

[In which we meet Kihrin’s evil stepmother. Except for how she isn’t. Except for how she is. Sort of. Maybe.]

Right, because, I remember that we find out that at some point Talon killed Alshena and started impersonating her (though ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 34 and 35


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Morning, Tor.com! Are you jonesing to see me be crotchety at fictional young whippersnappers? Well, then, you’ve come to the right place!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 34, “Promises”, and Chapter 35, “Red Flags.” Please note that going forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 34: Promises (Talon’s story)

[In which there is callow caterwauling, conjectural confessions, and confounding coincidental concatenations.]

Yes, you were sulking. Don’t interrupt, Kihrin.

Okay, yes, he was totally sulking. But, you know, unlike my teenage sulks, which were probably not justified in any ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 32 & 33


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Hey, Tor.com, this is a reread post! There are many like it, but this one is mine.

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 32, “Lady Miya”, and Chapter 33, “The Dragon’s Due.” Please note that going forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 32: Lady Miya (Talon’s story)

[In which Kihrin gets some salve and some lessons, and more importantly an interaction with someone who is not 100% awful for once.]

I freely confess that I can’t reliably remember at this point what the True Deal With Lady Miya ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 30 and 31


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Greetings and salutations, Tor.com! In tribute to your awesomeness, I give you: blackmail! Torture! Really bad parenting! Huzzah!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 30, “Family Reunion”, and Chapter 31, “Tyentso at the Beach.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 30: Family Reunion (Talon’s story)

[In which there is breakfast avec a side of torture, and the Father of the Year award goes to literally anyone other than Darzin D’Mon.]

“You son-of-a-bitch,” Kihrin screamed.

“No, that would be you, my son,” Darzin ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 30 and 31


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Greetings and salutations, Tor.com! In tribute to your awesomeness, I give you: blackmail! Torture! Really bad parenting! Huzzah!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 30, “Family Reunion”, and Chapter 31, “Tyentso at the Beach.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 30: Family Reunion (Talon’s story)

[In which there is breakfast avec a side of torture, and the Father of the Year award goes to literally anyone other than Darzin D’Mon.]

“You son-of-a-bitch,” Kihrin screamed.

“No, that would be you, my son,” Darzin ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 28 and 29


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Hello, Tor.com! Feeling blue? Well, you’re not alone. How about a Reread of a thing to cheer you, via schadenfreude if nothing else?

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 28, “The Finest Healers”, and Chapter 29, “Teraeth’s Return.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 28: The Finest Healers (Talon’s story)

[In which Kihrin is not dead, and learns that he is royalty, and is less than thrilled about any of it.]

Spread out before him was a palace of blue tile roofs ...