The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: I had a 60+ hour work week and so my quaranpod got together virtually to finish up Space Force the Netflix show and I drank 2 glasses of wine an 4 hard seltzers. I’m not the drunkest I’ve ever been but I’m drunk.
The Memory of Souls is the third epic fantasy in Jenn Lyons’ Chorus of Dragons series.
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?
Drunk Overview: This is the third book in this series. If you haven’t read books 1 and 2, you’re going to get spoilers here for those books so please don’t read this, or do, as Minda says, I’m not your mom.
Basically, Kihrin was in trouble, he woke this series’s version of the Dark One from Wheel of Time because he got tricked by his not-brother. Our lady Janel is also there, and then there is SO MUCH TENSION between Kihrin, Janel, and Taraeth and I love it. Also, what the fuck are they going to do about the fact that man friend is about to break out and the gods may actually suck. So like… a lot is happening.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: THIS BOOK BROUGHT ME LIFE. I didn’t know I needed this much angst in my life, but considering my circumstances, I should have known. I also thought this was the last book and if it was and that was how it ended I would have lost my damn shit. Luckily, there are two more books planned. THANK THE GODS (or, maybe not)
Characters: So. here are my kids
- Kihrin – he’s real dumb, but endearingly so. He’s literally kidding himself about Taraeth and it’s adorable. At one point, Kihrin and Taraeth’s dads are talking and the one turns to the other and says “Yeah, and our kids are not in love with each other… oh I thought we were telling lies.” and it was amazing.
- SPEAKING OF TARAETH – he’s a gods damned stud and no one should ever harm him ever. EVER.
- Janel – what a bae
- The… scholar guy… (Sober note: Thurvishar) he’s also my innocent nerd and deserves so much joy, but is also hilarious still and I forgot how much I missed him,
- Doc – DOC
- Kihrin’s mama: she’s just… fucking fierce and I love her. I know I probably shouldn’t because she fucked up on book 1 and definitely fucks up in book 3 but friend, i love her.
- Relos Var: I don’t think I said this before, but he reminds me a shit ton of Saint Dane from the Pendragon series. Thinks what he’s doing is right, which makes him that much more formidable
- RV’s squad: just an extension of him really, they’re fully bought in to his side of the “war” and it’s an interesting parallel to the “who gets there first” mentality and whether people can really change their minds (one way or the other, i’m not arguing)
Plot: Wtf happened in this book? I feel like it started one way, and ended a completely different way and I REFUSE to comprehend what happened in between. LIke… WHAT?! I’d like to see the manager. So much happened here friends that I am shocked it was one book.
Writing Style: I LOVE THE FOOTNOTES DONT AT ME
World Building: Bitch, I am so gladd this isn’t the end cause I’d have something to say to someone. I’d like to see the manager, please.
What to pair it with: Your favorite gin drink. It’s tasty, it burns, and you keep coming back.
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: Anyone else love this series as much as I do??
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,