Originally hosted by Breaking the Spine, Waiting on Wednesday has now linked up with “Can’t Wait Wednesday” at Wishful Endings and it’s exactly as it sounds: we post about books that haven’t been published yet, but we’re salivating by the time the publication date hits.
This week, the book that makes me so excited because I have a feeling I’m about to have a new role model in another awesome female author in fantasy and science fiction is:
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
There are the old stories. And then there’s what actually happens.
Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew upon storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn’t what the storybooks promised.
Far from living the dream, Kihrin finds himself practically a prisoner, at the mercy of his new family’s power plays and ambitions. He also discovers that the storybooks have lied about a lot of other things things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love, and how the hero always wins.
Then again, maybe he’s not the hero, for Kihrin isn’t destined to save the empire.
He’s destined to destroy it . . .
Uniting the worldbuilding of a Brandon Sanderson with the storytelling verve of a Patrick Rothfuss, debut author Jenn Lyons delivers an entirely new and captivating fantasy epic. Prepare to meet the genre’s next star.
You can see why I’m so excited about this book, right?
Compared to Sanderson and Rothfuss?
Twisting tropes and subverting them on their heads?!
Um, yes please.
It sounds awesome and there has been a lot of positive hype that I trust. Lyons is represented by Sam Morgan, one of my favorite agents who I will query (she promises, even though she’s been promising to do so ever since she met him at WorldCon in 2015, oops, my bad, these edits just never end). There hasn’t been an author he represents who’s books I haven’t fallen head over heels in love with and I really don’t think Lyons is going to be the exception here. But not only that, but seeing her updates on Twitter and how much she kills her edits and writing goals every day is so inspiring (but also like whoa, shit, I wish I could keep up with that kind of writing routine).
Yeah, to say I’m stoked for this book is a bit of an understatement. I always want new female writers to be inspired by and hope to reach the same level of mastery with writing as they have and I think I just found one more. <3