Read the First 11 Chapters of Jenn Lyons’ The Ruin of Kings

Debut author Jenn Lyons has created one of the funniest, most engrossing new epic fantasy novels of the 21st century in The Ruin of Kings—an eyebrow-raising cross between the intricacy of Brandon Sanderson’s worldbuilding and the snark of Patrick Rothfuss.

The book publishes February 5th, but you can start reading right now! The prologue plus chapters 1-11 are available below, and we’ll be running additional excerpts here every Tuesday until the publication date. What are you waiting for?!

When destiny calls, there’s no fighting back.

Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against his will as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family’s ruthless power plays and political ambitions.

Practically a prisoner, Kihrin discovers that being a long-lost prince is nothing like what the storybooks promised. The storybooks have lied about a lot of other things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, and how the hero always wins.

Then again, maybe he isn’t the hero after all. For Kihrin is not destined to save the world.

He’s destined to destroy it.



Prelude: A Dialog Between a Jailer and Her Prisoner
Chapter 1: The Slave Auction

Chapter 2: The Kazivar House

Chapter 3: The Black Brotherhood

Chapter 4: Butterbelly

Chapter 5: Leaving Kishna-Farriga

Chapter 6: The Rook’s Father

Chapter 7: The Misery
Chapter 8: The Angel’s Bargain

Chapter 9: Souls and Stones

Chapter 10: Demon in the Streets
Chapter 11: The Coming Storm


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