For fans of Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss, The House of Always is the fourth epic fantasy in Jenn Lyons' Chorus of Dragons series that began with The Ruin of Kings.
What if you were imprisoned for all eternity?
In the aftermath of the Ritual of Night, everything has changed.
The Eight Immortals have catastrophically failed to stop Kihrin's enemies, who are moving forward with their plans to free Vol Karoth, the King of Demons. Kihrin has his own ideas about how to fight back, but even if he's willing to sacrifice everything for victory, the cost may prove too high for his allies.
Now they face a choice: can they save the world while saving Kihrin, too? Or will they be forced to watch as he becomes the very evil they have all sworn to destroy.
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Explorations of the imprisoned mind of demon king Vol Karoth make for an abstract fourth entry in Lyons's A Chorus of Dragons epic fantasy series (following The Memory of Souls). The wizard Senera Var gathers a group of unlikely allies at a lighthouse frozen in time to help hero Kihrin D'Mon defeat the weakened Vol Karoth. Meanwhile, Kihrin enters the desolate realm of Vol Karoth's mind to confront him in a debate over the worth of humanity. Kihrin and Vol Karoth take turns summoning memories of Kihrin's friends as evidence for their conflicting stances on human goodness. The assembled allies in the lighthouse also experience these memories, leading them and the reader to learn of the past adventures of side characters Galen D'Mon, Qown, Talea Ferandis, and others. The complex yet repetitive narrative structure will overwhelm most readers, and the philosophical nature of Kihrin's quest is thought-provoking but too heady to carry the plot. Fans will hope this experimental outing is only a wobble before the series finds its footing ahead of its conclusion.\n
Worth the work
Admittedly, it took me awhile to get in synch with the complicated storytelling device, but once I caught on, I could not put it down. Love the characters and anxiously looking forward to the next book.
Not worth it
If you have hung in here for this long, then you are obviously invested. I am urging you not to read this book and leave this story alone. It’s obvious that this story should’ve been a trilogy. Trying to choke down this book is extremely painful. I have never read a more pointless narrative in my life. TERRIBLE!
Complete garbage. Don’t waste time or money
Absolutely one of the worst books ever written. Is this even the same author as the first two books. Complete garbage. Don’t bother with this one. It’s not even worth the one star. It reads like the author was on drugs and only had a grammar school education. The prose the pacing the lack of character development the ridiculous plot. I just can’t say how much I hated this book and I enjoyed the first two. What a disappointment. It reads like she had to write it to fulfill a contract and just spit our whatever pooped in her head.