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The Lyre Thief (The Hythrun Chronicles) Hardcover – March 8, 2016
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From Publishers Weekly
Fallon's trilogy launch opens 10 years after the events previously recounted in the Hythrun Chronicles, in a land where dangerous intrigues are always stirring and a royal case of switched identities heralds the renewal of old enmities. Princess Rakaia of Fardohnya is desperate to escape the court before her father, King Hablet, learns she isn't his daughter. She has agreed to marry the elderly lord of distant Highcastleâbut she has no intention of going through with it. Instead, she convinces her stepsister, Charisee, to switch places with her. Their risky masquerade puts them both in the way of larger forces: the God of Liars takes a special interest in Charisee, and Rakaia falls in love with the thief whose last job has left both humans and gods scrambling. Fallon skillfully cranks up the tension, building a taut web of interlocking schemes, plots, and shady politics. With its lively cast of characters, conflicting motivations, and a bit of romance, Fallon's latest Hythrun novel will entertain new readers and returning fans. (Mar.)\n
Ahhh where to even begin with the Lyre Thief ?! This story has absolutely everything a fantasy lover will well...love. There is brilliant world building, complex political intrigues and court politics, and some pretty bad ass characters. There is prophecy and warring gods as well. What more could you want?! I went into this semi blind since this is not a well known book or author to me and I was so glad I took that leap.
There are multiple character POV's that are incredibly intricately woven. I began to worry that I was not going to be able to fill in plot holes left by the last series but it quickly became apparent I need not fear. Fallon does a great job of informing the readers with out loads just strait info dumpage.
The epicness of what is going down is incredibly easy to grasp yet still very intriguing at the same time. I can't stress enough just how broad a picture she is able to paintI am without a doubt going to go back and read the series that took place before this called Demon Child,This is classic fantasy awesomeness at it's best. I cannot WAIT to see what happens next. Bring on Retribution (Hythrun Chronicles: War of the Gods #2)!!
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Top Customer Reviews
This book was the perfect continuation of Fallon's universe and I love Mica and Adri and oh hell the lot of them.
...I hope Aja survives. I want to know who Kalan had sex with. I want the beast child to spend all his time with the Defenders. I want Marla to start a war. I want so many things.
In this novel, we see the return of all the major players from the previous books in various supporting roles. There are several new major players who drive the plot, which starts fairly slow and steadily picks up speed . Fallon is well known for creating deep characters with a consistent and believable internal compass, especially strong and driven female leads and that holds true in this novel as well.
I am a top Amazon reviewer and frequently receive discounts on items for the purpose of review, however this product is NOT one of those cases. I purchased this on my own at full price and simply wanted to share my experiences.
I was not disappointed. Once again Ms Fallon has delivered an outstanding novel with all the intricacies in plot and world building I have come to expect. Without giving anything away this book takes you on a magical journey and I can not wait to read the next book. Well known places and well loved (and not so well loved) characters return in addition to a raft of new characters we can get to know.
It is not necessary to have read the other two series set in this world but if you have not I would urge you to do so because it brings a deeper understanding of the intricate world Ms Fallon has created.
I will definitely be buying the hard cover to add to my collection once it is released.
Told through multiple points of view, this first installment of the Hythrun Chronicles: War of the Gods elegantly and effortlessly weaves together the stories of Rakaia, Princess of Fardohnya, her half-sister and slave Charisee, the master assassin Kiam, High Princess Andrina of Hyrthun, and the infamous Demon Child. Each individual journey mesmerizing in and of itself, but also touching upon and leading toward the others in a wonderfully orchestrated dance which keeps the narrative fresh, entertaining and causes the pages to fly by rapidly.
Beginning it all is the plight of Princess Rakaia. Having lived a privileged (though stifled) existence in her father’s royal harem, an unexpected revelation by her mother throws her whole life into turbulence and threatens to result in her painful death. This news and her mother’s desperate plan to save her causing not only trepidation but guilt as it involves placing her slave half-sister and lifelong companion Charisee in harm’s way.
Charisee herself is annoyingly ignorant of all the political machinations going on with her sister and the other members of the royal family. Indeed, she doesn’t sense any wrongness when Rakaia comes to her with a plan to swap places: Charisee becoming the Princess Rakaia and heading off to marry a Hythrun Warlord while Rakaia becomes the freed slave Charisee. Obviously, she realizes their ruse might lead them into trouble, but the opportunity to finally change her role in life overcomes her initial misgivings, leading her to don the role of Princess of Fardohnya and journey forth with the Master Assassin Kiam to her (Rakaia’s) royal wedding.
Meanwhile, a continent away, Princess Rakaia’s sister Adrina is living a charmed life as High Princess of Hythrun with a husband she loves and children she adores. If not for her shrew of a mother-in-law, it would be paradise. But then everything is thrown into chaos by the actions of two people: King Hablet of Fardohnya when he sends news that Rakaia will be coming to live with Adrina until her marriage to a Hythrun Warlord and the Demon Child Ry’Shiel when she stirs up the god of Death himself.
As for the Demon Child, she is a nearly divine being who has grown less and less enamored of the world she saved in the past. The wonders of the earth having become commonplace to her; its inhabitants tedious at best; and her lonely lot in life complicated by the fact the only person she ever loved and felt companionship for resides in hell due to a deal he made to save her life. And so (tired of hiding in the shadows) Ry’Shiel begins an epic quest to retrieve long dead Brak from the halls of Death no matter the consequences to her former friends — including Adrina’s husband Damin Wolfblade.
And while the stories of these people play out,an even more extraordinary one is taking place: the theft of the lyre of the God of Music. The disappearance of this physical manifestation of the divine covenant between the gods and men jeopardizing the very existence of the world!
There really are many, many wonderful things to say about this book. One could begin by talking about the flowing prose, which is informative and colorful but easily digested as well as wickedly clever at times. Or you could focus on the characterization; these differing people evolving into individuals whose lives and struggles matter to you as a reader. Then there is the depth of the world, the unique races and cultures, the dynamic of gods, man, and magical beings interacting, or perhaps the constant references to the characters’ previous adventures in the past; all of it giving this story a depth which makes it feel so much more real. But, really, reading comes down to entertainment to me, and this book is highly entertaining, addictive even, sucking you into the narrative and never giving you any reason to loose interest or set it aside.
As for any criticisms, the only one I have is the characters’ references to adventures in the past. While this definitely lends a weight of history to the world and these people, explains their attachment to one another, it does feel forced from time to time. There are several instances where two characters who are having a conversation on a current situation suddenly diverging off into a multi paragraph discussion of some past event which only tentatively has anything to do with the current crisis. No, these episodes don’t ruin the narrative, but they are a distraction from time to time.
The Lyre Thief is one of my favorite fantasy finds of the past few years. It not only entertained me, but it opened up a whole new fantasy world to discover and enjoy, specifically Jennifer Fallon’s Hythrun Chronicles novels (Demon Child and Wolfblade .) And if you love classic fantasy or merely need a break from more grimdark faire, I’d highly recommend you pick this novel up and enjoy.
I received this book from the Tor Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d like to thank both of them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.