SFF

The House of Always

Tor. (A Chorus of Dragons, Bk. 4). May 2021. 544p. ISBN 9781250175670. $28.99. FANTASY
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The Ritual of Night has failed, and the eight Immortals are now dead or beaten. Vol Karoth, the King of Demons, is almost assured to rise and escape from his eternal prison. Kihrin D’Mon has an idea to stop him, but the cost is one that should not be paid. Now several friends and a couple of enemies have been brought to the sacred space, the Lighthouse at Shadrag Gor, in one last attempt to stop Vol Karoth from freeing himself. Yet as the group battles within the mind, they discover secrets abound inside all of them. Outside, more destruction is readying at the hands of The Lash, a kraken, and Drehemia the dragon, along with a few undead pirates and magically enraged fighters. Can the group stand against the evil before them, or will they have to choose losing either the world or Kihrin? Lyons’s (The Memory of Souls) incredible world continues to grow, as multiple points of view and flashbacks create a fully realized story of magic and mayhem.
VERDICT Lyons creates an immersive and complex history filled with delightful characters, bold action, and surprising twists.

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