Review of The Lyre Thief: War of the Gods #1 – Jennifer Fallon

Posted: June 28, 2017 in fantasy, Review

Ten Years have passed since the events of the Demon Child books that left the god Xaphista dead, the nation Karien without a religion or king, and the matriarchal country of Medalon ruled by men. But it is in the kingdoms of the south that things really heat up. When Princess Rakaia of Fardohnya discovers she is not of royal birth, she agrees to marry a much older Hythrun noble in a chance to escape the wrath of her “father”. Rakaia takes nothing but her jewels and her baseborn half sister, Charisee, who has been her slave, handmaiden, and best friend since she was six years old. And who can pass as Rakaia’s double.

These two sisters embark on a Shaksepearian tale of switched identities, complicated love triangles … and meddlesome gods. Rakaia is rescued on the road by none other than the demon child, R’shiel, still searching for a way to force Death to release her near-immortal Brak. Charisee tries to act like the princess she was never meant to be and manages to draw the attention of the God of Liars, who applauds her deception and only wants to help.

Then there is the little matter of the God of Music’s magical totem that has been stolen … and how this theft may undo the universe


Published by Harper Voyager

Supplied by Harper Collins New Zealand

Reviewed by Jacqui

I picked this book up with interest, knowing that I enjoy high fantasy, and it did not disappoint. I hadn’t actually read any of Jennifer Fallon’s work before, but that wasn’t a problem. I did have a bit of an issue half-way through when I realised that it wasn’t a novel complete in itself, but the first part of a trilogy. But, I got back to it and was pleased to find that the ending, although it clearly led in the direction of the next book, was still a satisfactory conclusion in itself.

The story focuses around two sisters from the harem of King Hablet of Fardohnya, one of whom is rather more royal than the other. Identities are switched and characters head off in different directions, only to find themselves embroiled in the same messy conspiracy. The villain here is undoubtedly quite mad, in more ways than one; and there is a sub-plot involving the Demon Child which I’m pretty sure will collide with the main plot at some point.

It’s complicated, and yet elegantly simple at the same time, and definitely goes somewhere. I finished the book, which is more than I can say for “A Game of Thrones”, and that has to be a good thing.

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