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Posted January 17, 2012
Outstanding journey, that left me in amazement. Wow. Just plain wow. Top Shelf keeper!
2 bks separated
Royce and Hadrian ride into Aquesta ragged and cold from the journey. Many people are coming to Aquesta for the upcoming Wintertide Celebration, one month away. The news has spread that Modina is to be married and the Nationalist leader Degan Gaunt will be executed, all as part of the celebrations. Melengar has fallen to the Imperial Empire. With this many worries come to mind...How's Gwen? Arista? Alric? So much to happen and worry about and questions to answer.
I got a chuckle at the beginning of this book with the small group of young thieves we meet. But, by now we are all well acquainted with the characters and ready for Michael to bring them back to life for us. I was excited to be back into this world ~ its comfortable to me and I want to see where we are going with the situations the characters were left in, in Emerald Storm. Again, I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what would happen to these characters left in a little bit of a tight spot.
Michael did a great job of setting up for this book with the previous ones and using what he had available in all aspects of the world. There is nothing new pulled out of thin air or make you wonder 'where did that come from', everything we need and know have been laid out for us, but now tied together to answer questions for us. Many of the smaller unknowns and lose ends are tied up here, within a captivating story in which Michael brings all the characters together and to demise, good or bad.
Men are fighting for their kingdom and homes against attackers we have feared would come. Arista's having horrible nightmares, Royce is depressed after the ending in Wintertide, and Hadrian feels guilt. The kingdoms are coming together under the ruling heir, Modina, as predicted, but without the horn it might all be destroyed. Our friends through the series have one last quest, that could be the death of them but with out it they will die anyway, they all want or need to go on, for different reasons but for the same result, to save man kind.
Screaming from the rooftops, MASTERFUL! This is THE way to end a magnificent fantasy series.
Michael weaves all the books together into this one, pulling pieces together and setting the world; past, present and future, in clear view for us. Just amazing the way Michael took two plain and simple thieves, to create an outstanding series and amazing ending.
This one book holds all the missing pieces we didn't realize we were missing, yet piecing all the secreted comments throughout the series together to complete everything. Michael has taken a series to all different levels through out this series, and this book is a fabulous ending to it all!
I laughed and cried and worried. Both for happiness and sadness, of many reasons -- the characters and their hardships and humor. I have to say I LOVED this book, such a perfect ending. I can't describe how well the ending fit for me, all the way to the last sentence. I don't think I can write a review that will give this book it's well deserved justice, or even the series itself. I am just floored with it all; the story, the characters, the depth of the world completed. All of it completed. And an action packed finale.
I was afraid the team wouldn't have their spark, but they had it. Oh they had it. Seeing the characters grow and live through emotions is what makes the book the best, digging deep in us to care. All the characters have their numer
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Posted March 6, 2012
I picked up Theft of Swords nearly three weeks ago, looking for
I picked up Theft of Swords nearly three weeks ago, looking for a new book or series to read. I read the back, trying to get a feel for the book. It looked interesting but I was not going to get my hopes up. All I expected was a decent story. I was proven wrong. The story was not decent. It was brilliant. Sullivan begins the story with the two main characters on a mission. While many books take a while to draw you in, Theft of Swords abandons that, drawing you in on the first page. And it does not relinquish it's hold.
In my reading, I have found that many authors have "filler" sentences and chapters. While these are okay, they often detract from the story. Throughout the Riyria Revelations, I cannot think of a single word, let alone sentence or chapter, that I would call "filler". There were many times that a character was introduced, one whom I THOUGHT was "filler" and would simply disappear. Time and time again, I was proven wrong. The character would be introduced again, be it a chapter or a book later, and would interact with the main characters, Royce and Hadrian, proving vital to the progression of the story.
If I were to identify one thing I think Sullivan does that is truly exceptional, I would have to say CHARACTERIZATION. Throughout the series, Sullivan carefully describes the characters, giving them their own lives and meaning. After reading the series, there is not a single character that I do not identify with (and understand). To use a cliché, the characters "jump of the page", taking over your mind and thought. Ultimately, this is a goal all writers have: to make the reader understand their characters, enjoy them, and find entertainment with them. This does not always happen, however, and the impressive thing Sullivan accomplished is not only pulling it off with one or two characters but each and every one of them. Literally.
I am an avid reader, always have been, and always will be. Bookshelves adorn the walls of my house, the one in my bedroom reserved for my favorite books. The top shelf (on the far left) is specifically reserved for my favorite book, or series. This is where my copy of the Riyria Revelations now reside. I also have each of them on my Nook (tablet), Apple iPad, and Apple iPhone so I can have them wherever I go (literally). I have heard it said many times that a great book is one that you feel you can read over and over again. I do not always agree with this statement. There have been books I have read that I would classify as great that I would not read again, at least for a very long time. Riyria: I will read over and over again. I know it. I cannot now. I am in college, currently struggling my way through a week of midterms before Spring Break, and I want to try out a long list of books I have stored in Notes on my iPhone. But come summer in a couple months, after I have gotten through four or five of the sixty books on my reading list, I have no doubt that I will return to the Riyria Revelations for another, in depth read. For me, Riyria was not just a great series. It is my favorite series and Sullivan, whom I had never heard of before has become my favorite author. I am looking forward to what the future brings in terms of his writing and hope, or pray, that he will return to it (and publish more) someday.
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Posted November 29, 2014
Third book in the series is the best!
If you're into fantasy you'll really like this book, but you MUST read the first two in the series for fullest enjoyment. "The Heir of Novron" can stand alone, but many of the wonderful plot twists and character developments build on the previous two volumes. Several leads to false endings. Some real surprises await.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2014
Recommend this book and series very highly.
The characters are the main attraction here but the action is on- going with a surprise twist thrown in as well. Just when you thought nothing more could happen in the story...it does.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Get ready for twists and turns and new revelations about the characters.
Posted October 11, 2013
An absolute triumph
The six nooks Mr. Sullivan has written reveal a talent that almost defies description. Absolutely glorious, magical, and astounding: I am left breathless and overcome. Beautiful works, these, that left me speechless to the very last three words. Thank you, Mr. Sullivan. I really did laugh and cry. These books really did become a part of me. Dang, but you're good.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 6, 2013
This series tells a beautiful story. It may not be a scholastic
This series tells a beautiful story. It may not be a scholastic masterpiece but for fantasy fiction fans, it has everything you could want, minus the foul language and sexual content that are in some of the current adult fantasy books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I loved the complexity of the characters. No character was left being just a walk-on with only a name and a small forgettable role to play. The story was like a web with sub-stories and clues to mysteries and the fine strands all run to a fascinating center where the tale culminates with all questions answered and mysteries solved.
There are a lot of good writers who can spin a good tale and create believable, fleshed out interesting characters, but not many writers have the skill (or talent, as some would describe it) to infuse deep emotions into their words so effectually that it infects the readers. The Riyia Revelations stories did that for me. I laughed, my stomach clinched with tension, I cried with both joy and sadness.
You would have to be a book snob, not to like this series.
Posted October 15, 2012
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Posted August 15, 2012
Short and sweet review. Amazing story, sucks you in. Never a dul
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Amazing story, sucks you in. Never a dull moment, continually progressing through the story. Great characters. AMAZING READ! You wont regret it!
Posted August 12, 2012
I’ve tried to take a little bit of reprieve before I wrot
I’ve tried to take a little bit of reprieve before I wrote this review, to allow my emotions time to settle, but after a full two weeks, and reading another spectacular fantasy series in between, I don’t think they’re going anywhere. If anything, they’re solidifying, especially the feelings of sadness. Not only for the heartache at the loss of some of my favorite characters in this last part of the saga, but because the series came to an end. It reminds me a lot of how I felt at the end of Harry Potter. I cried for two days, but that was after I had invested several years following that particular journey. With Riyria Revelations, I’ve only recently discovered it, revealing how strong of an impact it made in such a short period of time. I hereby induct Michael J. Sullivan into the Evil Author’s Guild – for his love of killing off much beloved characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This series has a brilliant mix of riotous comedy, wondrous character development, and heart-breaking resolutions. Sullivan did such an excellent job of keeping the strongest elements of this story in a good balance, not allowing one component to overpower the others. As a fellow writer, I understand the difficulty of such a task. While reading Heir of Novron, knowing a conclusion waited on the horizon, Sullivan was able to keep me in the moment, but most all, able to keep my heart and emotions in the moment in order to break them.
While Hadrian and Royce has cemented themselves into my heart as strongly as Harry, Ron & Hermione, it’s some of the secondary characters that helped solidify my love for this series: Empress Modina (Thrace Wood), Amilia, Albert Winslow, Mince, Elbright, Brand, Kine, Gwen DeLancey, Princess Arista, the Pickerings – all of them, Myron Lananklin, Magnus, Esrahaddon, Wyatt Deminthal, and Sir Breckton Belstrad. Of course, there are all those bad guys too, but these are the characters that pilfered my heart. With so many fantasy series filling it pages with dozens upon dozens of characters, I find many of the main characters get lost in the melee, but Sullivan did a great job keeping Hadrian and Royce front and center.
Though I figured out early in the series the identity of the Heir of Novron, I still enjoyed experiencing every step, clue and adventure that brought out the revelation. I love the great mixture of all the elements of fantasy like: new worlds, colorful kingdoms, gods & goddesses, elves, dwarves, wizards, magical beasts, and everyday medieval elements like inns, thieves’ guilds and armies (reminding me a lot of the video game Assassin’s Creed). There’s a surprise at the ending, something I thought about in the first book, but then became so absorbed in the other elements of the story, I totally forgot. When it came about in the end, it really made me smile, and it added such a soft, pleasant touch to the story, especially coming after some really heart-breaking moments. That was I think the formula that made this series great – the balance of soft, hard and hilarious moments.
I’m trying to hard not to give away any plot points, it’s difficult, because it’s those particular points I found so exciting about this series. I guess all that I’m left with is this last sentiment: I love Michael J. Sullivan’s imagination. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.
Till next time,
Posted June 7, 2012
Posted May 7, 2012
Loved this series
The characters are well developed and I found I couldn't put the book down, I had to see what was going to happen next. The dialogue was well written and fit the characters. These books were a great read. I highly recommend themWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2012
Exciting and brilliantly written!
The third installment definitely delivers on the promises of the previous two! This is a hearty adventure, with believable characters and a brilliant storyline. I definitely recommend this book (and the whole series).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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