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The Emerald Storm (Riyria Revelations Series #4)

The Emerald Storm (Riyria Revelations Series #4)

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by Michael J. Sullivan

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Emerald Storm 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
pagese More than 1 year ago
Despite a rocky third book in the series, I knew I would be continuing. I genuinely like the characters and want to see how this entire series ends! While Hadrian is not up to his perky old shelf, I enjoyed his character a lot more in this book than in the last. He has a purpose, but he's not entirely sure what to do about it. I think he really would like to retire but now realizes that it might not be in the cards. He and Royce end up on a ship with no clear destination at first in hopes to recover a horn. Arista leaves her perch as Mayor in hopes of finding Gaunt. A tragic events leads to this decisions. It's something that effects everyone, yet Arista is currently the only one who knows about. I'm curious as to how this will effect the future story. I felt the part of the story aboard the ship The Emerald Storm was a little dragged out. But, I think the author fully intends on having you really think about the characters and their actions. Everything is this is deliberate, with the full knowledge of how the ending is going to happen. We might not see all the pieces right now, but I love how the author is slowly pulling them together. I really loved the last 100 pages or so. Arista hiding in plain sight and her interactions with Trace/Modina are especially interesting. I keep thinking there's something that Modina isn't telling us. I can't wait to figure out what that is. I also enjoyed Royce and Hadrian's journey when the leave the ship. It's non stop actions and so many different things are going on. I'm hoping I didn't miss some key detail that makes everything make sense later. I can see we are on the downward slide to the conclusion. I'm happy I've decided to read these and can't wait to see how it ends!
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Lizka More than 1 year ago
This book is a worthy addition to the Riyria Series. It continues to feature the characters you've grown to love while skillfully introducing new ones as well. Michael does a great job of summarizing the earlier books for new readers just enough without dragging it out for those who have read the earlier books. Like another reviewer indicated, you can jump in here if you want, but it's a great ride you shouldn't miss.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Michael has outdone himself, again. With each book I am amazed at how the story has grown, and each book is better than the last - which were impressive in themselves. Michael keeps raising the bar with each book. The Emerald Storm starts shortly after Nyphron Rising's ending. The first chapter catches you up with happenings of the last three books, yet blends in many new happenings; an assassination plan, and a whole new set of issues now present in the change of seasons and rules. Many old characters return, along with new characters who help grow the world. In this book I have started to realize how much the characters have grown through the books thus far. We also start to get more details on some of the characters to help place more pieces of the puzzle together. We come across new creatures, like the Ghazel - goblins in the land of Calis. We visit different areas of the world and learn more about the different races and creatures. We go on a sea voyage, hike through the jungle, and fight a few battles - at sea and on land. Not only does each section of the journey build for the end of the book giving more details of what is happening, but they have their own peckes and valleys to keep meturning the pages and had my heart racing at times all to find out what happens next. This was a book I found very hard to put down. There is a great combination of conspiracy, mystery of a missing person, and a little of magic mixed into this fantasy world. New dangers are in the works for the world of Avryn. New, threatening enemies and possible destruction come to the surface in this story. But one always seems to remain and working closer to their goal... The Empire. In the end Michael left me shocked and my jaw hanging open. I enjoy when when an author can get a few twist and turns in on me I didn't foresee. This book did not let me down, and actually exceeded my expectations on all levels. I am left wanting to run out and buy Wintertide, but it's not out yet.
JimWoodWork More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book of the series & Sullivan has cranked up the action another notch. The plot has matured & thickened. Be prepared for plenty of thrills, chills & sudden twists, all well done & quite logical - after the fact. "I didn't see that coming!" ran through my head constantly. If you haven't read the first 3 books of the series, you could start here - again, Sullivan has subtly filled in the history - but you'd be missing out on a great ride. My only complaint is the last two books aren't written, yet!