This story kept my interest the entire way through. As soon as I had finished the story I immediately started it again. Just as good the second time; I loved catching all the little details I overlooked the first listen. The characters truly come to life with the great writing by Michael J Sullivan and performance by Tim Gerard Reynolds.
Friends, enemies, frenemies
I loved Royce. Throughout the book, he surprised me, whether through his actions or attitudes or by the author's revelations about his character. His dialog was also some of my favorite
He was easy to understand and did a decent job at differentiating the different characters.
I laughed and cried in various parts.
While this volume is really good fantasy writing all on its own, it's also proof that all roads lead to Tolkein and that's not a disparagement to the author. We have humans and elves and dwarves and a flying creature. There's a wizard, a hidden heir, and a quest here and there. And while I wouldn't call them a Fellowship, a set of characters does appear over and over no matter what action is taking place. And yet it doesn't feel derivative. I see the bones of Tolkein here, but Sullivan has created a rich and wonderful world where I want to remain for another 26 hours (next volume) at least. Bonus: it's the perfect soundtrack for walking the dog.
This was a enjoyable, light book, with a interesting story-line, fun characters, and decent narration. I was actually disappointed when the book abruptly ended. I'll be purchasing the rest of the series.
This is the beginning of an incredible series. So worth checking out, and once you finish you will be so happy you did.
I liked it but not enough to read the next book. I wasn’t surprised enough. I didn’t smile.
It could be that I’m not in the mood right now. I think kids and teens would like it if parents are ok with some killing.
This is good guys vs. bad guys, murders and crimes motivated by money and power. It’s more event driven than character driven. For example, the heroes are on a journey causing them to interact with a series of bad guys that they need to fight or flee. The church among others are bad guys. In the two books I read the bad guys were one-dimensional. For example, someone in power is able to frame a good guy, put him in jail, allow no investigation, and then execute him. More than once I was depressed at people with unchecked power doing things like that. Voldemort (from Harry Potter) was a more interesting (multi-dimensional) bad guy. He lacked a complete physical body and did weird things with snakes.
The main characters are Hadrian the son of a blacksmith and Royce an orphan. Hadrian is a great sword fighter and Royce a stealthy lock-picker-climber-scout. They are partners - mercenaries for hire - usually to steal or obtain something. Other characters include wizards, dwarves, elves, and a type of dragon.
In this book someone kills the king and frames the heroes.
There are two series: 6 books in the main series (Riyria Revelations) and 3 books in the prequel series (Riyria Chronicles). I’m told that each book has a happy ending and the two main characters continue in the sequels. I read the first book in each series. The author says the Revelations series is a completed set. The Chronicles might go on indefinitely as long as readers like it - with Hadrian and Royce meeting new people and solving new problems in each book. The author says it doesn’t matter which you read first. The 6 book series was written first.
Tim Gerard Reynolds was very good. This didn’t bother me but I noticed a few times he interpreted the text differently than the way it was written. Example: a character “muttered” something but the narrator said it “loudly.” Another character “shouted” something, but the narrator said it “calmly.”
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: fantasy adventure, young adult.
This series promises to be one of the greatest fantasy series of all time. I have enjoyed it equal to Harry Potter and LOTR. The characters are deeply developed and get more so as the series goes on, and the dialogue is spot on. Tim Gerard Reynolds narrates the book fabulously easily distinguishing different characters whether male or female. I cannot say enough about this series and the author.