This is a great series. The characters are throughly developed the plot is intricate and there is enough humor between the two main characters to offset the realistic portrayal of feudal life in all its poverty, bigotry, and casual attitude about the worth of human life. Many of the secondary characters carry important parts. In fact, no scene can be assumed to be unimportant, it may hold a key to a puzzle in a future book. The fantasy and magic in the series are not explained but shown in glimpses throughout the books. Again, all of this series is great, including the prequels.
The dynamic between the two main characters. The motivation of either are so believable it seems like I know the two personally. Yes each is an Archetype but they are also very deep characters.
Hadrian. I always had that kind of stupid moral certitude since I was a kid.
Royce. Tim Gerard Reynolds just has that cynical bastard voice and attitude down so well. Or possibly Albert, but he has such little dialog.
Yes. I think I actually lost sleep because of this book.
Riyria chronicles are good entertainment. Sullivan's story is not too heavy but does hold some surprises along the way. I thought Mr Reynolds narration was expressive. I didn't find his use of different voices too distracting.
I read the two short stories, maybe three, and enjoyed the camaraderie between Royce and Hadrian... it seemed to be a focus on the partnership between two different kinda guys! I've found the longer version/story to be a bit more focused on something OTHER THAN the two main characters... almost like the ruining effect of realizing that Indiana Jones didn't matter in Raiders of the Lost Arc! These two existentialists are so pivotal in the stories of all sorts of other characters, but the focus isn't on their friendship in the same manner as occurs in the Viscount and the Witch per se. Regardless, it's a fun twist on the heroes journey archetype. I've also read on blogs/boards about plot twists and spoilers, but am not deterred to indulge Sullivan's duo's adventure. I think some of the obstacles Sullivan has put before SOME characters (Esrahaddon's hands for example) serve to limit the stories potential to really go someplace interesting... while some characters (Hadrian's mercenary with a heart of gold, orphan, young jovial stud) are shallow and serve to only prop up other characters (Royce) when more conflict or need for one another would fill in the story nicely. As is, Royce and Hadrian are a pair of heroes who have ALREADY worked through their differences (via Sullivan's commentary on a blog) and are now just two buddies who have found a journey to spend their time and energy on... but, it is a fun tale so far, so I'll see it through. Maybe the 3 latter stories (albeit prequel in nature) will be more compelling in regards to the nature of the two main characters!
System and software engineer from the UK now living and working in Silicon Valley.
I don't do spoilers. This is the start of a long journey and both of these books do a good job of character and plot development. The surprises are suitably surprising and there are enough questions suggested but answers not given to draw me along into the rest of the series. There is an obvious clean break between the books, but since the overall story continues it wasn't particularly disturbing. I enjoyed this a lot.
This book was very, very enjoyable with a cast of extremely fun characters. Royce and Hadrian are on an adventure, and they are taking you with. Their personalities are so arrestingly charming (even if Royce isn't trying to be that way haha!) that you will immediately become sucked into the book. You'll root for these characters. You'll laugh at and with them.
Don't expect some deep, introspective character study in this book. While the characters are well-rounded and dynamic, the book does not provide a deep look into their heads. This book is less about the characters and more about the adventure. I wouldn't let this steer you off though, even if you are looking for deep characters in a book. Normally that's what I want--if a book doesn't have deep characters I'm not interested. But I make an exception with Theft of Swords because the book was so darn fun. Additionally, the friendship between Royce and Hadrian is rather "cute."