The fact that the characters and lifestyles of this world are so completely foreign, but so similar to ours is hard to grasp. I constantly find myself cursing like they would, or saying their phrases... I forget that Marabor, Novron, Arista, Royce, and Hadrian aren't real.
I absolutely love the characters, love the world that has been created for them, and love that in general the characters stay true to what they are. However, there have been times where I want to skip ahead because I feel like things are being over explained, or just... Over emphasized. I do love the writing, but at times I am disappointed that he continues to rehash certain circumstances, or explanations of why people act a certain way. If you've made it this far, you shouldn't have to be reminded constantly of the general circumstances of this world. At least not the ones that have clearly been explained from different perspectives. I also feel like the story has climaxed too soon. I guess I'll see at the end of Heir of Novron.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Here the story does began to expand. Here we learn of the ancient plottings of those to control the empire and the counter-plots of those trying to preserve the freedom of mankind, albeit at great personal, and moral, expense. This sounds very epic but this book tells the story in a very personal way. The characters at the center of all this action are very engaging. This is a strongly plotted novel and can be enjoyed purely in this fashion. It is a bonus that the characters are so entertaining. Royce and Hadrian are two lovable rogues who are starting to develop a conscience.
Tim Gerard Reynolds again delivers a great rendering of this text into my ears. He relates the dialog with style and aplomb; much more than a straight reading. He is not afraid to add emotion to his voice when it will enhance the text.
Fantasy Novels 4 Life
This is a must read series it has everything.
ending made me want more
This series does get better as you develop more of a connection to the main characters. This series is definitely a worthy listen / read and most definitely should be experienced by fantasy fans.
Just like the first book, this is two novels in a single volume, and my opinion stands that it is an enjoyable adventure story. The two protagonists Hadrian and Royce have only gotten better as the books have gone on. With this type of the book, Sullivan could easily have gotten away with making them flat and standard characters, and I would have been more than happy. So imagine my surprise and glee when they turn out to have depth and purpose.
Something great about Riyria Revelations is that each book isn't a new paint job on the previous. The first book was an adventure romp, the second was a little town under attack, the third a besieged city, and the fourth a high sea adventure. Sounds pretty exciting eh? With each consecutive book, the story has grown and developed. I would be remiss to not admit I am a little disappointed in the book leaving its shallow relaxing origin to be something of more depth and meaning. Not a bad thing, good for most in fact. Though since the humor and laugh out loud moments have stuck around, I'm good, and have in fact already begun the third volume.
One thing that drives me up the wall in irritation is when a book constantly changes perspectives, resulting in numerous stories going on in a single book. This book has, I'd say three of these, but they didn't bother me. In fact I barely noticed them. There were the occasional "son of a gun" moments as the perspective switched at a cliffhanger point, but then I got treated to another storyline that I was missing. I liked all three, believe it or not.
This series and author are great since he doesn't bother with the boring parts. Yes those boring parts build up the story and suspense, but hey, as Sullivan proves, if you have just the good parts, you can do the same.
So, if you read the first book, Theft of Swords, then read on, it only gets better.
After reading the second Riyria book, I am starting to understand some of the good reviews for the series. While the first two books were more single stories within the same setting, with Rise Of Empire, author Sullivan begins to expand the story beyond the exploits of Royce and Hadrian, and with this, the series begins to become a new and much more enjoyable experience. Characters from the first two books take on expanded roles, and new characters form to provide the listener with a larger epic fantasy type world.
I really enjoyed the larger roles for the women, Arista, Thrice/Modena, and new character Amelia. Their additions opened up what was an average story to something much more grand.
The narrator Tim Gerard Reynolds continues to be solid, and I think his voices are growing on me despite some of characters sounding the same.
Overall, I am enjoying this series very much, and have already moved on to the next book in the series.
This review is being written after having completed the entire series, which was very satisfying. This second in the series picks up where the first book left off and follows our two main characters through one swash buckling adventure after another. Tim Reynolds voices are consistent with those used in the first book and continue to be very enjoyable. I cannot imagine listening to this book without having listened to the first in the series, as Sullivan continues to develop the characters and their relationships with one another and continues towards the ultimate climax in book three. It does remind me a little of the LOTR trilogy in that respect but Sullivan is completely original in his plot development. Some pretty graphic violence, but not over the top and fits with the time period that the story appears to be written in. Thoroughly entertaining, and I would venture if you listen to this and the first in the series, you will not be disappointed with the final story.
Yes it is a highly entertaining listen and the narrator does a fantastic job. This is book 3 and 4 in the series and you really get to see the characters grow and you come to love them more. I will not give a description as you can read that for yourself. But I will say the 2 main Characters Royce and Hadrian are now two of my favorite fantasy heroes. The other characters in the book really are good also: Princess Arista and Amelia in book 3. This Author has done a great job and I sent him an email and he actually replied twice!
I think it would have to be Hadrian for a male character and Princess Arista for female. I just love Hadrian's sense of humor and even though he is a thief he has a very good heart. With Princess Arista you get to see her grow form a spoiled princess to a true heroine who is just learning her abilities as one of the gifted (magic wielder).
It is too hard to say as he does such a good job. He makes different voices for all the characters and even does a great job for the females so you can truly imagine the characters talking.
Yes definately, I do not want to give away any spoilers but a few tears where shed and many laughs.
I really suggest you give this series a chance as I am sure you will add it to your all time favorites. I listen at work sometimes and the story is so good hours will pass and I will not even realize it. When I leave work I will plug my phone into my car stereo and find myself driving slower to get home so I can listen longer!
Yes, I would. I'll probably listen to it again after the year prequels come out. It's just great story, with great narration.
Absolutely. I listen at work, so it only took a few days anyway.
If you've read the first book, and found it lacking in certain areas, listen to this anyway. Much better and leaves toy ready for the third. Highly recommended. I put Michael J Sullivan up there with the likes of Patrick Rothfuss, and Brandon Sanderson.