I really enjoyed the first Riyria book, as simple as it was, particularly for a few of its interesting characters, promising set-up, and what felt like competent writing. This sequel promised more of this--but suffered from a complete lack of focus (or editing). The first part's plot dragged (prepare for discussion after discussion) so that very little occurs until nearly midway, but I was willing to just listen (on 1.5x) and wait, believing that the pace would pick up and everything would come together more elegantly in the second.
Instead, the second part of the book sounded as if it had been cut and pasted out of some ridiculous 50's maritime jungle island adventure book. A it was just that--ridiculous. As soon as they got of the ship, I don't know how many times I rolled my eyes or wondered when something was actually going to happen. Predictable and/or flat plot 'twists' galore are dragged out for no reason other than to take up another full book so that three can be sold instead of one or two. It seems like Sullivan wasn't sure where he was going with the story and just wrote in a lot of filler for fun. (Hmm...I've gotten my fun with the dragon-fighting adventure, ticked off the generic sea adventure gun battle part...now let's put Royce and Hadrian on a jungle trek with typical challenges and lots of shifty 'savages'! Wouldn't that be fun?) No.
The characters are really the only compelling aspect of this rather flat book. If not for my affection for a few of them (namely Hadrian and Arista), I would have zero motivation to find out what happens in the third installment. I'm still not sure I care enough to find out after this disappointingly typical middle book.
Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.
tough to say
he does a great job with everything, doesn't over do the voices
I think after listening to 3 of the books I would say that this is A-. It's definitely good, in fact it's really good. Creative, well written, compelling characters. For whatever reason it doesn't have that driveway quality to it where you want to sit in your car and let it play. I enjoy listening to Ryira but find I stray away from it for podcasts or another book. I'll probably finish the series but very slowly as I'll be constantly interrupted by other things.
Sullivan does a wonderful job of stringing the story long at a rapid pace keeping the readers attention while at the same time deeply developing the characters. I am awaiting the day when this series garnishes its own TV Series/Movie Franchise
Royce and Hadrian are impossible to not like. The chemistry between the thieves duo is dynamic and hilarious. These characters by themselves make the book a worthy listen.
I have yet to listen to any Reynolds's other performances but his performance in this series was phenomenal I look forward to listening to his other work.
If it wasn't 26 hours long I would have
I would definitely rec this book. The characters are funny and develop more and more over the series of the books. A good epic series!
I love his voices. You can easily tell one character from the other
I listen in the car as I drive to work...very slowly.... : )
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
This series is great! I rate it right up there with the, "Walt Longmire Mystery" series.
The writing just flows and I love Sullivan's almost lyrical descriptions of places and landscapes. He incorporates little side stories that are a wonderful way to help you attain more insight into each characters past and complexity. Just one example: Royce sees a young, street urchin, boy and while he watches him the reader is able to hear Royces nostalgic, endearing thoughts. It helped us to see the softer side of Royce which is not depicted at all in his outside character.
This is an exciting, adventurous and at times comical read. The relationship between the two main characters is entertaining and not at all predictable. It is interesting that they are so completely different from eachother, but, so inquestionably in synce, and the facetious, dry humor they share at the most inappropriate times is very funny and clever. Both are very likable in their own ways.
I suggest reading the first book before this one, it is just as enjoyable and will add richness to this story line and it's characters. The narrator is great and keeps a steady pace. I hope Audible will soon offer other books by Michael Sullivan. I Highly Recommend this series, definitely credit worthy. On to the next.
It took a little bit to get into the first book and I wasn't sure I would want to keep going but I hung in there. This book, and the previous, is great and the narrator does and excellent job with the voices of different characters. No boring slow parts where I feel the urge to fast forward either. It just keeps going at a good pace with plenty of mysteries slowly revealed to the listener about all of their pasts and the potential future. Highly recommended.
The relationship between the two thieves is great.
He does a great job of voicing the different characters with dialects and inflections.
I listened to all three books in this series. Each one was better than the last. The narrator is perfect. He is able to perform a large number of characters flawlessly. The story is also very captivating. I highly recommend.
I was a tiny bit disappointed when the author dropped the episodic stories in favor of a large over-arching plot. I loved the episodic stories of the first book and was hoping for more. That disappointment soon disappeared as the real plot of the series took off. I loved the book so much that there are no spoilers in this review. Suffice to say that in this book the stories of the several characters are told from several different viewpoints a la Lord of the Rings. The events unfold, triumphs and disappointments, and the tension builds to leave us wondering what will happen in the next volume.
Tim Reynolds is an excellent voice actor, not only are each of the characters, men and women, voice differently, they have different characters that come through the voice stylings. Especially in such a rich and varied world, it is amazing that after a very short time you forget that you are listening to a single voice actor instead of an acting troop.
I can hardly wait to start listening to the next book.
I did not read the book.
The characters were very well developed and true to character. The plot was intricate and rich, very believable. Some of the heroes live and some die, so you are frequently holding your breath to see what happens next. I absolutely loved how the end of the last book tied everything together. It is rare that a book ending leaves me saying "ohhh!" right out loud.
Tim is an excellent reader, and I enjoy the way he changes his voice for each character. I do think he needs to work on the feminine characters, however. They all still sound quite mannish.
Watching Royce grow and change all throughout the series was wonderful. He went through such heart rending trials that it is amazing he even survived. I think when Myron was talking with Royce after the death of Gwen touched me the most. It was the turning point for Royce.
Myron started out as a small character for me, but grew to be an enormous part of the story. I loved that development. I also loved the turn of events with Nimbus. I cannot wait to read more stories by Mr. Sullivan, who had just become one of my favorite authors. His writing is phenomenal!
Top 1 or 2.
Always captivating, never dry.
Depth of character - a good example is the way he reads Hadrian's (sp?) voice, it just makes the guy sound so much more authentic.
All parts are good.
The 1st book(s) in the series is also phenomenal.