There are a few series that, after finishing a volume, leave me with an almost obsessive urge to get the next volume and continue the story. The Dark Tower books by Stephen King and The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan are two examples (I actually had "Michael Jordan" written... glad I caught that). After finishing the second volume of Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria Revelations I am left with this same feeling. I want the next book...right now! I think I will just have to go buy the print version - if the local book store has it - because this story is really, really good. Definitely do not buy it if you haven't read the first volume though. In that case, go get "Theft of Swords" and hope that by the time you get to the end of "Rise of Empire" audible has released the next book in the series.
former nuclear scientist
I really enjoyed Theft Of Swords, the first installment of this series. The main characters, Royce and Hadrian, have an enjoyable banter - if literally superhuman skills and luck - and a skill for adventure. This set of two books further explores the mystery set up in the first two: mainly, there is some big event coming that threatens humanity, and a powerful manipulative force fighting for chaos, and the duo known as Riyeria are needed to save the world as they know it.
The book further develops the back story and explores the relationship of the partners, as well as the characters Arista, Thrace (Modina), Magnus the Dwarf, and minor but crucial characters such as Myron and Saldor. The adventures of the cast are tempered by sad tragedies, and the author doesn't shy away from depicting the senselessness of death and the grotesque bloodthirstiness of certain elements of humanity.
I've read a short story by Michael J. Sullivan, and he is careless with his grammar and punctuation to a degree that is distracting. I'm so glad that I listened to these books instead. The narrator does a great job of creating distinct voices for everyone and imbuing each scene with appropriate shades of everything from humor to heartbreak in a way that enhanced the experience.
More of the same from the first book, which in this case is a good thing. Like-able characters, good plot, great narration - what's not to like?
This volume contains "Nyphron Rising" and "The Emerald Storm." With these books, the story really begins to develop toward the ultimate climax (which I'm hoping will be released on Audible sometime soon). Volume one fleshes out the players and leads us to the goal of the various players. Volume two is more plot driven than character development. But that's not to say that the characters don't develop, they do. But it's more of a lateral movement rather than a growth toward betterment. The end of "The Emerald Storm" leaves you hanging! If you don't like cliffhangers, hold off on this series until all three volumes have been released (or see if you can find it in print). Still, I'm rather enjoying this series. No dreadful mid-series lull that is so often found in fantasy series.
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.
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.