Fantasy Novels 4 Life
high on list
many d&d books
got to do the prequels now
Take the ride. I have Thoroughly enjoyed this series. Just starting the next book and anticipate more of the same fun, exciting adventure.
A wonderful end to a wonderful trilogy/6 book series. I was leery at first when I read that this series was purposely written so that the first book would be the weakest and least interesting. I honestly should have never doubted.
I will get the bad over with. This book was a little slow at first. Slow and tiresome. But it turned out to not last long. Because once the Wintertide games started, it went back to being entertaining, funny, and suspenseful. Though I am glad the first book in this volume was short. Especially because the second book was all the longer for it.
As in the previous two reviews, the first book is a medieval games setting and the second is a dungeon crawl with all the heroes and favorite characters of the books. Things I didn't expect to happen, happened. Things I hadn't even thought about happened. Then there its he fact that we get character growth all around. Oh and the best part? This book answered all questions asked during the series, no loose threads, plot holes, or deus ex machina. And my favorite part of all? A long denouement. Seriously I love books that don't just abruptly end after the climax. I always feel cheated.
So long story short, if you read the first two, this one is even better. If not, I wholly recommend the Riyiria Reveleations. The books are not repetitive, they are entertaining but have depth, and are just all around fun.
Excellent fantasy series. I'm really glad I decided to go with all three books as I did become more attached as it went along. In a sign of a great series (to me), I immediately went to the authors profile page to see what other books he's written and added several to my wishlist. Michael Sullivan is definitely a top-tier fantasy writer and this trilogy proves it!
Never enough books
Even though this series was nice and long. I just didn't want to leave the characters when the books ended. The characters all felt like family. I usually only just listen while walking the dog,but found myself listening every chance I could get. There are only two other authors that can pull me into characters like this ( JimButcher and Michael Hearne)
Full time mom, avid reader - epic fantasy is my favorite but will read almost anything
The characters came to life beautifully and the story was captivating. I found myself holding my breath, holding back tears, and tapping my fingers in anticipation!
I can't choose a favorite - his narration gave each character their own personality. They were full of life and emotion.
Great series! Will be purchasing The Riyria Chronicles. A shame this followup series is half the listening time as Revelations. Tim Gerard Reynolds is a great narrator. Not sure if the series or the narration was the most impressive.
One of my favorites. I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this series and how much I would recommend it. Sullivan very effectively ties up the various sub plots and presents surprise after surprise as the final book progresses. Reynolds was simply outstanding with his narration and added a dimension and richness to the story that was extraordinary. When I finished the story, I wondered how Sullivan might continue the story as the main characters went on with their lives, and concluded that it would just be anticlimactic. The story clearly pits good versus evil though the characters are not always one or the other. The characters are, well, human. But, with few exceptions, good triumphed. I really liked that. If you are reading this review without having read the two preceding stories in this series, start with Theft of Swords or the first book. You will not be disappointed.
This is the second go-round for me on this book; the first time was in print (and I loved it then, too). The beautiful thing about a well-done audiobook is how it brings out things from the text that came across differently when you read it. That's what makes this item so worth the purchase.
Tim Gerard Reynolds is an excellent reader, doing a solid job of altering his character voices (but keeping those internally consistent) and injecting the story with a sense of excitement over and above what was on the page.
But what comes across best is just a fun, exciting, lovable story. Sullivan is a quality storyteller, and some of the most intense moments in the Riyria Revelations come in this book. I don't know what I was doing instead of paying attention to the scenes of Princess Arista in the dungeon when I was reading it, but listening to them was amazing. I stopped everything else I was doing and just payed close attention, my guts roiling in horror at her predicament.
And that is the combination of good writing and good reading that makes this audiobook a huge favorite.
The author wrote all three books in the trilogy before publishing so he was able to wrap everything up so smoothely. Even the characters who may seem insignificant can wind up playing major roles in these stories - none are there to be a placeholder.
I love them all! The obvious answer would be Hadrian...he is so loveable and easily relateable....but i do think Magnus is a real Gem...i love the way Reynolds portrays Magnus' dwarvish attitude.
I did! This book was one of two books ever to bring a tear to the eye (the other being Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever - highly recommend). It wasnt the very end..and wasnt due to some major event....i think at some moment (with maybe 3 hours left to listen) i realized how epic this story truley was - the way the whole thing came together was wonderful. Everything you could hope for and more.
This is the first review i have done on audbile. I have read/listened to more than 50 audible books so far, but this was the first that i felt i owed to write a review...this book will remain with my memories forever. I hope and wish that Sullivan continues to write his 12-part Prequel Chronicles to this trilogy as i have recently started the first....The crown tower...I just cant get enough of the world of Elan.