The main ingredient (it seems) for an adventure story is a bit of missing information. That might be something misunderstood (or rather poorly explained by the author) or confusing and protagonists and antagonists rush around trying to figure out what that missing piece of information actually means. This story is no different. The hidden information is not particularly well hidden (or surprising) giving the story a bit of blandness - it would help if there was some significant meaning behind the actions of the elves. There is little complexity in the characters - they are all true to (a very simple) form. There is a grand adventure (to find out the truth) wherein most of the characters that we have come to know are regarded as expendable. Every one of the long line of bad guys meet their demise during the story. And since their characters are not well developed its a bit hard to shed any tears. This is not a book for those who want a well developed story and characters. But not a bad listen if your expectations are not too high.
It has to be in my top 10 for sure, and I have over 150 audiobooks in my library.
I can't say without giving away too much of the story. The end of the story just left me smiling, and not many books get that much of a reaction from me.
Any time Hadrian pulls out the spadone...you just know someone is going to get owned. Especially the last time when he has the flashback moment to what his father taught him. Gave me goosebumps!
I laughed plenty of times. What I didn't expect is that I would develop such strong connections to the characters, so that when someone died I kept waiting for the moment when they would pull through at the last minute, because I didn't WANT them to die. But characters in this series aren't killed just the sake of killing them, like in other popular books *cough!*GameOfThrones*cough!*
Can we say HBO series or movie? There's easily enough content here to support 6 seasons of an HBO series.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the characters. I find myself wondering what Hadrian and Royce are up to now. The narration was terrific. My one complaint is that on occasion I really wished the description would wrap up and get back to the action.
Yes. I read the print version a while back (before getting into audible books) and loved it even then but for some reason Tim Gerard Reynolds just brings the characters to life.
Michael Sullivan just weaves a fantastic tale of adventure that reels you in. I loved the characters and their growth on their various quests and adventures.
He does such an excellent job of narrating and his voices for each character are consistent and fit well with the characterization in the novel. I can tell who is speaking by the voice and there are a lot of characters in the book (male, female, dwarf, eleven etc).
Definitely. I usually only listen to audible books on my commutes but with the Riyria Chronicles I was annoyed when I had to stop listening for real life responsibilities. I even played it while exercising instead of music and at home with my headphones while people watched tv around me.
There is so much happening in this book that it just takes off from the first word to the last one. At this point, all the back story is already established, so we jump right in to the action.
Hadrian really shines in this book. We get to see him flex his awesome fighting prowess, demonstrate some strategic intelligence, and we see some of his more vulnerable side as well. We see the depth of his connection with Royce, as Royce struggles with the aftermath of "Rise of Empire". Hadrian is simply a good man, and that really shows here. Add that to his wry wit and intelligent barbs and you have an interesting, admirable protagonist that I would love to be best friends with.
I have listened to all Reynold's performances in the two Riyria series. I feel like this is comparable to the rest of the series, which adds to the performance in my opinion. I feel it would be really off-putting to listen to a series where the quality varies from book to book.
I always laugh in these books. You can't help it, Reynold's does a great job with adding inflections and emotions to the voices so you can hear it when characters are incredulous or sarcastic or growling menacingly. But the truly impressive reaction in my mind is the frustration it can induce. You get to watch the enemy twist truth in truly impressive ways to suit their needs, and watch the general public swallow it, and all the while you know what manipulative, dangerous people they are. The political intrigues are intricate and brilliantly executed, and it is amazing to me how deftly the same event can be twisted into several different descriptions of that event to manipulate different types of people.
My dread grew as the conclusion of the saga grew nearer, but ultimately I was satisfied with the ending and and was willing to let the characters go. I love the way the author weaves in details and has them reappear significantly later in the story. There are no "come on" moments, when you feel you've been cheated because new information was sprung on you. What a wonderful storyteller Michael J. Sullivan is.
From other reviews, it seems like it's just me, but I could not always immediately tell from the narrator's voice which character was speaking. Specifically, I would think Hadrian was speaking and it would turn out to be one of the less prominent male characters. That was my only minor issue with the narration. The voices of Hadrian and Royce were definitely distinguishable from each other.
All in all, a very fitting conclusion to a wonderful series. Bittersweet - sorry it has ended but ultimately left smiling.
I would. It's so well written that I feel like I'm close to Royce and Hadrian. I miss them already.
Could be Hadrian or Royce. Both such rich, multi-dimensional characters. Both skillful and what they do. Both always true to themselves. Both searching for meaning in their lives.
I can't possibly narrow this down. If you read this, you'll see what I mean. Such a great adventure!
Not sure I can pick the tag line, but I know it'd rival Game of Thrones on screen!
I stumbled across this series by accident. How luck I was!
Michael J Sullivan - you are a genious! Such complex yet elegant plot. Such rich characters. Just a great story. Thank you.
On par with the rest of the series.
So sad to say goodbye to this series. Great characters and a wonderful story.
Say something about yourself!
This Last book in addition to the series is Amazing. A must read. Well Written! Great Plot! Great Characters! Unexpected events and outcomes. .. Amazing!!
Every single one of these books are written so well. I don't think I'll every read another series like this again.