I was not disappointed by this last book in the series. After finishing the series and thinking about it, I do think that the author relies a bit too much on deus ex machina, although he couches it in the idea of some kind of weighting of the cosmic dice--certain outcomes WANT to happen. The characters seem a bit oblivious about obvious conclusions as well, mostly as a plot device. Lastly, there were some threads that were dropped that seemed to be launching points for major plot movements, for instance the "experiment" discussed by Degan Gaunt and the older Wizard before the fall of the Old Empire.
However, these are picayune distractions from an otherwise excellent work of fiction and conclusion of a series. I have not enjoyed a series of books this much for ages. While WANTING more, I never had the feeling that I NEEDED more--that there were fundamental questions left unanswered.
Kudos to Michael Sullivan and Gerard Reynolds on an audio masterpiece.
Yes I have already. Finishing this series felt a bit like finishing Potter. I had to find out what happens in the first read/listen, then the second go-round was to really enjoy the story.
Myron. Love him! But I also really appreciated how he handled Archibald - I like how his finest hour gave a normal stock character nuance and depth.
Arista showing everyone who's boss with her water trick. Or chapter 24, cuz I'm a girl like that.
Myron's talk with Royce was quite nice. I also loved the imagery that came to mind during their trip to Percepliquis, especially the cave and the sea.
This has to be hands-down, one of the best narration performances I have heard to date. I am so surprised not to see Tm Gerard Reynolds doing high profile stuff. He's at the level of John Lee or Davina Porter for me. This is a great book to start but he absolutely takes it to the next level. It's the next best thing to having the book put to screen. Michael J. Sullivan got lucky with this guy and I hope he knows it. A bad or even average performance can ruin the best of books but I could just listen to these over and over because it's the best combination of book and narrator. These books remind me of Potter, LOTR but with a light straightforward style, so also like Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth. I really can't recommend this book and the entire series enough!
I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.
I loved the whole series. Hated the bad guys, loved the thieves, and the Princes. Heck, I love all of the characters. They were all developed perfectly in the course of the series.
When Royce captured the dragon and turned it in to a pet.
I've not listened to him prior to this series, but no one could have done better.
A must read. It has every thing anyone could ask for.
Excellent character development and differentiation
Actuall makes you see the different characters in your mind's eye
I am a blessed man!
I've written two reviews explaining why I like this series so much and I'm glad to say its conclusion is as satisfying as it is epic. The two Muskateers are pushed to their limits, thankfully without losing their sense of humor and timing.
Tim Reynolds is awesome as the narrator. He gives every character the distinction they deserve, while catching all the humor and cleverness the story demands.
The author's wife fell so hard for Hadrian character she has inspired him to begin a long series of prequels. All I can say to that is, Cheers to you Mrs. Sullivan!
University administrator. Commuter cyclist. Dad, husband. Loves books of course. Aspiring Jedi Knight and Warder.
Just a short review to say echo what most other people are saying about this series. It's fantastic. The writing is wonderful. Very witty at times. All of the characters get developed to satisfying end. And the story. It's been a while since I've read (listened) to anything so long that flows so well, concisely and ended so satisfying. I appreciated the limited thread plots vs some of the other big series out there where there are many more. It's a bit campy at times, but heck that's fantasy. Thankfully, throughout the novels the author is able to make the characters and storyline realistic. The fight scenes are generally very well done, though there's a bit of super hero stuff going on. A real strength - it's clear the author is a sailor or has researched sailing really well. Whereas most other people glance over the technicalities of sailing in fantasy novels, Sullivan demonstrates command and it's a real plus to the story.
One concern I had was the magic system. This could have used more detailed explanation. As it was outlined, anyone could have become a powerful mage. I did like how Arista stumbled her way things and never became all powerful. Just a bit more explanation is all.
Finally, the narration was fantastic. Really loved the portrayals of Gaunt and Sauldor. The voices made you loath them even more.
A fantastic listen and real credit to the genre!
The best part of this particular volume is how it gathers and finishes all the storylines, large and small, that have been developed since the start. I didn't feel like anything important had been overlooked or forgotten. It's a deeply satisfying finale to a wonderful series.
It would be impossible to name just one, there are many fun and interesting characters you'll find yourself getting attached to.
Mr. Reynolds brings off some pitch-perfect voices for a diverse cast, so many distinctive and fitting characterizations that never waver or get muddled from one volume to the next, and help bring them all to life.
This volume, taken together with the first two, creates one long, cohesive story that follows a great collection of characters through several years and sweeping changes, From daring heists and harrowing escapes to high magic and the high seas, Riyria Revelations never lacks for adventure, but also never neglects character and story. This whole series is worth every minute invested in listening to it, and with two books in each of the three volumes, your credits are well spent.
I really like the story but also loved the character development. I ended up really caring about the people in this book and what happened to them. I don't often write reviews of books, but like this series so much I just had to say something. It is well worth a listen! The narrator was excellent as well.
This was such a well told story that it would be hard to pick one special moment. But did love the final duel and the revelation of the heir. And I loved the development and growth of Arista and Thrace characters throughout this saga.
I loved the interactions of Hadrian and Royce.
Move over Game of Thrones..we have another great contender!
Can't wait for more books from this author!
I listen to audiobooks while at the gym, running, shopping and while doing yard work. There are few books that I can listen to over and over again. As soon as this book finished, I started the whole series over and I liked it better the second time. It has everything you would want in a great book series. Tim Gerard Reynolds is an excellent story teller and I couldn't recommend this book enough.
I wish HBO or Showtime would pick this up and make it into a series.
This series is some of the most enthralling fantasy I've come across in recent years. The tale of Hadrian and Royce is well written, exciting, charming and appropriately epic.
The author has suceeded in making a world that you want to visit, and stay in. This series really deserves more publicity than it has gotten, and I thoroughly recommend the books to anyone.