What a terrific series, absolutely awesome. The characters were well developed, and easy to follow. I can't say enough good things about the series.
Heir of Novron does a great job at bringing you full circle with its characters. Still I'd like a few more books with these characters and the rich environment. Also, Tim Reynolds puts in an excellent performance as well.
This series is among the very best of fantasy I've ever read or listened to and I've read/listened to a lot. Though extremely long it did not feel like one of those series where the writer could have condensed the story by a 1,000 pages .... in fact I hated that it ended. I feel like I'm being parted from some of my best friends. Nor was it a formulaic fantasy book, even towards the end there were some surprises. I can't think of a single character that wasn't well developed and interesting .... some were so evil your skin crawled and others you just had to love. And the reader, Tim Gerard Reynolds, was outstanding. I hope we see more books from Michael J. Sullivan soon.
I love SciFy and Fantasy Novels History is my second love especially the Dark ages through the Renaissance and The American Civil War
I only wish there was more! The characters were rounded out nicely and the story had some unexpected twists and turns. Good suspense and good action. The narration was outstanding. Make sure you read/listen to the first two in the series even though you could read this as a standalone.
The gambit of emotions touched sadness, humor, and joy with every book in the series. What a wonderful ending for a great series. I didn't want it to end.
The relationship and hardships endured by both Royce and Adrian.
He captivated my attention with every sentence. Many audio books make you have to go back and recap. Not this one. He did an excellent job.
It was well done and yes, I shed a few tears of sadness and joy
best audio book since the Wheel of Time series.
Will there be more ?
I certainly hope so..
I am aware that much has already been said about this series....do not pass it up and if you have not already discovered The Cycle of Arawn I highly recommend it as well
The Riyria series is a high fantasy series on par in complexity, world-building, and characterization with any of my favorites (Robert Jordan's The Wheel Of Time, David Eddings' The Belgariad, Scott Lynch's The Gentlemen Bastards, Pat Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicles). This book was an ending to the Riyria Revelations and was very satisfying as it revealed a lot about Royce and Hadrian's backstory as well as showing great character progression and evolution... all while providing the lively banter, intrigue, and great feats of daring that we've come to expect from Riyria! I particularly appreciate Sullivan's female characters and how strong, detailed, and integral they are to the story beyond being damsels in distress or objects of affection. I had to double-check the author's name as I really felt like this was a female author due to the equality of the sexes (especially) in this final installment. I also loved the message of the book regarding equality of the races (human, elf, and dwarf) and the way the history of the story was shown to have created prejudice that they are actively working to counteract.
These books, despite a lot of battles, danger, and character deaths, are less dark and bloody than GRR Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire, and therefore perhaps more accessible to YA as well as adult audiences. I would have loved them in my teens. The humor and banter between Royce and Hadrian keeps things a bit lighter and focused on the friendship.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
When I first started this series, I was on the fence about it. It seemed a bit lightweight and fluffy.
The second book in the series changed my find. I started to appreciate the scope of the backstory, and really started to like the main characters.
In this finale, I really felt that all the time I'd invested was worth it. The ending was superb.
I immediately went on to read the prequels, and I will happily keep reading more as they are published.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
As promised this series drives toward the conclusion weaving up loose ends as it goes. The action is operatic at times and concerns deadly magic spells, magic swords, the fall of kingdoms and the annihilation of whole races. I like the characters very much and Sullivan gives them many witty things to say. The court intrigue is really well done. The scene where Nesssus comes to Hardian’s rescue against a bevy of Royal dandies is worth rewinding to listen to again. I found it to be an engaging story. The fact that I knew it was going to have a nice tidy ending kept me guessing what that ending would be. I only guessed about half of it. Over all it was an enjoyable listening experience. One observation, and this is not a criticism, is that the light hearted banter of the characters never allow this to reach epic status, but by its very light hearted nature is entertaining none the less.
Tim Gerard Reynolds has become the voice of Royce and Hadrian for me. And his other characterizations are also very well done. There are several major female characters. He is able to make his voice handle the fairer voices most superbly, never becoming awkward or shrill. He is very good in this series.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
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!