A rising star in the fantasy genre, Michael J. Sullivan has built an ardent following for his Riyria Revelations saga, which draws to its epic conclusion in Heir of Novron.
On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.
Heir of Novron contains Wintertide and Percepliquis, books 5 and 6 of Riyria Revelations.
©2012 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2012 Recorded Books
This review covers both Rise of Empire and Heir of Novron, the second and third books in the Theft of Swards trilogy. Any series of books that can hold my attention for 70+ hours and leave me wanting more is a winner. On top of discovering one of my new favorite narrators, I found the books amusing, swashbuckling, and a romp of a fantasy.
The author is not afraid to left Royce, Hadrian and Arista experience both victory and pain. Recurrent characters pop up throughout the trilogy and add continuity and bind the stories together. Originally written as six stand alone books, the trilogy is wisely packaged in three volumes. The main characters and their joint and individual stories are well developed. I felt I knew them and I missed them when it was over.
I am giving the story only four out of five stars because the author leaves subtle but essential clues throughout the books that are hard to remember after such a long narration. He is a bit too clever for his own good at times. When listening, remember, nothing is irrelevant. I was confused by the ending of Heir of Novron. Luckily, I had purchased both the audio and Kindle version and I was able to do a search of the Kindle text to find the answer. It annoyed me I had to resort to looking back.
I had a couple other quibbles with the excessive details in Rise of Empire about every type of mast or sail on a ship and how to operate it in various types of weather. As a reader, I wanted to story to move on and it almost sank. The search for the lost city was puzzling when it turned out that many people knew where it was.
Those quibbles aside, I highly recommend the Theft of Swords trilogy. It is so much better than others series I have tried, such as The Elvenbane (uneven and disjointed) and The Kingkiller Chronicles (so boring I returned the first book and won't revisit).
If you enjoy books like Game of Thrones, you will like this book more. Why do I compare the two storytellers? The settings are similar, but the writing is more positive and I actually like these characters, even the tainted ones. The story telling is over the top spectacular, and the turns and twists don't allow you to really know what's going to happen until after it does happen. The only thing you know is that everything turns out good in the end. The tension is how that happens. How will they get out of the next crazy situation. This will become a movie at some point. It just has to.
Start on the first book, The Crown Tower and then you can work your way through them all. Believe me when I say that if you start, you will finish all the books. You will have to, you won't have a choice.
Michael Sullivan is a great writer. When I say great, it's because he does everything right. Excellent descriptions, logical outcomes and great characters. The story becomes vivid and compelling.
Finally, the actual reading is beyond what you would expect. The voices and characterization are extraordinary.
This is an excellent series and if you are considering reading this author, you will not be disappointed.
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.
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.
Loved it the first time. Liked it just as much if not more the second time. Great characters (I loved them all), story, twists, narration, ending, etc. But, listened to it again after listening to the Chronicles. Was great fun recognizing the small bits of foreshadowing and tidbits that made you smile and say "oh, now that makes sense". This was clearly one of my all time favorite books.
Heir of Novron takes the steam that was built from the last book and builds it into a wonderful and exciting ending. What begins as more of a buddy story in a fantasy setting ends as a top rate fantasy story. The author Micheal J. Sulivan seemed to grow as the story grows, and I am looking forward to future series from him as well as the new Ryria Chronicles books.
Narrator Tim Gerard Reynolds was solid as usual. I highly recommend this series.
This was the conclusion to a wonderful story. I was captivated from the beginning especially with the narration. I got to know each of the characters and came to care for each of them. I am sorry to see the story end because I enjoyed it so much, but I am also glad to see that Michael Sullivan did not try to keep the story going unnecessarily just to sell more books like some authors do (no names).
I have listened to it again! The characters are so likable and the story is exciting.
The part when the characters go into the lost city of Percepliquis (no clue how to spell that...).
What I like about TGR is his consistency in the characters' voices. From Theft of Swords to Heir of Novron, he kept the same voice for each of the characters. It makes it easier to follow the story if you don't have to keep reminding yourself who is talking!
Who says there's no honor among thieves?
Heir of Novron is a well written and well read adventure that will keep you guessing about the outcome. The plots twists and winds its way through the Kingdom of Novron as the tension mounts and war threatens the Kingdom's very existence. Tales of intrigue, deceit, courage and heroism capture the reader's/listener's attention and hold it through to the conclusion. This is a fitting finale to this three volume tale. Suitable for all ages. The reader is excellent at holding the listener's attention. We preferred listening tale over watching television.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
Liked it and maybe a year from now
Liked the finial challenge against the Fairy warrior
Liked so many of them great story telling too many to pick one
Actually both, great writing and the reader was above average
Wished there was one more to read maybe 3000 years later Ha
"An amazing story"
The Ryria Revelations series in general is a rather strong series and the final book in the duality audiobook "Heir of Novron" is by far the best. Among movies you can often find depictions based on the excitement level defined by time, usually peeking around the point of no return.
Where some of my other favorite series typically gave higher highs, but also lower lows the final books ride on an overall high level albeit with fewer peaks, but very few low points.
The series is highly rated, and amongst books ive read/heard i would put the final book in my top 10
There wont be any spoilers in this text and i am being deliberately vague
Though the primary plot point throughout the series can be reasoned by most sooner or later in the series, the final book still manages to throw curve balls that not only fit, but are immensely satisfying when discovered. For me personally swinging from suspected guesses to things i newer even considered.
The development and interaction between the characters grow and are also very good.
Myron also deserves his own special mention as his character is fantastic.
Tim Gerard does an excellent job through the entire series.
"Great ending to the series"
This book brought the trilogy to a satisfactory conclusion. Some surprising and some satisfying deaths (!) and a nice twist to the tale towards the end.
The series as a whole is fairly gentle without deep character development or complex motivations, it is nevertheless a pleasant listen which had me finding excuses to keep listening to see what happens next; always a good sign.
Tim's performance was great as always. A few slip-ups where voices were mixed up for a few words but that reflects how distinct the main characters voices were.
All the proper reactions to the perils and triumphs of the characters. A smile at the interplay between them.
A fantastic read, the whole trilogy is a wonderful magical tale following two thieves Royce Melbourne and Hadrian Blackwater, and their path from humble beginnings to, ( I'm not going to tell you, you will have to read them yourselves!!! ) needless to say once you pick up the first book, you will not want to stop until you have read all three!!!! Happy reading everyone!!!! ;0)
It's good, fun, light-hearted entertainment.
The narration is fine, though at times some of the characters sound almost a little too jolly for the moment.
It's worth listening to the whole series, as the thread is good and clues are given early on.
came together nicely. wrap up at the end was a little over extended a little Lord of the Rings, if you know what I mean.
other than that 10 out of 10 from me.
"Great finish to an awesome series!!!"
I love Hadrian and Royce as characters and this has been a most enjoyable series; definitely one of those feel good fantasy tales that are so hard to come by these days.
"An absolutely brilliant trilogy - a must have"
I have only reviewed this last part of the trilogy as I think it can be judged as a whole or separately - either way they are superb stories interlaced within the main story -the performance is spot on and as a fan of fantasy books this ranks alongside Raymond E Feist', Brandon Sanderson and George RR Martin - download these books today you won't be disappointed ☺
The third instalation in the Riyria revelations, probably the best story's I have had the pleasure to listen to , narrated to perfection this is truly a epic scifi/fantasy adventure with some of the best carectors you will ever have the pleasure of getting to know truly awesome , next on my list will be the Riyria chronicles which I can't wait to start .
I can listen to this book over and over. excellent characters and a wonderful storyline
Really enjoyed the Riyria series. Excellent characters, well realised and a barnstorming, wide ranging and emotionally deep story.
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