Three times they tried to kill her. Then they hired a professional. She hired Riyria.
When the last member of the oldest noble family in Avryn is targeted for assassination, Riyria is hired to foil the plot.
Three years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and the cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start life as thieves for hire. Things have gone well enough until they receive the odd assignment to prevent a murder. Now they must venture into a forgotten corner of southern Avryn - a place whose history predates the empire. As usual, challenges abound as they try to anticipate the moves of an unknown assassin before it's too late.
But that's not their only problem. The countess of Dulgath has a dark secret she's determined to keep hidden. Then there's the little matter of Riyria's new employer...the Nyphron Church.
From the best-selling author of The Riyria Revelations comes the third installment of The Riyria Chronicles. Although part of a series, it's designed to thrill both new listeners and Riyria veterans wishing to reunite with their favorite rogues.
©2015 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
I don't know how he does it, but Michael J. Sullivan has to be the most consistently awesome author writing today. In The Death of Dulgath, he spins yet another epic tale of Riyria's adventures that I just can't get enough of. I did find the ending fairly predictable... but I simply didn't care because the story was so fun. Before the story, there is a message from the author where he says he isn't sure whether or not there will be more Riyria books. Please take this review as my vote that the series continues!!
Awesome characters and action read by an awesome narrator! The relationship between Royce and Hadrian is so well written; you really feel these characters and care about them. More please!
I have enjoyed all of the Riyria books and like many others I enjoy just about anything with the characters of Royce and Hadrian so the Death of Dulgath was a welcome additional to my library. Tim Gerard Reynolds is his excellent self and hearing him voice Royce and Hadrian made me feel like I was back with old friends that I had not seen in a while.
The book is full of the usual "Hadrian = naive, Royce =cynical" repartee and for a while it seemed like more filler than substance, but there was more to the story than it first appeared and it eventually grabbed me. Although this is book 3 of the Riyria Chronicles it could just as easily have been a stand-alone tale. Except for a few references to the Black Diamond there is little to tie this adventure into the larger story arc and that lessened it a just a little for me.
Any Riyria fan should not hesitate to pick this up but if you are new to the series I would recommend that you start with book 1 of either the Riyria Revelations or the Riyria Chronicles. Why would I recommend that when this story is mostly stand-alone? Because I expect you to crave more Riyria after your first listen so you might as well start at one of the 2 customary beginnings.
This is one of my favorite series. All I can say is "more please..." I understand that Michael does not want to hurt these two characters by overwriting them... Between the story and Tim's narration I feel I need to stay a part of Royce's and Hadrian's lives...
At the beginning of this listen is a word from the author. He states he does not want to wear out the welcome of these 2 wonderful characters. I agree that there is nothing sadder than to see much loved characters wear thin. However, that is not the case here!! This story is every bit as rich and colorful as the first book in the series. Whenever Mr Sullivan gets the urge to continue this story I say MORE PLEASE!!!!!!!
Prior to reading this book I went back and re-listened to the whole series and enjoyed every minute of it. I am sure I will reread them again in the future. This is one of the finest series of books available in this genre and I have read a lot of them.
I can't leave without also giving a huge thumbs up to Tim Gerard Reynolds. I can't imagine anyone else who could have given a better voice to these stories!
Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule
This series remains one of the best in this genre, and this most recent edition is fully up to the standards that come before it... Royce and Hadrien are two of the best characters in the genre as wll... The humor, especially the off center examples, are priceless... The narration could not be done any better... The story itself is really quite poignant, and the plot lines are thrilling and intriguing to any fan... The saddest thing is knowing that this series is likely finite and some point we'll have to say goodbye to these wonderful characters and stories forever... Until that I'm gonna enjoy the hell outta the ride...
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Riyria Revelations and Riyria Chronicles are two of my favorite Fantasy series! The stories are well written with great plots but it is the characters Royce and Hadrian that really make these stories awesome. They are a such a mismatched pair but somehow work together perfectly.
The Death of Dulgath was a great addition to the series and I really hope there will be other books in the series! Well worth a credit!
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
The first thing you should know is that this book stands well on its own. You need not read the series, though you will be cheating yourself if you do not. Secondly, whether you're a fan of the genre or not, it is a heck a great story. It is read as wonderfully as it is written.
If you loved Dumas' Musakateers you will be equally impressed with Sullivan's Ryira. Ryira is the elvin word for the two. The two are Royce and Thadrian, professional theives and assasins bound together by a mysterious bond and purpose.
Royce trusts no one and is sociopathic. But like our friend Dexter, he is a good sociopath. Thadrian is jovial, much like Porthos, and trusting to a fault. Both are deadly fighters with extreme confidence in their skills. The synergy between them creates a charisma I have not witnessed since The Three Muskateers.
By all means purchase this book!
I got an early Xmas present when this book came out on Dec 15. Within minutes I was laughing out loud at the interaction of Royce and Hadrian. For those who have read all the other books, there are some interesting revelations. There is more "magic" than in the some of the series, and that's just fine. Tim Gerard Reynolds is the voice of Riyria and I would miss his interpretation of the voices if I read the books in print. Michael J. Sullivan is a wonderful author who wants to keep his readers happy. This audio includes a preview of an upcoming work from a new series.
I really did want to know what happened next, I love the relationship between the two main characters, and how the very different personalities manage to get on despite them.
Dare I say it...not long enough!
"Just perfect as always"
It's at the top along with the rest of the series
Well this isn't a daft question as I don't want to give anything away to future listeners
I've listened to all the riyria books and it's just as good as the others
The death of dulgarth
Before the storm there's
Treachery, mystery and intrigue.
"Explains So Much :-))"
I am already a fan of the Riyria stories, and love the two main characters, but this story and the other two "prequels" have explained so much about the two men who make these stories so enjoyable. As to what made the experience enjoyable, well, I thought there would be no more Riyria stories, so I was pleased when I saw "The Crown Tower". When I spotted "The Rose and the Thorn" I was delighted. I was ecstatic when I found "The Death of Dulgath. I really do hope that Mr Sullivan writes more about these two fantastic characters. I also hope that Tim Gerard Reynolds agrees to narrate them.
It would be difficult to find a book, or series that could be fairly compared to any of the books in The Riyria. I can't think of any with characters with a relationship as complex as the one that exists between the two main character in these stories.
Tim Gerard Reynolds brings the two main characters to life, and give depth and feeling to the stories. I apologize for not really paying attention to Mr Sullivan's contribution, as I needed to answer the door just as he started speaking, and he was all but finished when I got back.
I spent quite a bit of all these stories swinging from laughing my head off to choking up with tears. The emotional content is wonderfully done, and you really do feel for the characters, and care about what happens to them. The death of a particular female character actually made me cry.
I do hope that Mr Michael J. Sullivan will be returning to Riyria as I for one would love to read, or listen to more of these wonderful stories.
"Good story and great characters."
I really like these books and the short stories. This one opens up a bit more of the Royce back story. Good plots and the action flows in a believable way. I love the way the author concentrates on telling the tale rather than getting lost in his own literary style. A lesson many of his contemporaries should take heed off. I hope we see more of Royce and Hadrian in the future as there are not enough good characters in modern fantasy.
Keep it up.
"always a good listen from this author and narrator"
I would love more adventure's with riyria fab listen and brilliant narration , nice sprinkling of humour in them to.
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the latest slice of Riyria Chronicles.
As ever, the story is well paced, cleverly thought out and the performance by Tim Gerard Reynolds is simply sublime.
The bonus excerpt from the next series "Age of Empire" was a real surprise and I look forward to that as soon as it is published.
"Another brilliant story"
Have run out of superlatives for both Chronicles and Revelations - Michael J Sullivan does it again with Tim Gerard Reynolds yet again voicing what has become for me the finest fantasy series of the 21st century - for anyone out there wanting to listen to something fresh, with believable characters and marvellous stories start with Theft of Swords and go from there - let me assure you that it will be well worth it 😊
"Well written, well read and very fluent as always"
A talented narrator and author make easy going of a slick storyline. A fine addition to the series.
The two main characters and their interaction are always an enjoyable experience.
A new dimension to the two main characters. As opposites their interaction and bickering seems both natural and enjoyably entertaining.
Many chuckles and a continued appreciation of an understated wordsmith in action. It is another perfect example of having the right narrator and direction, for the right author.
Just one gripe compared to the Riyira is that it seems a tad short by a chapter or two. Likely down to 'wanting more', but a slick production of work from a guy who seems a decent bloke. Next please =P.
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