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Heir of Novron Part 2- Percepliquis By Michael J. Sullivan

s-typeopts13Not gonna lie, I had a lot of high expectations going into this one. The previous five novels in the Riyria series had forged a very special bond for me with these characters and I really needed their plot lines resolved in a justifiable way, a good amount of closure. I came away from the final book very pleased.

Percepliquis is much more intense than the previous books in the series because the stakes are much higher than ever before. With elves invading the empire, the empress trying to figure out whats been left to her, and the need for the heir to rise up and command victory the stakes lay on Hadrian, Royce and other heroes to delve into the ancient city of Percepliquis on a quest to save mankind.

The connections between books throughout the series have been strong. But in this last tale, it showed an even more impressive coordination with the previous novels as there were several mysterious and obvious connections I hadn’t realized were taking place that all came together in really interesting ways. I’ll reread the series not only because I thoroughly enjoyed it, but also to reread and understand all those little hints and connections I missed the first time around and was surprised by in the end. If you haven’t given Riyria a try I don’t know why you’re reading this. If you haven’t gotten around to that last book for some reason, it will be the book that left all others behind it and give you solid closure to a wonderful series with Hadrian and Royce.

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Heir of Novron Part 1- Wintertide by Michael J. Sullivan

s-typeopts13Wintertide, the first book of The Heir of Novron and the fifth book of the Riyria Revelations, takes place a few weeks after the end of Rise of Empire. Arista, the princess of Melengar, is still held in prison by the Imperialists and is charged with witchcraft and treason. Degan Gaunt, the nationalist leader is also held there and as the heir of Novron he is searched for by Royce and Hadrian. When the two mercenaries catch wind of his location, how can the Imperials hope to interfere?

Wintertide moves at a much faster pace than the previous novels in the series. What seems like another prison break situation by Royce and Hadrian quickly turns into some of the most surprising and interesting twists I’ve read so far in the series. I had no idea what was going to happen next and once that climax hit, I found myself on the verge of shouting out loud.

The story also takes a darker tone at times than what I’ve seen before in the series. These moments really helped to develop the characters involved in a much different way. By no means am I inferring that this book deviates from the tone of the other books in its entirety, but simply the characters are really pushed to their limits with challenges and emotional hurt along the way. It was these opportunities that really stuck out and this novel was another great entry into the wonderful Riyria series.

Michael J. Sullivan’s writing is top notch. He frequently created dialogue and character situations that were very realistic in nature with characters that are humorous at times and brutally serious at others. The writing in the novel was masterful with a tricky plot mixed in with new and old characters that both break the mold of traditional characters and redefine them. At no point did I feel I was treading on old ground in terms of a wonderfully written fantasy novel.

I would recommend Riyria fans continue to read the series if they put it down or were distracted. I would also recommend this book to lovers of Epic and High fantasy as well as fans of non-traditional characters.

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