Welcome to review #2 for Michael J. Sullivan’s The Riyria Revelations series. I absolutely loved the first book, so I was very excited to pick up the second one!
The Plot (according to Goodreads):
THE SECRET IS IN THE TOWER. THE PROBLEM IS THE BEAST. THE ANSWER IS TWO THIEVES.
When a destitute young woman hires two thieves to help save her remote village from nocturnal attacks, they are drawn into the schemes of the wizard Esrahaddon. While Royce struggles to breech the secrets of an ancient elven tower, Hadrian attempts to rally the villagers to defend themselves against the unseen killer. What begins with the simple theft of a sword places the two thieves at the center of a firestorm — that could change the future of Elan.
You have no idea how much I love this series already. Royce and Hadrian, my precious little nuggets. Sure, one is a ray of sunshine and one is a more like a black hole, but somehow I relate to the latter more 😅
They make such a wonderful team and I am beyond excited to read a lot more about them and their exploits.
We get two amazing female characters in this book and I hope we’ll learn more about them in the other novels. They are both so intriguing and badass, I am beyond happy that they got to play such important roles in this one.
Esrahaddon also plays a rather important role in this one, and there’s obviously also a lot to this story that we don’t know yet. Sullivan is defintely setting up greater things to come and he’s doing a brilliant job at it. He really has the balance down of giving you information to make you interested and to make you guess but also not making things to obvious or leaving out too much just to make sure you don’t figure things out right away.
Just the entire story is amazing. The concept with the tower, the mystery that surrounds it, how theres obviously more to it. And the monster! I don’t know how he came up with it, but everything in these books feels just so unique, so smart, so intricate, so well thought out. Granted there were some portions where they story was a tiny bit slow and dragged a little but that’s because Sullivan has to lay done a lot of foundation for what he has planned in the future.
Avempartha was an amazing read and it clearly shows that the upcoming books will have a lot in store for us. I am beyond excited to discover what Sullivan has planned!
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!