We’re almost done with The Riyria Chronicles. The Death of Dulgath is the third and penultimate novel. (At least for now!)
Let’s see whether it’s a good one!
The Plot (according to Goodreads):
Three times they tried to kill her. Then a professional was hired. So was 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 rogues-for-hire. Things have gone well enough until they’re asked to help prevent a murder. Now they must venture into an ancient corner of the world to save a mysterious woman who knows more about Royce than is safe and cares less about herself than is sane.
I just finished another Riyria book which brings us closer to the final one (or at least what is currently the final one. I’m so torn between wanting to devour these novels as they are just so freaking good, and not wanting to read another page because it means soon, I’ll run out of Royce and Hadrian content. As usual, Michael J. Sullivan also nailed it with The Death of Dulgath.
By now, you all know how excited I am to read more about Royce’s and Hadrian’s past, and how the two became the amazing team they are now. In that regard, The Death of Dulgath is a pretty big milestone I’d say. No spoilers, but damn this was both something small and something huge at the same time!
As usual, my darling Royce is a sarcastic broody bitch and can relate to that more than I probably should. 😅 He really is one of my all-time favorite characters in literature. Hadrian (as well as Royce) learns a lesson or two in this book and he remains just as charming and funny as he always is.
Granted, maybe the premise of this particular story is the tiniest bit far-fetched, but the story is so well-written and so intriguing, you will not care! Sullivan managed to craft another fascinating tale, that comes with surprises and twists. Some you might see coming, others definitely not. There is one pretty big thing going on and you keep thinking you might know what’s going on, but you can never be quite sure. It’s what I enjoy so much about these stories: nothing is ever blatantly obvious or black and white. Sullivan introduces new characters you will love, hate and love to hate. There’s something for everybody!
I love how The Death of Dulgath also puts you on an emotional rollercoaster. There are moments that are downright heartbreaking, some will make you hold your breath. Others had me laughing out loud. Honestly, I don’t know what else you could want from a book.
I’m happy to report that with The Death of Dulgath Michael J. Sullivan delivered another amazing novel that you’ll want to devour. I tremendously enjoyed every single page and can’t wait to read more!
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!