We have made it to what is currently the final Riyria novel. There are more to come but Sullivan simply can’t write as fast as I burned through his books. 😅 Let’s see if this one was as good as all the previous installments in the series!
The Plot (according to Goodreads):
A daughter vanishes. Two rogues are paid a fortune to find her. It isn’t enough.
When Gabriel Winter’s daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution – the notorious Duster.
Ride with Royce and Hadrian as the cynical ex-assassin and idealistic ex-mercenary travel to a mysterious old-world city filled with nobles claiming descent from imperial aristocracy. Riyria’s job appears easy: discover what happened to the missing duchess and, if she lives, bring her home . . . if not, punish those responsible. But nothing is simple in the crowded, narrow, mist-filled streets of Rochelle, where more than one ancient legend lurks.
How are these books THIS good? Seriously, who gave Michael J. Sullivan permission? That guy never misses a single beat. Just like all the other books in the series Winter’s Daughter was immaculate. The mystery is set up expertly, all the different strands of the story come together so nicely at the end. Everything makes sense and is explained well, which is something I appreciate immensely. And whatever doesn’t get explained remains a mystery because it is part of something larger that we’ll circle back to in another book. With Sullivan, nothing ever feels half-baked and like there are plot holes that he’s trying to cover up.
As usual, my two bois, Royce and Hadrian, are amazing in this book, and I can’t help but find Royce more and more relatable with everything I read about him – which is probably not a good thing. 😅 Well, I have a soft spot in my heart for both of them.
This story felt interesting in particular because it sheds some light on the magic of days past and does a lot in the world-building department without being too in your face about it. We learn a lot about customs and how different races are seen in this world. I don’t want to add any spoilers, so I can’t go into details. Just let me assure you that it’s sooooooo good!
As usual, the story comes with a good portion of humor. I laughed more times than I can count and that is one of the things I really appreciate about Riyria novels. But of course, it’s not only fun and games. Sullivan has the uncanny ability to hit you right in the feels, even when you don’t see it coming. Not many have the talent to so seamlessly marry those vibes!
Long story short, I absolutely loved the book. Happy, thank you, more, please.
I honestly can’t wait for the next novel to come out!
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!