The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan (The Riyria Chronicles #1)

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You might have noticed by now how much I enjoyed reading the Riyria Revelations series by Michael J. Sullivan. I finished with that and thankfully, I wasn’t the only one not yet ready to part ways with Royce and Hadrian!
Sullivan wrote a second series, the Riyria Chronicles, detailling some of things hinted at in the other novels as well as giving us origin stories. The first installment in that series is The Crown Tower!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION. A LEGEND IN THE MAKING.

A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.

The Rating:

I love love loved this! As the title if The Crown Tower, I knew this would be about the infamous heist that was referenced a lot in the Riyria Revelations. You have no idea how curious I was to finally learn what went down that one time when Royce and Hadrian first stole something and then put it back!

But it’s not only the story of the heist that we get. This is how Hadrian and Royce met. We get some insight into their past (I mean, we all know that is a very limited process whenever Royce is concerned), which gives the characters even more depth. Sullivan already did a great job in terms of character development in the books I already read, but this is more about understand how the became who they turned out to be, what their motivations are, etc. So good!

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Percepliquis by Michael J. Sullivan (The Riyria Revelations #6)

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The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS…THE ELVES HAVE CROSSED THE NIDWALDEN. TWO THIEVES WILL DECIDE THE FUTURE.

“I saw a great journey. Ten upon the road, she who wears the light will lead the way. The road goes deep into the earth, and into despair. The voices of the dead guide your steps. You walk back in time. The three-thousand-year battle begins again. Cold grips the world, death comes to all, and a choice is before you.” — Fan Irlanu, Tenkin Seerer of Oudorro Village

Percepliquis is the final installment of the epic fantasy, The Riyria Revelations. In this saga that began with The Crown Conspiracy, two thieves caught in the wrong place at the right time were launched on a series of ever escalating adventures that have all lead to this moment. Three thousand years have passed and the time for Novron’s heir to act has arrived.

The Rating:

Okay, it is really hard to write this review without spoilers, but I’m gonna try!
In the final book in the Riyria Revelations series our heroes go on an adventure. The ancient lost city is to be discovered. Since this is the last novel, naturally there is a good amount of surprises and we learn the answers to all the questions I’d been asking for the past instalments.

There are a lot of things I had suspected and I had nailed it with all those suspicions. However, there were also plenty of things coming out of left field! I had put a lot of thought into how this would end and what revelations we’d get but Sullivan still managed to catch me unawares on some fronts.

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Wintertide by Michael J. Sullivan (The Riyria Revelations #5)

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The Plot (according to Goodreads):

A FORCED WEDDING. A DOUBLE EXECUTION. TWO THIEVES HAVE OTHER PLANS.

The New Empire intends to celebrate its victory over the Nationalists with a day that will never be forgotten. On the high holiday of Wintertide, they plan to execute two traitors (Degan Gaunt and the Witch of Melengar) as well as force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme. 

The Rating:

Wintertide has such an interesting dynamic! We get to follow both Hadrian and Royce separately which is pretty much the first time in the series. We learn some more about Royce’s past and my heart just keeps breaking over and over again for him. I just want hug him – which probably means he’d murder me, which to be honest I find quite relatable.

But it’s not just my two precious little nuggets that make this story so awesome. There are so many intriguing side characters! I know I’ve been talking about how great all the ladies are a million times, but it’s not just them. One I didn’t mention before is Myron who is just like a little puppy that I want to pet so bad. Sir Breckton is equally amazing. He’s perfect but not in an annoying way. It’s just so well written!

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The Emerald Storm by Michael J. Sullivan (The Riyria Revelations #4)

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Today we’re talking about The Emerald Storm. It’s the fourth book in Michael J. Sullivan’s series The Riyria Revelations. So far, I’ve loved every single novel and I hope that continues with this one!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

A MESSAGE IS INTERCEPTED. A SINISTER PLAN LAUNCHED. TWO THIEVES STAND IN THE WAY.

Ex-mercenary Hadrian Blackwater sets course on a high seas adventure to find the lost Heir of Novron. His only hope lies in confronting the ruthless and cunning Merrick Marius. Fearing Hadrian is not up to the challenge, Royce Melborn joins his ex-partner for one last mission. Their journey finds them adrift amid treachery and betrayals forcing Hadrian to face a past he had hoped to never see again.

The Rating:

Four books down, two more today. I’m happy to report that we’re still going strong and Sullivan nailed it once again.
I was a tiny bit hesitant going into this book because it’s mostly set on a ship on the sea. See, thing is I come from a landlocked country, so I know nothing about ships or sailing. Sometimes it’s a tad difficult for me to fully get into stories like that, especially when authors decide to hit you with nothing but nautical terms (that I simply don’t understand). Anyway, Michael J. Sullivan made this book so thrilling and enjoyable!

By now I’m convinced that Sullivan could write literally anything and it would be good. I absolutely love The Emerald Storm. It was super thrilling – who’d have thought that you can do so much in such a limited setting? Once again it was impossible to put the book down!

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Nyphron Rising by Michael J. Sullivan (The Riyria Revelations #3)

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Another day, another Riyria book. With #3 we are already halfway through the series. Let’s see if I’ll love this one as much as I did the past two novels!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

A PUPPET IS CROWNED. THE TRUE HEIR REMAINS HIDDEN. A ROGUE’S SECRET COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING.

War has come to Melengar and Princess Arista runs a desperate gamble when she defies her brother and hires Royce and Hadrian for a dangerous mission. As the power of the Nyphron Empire grows, so does Royce’s suspicion that the wizard Esrahaddon is using the thieves as pawns in his own game. To find the truth, he must unravel the secret of Hadrian’s past.

The Rating:

The plot thickens! I love how Sullivan is building this epic story and expertly adds another layer with each book. It’s not just a bunch of novels in the same world with the same characters. He managed to create these amazing separat stories that still are closely died together. I love love love it!

In this installment we get a lot of character development. I appreciate how he has so many characters that are well-written and have depth. But most of all I enjoy that the female characters make so much progress and are so vital to the story without being clichés. I’ve read a fantasy book or two, so I’ve come across several with either no female characters or ones that are just to basic copies of things you’ve seen a million times before. But this is giving me such a different vibe and I’m here for it!

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Avempartha by Michael J. Sullivan (The Riyria Revelations #2)

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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. 

The Rating:

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.

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