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.
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.
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!