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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The Crown Conspiracy by Michael J. Sullivan (The Riyria Revelations #1)

Hello, my lovely readers!
So, here’s the deal: until recently I had never even heard of either Michael J. Sullivan or The Riyria Revelations. That was until the series was recommened to me. I picked up the first book, and boy I was hooked. Let’s find out why!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

They killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.

There is no ancient evil to defeat, no orphan destined for greatness, just two guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles until they become the unwitting scapegoats in a plot to murder the king. Sentenced to death, they have only one way out…and so begins this tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.

The Rating:

I swear, I was two pages in when I already fell in love with the two main characters. Turns out, Royce and Hadrian wouldn’t be the only part of this book that I’d end up loving.

First of all, this is a rather short novel. We’re talking around 300 pages. While this might not be that short in general, those of you who regularly read fantasy will agree with me that this genre often tends to produce longer books. (Looking at you GRRM)
It was so refreshing not having to go through almost 1000 pages for just one book. And guess what, we’re not missing anything! The worldbuilding is on point there is nothing lacking in description or in depth. I’m normally rather picky and always find something to complain abut, but not with The Crown Conspiracy.

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Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

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Another day, another book review. Kingdom of the Wicked is one I got in a subscription box, so I’m getting a teeny-tiny bit closer to finally catching up with all of those novels!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

The Rating:

When I reached the last page of this I had two problems: It’s over. It’s not over. You see, when I opened this book, I didn’t realize it’s the first in a series. I kept expecting more information and just more resolution but then the novel ended and it was a cliffhanger! 😅

Anyhow, I mourned for a second but then got excited that there would be way more space to explore the concept Maniscalco came up with. Let’s talk about that for a second!

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Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo (King of Scars #2)

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I was so excited for the second King of Scars book to be finally published but then I got swamped with work and didn’t have time to read it and after that other novels kept snagging my attention. Well, long story short I *finally* sat down to read Rule of Wolves!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

The Rating:

I have a tiny little problem. See, I was convinced that I wouldn’t need to re-read King of Scars because of course I’d remember everything going into this book. Of course I didn’t. I had essentially no memory of just about everything and was rather confused for a good amount of pages. After the new story jogged my memory, there were some things that came back to me, but others – still a total blank on my end. Oopsie!

Despite that little mishap on my end, I enjoyed the book a lot. There is so much going on – maybe too much.

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

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Today I bring you a novel I am beyond excited about. I can’t even wait until the review portion to tell you how much I loved The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Let’s find out why, shall we? 😉

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. 

The Rating:

Oh, the concept, the main character, the French setting, the New York setting, the *everything*!

Schwab really nailed it with this one. First of all, I adore the setting, or rather the settings. Addie lived through hundreds of years and we get to experience that with her. So many amazing places we get to visit, historical sites, important events to experience. It was a true pleasure to waltz through the ages like that – even if almost all the occasions were sad ones.

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