Heir of Novron by Michael J Sullivan
There is a point in each year when I like to just plough through a handful of books that are quick, basic, but beautifully written and astonishingly fun to read. A week or so ago I started Michael J Sullivan’s ‘The Riyria Revelations’ series, and tonight I finished ‘Heir of Novron’, the final book containing the final two stories in the series, ‘Wintertide’ and ‘Percepliquis’.
And while they may not be the greatest example of fantasy literature around, I could easily keep a dozen or so sets around to give out to people as presents.
They’re fun, entertaining, filled to the brim with characters that evoke all sorts of emotions from the reader, and revolve around a wonderfully thought out overarching plot.
I was surprised by the length of the first story in the book, Wintertide, as it finished somewhere in the late 20% on my Kindle. It was a great story, but over too quickly, and made me reconsider the need for splitting the overarching story up into six individual ‘standalone’ stories (when in reality, the final three were not standalone at all).
The second and final story, however, really kept me on the edge of my seat (until 4am), driving me towards the end of the series. I hoped the author wouldn’t rush it, ruining such a good build up, nor give in to the easy way out. And in the end, Sullivan did neither. While some may look at the finale and see a little too much happiness (when grimdark is all the rage and happy endings are boring), I was stoked – characters I have come to love and care for receive their rewards, as did the bad guys; the overarching storyline was brilliantly resolved, and still allowed the author to return some day down the road; and the small secret nuggets that had been planted throughout the entire series finally came to fruition.
I was disappointed with a lot of the info-dumping spread throughout the book. At times I would skip entire pages because it referred to unnecessary reference points, described in excruciating detail the interior decoration of a room that was left a page later, or referenced things I’ll be reading about soon in the two prequel books. It seemed somewhat lazy and fan-service-y, making me wonder what these books would have looked like had Sullivan been given the opportunity of a publishing house editorial makeover – what would have stayed, what would have been thrown out, and what would have been trimmed.
I loved the story arcs, the overarching story itself, but more than anything I loved the way that Sullivan grew his characters. Over the course of the whole six stories, his characters have evoked so much joy and sorrow, to the point where I actually punched the air and cheered at a certain scene (girl with a blade, you’ll see it!).
The growth of Royce, Hadrian, and Arista are the most obvious examples – and represent my favourite characters and favourite examples – but there were others that were just as entertaining, if given a lesser spotlight – including Mauvin, Myron, Modina, Magnus – but more than that, I loved how some characters continued to remain dislikeable, and in some cases downright despicable and disagreeable. Sometimes authors can fall into the trap of making every character flawless by the end – wiping away all the petty quirks that made them who they were – and I was impressed with Sullivan’s ability to leave certain characters morons, even in death.
In the end though, given the ability to simply skim read and skip certain paragraphs, these books are sublime. Fun, action packed, and for me – someone who doesn’t inherently attempt to solve the book by the end of the first chapter – surprising right up until the final page (literally). If you’re looking for a fun and easy read this new year break, make sure to check out The Riyria Revelations – I’m sure you’ll love it.
This Heir of Novron book review was written by Joshua S Hill
All reviews for: The Riyria Revelations
Theft of Swords
The Riyria Revelations #1
Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles--until they...
Rise of Empire
The Riyria Revelations #2
War has come to Melengar and once more Royce and Hadrian are hired to make a desperate gamble and form an alliance with the Nationalists whom are fighting the Imperialists ...
Heir of Novron
The Riyria Revelations #3
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 t...
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