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review 2016-12-07 17:59
Percepliquis by Michael J. Sullivan - My Thoughts
Percepliquis - Michael J. Sullivan

This was a most satisfying end to a really good series.  Some things I had suspected came to be true and others that I suspected did not, which is the way I like things.  :)

 

Thinking back, it seems a long, winding journey from the first book to this one, but I loved the characters so much that it really didn't bother me one bit.  I do like well-written epics with great characters.  

 

And we really did come full circle more than many epics do. - I have to wonder if that's because Sullivan waited until all the books were written before publishing it?  That might make it easier to tie up all the loose ends.  

 

Royce remains my favorite character of all and boy, oh boy, does he run the gamut of emotions in this book and indeed, throughout the whole series.  And Myron.. my goodness, he comes into his own in this book.  In my mind's eye, he's Dr. Reid from Criminal Minds.  *LOL*  

 

I'm in one of those places where I couldn't give a good review of this book and the whole series if you paid me!  *LOL* I can just say that I really, really enjoyed it.  The ending was most satisfying and there is definitely a part of me that's sad to see it end.  :)  

 

The first book of the series was also the book that rekindled my Big Love for the fantasy genre which had been quiet for a few years.  

 

 

 

 

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review 2016-12-07 17:05
Wintertide by Michael J. Sullivan - My Thoughts
Wintertide - Michael J. Sullivan

More questions, more answers. :) But never as many of the latter as there are of the former. In this, the 5th (or 1st half of the 3rd) of the Riyria Revelations, you can almost feel that things are working towards a climactic resolution.

 

We spend a lot of our time with Modina, the young empress and Hadrian, the warrior half of our core duo of Hadrian and Royce.  Their characters grow and expand and even as we learn about some of the others... Nimbus, Arista, Royce, Amelia, Breckton etc... and how they all fit into this epic journey.  

 

I enjoyed it so much that I dove right into the next book in the series right away, something I never do.  

 

 

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review 2016-11-18 15:05
Theft of Swords
Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations) - Michael J. Sullivan

Author: Michael J. Sullivan

Rating: 4.5 stars

 

Book Blurb: They killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.
There's no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are running for their lives when they're framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it's too late.

 

I really, really enjoyed this compilation of the first two books in the Riyria Revelations series - The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha. I think in the future I will review the books individually to keep things moving along.

 

What’s great about these books is Michael Sullivan does not try to reinvent the wheel. This is not genre bending fantasy, it’s just good fantasy - and that’s all I ask for. It reminded me of Star Wars in that in the beginning the story was simple. Someone killed the king, our two main characters have been framed for it. Now let’s follow them as they get themselves out of this mess. But wait – there at the end – seems there more to all this than meets the eye. I loved the last second twists that are offhandedly thrown in there but that you know contribute to the overall story arc. Each of these stories had one of those moments, making me smile.

 

Overall, I enjoyed these two stories – they were fun to read. Not to say Sullivan is afraid to take chances. People die. I did the classic, “Noooooooooo!” every time someone did. So yes, bad things happen. However, the camaraderie between Hadrian and Royce is enjoyable. These two have been friends a long time and it shows in their banter. I will definitely enjoy reading the prequel series explaining how they met. I’m eager to continue on with the story and have the two compilations on deck and ready to go.

 

 

Highly recommend.

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text 2016-11-17 13:03
Reading progress update: I've read 601 out of 649 pages.
Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations) - Michael J. Sullivan

Epic!

 

I think I held my breath through that sword battle. 

 

I want to just finish this but the next book isn't at the library yet. I'm going to be at Barnes and Noble later. May just buy the whole series  if they have it. Hmmmm. Decisions, decisions... 

 

 

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text 2016-11-15 16:26
Reading progress update: I've read 503 out of 649 pages.
Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations) - Michael J. Sullivan

Just finished a well described sword training scene. No idea if it is accurate as I have no point of reference. But I enjoyed it.

 

My only concern now is the next book is on it's way to the library and is not there yet. I need to slow my reading cuz I don't know how I'll make it waiting for the next one to come in! I want to finish and dive into the next one. It's so good! I have hunches on who's who and what's really going on in the overall arc and I'm enjoying seeing how things play out.

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