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review 2018-09-15 14:18
Blaring SF: “Theft of Swords” by Michael J. Sullivan
Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations) - Michael J. Sullivan

"She was a vision of youthful beauty and Hadrian guessed she could not be more than seventeen."

In “Theft of Swords” by Michael J. Sullivan

"You're going to ruin all your pretty makeup" -- said to Thrace by Hadrian as she was crying....

In “Theft of Swords” by Michael J. Sullivan

"I mean, sure, she's cute as a button..." said by Hadrian about Thrace

In “Theft of Swords” by Michael J. Sullivan

I could go on and on on bad this novel is, but I won’t. I think the quotes above will suffice. As always I’ll go on a tangent when I’ve just finished reading a really bad book.



If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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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 2016-09-04 19:46
The Emerald Storm by Michael J. Sullivan - My Thoughts
The Emerald Storm - Michael J. Sullivan

I loved this installment of the Riyria Revelations - book 4 if you're keeping count.  


My favourite fantasy brothers-in-arms, Royce and Hadrian are back, this time, their travels taking them to sea on the ship, The Emerald Storm. We meet some new characters, Wyatt, Poe, Wesley who bring some surprises to the tale.  :)


We also get to follow Arista as she takes on more of her mantle as a magic-wielder. And Modina and Amelia, empress and 'secretary', are back too.


While this book mainly centered on the high-seas adventure and some growth happening back at the empress' residence and the plots therein - it also felt like a big set-up for the next two books in the series (which I went and purchased as soon as I finished this one to make sure I had them in the ereader for when I wanted them.  *LOL*).  Oddly, this didn't bother me as much as it might have, I suppose because both plot lines were exciting and engrossing enough on their own.  


This is classic epic fantasy done well and I'm enjoying the series immensely!   

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review 2016-02-01 18:05
Nyphron Rising by Michael J. Sullivan - My Thoughts
Nyphron Rising (The Riyria Revelations #3) - Michael J. Sullivan

I'm loving this series.  :)  


I started this volume, #3 in the Riyria Revelations, back in December but had to put it aside so I could read my Christmas books.  After finishing Traitor's Blade, my want for adventure fantasy was rekindled so I picked Nyphron Rising back up and zipped through the last 2/3rds of it.  


Hadrian and Royce are so very Hadrian and Royce and I adore them.  Many revelations came in this volume of their story and I've had my suspicions about The Big Mystery furthered.  I'll have to read the next book, I think, to confirm them.  


Arista has come into her own and I have fallen in love with the spirited princess.  She's grown and matured due to her travails and gained a depth of empathy that to me, she was missing before.  


A couple of secondary characters that were introduced bit the dust and I was very sad because I had grown to really like them and want to see more of them.  Still, I read Game of Thrones and George RR Martin has cured me of any firm expectations of characters staying alive.


So, I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series (I have the omnibus of volumes #3 and #4) which will probably be sooner rather than later.  More adventures!  YAY!!

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