The New Empire intends to mark its victory over the Nationalists with a bloody celebration. On the high holiday of Wintertide, the Witch of Melengar will be burned and the Heir of Novron executed. On that same day the Empress faces a forced marriage, with a fatal accident soon follow. The New Empire is confident in the totality of its triumph but there's just one problem-Royce and Hadrian have finally found the true Heir of Novron -- -and they have their own holiday plans.
When author Michael J. Sullivan self-published the first books of his Riyria Revelations series online, they rapidly became ebook bestsellers. Now, Orbit is pleased to present the complete series for the first time in bookstores everywhere.
Heir of Novron is the final volume of The Riyria Revelations and includes Wintertide and -- available for the first time -- the final volume, Percepliquis.
Sullivan's third duology (after Theft of Swords and Rise of Empire) includes his originally self-published fifth novel, Wintertide, and a highly anticipated new one, Percepliquis. As figurehead Empress Modina plans a coup to reclaim her throne, the elves return to invade the realms of man after vanishing thousands of years before. Defeating them will require the magical Horn of Gylindora and the lost heir of the line of Novron. Mercenaries Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn search for the Horn, joined by the "wizardess" princess Arista and the scholarly monk Myron. Death traps, magic, long-lost children, and real and decoy heirs abound. Sullivan is not a subtle writer, and the sudden romance between Hadrian and Arista is hastily tacked on, but he delivers a fun story with plenty of sword fighting and some genuine surprises.
End of an Epic
Particularly in the fantasy genre, there is not really a whole lot of humor integrated into the story. Multiple times I found myself laughing out loud. Integrate that humor with a truly epic plot, and you have an excellent book to read. The characters are very well developed and I am sad to see them go. I was very satisfied with the way the series wrapped up however. I hope to see more material from this author.
I am so sad the saga is over.
I am a huge J. R.R Tolkien fan, this is not Tolkien, but I enjoyed it just as much. I know these characters better than The Lord of the Rings characters, and there were times where I could see almost as well the landscape and world the author creates (Like in the lost city of Persepliquis). In other words, I feels that Tolkien wrote the works on a “global” scale and took specific care to keep you in that world. I think Sullivan’s gift is that he writes for the characters and the relationships and interpersonal struggles. There is more of a “I think I know this guy” familiarity to Sullivan’s characters - which I love.
Read this series!!!!
I just now finished this series, and though I’ve never written a review on a book before, I had to on this one. The trilogy was capped off absolutely perfectly by this final book. From the moment I started this one I could not put it down. There will be grief, failure, and sadness in this book, but this is seriously an AMAZING finish to what started as Theft of Swords. Make sure you read the first two, then read this one, and if you like fantasy you will not forget these books. Way to go Michael Sullivan!