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- Listening Length: 31 hours and 49 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Aug. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B28NZX8
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Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3 Audio Download – Unabridged
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The first story resolves the New Empire plotline, as Hadrian goes undercover as a knight in order to save both the titular heir and the captive Arista. Meanwhile, the evil heads of the empire ready themselves to take full control, with only the shattered, isolated Empress Modina standing in their way.
This installment, while dark and heartbreaking in places, was a joy to read as it wrapped up a whole bunch of characters' destinies, as well as readying everything for the grand finale. The ending of Wintertide in particular (I certainly won't spoil it here) is a real emotional suckerpunch.
The second segment, Percepliquis, sees the return of the elves to the world, sweeping all before them in an unstoppable wave of destruction. Hadrian, Royce and all their surviving allies must form a desperate band in order to find the one thing rumoured to be able to stop them...
Again, the story was a delight; we finally get answers to all the mysteries of the series so far, some of which were signposted, some of which come entirely out of left field. Revelations will break, characters will die, and desperate last stands will decide the fate of the world.
The great thing about this series has been its feel of classic fantasy nostalgia, allied to snappy modern writing. Sullivan is a real find, and I would recommend that any self-respecting lover of the genre search out all three omnibi and devour the whole lot at once. Great stuff.
For the most part, Wintertide is a book focused on Hadrian, with Royce and particularly Arista taking a backseat to a lot of the action. We get to see Hadrian in some really entertaining scenes. Wintertide is Sullivan's biggest Riyria book yet (until Percipliquis) - it's packed with action, tension, revelations and a lot of darkness. But cutting through this is the humour. It's not overdone, but I'd say this is the funniest book in the series, as well as being the tension filled climax it needs to be.
Percipliquis, on the other hand, is as dark and twisted as you're likely to ever see Sullivan become. It's a difficult book to review without spoilers, as most of what happens is related to the overall mythology of the world which Sullivan has layered in since the start of Book One. If Wintertide ties up the plots of books three and four, Percipliquis harps back to Theft of Swords and the history of Elan. It's not clear until you reach this point how Sullivan has lined up his pieces, all ready to come together for this final book. Royce and Hadrian are very much at the centre of the novel, but this time they are not alone. Nobody is left hanging in Percipliquis - everyone has their part to play. It's a huge book, but the pages move ten times quicker.
Sullivan answers everything and ties up the series with an amazingly tight ending.Read more ›
Recommended to me by amazon, so I took a chance and started reading 'Theft of Swords'. I knew after reading the first chapter of 'Theft of Swords' I was in for something special but I could not imagine how great this series would grow to be as it continued with 'Rise of Empire' and then ended with 'Heir of Novron'.
I generally do not write reviews but this series had fantastic characters, amazing plot and great humour. I felt I had to add my voice to the positive reviews and say a huge thank you to the author.
Wonderful series, breathtaking ending.
This is just an incredible series. Heir of Novron includes books 5 (Wintertide) and 6 (Percepliquis) and concludes the Riyria Revelations.
There are so many plot threads and twists going on that I couldn't do them justice in a review but I can say this: everything is resolved brilliantly and I was very satisfied with the ending. The author has so many plates spinning but he is in complete control throughout. The pacing is perfect with a healthy balance of dialogue, plot, exposition, mystery and description of places.
Hadrian and Royce are wonderful creations and really drive the plot but I have to single out two other characters who were a pleasure to read about.
First is the princess/ wizardess Arista. She's a fully realised protagonist. She's: smart, talented, resourceful, brave and kind but also impulsive, reckless, dangerous and mercurial. Every time Arista is on the page, be it bantering with Hadrian or exploring her powers I was mesmerised. She is one of the best characters I've ever encountered in the genre.
Next is the antagonist Merrick Marius. Yet another superlative creation. What I love about him is that he's such a genuine foil for Royce, Hadrian and Arista. He's not some cardboard cut out bad guy; he's highly intelligent and he understands that Royce and Hadrian are not to be taken lightly. I loved any time he was on the page; his dialogue with Royce and Hadrian sizzles and is a pleasure to read.
I really cared about these characters and the author deserves a lot of credit, because it takes skill to reach the reader in such a deep and meaningful way.
There are many other honourable mentions (Ameilla, Myron); further enriching the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Michael should IMHO get the screenplays written for all six books in this series. Although sold as a trilogy of almost 1000 pages per book it is actually a six part series of close... Read morePublished 6 days ago by J. S. Watson
This is the best book in the series. Really enjoyed it. It's also been left open to continue with Royce's adventures in a new kingdom. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lizc
I was fully immersed in the author's created world until the bubble was burst with a single glaring error in the story, so the dream was lost.Published 2 months ago by J. Burton
This book is the perfect end to a perfect trilogy! I already miss Royce and Hadrian and can't wait to start the Riyria Chronicles!Published 3 months ago by Mrs_P
I love these Ryria books. I find myself laughing to myself at the witty dialogue, rubbing my hands together in excitement or talking to myself about the plot lines. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alison