Heir of Novron Paperback – Jan 31 2012
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About the Author
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Michael J. Sullivan has lived in Vermont, North Carolina, and Virginia. He worked as a commercial artist and illustrator, founding his own advertising agency in 1996, which he closed in 2005 to pursue writing full-time. The Crown Conspiracy is his first published work. He currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and three children. The author's website can be found at www.riyria.com and on twitter @author_sullivan.
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Each character has a secret that they are trying to hide from the other characters (about who they really are and how things make them feel). This makes them feel genuine. We all have things that we hide even from our closest friends because we don't think they'll understand. Sullivan clearly understands this well.
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Review: For the third time in a row, Sullivan’s writing has amazed me. Heir of Novron was the final two books, put into one, of the Riyria Revelations. Sullivan finished this series with a bang! What I love most about his writing is the fact that it is always so exciting or suspenseful that I never get bored. While reading his novel I could not put it down. I will not go into detail about the storyline in this review because it could spoil parts of the earlier books, but I can say that this novel was the best one yet. This series was totally worth spending the time to read, and I am excited to read more of Sullivan’s books in the future. Overall, I suggest this book to anyone who enjoyed the first two books in the series, and I suggest this series to all readers who enjoy fantasy, action and adventure.
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Royce and Hadrian ride into Aquesta ragged and cold from the journey. Many people are coming to Aquesta for the upcoming Wintertide Celebration, one month away. The news has spread that Modina is to be married and the Nationalist leader Degan Gaunt will be executed, all as part of the celebrations. Melengar has fallen to the Imperial Empire. With this many worries come to mind...How's Gwen? Arista? Alric? So much to happen and worry about and questions to answer.
I got a chuckle at the beginning of this book with the small group of young thieves we meet. But, by now we are all well acquainted with the characters and ready for Michael to bring them back to life for us. I was excited to be back into this world ~ its comfortable to me and I want to see where we are going with the situations the characters were left in, in Emerald Storm. Again, I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what would happen to these characters left in a little bit of a tight spot.
Michael did a great job of setting up for this book with the previous ones and using what he had available in all aspects of the world. There is nothing new pulled out of thin air or make you wonder 'where did that come from', everything we need and know have been laid out for us, but now tied together to answer questions for us. Many of the smaller unknowns and lose ends are tied up here, within a captivating story in which Michael brings all the characters together and to demise, good or bad.
Men are fighting for their kingdom and homes against attackers we have feared would come. Arista's having horrible nightmares, Royce is depressed after the ending in Wintertide, and Hadrian feels guilt. The kingdoms are coming together under the ruling heir, Modina, as predicted, but without the horn it might all be destroyed. Our friends through the series have one last quest, that could be the death of them but with out it they will die anyway, they all want or need to go on, for different reasons but for the same result, to save man kind.
Screaming from the rooftops, MASTERFUL! This is THE way to end a magnificent fantasy series.
Michael weaves all the books together into this one, pulling pieces together and setting the world; past, present and future, in clear view for us. Just amazing the way Michael took two plain and simple thieves, to create an outstanding series and amazing ending.
This one book holds all the missing pieces we didn't realize we were missing, yet piecing all the secreted comments throughout the series together to complete everything. Michael has taken a series to all different levels through out this series, and this book is a fabulous ending to it all!
I laughed and cried and worried. Both for happiness and sadness, of many reasons -- the characters and their hardships and humor. I have to say I LOVED this book, such a perfect ending. I can't describe how well the ending fit for me, all the way to the last sentence. I don't think I can write a review that will give this book it's well deserved justice, or even the series itself. I am just floored with it all; the story, the characters, the depth of the world completed. All of it completed. And an action packed finale.
I was afraid the team wouldn't have their spark, but they had it. Oh they had it. Seeing the characters grow and live through emotions is what makes the book the best, digging deep in us to care. All the characters have their numerous shining moments.
However, I believe the series could have benefited greatly from a better editor, who might have called attention to significant problems with character development and plotting that lessened my enjoyment of the books.
Although the author does a reasonably good job introducing and developing the characters of Royce and Hadrian throughout the books, the same cannot be said for other major characters, including Arista, Modina and Alric. For example, the personalities and character growth of both Arista and Alric over the course of the series more closely resemble inconsistent sine waves rather than arcs.
Arista begins the series as an introvert who shuns the trappings and responsibilities of royal command. She is also described as cunning and clever, with little concern for others beyond her immediate family. Somehow she abandons all that to become an accomplished de facto leader of several quests and campaigns and a champion of the common folk. Her emotional development is scattershot at best, as she vacillates between poorly developed infatuations and a final "love" that has almost no groundwork laid for it. And her sudden amazing competency in a magic system that relies on learning intricate, nuanced hand gestures when there's no one around to teach her (even before she gains possession of the magical robe)? It stretches the limits of suspension of disbelief.
Similarly, Alric begins as a spoiled royal wastrel, rapidly progresses to competent ruler and leader of armies (again with no groundwork for it), and just as rapidly regresses to the weak and petulant monarch expected of his original character.
Modina is perhaps the least believable of all. A peasant farm girl with no training in politics, policy or governing, who is imprisoned, abused and suicidal, suddenly overnight becomes a wise and insightful empress with a head for intrigue and governing? Not even remotely plausible, even with her explanation at the end giving credit to another character.
Moreover, some plot twists (particularly those involving the history and politics of the church) were overwrought with too many disguised motives and implausible actions, while other plot elements seemed woefully underdeveloped (such as the history and culture of the elves, given their central role in the overarching conflict of the series).
Finally, I fault the author's lazy setup or resolution of several key plot points. The author seems to believe that by skipping forward in time a few months or a couple of years (e.g., between books), he can gloss over the details of the character development that he asserts has taken place. The characters somehow manage to grow and transcend their previous shortcomings while we're not looking during those breaks in time. Likewise, resolution of several key plot points, including the final battle, rely upon deus ex magica plot devices for which there is insufficient foundation leading up to them to make them believable. [I'd be more specific, but I'm trying to avoid giving away spoilers.]
In conclusion, the series is quite entertaining as a whole, but in my opinion has significant flaws that keep it from rising to the level of a classic or a masterpiece, as other reviewers have labeled it.
Perhaps because the author chose to write the entire series before publishing the first book, the cohesiveness of the story was just amazing. Everything fit together perfectly and in great detail. No story lines were left dangling, no twist or turn seemed out of place, and everything was well thought out and fit perfectly within the overall story. There are tons of little hints and foreshadows throughout the books.... some of which lead to obvious events or revelations about characters, and some still manage to catch you completely off guard. All the elements of an epic tale are here, action, corruption, deception and conspiracy, personal redemption, and shocking revelations. And they are all woven so intricately and precisely that it isn't until the end that you really see the masterpiece as a whole and can admire it's beauty. And it truly is. I have not enjoyed any books as much as these in many years and now that it's over it's actually a bit sad to see the tales of Royce, Hadrian, and all of the rest of the characters that devoured my free time these last few weeks end.
But I look forward to more from the author, and perhaps there will be a return to Riyria in the future which would be great to see.
While I would not put this on the level of McCaffrey or Martin, they were still very good and I wish they weren't over.
BUT, if you don't like the surprises to be hinted at, you may not enjoy this. Mr. Sullivan drops subtle and not so subtle hints about what will happen; if you would rather be told what happens rather than figure it out on your own, bear that in mind before reading.