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The Emerald Storm (The Riyria Revelations #4)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  2,592 ratings  ·  117 reviews

Ex-mercenary Hadrian Blackwater sets course on a high seas adventure to find the lost Heir of Novron. His only hope lies in confronting the ruthless and cunning Merrick Marius. Fearing Hadrian is not up to the challenge, Royce Melborn joins his ex-partner for one last mission. Their journey fi
Paperback, 375 pages
Published April 2nd 2010 by Ridan Publishing (first published 2010)
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David Sven
Another fun entry in the Riyria Revelations Series. At book four (or book two if you only count the Omnibuses) the world building is still expanding. We go outside Averyn as Locke and Jean Royce and Hadrian pretend to be sailors and hit the open water.

Royce’s nemesis, Merrick Marius, is working for the Imperials and it’s up to our two thieves to find out what he’s up to and stop him. So there will be pirates, there will be ship to ship battles –and there will be goblins...Goblins! Wha...?! Wel
Great fun & a must-read for anyone who is following the series. Whew! It was tough to put down! Excellent action, thrills & chills. After reading this, you'll have to read the next one, too. This could be read out of order, I suppose, but I wouldn't recommend it. I can't wait for the next! (Hurry up & get to writing, Michael!)
Another fine addition to the series; highly recommended. Although the series continues to be a good 'light' read, I can't help wishing the author had done a little more research on the naval engagement portion of the storyline. IMHO the mistakes here are even harder to ignore than the structural engineering problems encountered at the end of book one. When you put that much detail about something, you really need to make sure that the detail is correct; as such if reinforces a general perception ...more
This is such an enjoyable series. This story focuses on Hadrian and Royce (of course) and the only other character (at least so exclusively) is Arista, who I enjoy quite a bit. I hope we learn more about Marius in the last two books - or at least see a few more things from his point of view. I love a good evil genius.

The Emerald Storm is the first of the books to have what I would consider a true cliffhanger. I guess by the time you've invested in four books, you're in it for keeps.
This book was pretty good... although somewhat predictable. The last book had some surprises but this one felt different. I hope Sullivan is setting up his next book. (view spoiler) ...more
Profundus Librum
...a negyedik rész tartalmilag az első részek felé kanyarodik vissza. Ez ugyan – de tényleg csak egy icike-picikét – „kellemetlen” meglepetést jelentett nekem hirtelen (t.i.: nem a harmadik részben elkezdett háborús vonalat teljesítette ki), de mégsem lett semmi probléma belőle, köszönhetően a tengeri helyszínnek. Egy hajón játszódó történettel engem szinte ugyanúgy kenyérre lehet kenni, mint egy háborús-fantasy regénnyel. Egyszóval telitalálat, a hajós részeket – tehát a könyv legalább felét – ...more
Fourth book of the series (two more to go) and the downside is that for the majority of the book I had no problems putting this down. Just didn't care about the sea adventure and Arista bugged the crap out of my. But the biggest factor was that I didn't understand why. Why were we spending all this time on a boat doing something (I'm not going to give spoilers) wasn't until the end of the book that it tied together into the bigger picture. I would've care more about the book if I knew more ...more
Gina (My Precious Blog)
These books continue to entertain me with thick, complex plot, likable characters and plenty of action. In this book our heroes Hadrian and Royce travel to far off lands on The Emerald Storm. Royce spends plenty of time sea sick and Hadrian is the ship's cook. On their adventure they meet up with many new characters, most of them very friendly and welcoming. A few are downright frightening or a force to be reckoned with. Modina (Thrace) slowly continues to come out of her shell. She begins to re ...more
Once again Michael Sullivan takes us on another wonderfully written adventure featuring our favorite thief and hero. This book is all about adventure, sailing the seas, trekking through jungles, daring rescues, and great escapes. I really do enjoy the fast paced plot line. I find the more we learn about our heroes, the more that I like the series as a whole. However, that being that being said, I really do believe that the series would be richer and deeper if Sullivan invested some time into wor ...more
Michael S.
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Mike (the Paladin)
This book came closest to losing a star than any of the others...but only because I just don't care for "sea adventures". There are a few books however that "overwhelm" my basic "blah" attitude about sea stories. So, like the Hornblower novels, or Captain Blood this book drew me in just because I like the characters and I like the story.

In this novel we get a little more of a look at Hadrian and Royce. The overall plot moves forward and what could in the hands of a less skilled writer become a
This evening I had the pleasure of finishing Michael J. Sullivan’s latest installment of the fantasy series Riyria Revelations, Wintertide.
In short, I am amazed.

One of the things that make the Riyria Revelations different is that they were conceived as a single tale, told in six installments. Each book could stand alone, but they are oh-so-much better when the reader builds on the story that came before. Another outstanding quality is that these books are completely appropriate for any audie
In the beginning of the book, Hadrian mentioned about visiting the monk Myron in his abbey. I was excited because he was such a likable character in the very first book in the series. To my disappointment, that didn't happen at all! OK, so most people won't care about Myron like I do but I seriously thought the author could have done so much with his character in the series. But what's done is done. When I then found out that Hadrian and Royce would board a ship (I mean, how could you not? Look ...more
Jun 16, 2010 Jeanne rated it 5 of 5 stars
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All I can say is wow! This story keeps getting better and better! Just when I think Michael cannot fool me, he twists the story when I least expect it. This is the first book of the series that really leaves the reader with a huge cliffhanger. There is so much I want to talk about but I don't want to spoil it for anyone so I'll reserve my spoiler discussions for the Riyria Revelations group at

What I will say is I was a skeptical reader when I read the first book of the series (Th
I really got a good feel for the depth of worldbuilding in this book. We got to explore some fantastic sites - from jungle tribes to volcanic gear and valve systems to exotic cities to the inner workings of ship life. And huge marks to Michael on that front in particular, the amount of work he must have put in researching antique ships and their crew must have been quite something. I could almost taste the salt air and hear the ropes groaning. Well done! I don't know why this came to mind, but d ...more
I have truly enjoyed all 4 of The Riyria Revelations, and I highly recommend this series. The 5th one will be available in October, 2010. The 6th and final in April, 2011 according to Wikipedia.

However, I don't think I have ever, ever read anything so poorly edited! There are so many grammatical errors that I began highlighting them, which is quite easy to accomplish in a Kindle. Because the multitude of errors were a distraction, I rated all currently published Riyria Revelations 3-star, rather
While the Emerald Storm didn’t quite match the standards set by ‘Nyphron Rising’ it was still a great read. The main focus of this one was a perilous quest across the world undertaken by Royce and Hadrian. This was a really enjoyable storyline that introduced some great characters, showed us more of the world and further developed Hadrian’s backstory. For the most part the world building in this series is pretty shallow and typical of the genre and that was what we got here however it was still ...more
Damir LJ
Vol. 4 – The Emerald Storm - 5-Stars
After Vol. 3 put all the chess pieces in place for the lineup, now the story is well on a roll and it doesn’t stop. It’s hard to close up for sleep or work. Because Once again the story as escalated into a pager turner. The Annoying the pop up questions have idled down and no longer a kill joy. And all the players are in the playing field as we see them bouncing off each other, There is a good mix of bad guy, good guy along with a number of ones you’re not sur
This is a series of six books and I'm actually reading them in the two-books-one-binding format. Currently I'm on the 5th book which I started last night.

As a series I'm greatly enjoying these. The characters are interesting, the world is well constructed and I like the over-arching plot. I guess the best thing I can say is that when I finish one book, I pick up the next wondering, "What's going to happen now?".

Probably a 4.5?
"Tehát nem kizárt, hogy nem azonos könyvet olvastunk a fent emlegetett fintorgókat, de én ezt bizony imádtam. Kicsit haragszom magamra, hogy nincs még itthon az ötödik rész, de igazából nem is nagyon bánom, mert akkor nem haladnék a terveimmel, márpedig be vagyok táblázva rendesen."
WOW! I very much enjoyed the previous 3 books but this instalment was something else. Definitely had a more epic feel to it and is quite possibly the best book I've read this year!
another stellar ending! must devour next book...but but..i have grad school work to do!

ah fuck it. *goes on to Wintertide*
Sep 24, 2013 Jon added it
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(fourth book of the Riyria Revelations)

I've found this series an amazing one. Sullivan has managed to write a really simple Fantasy which is also a great epic Fantasy Saga. However this last installment is not so brilliant as the previous ones; I have hope for the next.

The world (3,75) is a good classic fantasy world, and its history and legends are slowly showing as the story goes on. Well built and interesting.

The characters (3,75) are really great, powerful ones. Th
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Despite a rocky third book in the series, I knew I would be continuing. I genuinely like the characters and want to see how this entire series ends!

While Hadrian is not up to his perky old shelf, I enjoyed his character a lot more in this book than in the last. He has a purpose, but he's not entirely sure what to do about it. I think he really would like to retire but now realizes that it might not be in the cards. He and Royce end up on a ship with no clear destination at first in hopes to reco
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The Emerald Storm is the fourth book in the Riyria Revelations. The first book is The Crown Conspiracy, the second is Avempartha, the third book is Nyphron Rising, with the fifth book-Wintertide, and sixth and final book-Percepliquis having a tentative release sometime in April 2011.

The Emerald Strom is the next
Hot damn! If I thought that Sullivan was taking the lighter fantasy route, this book definitely turned that on its head. The Emerald Storm brought in new higher stakes that set up what should be an awesome conclusion, didn't hold back on a lot of punches that left me reeling, and was also the first mystery/adventure that had a good complexity and twisty-ness to it. This is also the first book that leaves major characters in grave peril - building up tension for the next installment.

A couple thin
Brandon Zarzyczny
This one was good, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the previous book. What bothered me the most in this book was the broken English used for the multiple characters, it really ruined the flow. I just found it annoying, and while I understand what the author was going for I don't think it was necessary especially at the amount it was used. A decent amount of this book took place on a ship (the Emerald Storm), which was Ok, but I didn't love it. However, there were some great moments, along ...more
Elizabeth Risley
What a great adventure...we're introduced to the devious Merrick Marius - and while he is hardly ever seen his hand can be found in any number of schemes and he certainly earns the title of master planner in how he has manipulated all the people in The Emerald Storm.

Continuing to prove that no character is safe - the book starts off with the death of a major character that I thought for sure would be playing a role up to the very end of the series.

I think one of the things I liked most about th
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