An entertaining peice of fiction by Counter, although proves that he can only write bolter porn. I've read most of his novels now, and most of what he...moreAn entertaining peice of fiction by Counter, although proves that he can only write bolter porn. I've read most of his novels now, and most of what he writes is just action after action. Although that said, if you're looking for something entertaining and a peice of escapism, and are a fan of Warhammer 40k and don't come in with standards set to Abnett/Dembski-Bowden level, then you should enjoy the Soul Drinkers Omnibus. Full review will follow soon.(less)
If you’re expecting a review from someone who has read a lot of post-apocalyptic novels, then you might want to look away now, for the only experienc...more If you’re expecting a review from someone who has read a lot of post-apocalyptic novels, then you might want to look away now, for the only experience of the post-apocalyptic genre that I’ve had is the Will Smith film I am Legend and possibly the Gone series by Michael Grant for young adults if that counts at all.
I’m aware that there is a whole host of post-apocalyptic novels that a sci-fi fan like me should have probably read by now, such as The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Stand by Stephen King, The Reapers are Angels by Alden Bell and other such novels. However, I’ve been more focused on the worlds of Warhammer 40,000 when reading science fiction, but I guess the sub-genre should defiantly be worth a look into.
And so it was that I delved into The Culled, by Simon Spurrier, the author of the Warhammer 40,000 novel Lord of the Night, which I understand is quite popular amongst those who have read it. (I haven’t), knowing little about the novel other than who wrote it, the sub-genre that it was in, and the blurb on the back of the Omnibus went something like this:
“Even before the plague, he was a weapon, cold and brutal; and the Cull took away his one shot at regaining his humanity. Now, deep in the squalor of London, he receives a signal, and a flicker of hope. But the source of the signal is half a world away and he must fight gangs, collectors, and the powerful Church of the New Dawn to get there.”
Before I continue, I should mention that the Cull is the plague, a killer virus that spared only those with one rare blood type, and wiped out approximately 93% of the world’s population, leaving only a meagre 7%.
I’ve read plenty of action-packed novels, after all – I am a fan of the Warhammer 40,000 Universe, but if I must say, I’ve never really read that many novels that are as brutal, and as action-packed as The Culled makes out to be. It is a white-knuckled ride following a protagonist whose name we never learn, and his various adventures from London to America, and introduces a post-apocalyptic New York to the readers, overrun by rival gangs, the mysterious, power-hungry Church of the New Dawn and child-hunters, and paints a very dark future for humanity.
Told entirely in first person, The Culled is a strong opener from Spurrier, and the series as a whole. Depending on how many brutal, action-packed books that you have read in the past, you may find yourself completely unprepared for what Spurrier has unleashed upon the reader.
Spurrier seems to take the nameless character and put him in as many horrendous situations as possible, and enjoys the task greatly, and as a result, we find the book to be much more gripping and enthralling than it would’ve been otherwise.
Second in the Omnibus is the novel Kill or Cure, written by Rebecca Levene, and acts as a ‘not-quite a follow-up’ to The Culled, and expands fantastically on the world that Spurrier has created in the previous novel. Still told in first person and the transfer to a female lead character helps create a change of pace, and this is exactly what you need after devouring all the action written in The Culled.
This particular novel follows the adventures of Jasmine, who has spend five years trapped in a secret bunker, with only the dead for company – which is enough to drive anybody mad. However, Jasmine’s crazier than most, after all – she has survived the Cull. However, the cure that she has used is worse, leaving her with a voice that tells her to do awful things.
Now, after being rescued by the rulers of the New Caribbean, it looks like a second plague is rising, and its Jasmine’s job to investigate it.
Levene has managed to interlink the two stories by putting Jasmine across as a partner of the lead character (I wouldn’t say hero), in The Culled, and is an interesting character that is certainly different from most. The author has managed to combine plenty of plot-twists in a world where if you have a gun, it means law – and Jasmine’s not afraid to use one. The many turns that this novel will take you in makes the ending unpredictable, and an instalment in the Afterblight chronicles that should not be missed.
I also enjoyed the Magnificent Seven reference in this novel, as this is probably my favourite Western movie, and it did have me smiling for a couple of pages afterwards.
I should point out that this is probably my favourite book in the Omnibus before we continue, with Death Got No Mercy, by Al Ewing.
Al Ewing is the only author whose work I’ve before, and I’ve read his Gods of Manhattan pretty recently, and I’m pleased to say that I enjoyed both that one and this one as well. The cover art for this one had me hooked before I even read it, I mean come on, I didn’t particularly like the artwork but yet – I knew this would be the book for me.
And what a book Death Got No Mercy was! It’s the third book in the Omnibus and the only one told in third person, focusing on the main character, who is on the front of that cover there, and is called Cade. He doesn’t exactly care about people, “But if someone he almost cared about was in trouble, he’d help if he could. If that meant taking on religious maniacs, suited cannibals and hippies who dealt out free love and fast death… well, I’m kind of runnin’ my mouth here. This ain’t a peaceful story and Cade…
Cade wasn’t a peaceful man.”
And so decreed the blurb on the back of the omnibus.
And so, it was. Death Got No Mercy grabbed me right from the start, and it was the Afterblight novel that I’d been most looking forward to after I read the introduction by Jonathan Oliver, the editor-in-chief at Abaddon (as of 2010), which mentioned that the initial pitch of the novel was “A Man goes to San Francisco and kills everybody,” and is easily the most violent and brutal in the Omnibus.
Even though Death Got No Mercy veers slightly off into comic-book territory, as did the first novel, The Culled, which is probably justified by the fact that both authors, Spurrier and Ewing, worked on 2000AD, it is nonetheless an enjoyable pulp-fiction read despite Cade being a rather 2D character.
**spoiler alert** As it happens, I’ve been awaiting for an omnibus of Word Bearers novels ever since I heard about them. You see, when I first started...more**spoiler alert** As it happens, I’ve been awaiting for an omnibus of Word Bearers novels ever since I heard about them. You see, when I first started to become a fan of Black Library novels (I believe my first was Henry Zou’s Emperor’s Mercy), I was enthralled by the tales of battles in the far future, and I wanted more. Not long after that, I started getting the Horus Heresy series, and expanding to include stuff like Nick Kyme’s Tome of Fire Trilogy. I’d had my taste of loyalist forces back then. The Salamanders, loyalist Luna Wolves, loyalist Emperor’s Children – and I wanted to read something from the traitor perspective, so I stumbled across Dark Creed, the latest book in the Word Bearers Trilogy, and upon finding out that it was part of a trilogy, I wanted to find the previous two books, Dark Apostle and Dark Disciple. However, I couldn’t find them no matter what store I went into, and no matter what I typed into Amazon. (For the only copies of Dark Disciple on there were used books and had a starting price of 18-odd pounds.)
So I waited patiently, and was relieved when they finally announced The Word Bearers Omnibus, and even more excited when it arrived on my doorstep as an advanced review copy from the kind folks at Black Library. So I delved right into it as soon as I had finished off a few other books that I had been currently reading, and as soon as I started Dark Apostle, I knew that I had stumbled across a winner.
The Word Bearers Omnibus follows the tales of the 34th Host, part of the Word Bearers Legion, a band of renegade Space Marines who threw in their lot with Horus during the Heresy. In fact, the Word Bearers are perhaps one of the most interesting Chaos legions of the lot, but that’s another story. Indeed, if you want to find out their backstory, then I’d recommend giving The First Heretic by Aaron Dembski-Bowden a look out. However, chances are, if you’re a Black Library fan, you’ll have read that already, so let’s get back to this particular Omnibus, and let me tell you what I thought of Dark Apostle, the first book in the trilogy.
Dark Apostle is basically a slaughter-fest, as the Word Bearers are on the world of Tanakreg, currently ruled by the Imperium, and lay waste to the planet easily destroying the PDF forces entrenched there. However, the Word Bearers Dark Apostle Jarulek has more than just slaughter in mind, and sets the enslaved citizens of Tanakreg to work building a tower that stands several kilometres high off the ground. However, time is running out for the sons of Lorgar. Can the Word Bearers accomplish their tasks before the Imperial forces arrive to reclaim the planet?
The first novel in the Omnibus is going to have to be good in order to make the reader continue to read further, and in this matter, Reynolds excels, captivating the reader from the get go with bloodthirsty violence told from both sides of the conflict, from the viewpoint of the Imperium but mainly the Word Bearers, who are effectively the ones we’re meant to be rooting for in this novel, but I couldn’t help but rooting for the Imperium instead, which is strange, seeing as A) I knew they were going to lose, and B) I found myself rooting for the Night Lords portrayed in Aaron Dembski-Bowden’s Night Lords Series.
The pace is brutal, and Dark Apostle is essentially two hundred and fifty (give or take) of all out, nonstop war. This is where Reynolds excels, and I couldn’t help but want more when the novel came to a conclusion, and couldn’t have hoped for a better start for a series that I’ve been waiting to read for a while. My high expectations didn’t let me down, and I’m quite pleased by that. Next to read though, was Dark Disciple, the next book in the Omnibus.
Dark Disciple picks up where Dark Apostle left off, and follows the footsteps of new Dark Apostle Marduk. The Word Bearers this time find themselves driven to a world of the Imperium that is about to become overrun by Tyranids. Thrust right into the action again, Reynolds includes a third, dark and mysterious faction that Warhammer 40,000 fans should be able to recognise from the words, “sadistic as it is mysterious.” I had my suspicions of course from the get go, and was unsurprised when they were proved to be correct, and whilst Dark Disciple is a tad predictable, it’s a journey that you’ll enjoy undertaking. Like Dark Apostle, you get POV told from not only the Word Bearers but also the Imperium. The pace doesn’t let up, and Dark Disciple was just as good as the previous novel, if not made better by the inclusion of an additional faction. Although both novels use a ‘race against time’ plot, Dark Disciple is the one that pulls it off a lot better than Reynold’s first Word Bearers novel.
Once again, there are a variety of action scenes in this novel as the Word Bearers are thrust from one fight to the next. We learn more about what makes the Word Bearers tick, and there’s even a guest appearance by Erebus himself. Dark Disciple also moves the trilogy forward, and as this is the second book, that is only expected.
Despite that though, I felt that there were some issues with Dark Disciple. There was a couple of characters that could have either been improved or left out of the novel altogether. That said, Dark Disciple was still a page-turning read and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Even though you’ll know the overall outcome of the novel, Dark Disciple manages to keep you hooked as you want to find out what happens in-between its pages.
Thus, I bring you to the final novel, the conclusion to the trilogy, Dark Creed, where the stakes are raised and confrontation in the legion come to the forefront, and you learn about a secret organization in the Word Bearers legion themselves, an organization with mysterious purposes that could tear the legion in two.
This time, in Dark Creed, the Word Bearers find themselves journeying to the Imperial Subsector, Boron’s Gate, protected by the White Consuls Chapter in order to aid Warmaster Abaddon’s Black Crusade. Marduk has control of the Nexus Arrangement, a Necron device that can help the Word Bearers defeat the Imperial forces guarding Boron’s Gate. However, just as victory is for the taking, the Chaos Space Marines run into a powerful, ancient enemy that might be too strong even for the Word Bearers to defeat.
The conclusion to the Word Bearers Trilogy, although not the strongest book in the Omnibus is certainly a good novel, one that kept me turning pages one after the other in order to see what the outcome would be. All the old characters return and we are introduced to a couple of new ones that become central to the plot.
If I had one problem with the series as a whole, it’s the Space Marines themselves. They’re so powerful and innumerable that you almost know what the outcome is going to be right from the get go, and which robs the Omnibus of some suspense. However, when the Adeptus Astartes start to stab everyone in the back, suspense starts building and you don’t know who’s going to emerge victorious.
Several interesting characters appear in the series, Burias being a particular favourite of mine.
If you’re after nonstop science-fiction warfare in all its forms told from the point of view of the bad guys, you can’t really go wrong with the Word Bearers Omnibus, which also includes an all-new short story Torment, which reveals the fate of one character who displeases Dark Apostle Marduk.
Throughout the omnibus, the pace remains roughly the same, and there is little change between the novels. There is no noticeable change from one novel to the next, which helps, in my opinion at least. Also, there is loads of action going on, and I applaud Reynolds for making it easy to follow and help the reader to understand what is going on.
Although the ending is a bit anti-climatic, you won’t really care about that too much as you’ll have enjoyed the journey that you’ve undertaken whilst reading this omnibus.
There’s one thing that irks me, though. Even though the first novel, Dark Apostle has an original publishing date of 2007, that’s right, four years ago, throughout the entire Omnibus bar Torment, you still see the odd grammar mistake and typo. However, that’s just me nitpicking; hopefully it shouldn’t put you off reading The Word Bearers Omnibus completely. The characters (most of them) are fantastic, and although most of the time you’ll find yourself rooting for the Imperium, there are a few Chaos Space Marines who you will become attached to.
Verdict for Dark Apostle: 4/5
Verdict for Dark Disciple: 3.5/5
Verdict for Dark Creed: 3.5/5
Verdict for Torment: 4/5
Verdict for The Word Bearers Omnibus: 3.5/5 (less)
Having only started reading Black Library novels about three years ago, I’m still quite a newcomer to the worlds of Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Fantasy. Which is why, I found myself missing the original release of Graham McNeill’s Storm of Iron, the first novel to introduce one of my favourite Warhammer 40,000 characters, Honsou the Iron Warrior, and one of the first novels about Chaos Space Marines.
So, when the Omnibus came out, naturally, I was really excited to see its release, especially when an advanced review copy turned up on my doorstep, and dove into it enthusiastically and quickly devoured not only Storm of Iron but also the short stories and novella contained within its pages in a very short time, for an Omnibus at least.
And, I can say that what a fantastic Omnibus it was. Although by no means a work of literacy brilliance, this wasn’t what McNeill set out to create in the first place. Storm of Iron, the first (and only) novel in the Omnibus, contains possibly one of the best siege battles that I’ve read yet. It was unputdownable, and a real edge-of-your seat page-turner that kept me hooked right the way through.
I think it’s probably best to point out that you don’t want to get yourself attached to any of the loyalist characters in Storm of Iron. Although there are some excellent ones out there, such as Guardsman Julius Hawke, one of the key characters in the novel, you’ll find that should you get attached to them, you might find yourself disappointed as McNeill isn’t afraid to kill of key characters in the novel. However, don’t let that stop you from reading it – after all, why should you?
The pace throughout the entire omnibus, not just Storm of Iron, is brutal, ruthless, action-packed and extremely fast, which is probably why I finished the seven-hundred odd page collection quicker than I normally would a standalone novel this size. Although it may be one of the small Omnibuses that Black Library have on the market, it is probably one of their best that I’ve read to date (including all of the Gaunt’s Ghosts Omnibuses, and the Eisenhorn one), and I can’t recommend it enough to anybody who hasn’t read any of these stories before.
Most of them are indeed, reprints, with the only two new additions being The Iron Without and The Beast of Calth, both set during and after the Ultramarines novel The Chapter’s Due. Whilst I disliked The Chapter’s Due, I loved the two short stories in this Omnibus, and they have almost made me want to go back and revisit the latest addition to the Ultramarines series, no matter how much I disliked it the first time around.
I should point out here, that after Storm of Iron, it’s pretty much essential that you read the Ultramarines novels before you read the rest of the books in the series, otherwise – you’ll be completely lost as to what is happening in each short story/novella, as you’ll find time, place and setting jumps confusing.
Unlike most Graham McNeill works, this Omnibus doesn’t contain any typos or grammar errors that frequented both The Chapter’s Due and The Outcast Dead, which is a welcoming change for me, and I didn’t find myself being disrupted from the flow of reading.
Back to Storm of Iron, the novel. This is the first time we see Honsou of the Iron Warriors, who later becomes a major character in the Ultramarines series, and this novel basically follows a fantastic description of a siege, the Iron Warriors against the Imperium of Man. It breeds pure awesomeness, and in my opinion, this was the strongest addition to the Omnibus, containing several key characters, introducing them for the first time. We see Titans clash and views from both sides of the conflict, as McNeill makes us want to root for the losing side despite the fact that we know, ultimately, who will emerge on top.
Following on from Storm of Iron, we have a trio of short stories. Kicking off with The Enemy of My Enemy, this explores the fate of some Imperial Guardsmen who survived the siege, and introduces the renegade Vaanes, a former Raven Guard. Like Storm of Iron, this short story was fast-paced, fantastic and a joy to read. I don’t believe this is available elsewhere. This short story takes place before Dead Sky, Black Sun in the Ultramarines series.
Following on from The Enemy of My Enemy, we have The Heraclitus Effect, which takes place after Dead Sky, Black Sun – and we learn that Honsou is out for Ventris’ blood. Failing that, hurting him by any means possible. And, he’s found the next best thing to getting his blood.
Keeping up the consistent pace in the Omnibus, The Heraclitus Effect is an awesome short story and again shows McNeill at his best. In fact, I believe that this whole Omnibus is one of his best works. I would say his best, but I believe that A Thousand Sons still holds that title. This short story is probably my second favourite, with the first being The Beast of Calth, for reasons that you will discover if you read it. This short story, I believe is available as an eBook, and can be found in the Planetkill anthology.
Next on the list is Skull Harvest, also available as an eBook, and can be found in the Heroes of the Space Marines anthology, and is the only short story that I’ve read something of this Omnibus from before. It shows how Honsou built up his forces for the invasion of Ultramar in The Chapter’s Due, and shows the Iron Warrior, along with his assistants, Vaanes and Grendel, plus the Newborn, who was first introduced in Dead Sky, Black Sun, and is shown to be first learning what it means to be a Chaos Marine in Skull Harvest.
Following on from Skull Harvest, is Iron Warrior, once available as a limited edition novella, which was brutal, fast paced – enjoyable and a proper action-packed page-turner, showing a battle between the Ultramarines and Honsou’s Iron Warriors in all its glory.
Iron Warrior is an awesome addition to the Omnibus and I believe, if I had been a fan of the Iron Warriors at the time when the novella Limited Edition originally came out, I would have no doubt brought it, rather than waiting for the Omnibus release. Now however, it’s available as an eBook, if you prefer the digital publishing industry and have already read most of the stories in the Iron Warrior Omnibus.
There are only two new additions to the Iron Warrior Omnibus, also being made available as eBooks, and they are the final two short stories, The Iron Without, and the Beast of Calth. Both take place on Calth during (and after) the Iron Warriors invasion in The Chapter’s Due, and prove that McNeill is more consistent with good things with Iron Warriors over Ultramarines, and I feel that the series would have benefited a lot more if it had been the Iron Warriors who received the bulk of the attention, and the Ultramarines reduced to a novel and a few short stories, and shared points of view in the Iron Warriors novels.
“A wonderful, spectacular conclusion to a series which has seen Sullivan launch into competition with the likes of Brandon Sanderson and Joe Abercrombie. Strong characters, strong plot, strong pretty much everything - Heir of Novron and the Riryia series are novels that any true fantasy fan should read.” ~The Founding Fields
If you’ve read the first two novels in the Riryia Revelations series, then I’m pretty sure that you won’t need this review to convince you to buy the final installment, but I’m going to have a go anyway. Containing the novels Wintertide and Percepliquis, Heir of Novron is the strongest of the three Omnibus editions that contain Michael J. Sullivan’s epic, and proves that he is a fantasy author that all fantasy fans should be reading. I’m going to split this review into two halves, and talk about my experiences with Wintertide and Percepliquis in each of them. Obviously, I will be starting with Wintertide as it’s the first novel in the Omnibus.
A FORCED WEDDING. A DOUBLE EXECUTION. TWO THIEVES HAVE OTHER PLANS. The New Empire intends to celebrate its victory over the Nationalists with a day that will never be forgotten. On the high holiday of Wintertide the empress will be married and Degan Gaunt and the Witch of Melengar will be publically executed. Then the empress will suffer a fatal accident leaving the empire in the hands of the new emperor. It will be a perfect day. There is only one problem–Royce and Hadrian have finally found the lost heir.
I was a little nervous going into the final Omnibus as I was wondering if Michael J. Sullivan would be able to keep up with everything that made Theft of Swords and Rise of Empire great, as well as include a satisfying conclusion to please all fans of the series. However, my doubts were put to a halt within the first few pages of Wintertide. Sullivan continues to enthrall, hook and entertain the reader in the same way that his previous novels have. You can tell that Wintertide is a Riryia Revelations novel, original, fun, entertaining, plot-twisting and action-packed, it’s a strong page-turner that whilst it may be shorter than Percepliquis, it is still a strong novel.
Royce and Hadrian’s characters continue to develop throughout the course of the novel and by the end, you can tell that both men are not the same when you met them first going into the series. If you’re looking to write character development well, then Michael J. Sullivan is an author to watch out for. As well as writing strong male characters such as Myron the Priest, the two aformentioned thieves and Mince to name a few, he also manages to write a strong female cast without making them 100% sarcastic all the time, or making them female warriors. Empress Modina and Arista are the strongest female characters in this book with the most page time, but Gwen, Royce’s love interest, is also a strong character even though she may not appear often. Arguably, the star of this book is Modina and for the first time in the series she manages to really show her own strengths in this novel.
Wintertide is the novel that is the most similar to those that came before, and bears all the recognisable aspects of a Riryia novel. It’s light humored in places, even with its dark ending, and the author manages to avoid dedicating the whole of the penultimate book in the series to set up something big for the final book. This was what let Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (the film) down for me, as I felt it was too busy setting the stage for Part 2, and I’m glad that Sullivan hasn’t fallen into this trap, and Wintertide is a novel that stands pretty much on its own, although the author does take some time to set the stage for the final book, but doesn’t do this excessively.
There are several plot twists in Wintertide and each help make the novel more and more appealing. Although people who haven’t read the series may find it tricky to work out what’s going on if they jump in here, there’s a reason why this is the fifth book in the series and not the first. The prose is excellent in this novel and Percipiquis, and the dialogue is another strength shown here by the author, with it being realistic and captivating.
Verdict for Wintertide: 4/5
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS…THE ELVES HAVE CROSSED THE NIDWALDEN. TWO THIEVES WILL DECIDE THE FUTURE.
Percepliquis is the final installment of the epic fantasy, The Riyria Revelations. In this saga that began with The Crown Conspiracy, two thieves caught in the wrong place at the right time were launched on a series of ever escalating adventures that have all lead to this moment. Three thousand years have passed and the time for Novron’s heir to act has arrived.
So, this is it. Percepliquis. The final installment in the epic six novel length series, that spanned all the way from The Crown Conspiracy right up until here. By the end of Wintertide, I knew that Sullivan couldn’t possibly disappoint with Percepliquis before I had even begun, and I was proved right. Everything that Sullivan does right in Wintertide, he does even better in Percepliquis. This is the novel that has become my favourite out of the series so far, and it is truly a fantastic conclusion and my only regret is that I should have discovered this series earlier when it was still self-published.
The pace is superb, and its fast, page-turning elements will keep you hooked all the way through. I couldn’t put Percepliquis down at all, that’s how much I love it. It only took me a couple of days to finish the final novel, whilst I’d taken longer with Wintertide (for reasons that were mostly my own fault, both books were amazing). Every plot thread that has been left hangling has been tangled up nicely in Percepliquis, and we’re not left any questions coming out of the book. Although it’s a shame there will be no more Riryia novels, it’s been a fantastic journey, and I can say that I will be re-reading it for sure in the future. There are several plot twists throughout the book and although the novel may be a bit less unpredictable than Wintertide, it still maintains that edge of suspense particularly during the search for Percepliquis itself.
The author manages to pull off a breathtaking conclusion to the series, and the characters develop even more than they had done by the end of Wintertide. Seeing Alric again just reminds me how far Arista has come as a character from her beginnings in The Crown Conspiracy, and the other characters that make appearances are just as enthralling. When the POV changes from one group to another, you never feel like skipping that chapter to see what happens to your preferred bunch of characters, and the story manages to be as entertaining as the previous books.
Every major character is back for one more journey, and we have several subplots and the main plot that are all resolved in the final volume. This is a much darker novel than it’s predecessors and there are several elements in this book that reminded me of the Fellowship of the Ring, when the Fellowship find themselves in Moria, including a fight with a being that is similar to the Balrog. However, that didn’t bother me that much - the way in the fight was resolved was different to Tolkien’s novel, and is still a really entertaining read.
The action is well written and the battle scenes are spectacular, with several memorable encounters and events that prove no character is safe as the novel draws to a close, despite the fact that you find yourself wanting certain characters to make it through. Although a large amount of characters do make it through to the end, there are a few significant characters that I didn’t see getting killed off until they actually were, which took me by surprise.
This is the most dramatic out of all the series, and the darkest as well as the best. Sullivan has stepped up and knocked the ball out of the park for his final novel in the Riryia series, and I hope that the author will continue to write more novels (that I will certainly be reading) in the future.
Verdict for Percepliquis: 5/5
Overall Verdict for Heir of Novron: 4.5/5
The Riryia Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan: The Crown Conspiracy, Avempartha, Nyphron Rising, The Emerald Storm, Wintertide, Percepliquis (less)