***THE ONE SENTENCE REVIEW*** Classical FUNtasy for the modern audience at its best.
***WHAT IT'S ABOUT*** This book actually contains two stories in one...more***THE ONE SENTENCE REVIEW*** Classical FUNtasy for the modern audience at its best.
***WHAT IT'S ABOUT*** This book actually contains two stories in one. The first story is titled "The Crown Conspiracy", and it's about a couple of thieves being framed for the murder of a king. The second story is called "Avempartha", taking place 2 years after the first story, and it's about a tiny village whose residents are being picked off by a beast in the night.
***WHAT I THINK OF IT*** Look, anyone can dwindle the essence of any story into a sentence or two, and nothing will seem original, so I hope that you keep in mind that there's a reason for all the rave reviews, and that you give it a try. It has more depth, and more importantly, it's much more fun than any book you've read in a while, I can pretty much guarantee it. The prose never gets in the way, which is to say that it neither sucks nor is it flowery (which is also to say that it's fitting). If I HAD to make a comparison to other stories, I would say that this book has the fun, adventure, and lovable characters like that of "The Princess Bride" (or "Stardust" the movie for you younger folks). For some reason I also feel like fans of the "Firefly" TV series who enjoy fantasy would enjoy this.
***WHY YOU SHOULD GET IT RIGHT NOW!*** If you're still uncertain, then I'll simply add this: if you love adventure stories, if you love fantasy, if you love being transported into another world amidst a group of lovable scoundrels, tagging along on a quest filled with danger and treachery and derring-do, if you love rogues, and renowned knights, and princes, and princess-in-distress, if you love magic spells and magic weapons, and beasts and elves and dwarves, or if you simply want to experience again what it was like to go on an adventure like you did back when you first read a fantasy story as a kid, then get this book.(less)
***WHAT IS IT ABOUT*** This is book 2 of the Riyria Revelations, as such, this review is aimed for those that have read the first book titled "Theft of...more***WHAT IS IT ABOUT*** This is book 2 of the Riyria Revelations, as such, this review is aimed for those that have read the first book titled "Theft of Swords". If you're new and debating to read the first book, check out my review of the first book.
Once again, this book contains two stories in one. The first story is titled "Nyphron Rising", and it begins shortly after the events of the first book. The story revolves around the church's growing power, as the king of Melengar once again puts his faith in the hands of an unlikely duo. The princess, unwilling to sit idly by, has her own plans. The second story is called "The Emerald Storm", taking place a mere few weeks after the events of the last story. The adventure takes you on a fun ride through different locales, beginning aboard a ship of the story's namesake, The Emerald Storm, out in the stormy sea, swashing into the heart of a dark jungle, and tumbling the depths of an exotic port city.
***WHAT I THINK OF IT*** "Nyphron Rising" has that middle-book problem where it's caught telling a middle tale. Michael J. Sullivan, however, does a fine job pulling you right back into the Riyria world. The intrigue begins to bare its teeth and it slowly-but-surely sinks in. Major players start stepping into the light, and you begin to see the depth of the world Michael has created, and the intricacy of the plot, and through it all Michael tells the tale so effortlessly that you never have problems keeping up with everything.
Many people say that the Riyria stories get better and better, whereas for me, after the first book I felt that both stories were great on their own merits, and I wouldn't say "Avempartha" was better than "Theft of Crown". I'm almost inclined to say that "The Emerald Storm" edges out the other stories, but I won't. One of the highlight of this one in particular is something I consider an Easter egg of sorts if you're a fan of pen-and-paper games like D&D, or if you're a fan of MMORPG games where players some time battle in 5v5 PvP matches. It makes me wonder if Michael plays MMOs.
***WHY YOU SHOULD GET IT RIGHT NOW!*** If you read "Theft of Swords", and you don't end up buying this book and reading it, me and you can never be friends.(less)
***WHAT IT'S ABOUT*** This is book 3 of the Riyria Revelations, as such, this review is aimed for those that have read the first two books (though it i...more***WHAT IT'S ABOUT*** This is book 3 of the Riyria Revelations, as such, this review is aimed for those that have read the first two books (though it is free of any spoilers) titled "Theft of Swords" and "Rise of Empire". If you're new and debating to read this series, check out my review of the first book.
Once again, this book contains two stories in one. The first story is titled "Wintertide", continuing right where the last book left off, this is the culmination of the Imperialists' scheming. A prisoner puppet on the throne, the true heir locked up with the Witch, everything will end come Wintertide. The second and final story of the series is "Percepliquis", the grand finale. All the shadows of past books come to light, and a last desperate effort to save the kingdoms forces a group of ten to search for salvation in the mythical lost city of Percepliquis.
***WHAT I THINK OF IT*** I'm filled with melancholy writing this review knowing that that the series is over. It feels like parting with the best of friends, and I'm so grateful to have been on such an entertaining adventure with them.
This is it, the stunning conclusion to the amazing series that's, at least to me, an instant classic epic series. Everything has been building up to this, and Michael J. Sullivan does not disappoint. This book has everything: adventure, romance, betrayal, redemption, tragedy, dungeon-crawling, lost city, rescue mission, artifacts, monsters, cunning and cleverness, sea battle, magic fights, skirmishes, war, I could go on all day, but the best part is that it's not just fluff. With all six books having been written prior to publishing, this is a fine tuned book that does not suffer from the usual editing problems that's commonplace amongst fantasy books.
***WHY YOU SHOULD GET IT RIGHT NOW!*** There are edge-of-your-seat action and adventure. There are eyes-watering brave acts. There are moments where your heart aches, but there is still hope. Do yourself a favor and finish the journey started by the first two books, this is the best of the three, a fine conclusion, and a new classic.(less)
I read this book while I was on a binge for adventure books that weren't so dark, as is the common trend in most fantasy/sci-fi nowadays. This was rea...moreI read this book while I was on a binge for adventure books that weren't so dark, as is the common trend in most fantasy/sci-fi nowadays. This was really enjoyable and immersive, a short and fast paced book.
The protagonists are fun to follow along. Jack isn't an annoying teenager. Growing up, I imagine you'd know a kid that was like Jack, or at the very least you might wish you were more like him in some ways. He's a believable character that you'll easily root for despite his flaws. Draycos, his dragon companion, isn't perfect either, but he's a great match for Jack. Rounding it out is Uncle Virge, who looks out for number one above all else, complimenting the team and providing a sense of practicality, skepticism, and reality to the duo's sometimes gung-ho heroic approach.
The story revolves around Jack trying to clear his name for a crime he did not (for once) commit. Circumstances force Draycos to help Jack--after all, he did save the dragon's life, but more importantly, he's trustworthy and outside the possible circle of conspiracy against Draycos's people. You'd think that trying to clear Jack's name was a good idea, but Uncle Virge would rather hide and run away instead of facing the problem straight on. Thus begins the adventure, and also a rivalry between Draycos and Uncle Virge that's pleasant to read.
All in all this is an enjoyable read that I'd recommend to any fans of adventure stories, especially sci-fi space opera/adventures. It felt like I was reading Treasure Planet (the most underrated Disney animation), minus the annoying robot.
I was recommended this by Tyler, so major thanks to him for the recommendation!(less)
This one was an absolute treat. I started this series looking for mindless reads, and while I enjoyed the first couple of books, they were mere distra...moreThis one was an absolute treat. I started this series looking for mindless reads, and while I enjoyed the first couple of books, they were mere distractions to take me away from reality for a few hours. Those first couple of books were fun, while the third one was a bit too depressing for my liking. Not depressing in a sad sense, but depressing in the sense that it makes you feel like you can't breathe, as if something's on your chest, as in, literally being pressed.
This fourth book, however, is the best one of the lot. Jack and Draycos once again meet up with Alison, and this time they're on a trek through a jungle wilderness with a Malison Ring squad hot on their heels. It had the feel of a Predators movie that's fun and adventurous. Now I'm completely hooked!(less)
If you ever want to read a Chinese-style fantasy story with a mix of the usual D&D/medieval fantasy story, this is by far the best book out there....moreIf you ever want to read a Chinese-style fantasy story with a mix of the usual D&D/medieval fantasy story, this is by far the best book out there.
I grew up on Chinese kung fu movies, and I've pretty much stayed away from them now that I'm older. I'm not sure what it is, but the newer movies lacked the heart that the older movies have, but of course it could be just because I'm looking at those old movies with fond memories. Whatever the case may be, whenever I try the new movies, they're just lacking. So I tried books. Among others, I've read the first book of The Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham, and I also read Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson which I love, and while those were wonderful books, none of them brought back memories of those amazing kung fu flicks like this book did.
This has a great combination of action like a kung fu blockbuster movie of old, high fantasy, and even a bit of romantic intrigue. I can't recommend this enough if you're looking for a different type of fun fantasy, and also to kung fu fans who want to read that type of story with a mixture of D&D type of fantasy.(less)