As the culmination of the Riyria Revelations, Heir of Novron did not disappoint. All the various threads that began with A Theft of Swords (and actual...moreAs the culmination of the Riyria Revelations, Heir of Novron did not disappoint. All the various threads that began with A Theft of Swords (and actually earlier with The Crown Tower) were masterfully played. It was a great joy to see my (personal) hopes/guesses about the ending turn out correct. Ever since Rise of Empire I'd had a niggling sense that much, much bigger things were going to happen at the end. I won't spoil it, but I will say that I couldn't have been happier and seeing how all the various pieces fit together seamlessly.
Royce will forever be my favorite of the entire series. Though I sincerely love Arista and Hadrian. I hadn't thought it possible but each character grew even beyond what I'd expected. Old friends returned. New friends were found. Old deceptions revealed new truths. Gods became men and men became gods. It was glorious.
I am fascinated by how Mr. Sullivan kept all the threads intertwined and moving along throughout all six novels. In fact I'll probably write up a blog post or two exploring just how he did so. As per usual my favorite aspect of the novel was the characterizations. I've also come to appreciate his wonderful turn of phrase and word pictures, especially describing people.
At parts the novel did drag a little bit, typically when following someone besides the core characters. However, the plot did not suffer from their contribution and pertinent information was always presented.
For the sheer size of the Revelations it never felt overlong or bogged down. I rarely became impatient as I have with other similarly long series, Game of Thrones comes to mind though I might get labeled a heretic for that. I will be impatient for more of the Riyria Chronicles.(less)
After staying up half the night last night I finally finished the book this evening. It was worth the sleeplessness.
I did at times grow a bit weary of...moreAfter staying up half the night last night I finally finished the book this evening. It was worth the sleeplessness.
I did at times grow a bit weary of the journey wishing to move on to the action. But once I got to the end of the book I understood the necessity of it. There was a beautiful twist at the end that I honestly did not see coming. Many great men died and it pained me to lose several of them. Sullivan has once again painted wonderfully rich and engaging characters.
Arista in particular has become a favorite, though Royce remains in the lead. She showed potential in the last book. This book she blossomed. I was happy and grateful to see her well written. She was conflicted, intelligent, resourceful, brave and feminine. I think I'm a little in love with her.
On a slightly sour note Gwen's character suffered a setback in my mind, going from the gorgeous seer to merely one of Royce's potentially doomed lights. I used to love her, now I'm waiting for her to die. I think it was when she revealed she'd already picked names for their children. No matter, she wasn't in the book long and we were off to more important matters. Like saving the world.
I especially enjoy the interacting between Royce and Hadrian. Its so fluid and organic. It's been lovely to see more of Royce revealed, but not too much and not too quickly. One scene in particular in Ratibor had me blinking back tears. It was beautifully written and made me love Royce all the more.
Hadrian's past made an interesting return in this book. One I'd hoped since The Crown Tower, was coming.The Crown Tower
Suffice it to say, I'll be up late reading the next installment because I'm addicted and in love with these characters. Its a long journey, but well worth it. (less)
Part of me wants to call Theft of Swords a sprawling epic, but sprawling gives the impression that it was disorganized. It was not. The plot was as ti...morePart of me wants to call Theft of Swords a sprawling epic, but sprawling gives the impression that it was disorganized. It was not. The plot was as tightly woven as any elvish fabric. The converging character story lines made for fascinating reading and once everyone was together I couldn't put the book down.
Revelations is an excellent word for this set of books. I loved how the information was interwoven into the narrative with the characters making the connections. I think that's what I appreciate most about Mr. Sullivan's writing, outside of his wonderful descriptions and engaging characters, he never comes out and tells you what to think. He gives you the information, teases with it even, but lets you draw your own conclusions. But the end of book two I couldn't turn pages fast enough to find out if my hunch was right. Alas, it was hinted, but not confirmed.
It's beautiful story telling on a grand scale that doesn't neglect the heart and soul of the characters.(less)
Really enjoyed this novel. The blurb caught my attention and the story delivered everything I hoped it would. The characters are wonderful and drive t...moreReally enjoyed this novel. The blurb caught my attention and the story delivered everything I hoped it would. The characters are wonderful and drive the story along at a good pace. It was refreshing to read a fantasy that wasn't so steeped in lore that it bogged down. There was just enough backstory to keep things interesting but not get in the way of what was happening.
The characters themselves are richly drawn and fully realized. Hadrian, Royce, Gwen, Pickles all of them are easy to picture and even easier to come to like. (I confess Royce is my favorite.) I am very much looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.(less)