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The New Empire intends to mark its victory over the Nationalists with a bloody celebration. On the high holiday of Wintertide, the Witch of Melengar will be burned and the Heir of Novron executed. On that same day the Empress faces a forced marriage, with a fatal accident soon follow. The New Empire is confident in the totality of its triumph but there's just one problem-R ...more
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Published January 31st 2012 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2012)
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Michael Well, you are certainly not the only one asking for one. I do have several ideas, but I'm not sure which way to go yet. It could be something set very…moreWell, you are certainly not the only one asking for one. I do have several ideas, but I'm not sure which way to go yet. It could be something set very far in the future where most of the people from Riyria are dead. Or it could be something in more immediate time periods - such as fixing up Druimindor and dealing with the goblins - which may or may not include seeing some old friends. Or it could be a standard sequel where we pick up where the story left off.

As you probably know, the reason I wrote Chronicles rather than a sequel is I REALLY like the way the series wrapped and I don't want to ruin that by "tacking on." I kinda like where everyone (and everything) was left. But that said, the longer I am away from it (it's been almost 5 years since Heir of Novron was released), the more I feel like it could be returned to if done properly. Anyway, I've got a few more stories to tell...mainly the "middle' time which would focus on Esrahaddon, Nevrik, and Jerish. Maybe once those are done I'll roll forward into the future.

So, the answer isn't as cut and dried as I would like it to be. I guess if you hold my feet to the fire I'd say. Nothing on the very near horizon, but something some day.(less)
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Michelle
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
(This is a review of "The Riyria Revelations")

By the flip of the last page of the "Heir of Novron", I felt like I have lost a piece of myself. For weeks, I have been plowing through the books with unbridled enthusiasm. I was expecting a sense of triumph upon finishing the books, instead I was hit with a legendary book hangover! The world of Elan is so intoxicating, I just wanted to wallow in this realm forever. Sadly, the real world beckons... Char!
I think one paragraph is enough to get all the
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Petrik
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75/5 Stars

I have a principle to never DNF a book or series, I truly believe that at times, stories will need some time to reach its maximum potential. Riyria Revelations is a perfect example of this situation, it’s a series that proved this principle of mine to be a great decision for me. If I haven’t stuck with this series after finishing the first omnibus which I find really weak and underwhelming, I would be missing one hell of a fantastic series. It’s not without flaws but at the end of th
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Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
OMG! I freaking cried at that ending. Okay, so I cried earlier in the book about a death. And then I cried a little more here and there. And then I was doing so much happy crying at the end!



When he. . . and then she. . . and then Mercedes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My feels, my feels......

This book was so freaking good. I laughed and I cried. I loved the journey the group all took together. They had me cracking up so much of the time but then some deaths. That happens, we just move on. I
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☽Luna☾
5/5

“Revenge is a bittersweet fruit that leaves the foul aftertaste of regret.”


THIS BOOK WAS IMPECCABLE. Like how dare it be so perfect! Seriously it gave me all the FEELS possible. Like I need a feel doctor, up in here to fix this shit, this book made me melt into a pile of goo, I HATE ROMANCE WITH A PASSION. I'm like the love grinch, I'm a dedicated, pure and total romance hater. I hate all soppy shit & secretly hate all things cute. However this book was so terribly cute that i need
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Katerina
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I've been looking at my computer screen for a while, trying to find the proper words to describe Heir of Novron, but as it turns out I can't form coherent thoughts. Epic? Too cliché. Mind-blowing? Obviously. Extraordinary? Duh. Magnificent? Of course. Outstanding? Sure.
I will ask you to allow me to be extravagant for once. Yes I am the girl who gets overly excited with almost everything she reads, who loves 90% of the books she so proudly admires in her bookselves, but this one, it's...different
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Robin (Bridge Four)
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How many of you have read a series and loved everything about it only to get to the last book and be completely disappointed?

*raises hand*

So many times that has happened to me, especially when I’ve read books back to back and I get to the end an stuff from the last book doesn’t even fit in with stuff from the first book…I mean it does fit if you’ve had a drink or three and look at it while standing on your head trying to balance a set of plates with you feet. But, not on a normal Tuesday.

Well ha
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Samir
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved ''Theft Of Swords'' and ''Rise of Empire'' and I expected the ''Heir of Novron'' to be truly epic but it wasn't...It was something more, it was something greater, it was mind-blowingly good!

Stories like these are the reason I love fantasy. I won't share any details or spoilers because I wouldn't dare to deprive you from fantastic experience of going through it yourself.

Some parts reminded me of ''The Fellowship of the Ring'' and I loved it because that was the book that made me fall in
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Orient
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody


Great books read: 2
Hours spent cheering for the goodies:endless....
Hours spent cheering for the baddies:2462621
Temples for Hadrian: O
Temples for Royce: O
Temples for Royce and Fluffster: 378715 and then I just lost the count <3
Monster count: a lot of adorable goblins, one amazing Fluffster with a couple of friends (fangirling mode - on)



Though I gave the first installment only three stars, I knew that Mr. Sullivan will have more up in his sleeve, so it was obvious that further books will lead t
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Alex Farrand
Heir of Novron is the last omnibus installment of the Riyria Revelations. The volume consists of Book V, and VI, Wintertide and Percepliquis, respectively. A threat looms over the world, and the new empire is only beginning. Can our heroes save the day, or will they cause more havoc?

*High five myself* Yes! I finished a series in a short amount of time, or at least to my standards. It is pretty exciting, because I usually take forever to finish a series, or never finish it. Don't judge, I am work
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Choko
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, advanture
*** 5 ***

A buddy read with the buddies, who joined together on a Fantasy quest to save the world, at BB&B!


Wow!!! Just wow!!! I am not sure I have words! I just finished this series and I am glad that despite some very painful moments, which almost led me to depression and left me with the need to step away and take a break, I stuck with it to the end! This five star rating is not only for the last installment, which I found to be the strongest in its balance of prose and action, but for the
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Jody
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book, and series for that matter, are going down as one of my favorites of all time. I absolutely loved it! Everything that has been building up in Theft of Swords and Rise of Empire comes to a head in this final installment. MJS left no stone unturned and left me completely satisfied, but still wanting more. Wanting more you say?.....DAMN RIGHT! I could read another 900+ pages of Royce, Hadrian, Arista, and the whole crew right now.

This book is another omnibus of books 5 and 6. Just like t
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Ivan
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
At some point more detailed review might come but so far I will say WOW, just WOW.

This series starts as fun little adventure with witty dialogues .In second book we get more worldbuilding, characters get more layers and plot thickens but it's all setting stage for what happens in this book.By far longest of the 3 it's culmination of everything that happens in previous books and I was astonished to see how some small details and side characters had impact later in story.I am also glad Sullivan di
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edge of bubble
wow!!!!! just want to say this was awesome. wondrous. marvelous. just wow! review later I hope.





okay I need to get this rant off my chest. major spoilers!
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Conor
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, riyria

Humour, tragedy, action, drama, adventure. This one had it all. After a patchy start in book 1 this omnibus has fully realized the development of this series into one of my all-time favourites. Heir of Novron featured an awesome cast of diverse, likeable characters with the protagonists from the previous books returning along with many of the great supporting characters. While the plot was in many ways a typical fantasy epic it was written masterfully and the tension remained high due to Sulliva
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Emelia (Her Pinkyness) Mccord
This will be an odd review ;) And why can we not give more than 5 stars?

So happy I didn't have to send Michael J. Sullivan hate mail because of......Royce;)
Just put him in my top 10 authors and that is saying a lot.
This series was one of the best I have read.
Yes, that's what I said ;)
It has everything a reader could want and if you respect my opinions as far as books go, you will read this series and anything else Michael writes, if you have not already.

Now for the review;

"A white feather drift
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TS Chan
Sometimes the price of dreams is achieving them.

The price of reading an amazing series is finishing it and feeling lost.

And the reward of rereading them is feeling that you've come home.


**All The Stars**


May 2016: Buddy reread with the awesome BB&B!

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Jan 2016 (audio):

Oh my goodness.. THE FEELS!!! 5-stars just don't seem enough to convey how much I love this series and its characters. Although a reread, I am again suffering from a hangover at the
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Jonathan

I claim The Way of Kings, Part One and The Way of Kings Part Two as my favourite book read this year. However this novel would certainly have to be up the top as another of my favourite books read in 2012. Isn't it nice to know that when the world ends in December cough I'll at least have read some great books.

In my reviews for Theft of Swords and Rise of Empire I mentioned the fantasy genre and storytelling in general respectively. I want to do something different again and connect the two to
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Bookwraiths
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Excellent ending to a fine fantasy series.
Nick
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate the balance Sullivan struck in the Riyria Chronicles--too often books of this genre get polluted with gratuitous violence and raunchiness that merely mask a storyline that may not have been as well developed by an author before embarking on the literary journey. As a reader, while I appreciate a good action scene (of which the Heir of Novron, among the others, had plenty of fantastic action scenes--which Tim Gerard Reynolds did great justice to in his narration), I appreciated the n ...more
Gavin
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Heir of Novron is the omnibus containing Wintertide and Percepliquis, books 5 and 6 of Riyria Revelations.

Wintertide

This was a surprisingly short book. Not that its short length stopped Wintertide being one of the best books in the series. I loved this book. It was fast paced and exciting from start to finish and was filled with action, humor, intrigue, and adventure. Despite the fun feel to the book it was still full of plenty of dark and shocking moments. Especially towards the end!

I loved Ha
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Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Multiverse
Shelves: favourites
2016 reread verdict:
I have now officially decided that I will reread this series once a year due to it's excessive kickassyness. Yep. If too much of a good thing is bad for you, then this book is POISON. As Alice Cooper meant to say - "I wanna read you, but I want it too much"


Original review:
What a great series. Michael J. Sullivan has captured the essence of fantasy and spoiled us with a well written story that ticked all the boxes and more.
Evgeny
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The last book of the series. The interactions between Hadrian and Royce are back, and so are some really interesting characters sadly absent from the previous book. This book will keep you reading just one more page at night - up until around 5 am (guilty). The end of the series is almost perfect with some things which caught me completely by surprise.

Conclusion for the whole series: if you like fantasy - read these books now, they are great. Some of the dialog is brilliant and the plot has eno
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Brad
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2017-shelf
Sometimes it feels like a very daunting task to judge the last two books in a six book series. The temptation is to say, "But look at the weight of the rest of the series!" And have myself say, "It must be judged in context to the REST of the story."

That's not really necessary in this case.

I'll admit something. Books one and two felt kinda boilerplate and nothing that special after having read a lot of similar buddy novels with rogues as main characters. The additions of the elves were only impr
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Michael *Windrunner*
This series is a masterpiece and the final book is the worthy culmination.
Terence
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wintertide

The New Empire has the true Heir of Novron and Princess Arista. They are ready to execute them at Wintertide. The conclusion of the war seems inevitable as Prince Alric has been forced to flee to Drondil Fields. The New Empire still has one problem, Royce and Hadrian haven't given up yet.

Wintertide was quite the exciting tale. For perhaps the first time in the series I was surprised at many of the outcomes. The use of obvious tropes clearly lessened which led to some exemplary storyt
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Holden Johnson
Seriously unbelievable ending.
I had chills at more parts than I can count. Thank you so much for not only a great story, but an amazing experience.

I'm now going to sit and ponder things for a while before starting any other books. I'm going to miss Hadrian and Royce, and while I normally don't read prequels, i'm going to have to make an exception here and start the crown tower.
M.
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
"Still Searching for Red Herrings" could be a subtitle for this last set of the series.

If you've followed the journey this far, chances are you're gonna like this last installment. It's like the previous books, except faster paced and more dramatic. The other minor difference is there's less character development. Since all the main players have already been introduced, the narrative is more plot driven, which is kind of the point since we all (or maybe just me by this time) want to get to the e
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Kaitlin
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
Let me start by saying that if I could give this more than 5*s I would... here's why...

Wintertide

Wow, well this book was a great step up from all the previous 4 and I loved the change in setting, tone, pace and action because everything felt more serious and dangerous in this book. I certainly can feel that we’re drawing near to the end of the book now because it’s all kicking off and everyone’s plotline is starting to draw together and be resolved.

So this story once more follows our main chara
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Aristea
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is worth 5 stars (and if there was the option for a 5 stars plus, this would totally take it!).
Once again, this is a book divided in two and they are more precious than the other. Yet, that last book was the center of the show, an amazing masterpiece that took some inspiration from The Fellowship of the Ring.

It is even difficult to start somewhere because all has to be praised really.
Characters: As always, Hadrian and Royce steal the show. They are just the perfect couple in terms of broma
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Kristalia
Final rating: 6/5 stars
Final rating - for the whole series: 5/5 stars

“There is no way back. There is only forward. It’s impossible to imagine there’s any reason to move ahead, but that isn’t the real reason you give up. The real fear—the terror that keeps you rooted—is that you might be wrong.”


- WARNING: THIS SECTION CONTAINS NO SPOILERS FOR THE WHOLE SERIES, UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE BY SPOILER SECTIONS. SO FEEL FREE TO READ THIS AS IT WILL CONCLUDE MY FINAL OPINION ON THE WHOLE SERIES, INCLU
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Other Books in the Series

The Riyria Revelations (6 books)
  • The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations, #1)
  • Avempartha (The Riyria Revelations, #2)
  • Nyphron Rising (The Riyria Revelations, #3)
  • The Emerald Storm  (The Riyria Revelations, #4)
  • Wintertide (The Riyria Revelations, #5)
  • Percepliquis (The Riyria Revelations, #6)

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“See, that’s the difference,” Mauvin said. “I suffer a loss and people console me. Royce suffers a loss and whole towns evacuate.” 128 likes
“Happiness comes from moving toward something. When you run away, ofttimes you bring your misery with you.” 104 likes
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