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Heir of Novron

(The Riyria Revelations #5-6)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  36,112 ratings  ·  1,959 reviews
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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, they plan to execute two traitors (Degan Gaunt and the Witch of Melengar) as well as force the Empress into
Paperback, 924 pages
Published 2012 by Orbit
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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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Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult fantasy beginner
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. The 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 in my opinion were really weak and underwhelming, I would be missing one hell of a fantastic series. It’s not without some flaws
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf 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
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fae, 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

“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
Robin (Bridge Four)

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
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advanture, fantasy
*** 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
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
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
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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Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

Wow, Heir of Novron is without a doubt one of the most emotional and rewarding re-reads I’ve ever had the chance to experience. But most of all, it’s a book that put together all the things I love about Fantasy and about reading in general: Magic, legends and myths, unforgettable characters, duel scenes, chivalrous and heroic moments and emotions. Lots of emotions.

Just take a moment to look at the book’s dedication…

This book is entirely dedica
Liam Degnan
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
“When you expect nothing from the world—not the light of the sun, the wet of water, nor the air to breathe—everything is a wonder and every moment a gift.”

A Full Five Stars: ✰✰✰✰✰

What a journey this has been. In spite of my frustrations with the beginning of this series, this story and these characters have truly won me over in the best way possible. This was, without a doubt, one of the most satisfying conclusions I've ever read.

If you've been following my reviews for awhile, you'll know
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
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Celeste by: Haïfa
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Full review now posted!

Original review can be found at Booknest.

Wow. I thought that Theft of Swords was fantastic, but Rise of Empire improved upon it greatly. Then along comes Heir of Novron, which blew away everything that proceeded it.

This series started out as a fun romp of a fantasy, fairly lighthearted and and fast-paced. Some of my friends didn’t enjoy the first book because they found it to be too shallow, both in plot and character. I honestly don’t think anyone could possibly feel tha
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!

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
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.


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
Jonathan Terrington

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
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
***Spoiler free***

Such a fantastic ending to what has become one of my favourite series.

It took me ages to get to a point where I could sit down and read this last book. As usual once I started reading I couldn’t stop. Sullivan’s writing has come on so much during this series, it keeps you reading and it really does get better with each book.

I’m going to keep this review brief. Well, I’ll try to.
Something that surprised me was how emotional these books can be. Sullivan is not afraid to give t
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Excellent ending to a fine fantasy series.
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.
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
Deborah Obida
‘More valuable than gold, more precious than life, is mercy bestowed upon he who hast not known its soft kiss’—Girard Hily, Proverbs of the Soul.

Nothing is as good as when the final book in a series is also the best in the series. The author did an amazing job in this book. All the strings are tied, I can't think of anything that the author didn't end well, that is how good this book is.

“What is the advantage of fear, or the benefit of regret, or the bonus of granting misery a foothold even i
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
"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
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who need a break from gritty fantasy
Executive Summary: I try not to give out 5 stars too often. I add books to my favorites shelf even less, but I really loved this book. I will definitely be revisiting this series again in the future.

Listening to this book just made me happy. It's not going to have much appeal to the people who want gritty realism in every story. For someone like me who needs an occasional break from that and just wants a fun sword and sorcery story, this delivered.

Audio book: Mr. Reynolds sold me on doing these
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-shelf, fantasy
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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The Riyria Revelations (6 books)
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