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Nyphron Rising by Michael J. Sullivan
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Jul 19, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, favorites, recommended, series

This book introduces some great new characters: Amelia, Nimbus, Arcadius, Emery, and a whole host of people from Royce and Hadrian's past. This is a great book for "character building" as we see a huge transition in Arista as she begins to come into own with regards to Magic. The previous book, Avempartha peeled back to show just a bit of the larger story involving the Heir of Novron and his Guardian and this book does a lot to start to show us more about that. Royce, who is always suspicious starts to believe that Hadrian really does have a heritage and history - and is frightened about what that could mean to their partnership. He rarely trusts others, and to lose his best friend would be devastating...not to mention that he's sure that any path that Hadrian may take to seek his true calling will likely just end in his death.

It was so sad to see the state of Thrace...so strong and full of life in Avempartha she is now nearly comotose from grief, and yet she still has the wits about her to save those she loves, and who love her by ensuring that Amelia's position at court will not be challenged.

The Battle of Ratibor was a great climax for this book - heartbreaking and also joyful as "the good guys" can finally count a win in their column against the empire that has them so outmatched.

The very last scene opens up Pandora's box to a whole host of possibilities, and I was happy to have the next book at the ready...even though the answers to the questions posed there would still be a way off.

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