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The author dedicated this book to the Ryira, Royce and Adriene. He explains himself in the preface. For me, every novel the Ryira, elvin word meaning the two, are in is like welcoming two old friends. Listening to this latest novel is better than any movie sequel from any franchise. Make no mistake, Michael J Sullivan has created one of the best series in any genre.
Tim Gerard Reynolds delivers the perfect narration, capturing the wit, wisdom and irony that fill every page. This is one remarkable story. Reynolds does it justice.
Though it’s genre is fantasy, lovers of mystery, thrillers, drama and romance will all be satisfied. It is one of those rare novels where every page builds on the other.
I am forced to write this review on my iPhone, so forgive its brevity and any misspellings. What I want to leave you with is that whether this is your first novel of the Ryira or not, it is a story for the ages.
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I had feared that with the release of the Origin series (Legends of the First Empire), Mr. Sullivan would no longer reach back/forward to share more of the adventures of the most colorful, humorous and intriguing duo since Holmes & Watson. I can appreciate how Hadrian and Royce have bounced around in MJS’s head for so long, and am thankful for it. Please keep the Chronicles coming, for Maribor’s sake.
Each time I am treated to a new story, I find I must go back and re-listen to the series; sometimes in order of release, others in chronological order. I will do the same this time, adding the Legends into the queue. The epics are so well thought out and true, likely owing to the fact that all 6 Revelations were written before the first was published, that each re-listening only brings more and more detail forward. There are no loose ends; there are no “chance” encounters. Each story reveals something from the one before. The opening scene of Royce & Hadrian in Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter reminded me of how I felt at the beginning of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. After so many years to be instantly transported back to Tatooine.
That same sense of nostalgia, happy to be with these beloved characters again. Here in Winter’s Daughter, we see Royce struggle with his own cynical world view, his worth and lovability, and reconciling it as a necessary yang which allows Hadrian’s Pollyanna yin to exist. It’s such a lovely part of the story, surrounded by action, danger, missteps and unforgettable Riyria banter. (Seriously, only Royce Melborne could talk about eating unicorns with a straight face). And it goes without saying that Tim Gerard Reynolds is to Riyria what Luke Daniels is to the Iron Druid, or Jim Dale to Harry Potter; he has brought a distinct voice to these characters which is now inseparable from Riyria itself. There can be no other.
If you are just joining Riyria, I believe the best experience is to read in the order by which they were released, that is, first with the Revelations, then the Chronicles. I believe knowing the fate of the story only lends more depth to its beginnings. And be prepared to find a new favorite series.
If you are an old fan of Colnora, Riyria and the world of Avron, dive right in. The story is a delight, the setting is filled with new interesting characters, and the boys? As always, bickering, debating, finding new ways to horrify the other, and still coming to grips with the reality that, for better or worse, they are in it together to the end.
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another great book from Michael J Sullivan the man just never let's you down
What disappointed you about The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter?
I really enjoyed the Revelations, but with every book, the Cronicles are getting worse. The main storyline is uninventive and predictable, the interplay between the characters reaches boaring levels of repetition. To much focus on the characters, not enough on the main story.
What will your next listen be?
Something completely different, Stuart McBride, maybe
What three words best describe Michael J. Sullivan and Tim Gerard Reynolds ’s performance?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter?
The end is like a candle blowing out...
Any additional comments?
The 4th installment of the Riyeria Chronicles was hard to put down. I couldn't stop listening?!! I absolutely loved it, if not more than the first 3.
Michael J. Sullivan is just so brilliant at intertwining plots & characters together within this book & over the whole series thus far. With the Riyeria Revelations to follow, the Chronicles continually & undisputably pave a solid path towards this final saga.
Tim Gerard Reynolds, once again, outdoes himself with the characters he portrays in this series. This is especially true to the voices he lends to Hadrian & Royce. :) The chemistry & bond that's building between the two is so believable & disarming. It's almost like you're akin to a fly on the wall rather than being read to.
Thanks so much for this pleasurable read. I'm looking forward to & hoping for book 5 to come. ;)
Highly recommend this book as a stand alone &/or the full series to anyone out there!!
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