Originally reviewed on https://thereadingseasons.wordpress.com, on 27 Jan 2018.
Jaret’s Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Length: 12 hours and 49 minutes (Audible/audio-book)
Alright so lets dive right in shall we. I first want to warn you I am slightly biased in this review as I read all six of the Riyria Revelations book last year and they found their way to the top five all-time epic fantasy books on my list. Sullivan is a fantastic author who is able to weave the most incredible stories and really connects the reader to his characters. The Riyria Chronicles are a series of prequel adventures following the two protagonists, Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn. Hadrian being a lawful good expert fighter type, raised in a poor town by a single dad. So he is very humble and considerate of everyone he encounters. Royce being raise by a gang of street children in a kill or die scenario in the slums of a major metropolitan city. Each has a very different background and in this book we are treated to their initial meeting and tale of how, against the odds, they became partners.
The book alternates between Hadrian and Royce’s story and Gwen DeLancy’s origin story. Gwen’s story line did fill in a lot of context for why her character acts and does the things she does in the later series. That being said, I could have done without it hence my 3.5 of 5 star rating. I also felt this story did not have the same frenetic, desperate pace that the original six did, with the fate of the world at stake. (Which I loved) My other critique is the fact that I did not get a sense that very much was accomplished by the end of this book, which is a whopping 432 pages… I don’t want to dig into the three or four scenes that seemingly dragged throughout the whole book for fear of giving spoilers.
In spite of my complaints, I am very much looking forward to continuing this series and riding along with Hadrian and Royce on their adventures. I still found many moments throughout the story that had me genuinely appreciative of Sullivan’s prose and love for the characters. I would definitely recommend this to my friends and followers.
If you read the book, leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought of the pacing and Gwen’s story line.