Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Publication Date: October 15th 2015
My Rating: 5/5
Three times they tried to kill her. Then a professional was hired. So was Riyria.
When the last member of the oldest noble family in Avryn is targeted for assassination, Riyria’s Royce and Hadrian are hired to foil the plot. Three years have passed since Hadrian, the war-weary mercenary, and Royce, the cynical ex-assassin, joined forces to become rogues-for-hire. All has gone well until they’re asked to help prevent a murder. Now they must venture into an ancient corner of the world to save a mysterious woman who knows more about Royce than is safe and cares less about herself than is sane.
There is something about those books that even if the plot is not something exceptional, I can’t put them down. There is something about Royce and Hadrian that just hooks me from the first pages. And that exactly what happened once again.
Things I liked:
- In book two I complained about the fact that it felt like the story was more about other character and that we didn’t get to see as much as I wanted of Royce and Hadrian. This one was all about them and that maybe me so happy!
- I don’t know if the origin and backstory of our two main characters are known by default in The Riyria Revelations (which is the original trilogy and sequel) but I adored how we got to learn bits and pieces of Royce’s origin in this one.
- You’ll notice that I have a soft spot for Royce, so every time that we see some other side of him, especially his soft and carrying side, I melt. And we got a couple of those moments in this story.
- There is a side love story that was so well done and so heartbreaking.
- We got more world-building in this story so far, and it was nice to see that. Also, Sullivan’s other series The Legends of the First Empire is set in the distant past of the Riyria novels and reading more about the world and the history made me excited to get to those.
Things I didn’t like:
- As I said at the start of the review, the plot of those books is not exceptional and usually very simple, which make the story sometime too predictable for my likings. There are no twist that we don’t see coming. Also, the fact that we have the POV of our main “bad guy” although it’s nice to see their perspective and motivation the authors gives you everything away. Which is a pity because there were some missed opportunities to surprise the reader.
- There is an event at the end that is not witnessed by the reader and not retold by any other character. Which left me with some question because we were given some set of rules regarding some “magic” and since we didn’t see what happens I was left with questions that felt a little like a plothole, but maybe I missed something.
In conclusion despite some cons I had a blast reading this book and I will definitely read the last book of the series before the end of the year.
What about you guys? Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments!