The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan- Review

Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Publication Date: October 2nd 2018
Pages: 444
My Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis (1)

A daughter vanishes. Two rogues are paid a fortune to find her. It isn’t enough.

When Gabriel Winter’s daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution – the notorious Duster.

Ride with Royce and Hadrian as the cynical ex-assassin and idealistic ex-mercenary travel to a mysterious old-world city filled with nobles claiming descent from imperial aristocracy. Riyria’s job appears easy: discover what happened to the missing duchess and, if she lives, bring her home. .. if not, punish those responsible. But nothing is simple in the crowded, narrow, mist-filled streets of Rochelle, where more than one ancient legend lurks.


This is the fourth book in the Riyria Chronicles, and it is very difficult to explain why I loved this book without repeating myself over and over. Once more the storyline was simple but executed well, and I love Royce and Hadrian (I think I say that every time). So let’s try to find something new to say in this review.

Things I liked:

  • In book three we got more details about Royce’s past. In this one, it was Hadrian’s turn. We get to learn more about him and what happened to him before he met Royce and how his action shaped him in the man he is today. We also see the actions he made in his past ripple into the present with was a very nice touch.
  • Royce was forced to step into the role of the person that will try kindness and honesty instead of killing everything that moves to get to his goal. I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing this and how he constantly battle between how he is used to handling situations versus how is forced to act in order to save the day. We can see him look at life from another perspective, and although he is still the mistrusting, dark and gloomy assassins, it was so interesting to see him toy with the idea that maybe not everything and everyone is bad.
  • Like with every book in this series we had a new cast of characters, and they were once more all very interesting, well written and flesh out. Genny, which is the missing daughter, is a mix of a very smart, strong, and powerful woman that wants to fight injustices and make a better world, but she also has her flaws and insecurities and all that was blended in a very nice way.  
  • Evelyn is also another very interesting character. The old and wise mother figure, very set in her ways that don’t take crap from anyone, even from assassins. But still, in the end, we see how the events changed her and made her a better person.
  • I caught myself chuckling many times reading Royce and Hadrian banters. It just makes my day!
  • Again like every other book this was also fast pace, and I was never bored.
  • We see a new aspect of the world. We learn more about old magic and this time we get to know more about dwarves. How they were and what happened to them. Which every book we learn something new that gets me even more excited about Sullivan others series that are also in the same world but take place in the past.

Things I didn’t like:

The two following points are the reason with the book is not a 5 start but to be honest this is me nitpicking.

  • [Spoiler] So at the beginning of the story, we learn that Royce and Gwen actually are not together and haven’t even kissed. Which really took me aback because based on the previous book, to me, it was obvious that at least they were together even if it was in a more “we don’t want to admit our feelings” kind of relationship. And that kind of made me a little mad. Also, I was expecting at the end at least to have this issue resolve, but no. We never see Royce and Gwen together again, which felt me feel a little disappointed.
  • There is some unanswered question at the end of the book which is on purpose since Royce and Hadrian are discussing it, but I don’t like unanswered questions in my books. It makes me feel like the author didn’t bother to tie all the loose ends. Maybe this is because we get our answer in the original trilogy. Maybe it was the authors choice to let us wonder. In any case, I don’t like those ending.

In conclusion despite some cons I had a blast reading this book and I need to start on the original series as soon as possible.

What about you guys? Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments!

Published by Natacha

Hello and Wellcome! My name is Natacha. I'm a book and travel blogger.

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