Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The New Empire has the true Heir of Novron and Princess Arista. They are ready to execute them at Wintertide. The conclusion of the war seems inevitable as Prince Alric has been forced to flee to Drondil Fields. The New Empire still has one problem, Royce and Hadrian haven't given up yet.
Wintertide was quite the exciting tale. For perhaps the first time in the series I was surprised at many of the outcomes. The use of obvious tropes clearly lessened which led to some exemplary storytelling. The characters continue to grow in their complexity and I'm absolutely excited to see how everything ends.
4.5 out of 5 stars
The elves are coming. They've crossed the Nidwalden River and without The Horn of Glyindora, mankind will be eradicated. The only hope is to enter the ancient city of Percepliquis and find the horn. Arista leads an expedition to Percepliquis, but the group quickly learned that the ancient city holds more perils than simply reaching it.
Percepliquis was a long, but strong ending to the Riyria Revelations. The trek to Percepliquis was vivid, exciting, and horrifying all at the same time. By the end all is revealed and there were a few completely unexpected twists and turns.
The characters were top notch throughout the entire series and the final novel is no exception. Arista and Royce show the most growth while Hadrian remains the character I wanted to see succeed the most. Myron also is hard not to love as a character. He's a completely caring and selfless character who is impossible to dislike.
One odd thing I noticed throughout the series is that for being so capable, Royce and Hadrian get captured a lot. The two share a story that was even worse than the many times they were shown being imprisoned.
Although I enjoyed the story, I felt that a few things wrapped up too neatly and too quickly. I also felt that some ideas weren't focused upon significantly enough for the final reveal to be fully appreciated.
Percepliquis is an excellent finishing touch on a great story.
4 out of 5 stars
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