I just finished the last book of the trilogy Riyria Revelations and I’ve got to say, these books were fun! They’re an epic fantasy centered around two thieves who get mixed into all sorts of trouble.
Meet Royce and Hadrian, two unlikely partners who outwit kings, wizards, and the occasional dwarf. As the famous guild Riyira, they perform tasks impossible for other mortals. However, when their last mission entangles them in a murder, they have to race against the clock to clear their names.
I adore Royce and Hadrian. They are two completely opposite personalities who make the perfect team. I love their humor and teasing and rich history. I love that Hadrian dreams of being a hero while Royce just wants to live a life of peace and luxury.
The other cast of characters grew on me the further I delved into the books. I struggled a little to get through book one. I just wanted to stick with Royce and Hadrian the whole time, but the other characters did grow more interesting over time. By book three, it wasn’t an issue.
Favorite Book Moments
There were a lot of epic moments in these books. Any Myron moment of Myron being his awesome Myron self was wonderful, especially in book three. (Can you tell I love Myron? Lol!)
Every time Royce Melborne said he hated dwarves. (Small spoiler) That moment when Arista’s suitor gave her the gift that meant the most to her in Book Three. When freaking Thrace finally took up the mantel (in book three) and proved what a Bad-A she was. I mean, she’s already proven herself to be a Bad-A in book two, but book three was so awesome. And Gwen. Every scene with Gwen. Every. Scene. (Spoiler: Book three was so heart wrenching!! 😭)
Pretty much everything accumulates and turns awesome by book three, so I definitely recommend reading all three books. Anyways, the list could go on, but those were some of my favorite moments and characters 😄.
My Personal Review
Overall, I give the trilogy 7/10 stars. There were definitely some funny moments and epic scenes. Like Lenore taking on Guy in book 3? Beautiful. But some of the exposition did slow down the plot a little. Also, because there’s a large cast of characters, I did have a hard time keeping track of everyone from time to time.
Other than that, if you’re looking for an adventure with personable characters and fun twists, this trilogy is for you. On a side note, I’ve heard the audio is superb and really brings the story to life.
Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles-until they are hired to pilfer a famed sword. What appears to be just a simple job finds them framed for the murder of the king and trapped in a conspiracy that uncovers a plot far greater than the mere overthrow of a tiny kingdom.
Can a self-serving thief and an idealistic swordsman survive long enough to unravel the first part of an ancient mystery that has toppled kings and destroyed empires?
And so begins the first tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.
About the Author
Michael J. Sullivan began writing as a child when he found an old typewriter and put in the words “It was a dark and stormy night.” From that moment on, he worked to become a published author. After writing 13 books and receiving over 100 rejections, he decided writing wasn’t for him. It took him over a decade to begin writing again with the rule that he wouldn’t seek out publication.
Sullivan’s story is fascinating. His main goal of writing centered around helping his daughter (who is dyslexic) to read. His wife, after reading his third book, decided his novels needed to get out into the world. She also amassed hundreds of rejections until they both decided to aim towards small presses. When that didn’t work, their co-op team decided to self-publish.
After having five books in print, they gained more traction and he and his wife were able to traditionally publish. Overtime, he’s become a New York Times, USA Today, and Washington Post best selling author. You can read more of his story on his website. As an aspiring author, I find their story inspiring.