In 2011 I discovered The Riyria Revelations series by Michael J. Sullivan. I consider a lucky day the day I came across this series. Why? Because The Riyria Revelations made me fall in love with the fantasy genre all over again. I love this series so much I have read it twice. Last couple of weeks, for the first time, I listened to the audiobooks and let me tell you something, they are GREAT. They are so good I couldn’t stop listening until I reach the very end. They are long audios, but they are excellent. Tim Gerard Reynolds narration is top notch, he brings to life the characters and the world. I really cannot recommend them enough.
The Riyria Revelations has everything I look in a fantasy series, great characters, complex world, magic, action, humor, and much more. I love this series so much I want you to give it a try, I promise you you will not regret it.
To give you a little taste of what The Riyria Revelations is all about I’m sharing with you some of my favorite quotes from the books.
“Hadrian shook his head and sighed. “Why do you have to make everything so difficult? They’re probably not bad people—just poor. You know, taking what they need to buy a loaf of bread to feed their family. Can you begrudge them that? Winter is coming and times are hard.” He nodded his head in the direction of the thieves. “Right?”
“I ain’t got no family,” flat-nose replied. “I spend most of my coin on drink.”
“You’re not helping,” Hadrian said.”
“So,” Royce said, “you want us to escape from this prison, kidnap the
king, cross the countryside with him in tow while dodging soldiers who I assume might not accept our side of the story, and go to another secret prison so that he can visit an inmate?”
Arista did not appear amused. “Either that, or you can be tortured to death in four hours.”
“Sounds like a really good plan to me,” Hadrian declared.“Royce?”
“I like any plan where I don’t die a horrible death.”
“There are still eight of us,” Guy pointed out. “Not exactly an even fight.”
“I was thinking the same thing,” Mauvin said. “Sadly, there’s no one else here we can ask to join your side.”
Guy looked at Mauvin, then Hadrian, for a long moment as the men glared across the ash at each other. Then he nodded and lowered his blade. “Well, I can see I’ll have to report your misconduct to the archbishop.”
“Go ahead,” Hadrian said. “His body is buried with the rest of them just down the hillside.”
“There you are!” he shouted at them. “Father has half the castle turned
out looking for you.”
“Us?” Hadrian asked.
“Yes.” Fanen nodded. “He wants to see the two thieves in his chambers
“You didn’t steal the silver or anything, did you, Royce?” Hadrian
“I would bet it has more to do with your flirting with Lenare this afternoon
and threatening Mauvin just to show off,” Royce retorted.
“That was your fault,” Hadrian said, jabbing his finger at him.”
“You're not going to charge us for the tower, I hope," Hadrian said. "But if you are, it was Royce's fault and should come out of his share.”
“Their jobs were almost too clean for Royce's taste.”
“See, that’s the difference,” Mauvin said. “I suffer a loss and people console me. Royce suffers a loss and whole towns evacuate.”Trust me, give this series a chance and thank me later.
Books in the series
Theft of Swords (The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha)
Rise of Empire (Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm)
Heir of Novron (Wintertide & Percepliquis)