Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan
Heir of Novron is the third bundle of the Riyria Revelations series. The book contains the stories Wintertide and Percepliquis. You can reach my reviews of Theft of Swords and Rise of Empire through clicking on the links.
Since you’ve come this far in the Riyria Revelations, I can start with assuring you that the last part of the series is as good as the rest, if not better.
In my review of Rise of Empire I talked about its cliffhanger ending. I did not like that much, but Wintertide makes up for it. The book starts at a very precarious time. Everything is going downhill. The Witch of Melengar and the Heir of Novron face death, the Empress will be forced into marriage, and there is not much time for a rescue. Wintertide doesn’t feel like another book of the Riyria Revelations series, but rather the ending of the first two bundles. While the book starts with an introduction of the dangerous situation our heros are in, the beginning builds up even more tension. More conflicts are introduced that tear the reader apart. Then the gear of the story starts turning and takes you on an action filled journey towards a beautiful ending.
Percepliquis pales in comparison. It’s a nice adventure that completes the last missing storylines. Its quality is above the two bundles before, which is in part thanks to the time the author takes to tell this last story. A group is send out to the fabled city of Percepliquis and they face many hardships along the way. It’s interesting to follow the main characters and see how the journey changes them.
Still, Percepliquis cannot accomplish the perfection Wintertide reached. It’s a wrap up story that is predictable and that was my main problem with it. Other problems are the love story and character development. While I enjoyed the blossoming love (and it was overdue anyway) it felt more like children playing at love than adults being true to themselves. The character development of some of the minor characters takes abrupt turns I couldn’t comprehend.
In the end, the Riyria Revelations series ends with the same expertise the series started. From the beginning Michael J. Sullivan understands how to take the reader on a journey with him, how to make a reader care about the characters, and how to make him enjoy a beautiful story. I am happy that I picked the series up, it has not disappointed me for a moment.