Rise of Empire + Heir of Novron review

Paperback, 786/ 924 Pages
Adult/ Fantasy
By: Michael J. Sullivan
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2

β€œThere are no honorable causes. There is no good or evil. Evil is only what we call those who oppose us.”

Theft of Swords β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
Rise of Empire β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/4
Heir of Novron β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2

I am reviewing the second and third omnibuses together which means that I am reviewing four books together! The thing is that I read them very close together and it’s all mixed up in my brain right now and I can not review each book separately. It does not really matter because I have general thoughts about the series that applies to all books!

The best thing about the series is that each book is better its predecessor and it finally culminates with that finale which was so so satisfying! I think I understand why is this such a loved series now and that took some time because the pay off is a little bit late. What I am trying to say is that you won’t love Hadrian and Royce immediately and the secondary characters shine later specially in the third omnibus so this is a series that needs patience but it is worth it.

Writing wise, you can tell the writing improved greatly and I felt that the most between the first and second omnibuses and then it stayed that way till the end. I like when the writing is simple, funny but not to the degree that it becomes annoying and that was the case here.

β€œA beautiful day might bring disaster, while a day that begins trapped inside an ancient toom, might be the best one of your life. If you donΒ΄t abandon hope on pleasent days, why do so on those that begin poorly?”

Hadrian and Royce have one of the best bromance in the fantasy world and I think it is the fact that made many readers pick up the series. I liked that we got to know them slowly and I loved how their characters grew. The secondary characters are awesome and I really loved all of them. The last book takes them on a quest in the classical fantasy way and it was a really weird and amusing mix of characters. I need to take the time to mention how under-appreciated Myron is! How did I not hear about him before and then he ends up being my favorite character in the whole series! He’s such a bookworm and can be naive and very wise at the same time and I think he’s one of my favorite characters outside the Riyria world too!

The world-building is not very complex, yeah we have different kind of creatures and there is magic but it stays simple and there is beauty in that simplicity! The pacing is like average to fast and I love that.

The plot changes from one book to another because they were written as separate stories. But I loved the way things were planned from book one and how everything ties up beautifully toward the end. I heard a lot of great things about the conclusion and I have to agree. I knew one of the most important and final plot twists from the beginning but it did not make it any less interesting but the final one or two pages also added something great to the experience and made the ending even more great!

β€œMore valuable than gold, more precious than life, is mercy bestowed upon he who hast not known its soft kiss”

Summary: Obviously I ended up being a big fan of the series too. The writing and the characters improve with each and every book. The plot lines were intriguing and ended in a very satisfactory ending. The characters are very memorable and in fact, I can’t see myself saying bye to this world yet so I am starting the prequel next month!

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