E-Book, 444 Pages
By: Michael J. Sullivan
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 3/4
“That’s how the world works. People are motivated by money, power, security, and . . . well, that’s pretty much it.”
The Crown Tower ★★★★
The Rose & the Thorn ★★★★
The Death of Dulgath ★★★★ 1/4
The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter ★★★ 3/4
In the last 7 months I read all of the 7 Riyria books (10 if you count each book in the omnibuses) and it feels bittersweet because they have become something I look for each month. I always wanted to read Sullivan’s works but I never knew whee to start until I finally decided one day to buy the first trilogy and just start the journey and I never looked back. Sullivan is now one of my favorite authors and I am certainly jumping into his other series soon.
I think after reading so many books with high quality, the roof of my expectations keep getting higher and higher and with the third entry in this series, I kind of expected more out of this particular book. I still enjoyed it a lot but it was my least favorite in the series. I hope the next entry will be better and I know it will.
At this point, there is nothing to add about Sullivan’s writing that I haven’t said before. The structure of the stories, the length, the prose and the humor are all great.
These are stories that I read mainly for the characters and I mean all of the characters and not just Hadrian and Royce. Last book had the most intriguing characters in this particular series and I failed to connect to the secondary characters in this book as much. Hadrian and Royce are still the GOAT and I don’t think I will ever get bored of their interactions but I think if this series continues, the effort should be to flesh out the secondary characters as much as possible.
“Age, she realized with some regret, had diluted her need for perfection.”
Summary: Lovely and immaculate storytelling from Sullivan as usual. I think the only downside to this story is the predictability of the characters and plot. I still enjoyed it very much and will be reading whatever comes next in this series.