|Royce and Hadrian are back! Riyria perform a last job before
Hadrian decides to retire and take a new path. Hadrian sets out to find the Heir of Novron
and takes Royce with him, having thrilling adventures along the way. We met new
characters, get reacquainted with old ones, see where they each grew up, and undertake a
wild ride. The author isnt afraid to kill characters off either.
There are two
stories in this book. Nyphron Rising shows the rising power of the church and the ordinary
people fighting against the New Empire. Princess Arista hires Riyria to escort her to meet
with the rebel leader and along the way we find out how Hadrian learnt his amazing
fighting skills and see where Royce grew up. The Emerald Storm takes place in the jungle
(with cannibals everywhere), on the ocean in a sailing ship (lots of pirates), and in the
Imperial Palace (intrigue, magic, hidden rooms).
The stories are action packed and full of lots of action, as Riyria battle everything
from religious zealots to goblins. There is also complexity with castle intrigue, court
politics, secrets, threats and traitors. You never know who to trust or can anticipate
whats happening next. The relationship between Hadrian and Royce is constant and
enjoyable and fun, after some of the backbiting and betrayals of others.
This book can be read as a standalone; a brief explanation of previous events is given
and there is a helpful glossary. I recommend you read Thief of Swords
first though, mainly because its such a fun read. The last few pages had a
didnt see THAT coming revelation. The Riyria Revelations
series is a must read. You wont be disappointed.