“Heir of Novron” – M. J. Sullivan

07 Oct


This is a review of “Heir of Novron” by Michael J. Sullivan, a compilation of the fifth and sixth books in the series the Riyra Revelations – “Wintertide” and “Percepliquis“.

This is a continuation of my two previous posts, here and here.

With the New Empire finally having full control they intend to mark their victory with a wedding and a double execution. And if the Empress should then suffer a fatal accident, the New Empire would be very happy to be sure. Once again master thieves Royce and Hadrian must come to the rescue. They have found the Heir of Novron, now they just need to keep him alive long enough to claim his throne.

In these last two books, Royce and Hadrian’s adventures pick up both speed and intensity. The Empress is coming out of her shell and is becoming a real character and even a strong female character. Royce’s past isn’t as straight forward as one expected, and Hadrian’s future is turning into the same. The bad guy is freakishly good at his job, and obsessively faithful. It is scary in a good way. Princess Arista grows through personal tragedy, lovable characters from the first and second book return, there is epic adventure, and there are amazing surprises coming left and right – especially at the very end. I haven’t been this beautifully surprised when reading a book in years.

There are a few bad things with these two books. King Alric – Arista’s brother – until now was a likable and capable character, but in the last book he turns into something of a brat. Some of it I could have understood, but it went just a bit too far. There is also a love affair that pops out of nowhere. The characters were friends until now but suddenly they are confessing undying love. If there were clues for anything other than friendship between them then I must have missed them. I also wonder about some of the choices that two of the characters made, but all of this is actually nitpicking from my side.

This is the best damn ending to a series that I have ever read, and I recommend it to everyone and anyone!

Now I just have to read the prequels – “The Crown Tower” and “The Rose and the Thorn“. I can’t wait!

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Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Books


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One response to ““Heir of Novron” – M. J. Sullivan

  1. Michael J Sullivan

    June 18, 2015 at 14:01

    Hey, thanks for reading. I enjoyed all of your reviews. If you ever do a re-read of the series, I think you’ll see some Easter eggs that weren’t meant to be seen the first time around – including the clues about the relationship you thought you might have missed. For some it was “way too obvious” and others it was “coming from out of nowhere” which makes me think I did a good job walking the tight rope with the clues.

    Thanks again, and thanks for the ” I haven’t been this beautifully surprised when reading a book in years.” comment – made my day.


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