Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Book Review: Avempartha


By: Michael J. Sullivan

Publisher: Ridan

Publish Date: April 2009

Genre: Fiction

Series: Second book in the Riyria Novels, If you would like to read my review of the first book, The_Crown_Conspiracy, click on the title.

Recommendation: Yes, especially if you like some conspiracy and mystery with your fantasy.

First Sentence: As the man stepped out of the shadows, Wyatt Deminthal knew this would be the worst, and possibly the last, day of his life.

Book Synopsis:
When a destitute young woman hires Royce and Hadrian to help save her remote village from nocturnal attacks, they are once more drawn into the schemes of the wizard Esrahaddon. While Royce struggles to breech the secrets of an ancient elven tower, Hadrian attempts to rally the villagers to defend themselves against the unseen killer. Once more, what begins with the simple theft of a sword places the two thieves at the center of a firestorm-but this time the outcome could change the future of Elan.

My Review and Summary:
When I started reading the book I had thought it was going one direction, but was very pleased when it went a different direction. I had thought in the beginning the book was moving a little slow, but now realize I was getting a lot of character details which I needed to come to my speculations. These details help me in trying to figure out the bigger picture with the lingering thoughts I have in the end of the book. In all these details are worth it and needed in the end.

The books tell a complete story in themselves so could be read alone. But, to get the full epic feel of the books and what the series is truely driving at I would read them in order from book one, The Crown Conspiracy. I had thoughts on the characters and of the under laying epic story. Some of these have been answered and some suspicion has been added.

You meet up with the characters you started to get to know in The Crown Conspiracy; Royce, Hadrian, Princess Arista, King Alric, Mauvin Pickering, Fanen Pickering, and even a few other characters ~ some were a hope of mine to see again and some were a surprise.

I enjoyed the humor in the book, the characters sarcasm and jokes with each other. Although, I do have to say reading the first book will help in seeing the humor and irony in the jokes.

So, after being framed to take blame for the murder of the King then clearing your name, what would you do? Go looking for the man who sent you in on the fake mission in the first place and have your revenge... right? That is where Royce and Hadrian are. The book starts when they find this man a few winters after book one. While in Colnora you start to get some history on Royce and Hadrian, to learn more of these characters. Also, while in Colnora there is a beautiful young farm girl, Thrace, throwing their names around looking for them. Royce and Hadrian find her being robbed and passing out from lack of food. Royce and Hadrian save her to find that she wants to hire them for a job. A difficult job of breaking into a locked tower to steal a sword.

You maybe asking how a poor, innocent farm girl would know to ask for them here in this city, in which they are not welcome. Well, Esrahaddon is back and guiding people around again.

The cover of this book is a very good depiction of a scene in the book. If you look closely you may see the beast in which is the center of why Thrace has come looking for Royce and Hadrian. But unknown to Thrace there is much, much more going on here than to her visible eye. You are going to have to read the book to see where it will lead you.


  1. These sound very good, I haven't heard of them. Thanks for sharing I will have to stay on the look out.

  2. ParaJunkee - You are very welcome. I hope you get the chance to give them a try. They are both very good. And the third one is out already, along with the remainder coming out about every 6 months.

  3. Sounds great to read. I like the cover of this book. Thank you for your review.

  4. Hey Mel!

    I didn't end up winning the contest for these, but I'm going to be asking for them for christmas :) Great review, I really wanna read these :)

  5. Great Review
    Glad you are enjoying the books. Personally I think each one gets better and better. Nyphron Rising (book 3) really starts ramping up the stakes. Looking forward to hearing your impressions on this as well ;-)

  6. Nina- The covers are wonderful. They are made to fit the stories, but the author himself. I hope you get the chance to pick them up.

    Krista - Sorry to hear you didn't win the contest:( I was rooting for you. I hope you get them for Christmas. I would love to discuss these with you. I think there is things here we could have our fun talks and speculations with.

  7. Robin,

    Thank you for stopping by. I have enjoyed the books. I like how you learn new information in each one. You meet the characters then focus on the characters in the books. I have got some answers but now I have new thoughts on others. I will be ordering Nyphron Rising here very, very soon. I am looking forward to the next path Michael has set for us. Each book seems to take you deeper into the conspiracies, I love this. I have my thoughts and speculations, I can't wait to see if I am on the right path.

    Thank you again for stopping by.

  8. It's okay I say better luck next time, haha :) I will definitely get these sometime... :)


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