Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book Review: Percepliquis


By:  Michael J. Sullivan

Format:  Paperback, 553pgs

Publisher:  Ridan (but series now with Orbit ~ see covers below)

Publish Date:  January 2012

Series:  6th in Riyria Revelations series; 1st Book ~ The Crown Conspiracy, 2nd Book ~ Avempartha, 3rd Book ~ Nyphron Rising, 4th Book ~ The Emerald Storm, 5th Book ~ Wintertide

Recommendation:  OH HELL YES!!  Go buy it, go buy it now! You love fantasy, you NEED, NEED THIS ONE!

Book Synopsis:

I saw a great journey.  Ten upon the road, she who wears the light will lead the way.  The road goes deep into the earth, and into despair.  The voices of the dead guide your steps.  You walk back in time.  The three-thousand-year battle begins again.  Cold grips the world, death comes to all, and a choice i before you.

Percepliquis is the final installment of the epic fantasy, The Riyria Revelations.  In this saga that began with The Crown Conspiracy, two thieves caught in the right place at the wrong time were launched on a series of ever escalating adventures that have all led to this moment.  Three thousand years have passed and the time for Novron's heir to act has arrived.

First Sentence:
Miranda had been certain that the end of the world would begin like this - without warning, but with fire.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Fire and deaths.  Women and children are on the run.  Men are fighting for their kingdom and homes against attackers we have feared would come. (if you've read the series you have an idea who the attackers are.)  Arista's having horrible nightmares, Royce is depressed after the ending in Wintertide, and Hadrian feels guilt.  The kingdoms are coming together under the ruling heir, Modina, as predicted, but without the horn it might all be destroyed.  The Elves are retaking their lands to the way it was before humans existed.  Our friends through the series have one last quest, that could be the death of them but with out it they will die anyway, they all want or need to go on, for different reasons but for the same result, to save man kind. 

Screaming from the rooftops, MASTERFUL!  This is THE way to end a magnificent fantasy series. 

Michael weaves all the books together into this one, pulling pieces together and setting the world; past, present and future, in clear view for us.  Some pieces he pulls is: the place on the cover of Nyphron Rising (one of my favorite scenes for a character that comes into her own here) is brought into an all new light.  The Gilarabrywn, or dragon type creature, and the Elves which we may have had lots of questions on from the Avempartha.  The sailing of the seas from The Emerald Storm is revisited, in a new place.  Mentions of the starts of this all and who was pulling the strings, back to The Crown Conspiracy.  Just amazing the way Michael took two plain and simple thieves, to create an outstanding series and amazing ending.

This one book holds all the missing pieces we didn't realize we were missing, yet piecing all the secreted comments throughout the series together to complete everything.  Five hundred and fifty pages of complete necessity to put the finishing touches on creating the world, the history, the characters.  Still surprising me and making me love the characters all over again.  Michael has taken a series to all different levels through out this series, and this book is a fabulous ending to it all!

I laughed and cried and worried.  Both for happiness and sadness, of many reasons -- the characters and their hardships and humor.  Then there is the series completion.  I loved every minute of reading this one, and all the books.  I will admit, I was a little hesitant at starting this one -- I didn't want the series to end as I loved it so much.  But I have to say I LOVED this book, such a perfect ending.  I can't describe how well the ending fit for me, all the way to the last sentence.  I don't think I can write a review that will give this book it's well deserved justice, or even the series itself.  I am just floored with it all; the story, the characters, the depth of the world completed.  All of it completed.  And an action packed finale.

Royce has earned his right to be in a bad place (mentally mostly) after the ending of Wintertide, which I was a little nervous about.  I was just afraid the team wouldn't have their spark, but they had it.  Oh they had it.  Seeing the characters grow and live through emotions is what makes the book the best, digging deep in us to care.  I have always loved the kind heart in Hadrian, but this book...well he has stolen my heart, warming it through and through.  We learn of some history with Hadrian and Royce, their first job together, and of their thoughts of each other then.  All the characters have their numerous shining moments in this book; Royce, Hadrian, Arista, Modina, Mauvin, Alric, Myron! and so many more!

Outstanding journey, that left me in amazement.  Wow.  Just plain wow.

This series is top shelf keeper, re-reader for me.  I will always ALWAYS go back to my adventures with Royce and Hadrian, and the others.

Now, do you want to buy this series?  I say go get it, you need it.  The books are out by Orbit now and you can pick them up anywhere.  Just look for these new covers in your fantasy section:

Heir of Novron, coming January 31, 2012!

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review, although I would have begged and pleaded to get a copy to finish the series as I've loved it so.


  1. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!
    Ok I admit, I did not read a word of this review, I do not dare to. I do not even want to know what you felt while reading it

  2. Great Review! I think you'll notice from my review I feel exactly the same way about this series and especially this concluding volume of it.

    Just stunning.

  3. Great review! I absolutely loved this book, too. I am kind of shocked by how much new information I can glean from the series when I re-read it, which I'm really excited to do. This is one of those series you can read over and over again and enjoy each time.

  4. Blodeuedd - I will let you pass on this one. :) But you have to stop back after you read it. I KNOW you are going to absolutely LOOOOVE it! :D

    Scott - Thank you! I was floored. I think I ended with the word, "damn" whispered. lol. Thank you for stopping by!

    Sarah (Bookworm Blues) - Thank you! Oh yes! This is definitely a re-read series to see how it all fits together after you know the ending. :) I loved how tight this book was and tied all the books together. Amazing work. :) Thank you for stopping by!


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