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4.0 out of 5 stars Another solid addition, December 2, 2010
This review is from: Nyphron Rising: The Riyria Revelations #3 (Paperback)
Nyphron Rising is the third book in the Riyria Revelations. The first book is The Crown Conspiracy, the second is Avempartha, with the fourth being The Emerald Storm, the fifth book-Wintertide, and sixth and final book-Percepliquis having a tentative release sometime in April 2011.

Nyphron Rising is another self-contained fantasy story with ties to The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha through a larger plot. The main plot focuses on Royce and Hadrian as they escort Princess Arista on a diplomatic mission. Some subplots involve the Empress of the Nyphron Empire, background on Royce and Hadrian's characters, a town as they deal with the Imperialists, a love interest and a few others.

The pacing in this one begins a little slow, but not too badly and picks up nicely at the end. The character development is done really well and enhances each character wonderfully. This is one of the highlights of this book. Even the secondary characters are given more of a spotlight so as to feel a significant part of the story without overshadowing the main characters. This book was also very detailed. The visuals were stunning albeit maybe a bit over detailed in certain areas, but the author's vision is definitely portrayed very well and the majority was given the perfect balance of just enough so the reader can get the vision and fill in the rest providing an ownership to the story. The story flowed rather well and kept the plot moving along. There were only a couple spots where I had to re-read a section to figure out how people ended up where they were; a bit more on that later.

Some criticisms:

1. For a stand alone novel in a series, this one had me a bit lost in the beginning since there are many references to the past books, more so to Avempartha. I wish I had had re-read it to keep it fresh in my head when venturing into this one. It definitely took me a while to remember what was relayed in that one, especially at the end of it.

2. Most of the book had character actions go nice a smoothly. There are, however a couple times where I had to re-read a section because I felt I missed something. An example is, there is a part where the characters were traveling in a town and the next thing I know, they are in a tavern. What happened to the horses? When did they enter?

Some Positives

1. Mr. Sullivan has become a master of intrigue and betrayal. Though there is not much action happening in this one, the intrigue is a high point and is pulled off successfully. Though some aspects are predictable, there are still a lot that are not and the betrayals are pulled off nicely.

2. As I said before, the characters are wonderfully crafted and get better with each subsequent book. They develop in ways that fit their characterization and keep the reader wanting more of them. Not just the main characters, but the side characters are just as well detailed and have a history of their own.

3. The dialogue is also spot-on. Each character is given their own voice and it is easy to distinguish their different personalities. The banter back and forth is well done and not overly used.

4. There is a character who is learning magic by trial and error. The best part is the development is not learned quickly; and also there are things that get out of hand a bit. It was really refreshing to see a character learn how to do something and then not become an expert at what they do all of a sudden. Even though the character is well versed in the philosophy and theory of magic, there is more to it than that as the character discovers.

For me, this was not the best book in the series so far, but it does have its own merits and keeps those who have already gotten this far wanting more and looking forward to the next book. This is a self-contained story and if there is a reference to previous books, there is sufficient information to keep the reader informed about those books. I would highly recommend starting with book one, but that is not a necessity for the overall enjoyment of each book. One main thing about reading them out of order is the fact that there will be spoilers to the previous books and that is the main reason for recommending starting at book 1. Another reason is there is a bigger plot that forms throughout the series to go along with each episode and it keeps getting better and better. I recommend this to fans of fantasy and if you would like to try reading fantasy, Mr. Sullivan is a great author to start. If you are more into the dark fantasy, I still would recommend this series, but go into it with an open mind as it is not very dark, but a well worthy read.

Happy reading

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