It’s Book Review Wednesday, and I’m delighted to bring you one of the best books I’ve read all year…
The Death of Dulgath
Three times they tried to kill her. Then a professional was hired. So was Riyria.
When the last member of the oldest noble family in Avryn is targeted for assassination, Riyria is hired to foil the plot. Three years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and the cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start life as rogues-for-hire. Things have gone well enough until they’re asked to help prevent a murder. Now they must venture into an ancient corner of the world to save a mysterious woman who knows more about Royce than is safe and cares less about herself than is sane.
My Review: 5 Stars
Once again, I’m reminded of how much I LOVE Michael Sullivan’s snarky, irreverent writing. More than once, I found myself laughing out loud at some sarcastic/droll quip–most of the time spoken by Royce, but Hadrian gets in a few funny ones as well.
Though a bit slower than most of the Riyria books, this one is no let-down. It’s another story to set up the relationship between the two characters that makes the Riyria books so awesome. A “buddy road trip with an assassination” story, and just enough of the supernatural in it to remind me of the world of Riyria.
Absolutely worth reading!
About the Author:
After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend’s house, Michael J. Sullivan inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night. He was just eight years old and mimicking the greatest (or only) writer he knew about at the time…Snoopy. That spark ignited a flame and the desire to fill blank pages would become a life-long obsession.
As an adult, Michael spent more than ten years developing his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time, he wrote thirteen novels but found no traction in publishing. He did the only sane thing he could think of (since insanity is repeating the same act but expecting a different result), he quit and vowed never to write creatively again.
Michael stayed away from writing for a decade and returned to the keyboard in his forties…but with one condition: he wouldn’t seek publication. Instead, he wrote a series of books that had been building in his head over his hiatus. His first reading love was fantasy, and his hope was to help foster a love of reading in his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who struggled due to severe dyslexia. After reading the third book of this series, his wife insisted the novels needed to “get out there.” When Michael refused to jump back onto the query-go-round, she took over the publication tasks and has run “the business side” of his writing ever since.
Michael’s works have sold more than half a million English language copies, been translated into thirteen foreign languages, and appeared on more than one hundred “best of” or “most anticipated” lists including those compiled by Library Journal, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and Audible.com.
Find the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Dulgath-Riyria-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B014WOCH0A
Visit Michael’s website: http://riyria.blogspot.com/
Tweet at him: https://twitter.com/author_sullivan