Saturday, October 8, 2011

"The Viscount and the Witch" by Michael Sullivan (Reviewed by Liviu Suciu)

Official Michael Sullivan Website
Get "The Viscount of the Witch" HERE (author's site) or
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Read FBC Review of The Crown Conspiracy
Read FBC Review of Avempartha
Read FBC Review of Nypron Rising
Read FBC Review of The Emerald Storm
Read FBC Review of Wintertide

INTRODUCTION:In the space of two years, Michael Sullivan has moved from a small press debut author that was featured in one of my first "Indie Spotlight Reviews" to a "name" in the fantasy field who sold-out his first novel and is getting both critical acclaim and fan appreciation. In my 2009 end-of-the-year rankings, Avempartha went head to head against the "big names" and made both my Top 2009 Books list and Cindy's Top 2009 Book list, while The Crown Conspiracy made Mihir's Top 2009 Reads too. Last year's Wintertide was a top 10 novel of mine and Percepliquis the much awaited conclusion to the Ryria Revelation series which will be released in early 2012 is my top awaited fantasy of the first quarter of 2012.

ANALYSIS: "The Viscount and the Witch" is a fast and fun short story set in the Ryria universe some 10 years previous to start of the main story and it details the fledgling partnership of Royce and Hadrian meeting with the impoverished viscount and expanding Ryria's reach into the intrigues of the nobility. There is a little extra background for the characters and the story serves as a very good introduction to the author's style and to his wonderful universe.

Royce's world weariness and even cynicism and Hadrian's optimism and his "I want to do good" attitude are on display and they show again why the two form such a great pair. Even more characters of the series are hinted at too!

In a nice bonus addition, the first chapter of Theft of Swords - the Orbit omnibus release on November 23 of the first two novels, The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha - is included. Since this chapter has a new first half that introduces Royce and Hadrian in action, rather than starting with Archie's misadventures with some stolen letters as in the original release of The Crown Conspiracy, you can regard this as a "new story" too if you have previously read only the original novel, while you can see "what's this fuss about about Ryria?" if you have not.

And to top it all there is a great introduction where the author talks about the series at large! So get The Viscount and the Witch and enjoy!

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