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Review of The Death of Dulgath by Michael J Sullivan

Review of The Death of Dulgath by Michael J SullivanThe Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Series: Riyria Chronicles #3
on November 15th 2015
Genres: Epic, Fantasy
Pages: 446

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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.

How can I love Royce and Hadrian anymore? I can’t. I just can’t! I could read their stories forever. And ever. And never be bored.

Much like the other books in Sullivan’s Chronicles series, this follows Royce and Hadrian on one of their adventures. But what I loved even more about this book than the others is the banter between Royce and Hadrian. Now, it’s been a while since I read the other books, but it felt much more dialog focused, honed in on Royce and Hadrian’s give and take relationship. The two just clicked beautifully, in my opinion, which has made it my second favorite Sullivan book that I’ve read to date. I never wanted it to end. It made me ache to pick up the Revelations and Chronicles series again, and I admit to reading some of my favorite parts after I finished Death of Dulgath. I didn’t realize how much I missed the boys. Such a great dynamic between them.

I have a feeling this books ties into Sullivan’s new Legends of the First Empire series, which is set in the same world eons before Royce and Hadrian come to be. Eventually I’ll be finding out if I’m right or not. I don’t have much else to talk about. The plot is well laid out in the book description, and more than likely you’ve already read the other books if you’re considering this one. However, if you’ve never picked up a Sullivan book, you must. You absolutely must. If you’ve picked up the Revelations series and remotely liked it, then you really need to read the Chronicles. If you’re a diehard fan like I am, this book won’t disappoint.

Overall, I can’t rave about Sullivan enough and what a wonderful character he’s created in Royce. Matter of fact, Royce has risen to the top of my favorite characters of all time. He’s tied for first place with Raistlin Majere, which is a character I’ve been in love with since I was young. A few more books might even win Royce a sole position as number one. Hopefully Sullivan continues with the Chronicles and keeps Royce and Hadrian as the main focus of those books. That’s what made this one and The Crown Tower my two favorite books of all time.

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