Things take a turn for the worse in the third installment of The Riyria Revelations – after Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha – as war comes sweeping through to Melengar and its people have little hope and respect for their recent, young king. Princess Arista has been running around playing diplomat and trying to secure allies for Melengar, with nothing to show for it. Meanwhile the enemy Nyphron Empire continues to grow in strength and numbers. Arista has one more trick up her sleeve, and with the help of her good friends, Royce and Hadrian, goes on this last journey far south in a last effort to secure an ally, but also to unravel a mystery of Hadrian’s past. Surprising results are revealed about our unknown thief that ties into the whole story of the Riyria Revelations. The wizard Esrahaddon continues to be up to no good, while we learn more of the enigmatic man known as Degan Gaunt.
Sullivan does a great job with Nyphron Rising, after setting necessary groundwork and story and setting with the first two books, he opens it up on an epic scale, traveling his invented world, and educating readers on how future events are going to affect everyone across Elan, and why the forgotten history is important. Royce and Hadrian continue to be the entertaining and interesting characters that they are, while Arista opens up her emotional side. Nyphron Rising ends on a sort of cliffhanger, leaving readers wanting to know more, which will be resolved (to a certain degree) in the fourth installment, The Emerald Storm.
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Originally written on January 11th, 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.