Our heroes, Royce and Hadrian, are “hired” by a peasant girl to retrieve a magic sword from an ancient impregnable tower that was build by elves. Her village has been plagued by a terrible monster and this elven sword is the only weapon that can kill it. Of course, there’s more to it. It’s becoming apparent that these two who call themselves the Riyria are being used in a clandestine power struggle that began centuries ago. In Avempartha, we get some more hints about the duo’s past and some ancient dark secrets are revealed about Elan’s history.
Avempartha is the second book of Michael J. Sullivan’s The Riyria Revelations and it’s evident that he’s got a good thing going. These tales are nothing fancy (or even all-that original), but they are simply a darn good time. Mr. Sullivan has put the fun of a YA adventure into a story for mature readers. Royce and Hadrian are the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser for this generation of fantasy readers.
The Riyria Revelations is the best of both worlds; Fantasy fans can escape to a new world of kings and kingdoms where elves, dwarves, and dragons are in residence, and mysterious sorceries are a force to be reckoned with. But you won’t have to commit decades of your life to follow The Riyria Revelations. These books read fast and have the feel of an action-adventure series, but the continuous background plot is deep enough to satisfy readers who prefer more complex epics.