Avempartha: Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser for this generation

Avemparthafantasy  novel reviews Michael J. Sullivan The Riyria Revelations 2. AvemparthaAvempartha: Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser for this generation

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.

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  1. I’m going to have to try these. Both Greg and John love them. And I love Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser.

  2. I do think you’d really enjoy these Kat. They are perfect for someone who really doesn’t have the time to commit to a new big door-stopper epic. They’re a “light read” but not too light-if that makes sense. I don’t think it would kill anyone to miss a book or read them out of order. And it’s easy to tell Sullivan, had Fafhrd and Gray Mouser in mind when he created this series. Hadrian and Royce are in no way clones of Lieber’s characters but i there’s that same sense of fun. Sullivan even named a pub Gray Mouse in this book. Another plus for Kindle owners, Kindle editions are less then $5, one heck-of-a-bargain.

    • Strange, I heard somewhere that Sullivan had never actually read Leiber before the similarities were pointed put to him. :/

  3. I am so glad you are enjoying this series. I have read the first 4 books so far and each one just keeps getting better and better. I love how these are easy reads for me, and I get my fantasy fix with them. But the best part is they have a complete story in each book, but there is an underlining thread in the story line that connects all the books together.

    I just reviewed the forth book, coming out in April, and there are links to the first three books – if you would like to stop by. :)

  4. I noticed you were reviewing these, Melissa (I think I saw it in the friends feed over there on the left). You guys have convinced me. I’m going out of town for a couple of days (without my computer!) and hope to get some reading done. I’ll grab the first book on Kindle.

  5. I just started Nyphron Rising. I’m really digging this series.


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