Thursday, December 24, 2009

Review: Nyphron Rising

Nyphron Rising
Title:  Nyphron Rising

Author:  Michael J. Sullivan

Published by Ridan Publishing, 2009

This is the third book in the Riyria Revelations.  See my reviews of books one and two.

I received this book for free to review.

Plot Summary:
As this is the third book in a six book fantasy series, I am not going to do much in the way of plot summary.  Let's just say that the two main characters are on the move with a royal princess, and the other side is consolidating power.  Sorry, but I don't want to give away any spoilers!

Nyphron Rising is, of the three books I've read so far in this series, my least favorite.  That's not to say I didn't like it.  I did really enjoy it, but now I hold Michael Sullivan up to a high standard.  And I don't think this book was quite as strong as his previous efforts.  This is more a result of the book being in the middle of the series than anything else.  Stuff happens, yes, but it takes some time to get there and then at the end, there is a great deal still left unfinished.  New characters are still being introduced, but you don't get closure on the previous ones.  In my opinion, you can't read and fully understand/appreciate this book without reading the two before it.  So don't read out of order!  And besides, if you miss the first book in this series, you'd miss Myron, and that's really just unacceptable.

One aspect of this series I enjoy is the lack of romance present.  There are male characters and there are female characters, but they are not falling in love all over the place the way they often do in fiction.  Rather, there are very strong platonic relationships.  I very much appreciate that.  I also just enjoy how much humor is in the books.  It's fun and light, even though the series itself is clearly about heavy and important things.
I still like the characters.  The series is, in my opinion, very male-centered.  But in this book, a female character finally starts showing some steel.  As you are all probably well aware, I generally don't like female characters.  I'm not sure if I like any of the ones in this series, either, but it's nice that some are being given a little spotlight, anyway.

So, once again- I really enjoy this fantasy series and I look forward to the second half of the series coming out over the next eighteen months or so.  I highly, highly recommend it for those who want to try more fantasy but are a bit leery of the genre.  I think it's a good one to dip your toes into.  I also recommend it to more established fans of the genre because the world-building, characters and potting are excellent.

I also recommend keeping an eye on Ridan Publishing.  Looks like they have great taste in authors!  From what I could tell on Amazon, all their books are rated very highly!

Note:  This is the last book I read as part of Galleysmith's Seriespalooza reading week.

Happy holidays, everyone!!


  1. is it YA? or am I only getting that feeling for some reason

  2. I can field this one... I'm an intern for Ridan Publishing. The author did not intend the book to be YA (and for me...a YA title ususallly has main characters under 18) But...there is no sex and violence is standard sword fighting/battles etc so it is IMO PG-13 and is read and enjoyed by many in the YA community.

    There are things that some may find not suitable for younger audiences for instance one of the characters runs a brothel and there is a scene where it looks like a character wil be raped (though they are not) so keep those things in mind.

    Susan Parker

  3. Congratulations on a successful Seriespalooza!

  4. It sounds refreshing indeed to have characters of both sexes and not have to have all the romance!

    Happy Holidays!!!

  5. I am really interested in this series and am going to try and pick up the first book to see if it would work for me. I'm sorry that the third book was a little less exciting than the other two, sometimes that happens when reading a series. I did like your review though, and I echo the poster who said the absence of romance is kind of refreshing in a book of this sort.

  6. I never heard of this series but I like the cover on this one and may need to check this out!


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