Review: The Viscount and the Witch – Michael J.Sullivan

The Riyria Chronicles Short
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 5400 words
Published: October 2011
Source: Free on author’s page, but you can buy it too

Eleven years before they were framed for the murder of a king, before even assuming the title of Riyria, Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater were practically strangers. Unlikely associates, this cynical thief and idealist swordsman, were just learning how to work together as a team. In this standalone first installment of The Riyria Chronicles, Royce is determined to teach his naive partner a lesson about good deeds. 
My thoughts:
I do not have to say it again, but short stories are so hard to review and mostly they just leave me, wanting more. Then there are the good ones. This one left me satisfied but also wanting more. In a good way. I was happy with the story I got but I also really need more since it was so good. 
What I liked the most was the dry humor, or perhaps he was just series when he said those things 😉 Oh just read it and see. A fun fantasy story, a perfect story to read while waiting for more, or as I did, in preparation to read book 1. And omg I want my pre-order book to arrive now! 
If this is his style then yes I do recommend it to other readers.
I also felt that you do not have to read this book before reading book 1, since this one was written after book 1 was already written. But it is a good place to start if you want to know his style.
Though I must say, doesn’t it sound like a HR book 😉
More please.


20 thoughts on “Review: The Viscount and the Witch – Michael J.Sullivan

  1. Aarti says:

    Oh, I didn't know this story existed! I really like the Riyria Revelations. I've been reading them since they first came out and am very excited that the author has found a big publisher for his stories (though I hate the cover art chosen). I hope you continue reading these!

  2. Blodeuedd says:

    AnaThe dry humour was just fab, just 😀 And it can be found for free on his page…and it is short ;)CaroleI really enjoyed itAartiNeither did I but luckily I know someone who loves the book and read the novella.I will be reading book 1 soon, I am just waiting for my copy to arrive. So fun that he will be published by Orbit and hopefully reach an ever bigger audienceCarrieI know right ;)ElysiumNow in November by Orbit I think it was. He was published before, his wife started a firm so they could publish his books 🙂

  3. Staci says:

    I keep saying that I'll start reading short stories and yet, I never do. This doesn't sound too bad…I'll venture over to the author's page.

  4. Simcha says:

    I haven't read this story yet but I intend to because I had really enjoyed the first book in his series. I'm glad that Orbit will be publishing the books so that I can finally order them from The Book Depository, and I'll be able to read the rest of the series.

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    Melissa*fingers crossed**sits and waits*BuckyI kind of said nothing at all here 🙂 Cos it ws really short, but so well done. I do recommend it.MelissaAye fun and free, go forthNaidaI really should read Poe, I have never tried anything at all by him.AmusedThere are just mostly ok, but this oen truly worked.

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    ChrisIt's words after 5400 ;)StaciAnd it is short, and you are always saying you should start fantasy again so you got nothing to loose.SimchaI am glad they are doing it too 😀 Cos in the end I just love print more and I can't wait to start this series and see if it is really as good as I hope it will be.AurianNope, so very HRMissieHihi, I know right! 😀 Must have more, but still over a week until it is released

  7. says:

    This is going on my TBR list right now. I'm so happy you enjoyed it but it left you wanting more. I guess that's what a pre-series novella is supposed to do right?! 😀 Can't wait to see what you think of Book 1.

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