Series: Riyria Chronicles #4
Published by Indie on October 2, 2018
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When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.
Ride with Royce and Hadrian as the cynical ex-assassin and idealistic ex-mercenary travel to a mysterious old-world city filled with nobles claiming descent from the imperial aristocracy. Riyria's job appears easy: discover what happened to the missing duchess and, if she lives, bring her home . . . if not, punish those responsible. But nothing is simple in the crowded, narrow, mist-filled streets of Rochelle, where more than one ancient legend lurks.
Haydrian and Royce have one of my favorite Bromances in literature. They fight and banter and are genuinely hilarious together. Even though both come from bloody and brutal pasts, one has opted to see life for all it could be and the other remains cynical of everyone and everything. They make up the duo called Riyria, a less than above board service for hire kind of team.
The interesting thing about The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter is that it is a prequel to The Riyria Revelations. Set approximately ten years before the main series starts. Normally I don’t like it when authors do that. It is really hard to build tension when you know that the main characters will be fine and together later on. But Sullivan manages to do a great job at it and so I think that while this is more enjoyable if you have read the other series, you do not need to have read them. Each of the prequels is a stand-alone story with a few Easter Eggs for the later series but fantastic all on their own.
Genny, the new Duchess of Rochelle, is missing and presumed dead by her father. With retribution in mind, Mr. Winter hires Haydrian and Royce to find out what befell his daughter and make those responsible pay with blood. Which leads Riyria into the city of Rochelle that is on the cusp of revolting.
With every new clue as to what happened to the new Duchess, the duo is more convinced that things are not what they appear and maybe, just maybe, there is a chance they can find the Duchess and stop the Revolt. With some weird magic happening and superstitions abounding, it will be hard to figure out what is real and what is just superstition.
Hayrain and Royce get better every time I read them and this book made me want to reread the entire main series all over again. Genny was fantastic in this and I love how full of life she was. She knew exactly who she was and accepted it and made the best out of everything she touched. She is another strong female character in the world of Riyria and there are many of them.
The Prequels are episodic in nature and so this can be read with no other knowledge of the series. And just in case you were wondering a few of my other favorite Bromances are Wax and Wayne from the Mistborn series and Tyrion and Bran from Game of Thrones.
“Reason, truth, innocence” –Royce sat back against the wall and folded his arms–“unicorns, pixies, and dragons; you’re not that young to believe in such things. How is it that you fancy yourself a resident of a make-believe world.”
“I told you. At this point, it’s a choice.”
“It’s not. It’s fooling yourself. I can decide between eating fish or pork, but I can only pretend to eat unicorn meat. I can’t actually eat a unicorn. The world is the world, and you live in it with open eyes or choose to be blind. It’s all the same to me, but don’t stand there pretending your right.”
“I have a friend and I think about killing him all the time.”
“Oh, so you admit it now. We’re friends?”
“I never said anything about you. Don’t be so presumptuous.”
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