Book Review: The Riyria Revelations

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The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

While I enjoy a good fantasy novel, I am often leery to read one without a specific recommendation due to the prolific violence, language, and sexual content many contain within. I first became aware of Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria Revelations series when I noticed it constantly mentioned on various top literary lists. Next, I read an interview discussing the origins of his series and his desire to write books all ages could enjoy without the deterrent of content restrictions. Intrigued, I began reading the first book and quickly ordered the rest before I’d even gotten halfway through.

Originally self-published as six books, Orbit picked up the series and republished them as three separate volumes: Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, and Heir of Novron. They follow the adventures of two thieves who unwillingly become entangled in political conspiracies when they are framed for the murder of the king. Each book consecutively builds upon the series as the plots begin interweaving and developing in twists and turns. And while there is magic, it is not the center of the story as is seen in many fantasy novels. It adds to the story rather than defines it.

The Riyria Revelations are written with the perfect balance between humor and action. They are perfect for any reader who loves fantasy or simply a fun, action-filled plot.  For other readers who wish to branch out of their normal reading interests and explore the fantasy genre, this is an excellent place to start.

For more information on the author and books visit: http://riyria.blogspot.com/p/about.html

Review by Andover Public Library Staff

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Great American Read

We kicked off PBS’ Great American Read on Monday with a display in the library featuring staff and community member’s favorite books from the list.

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The Great American Read is a nation-wide program celebrating reading and the books that have inspired, moved and shaped us.

The library has copies of many of the books in print and ebook formats:

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You can vote for your favorite Great American Read books here through October 18.

 

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Teen Book Review – All We Can Do Is Wait

Reviewed by Anuragini Arora

 

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All We Can Do Is Wait by Richard Lawson follows the lives of five teenagers through flashbacks and memories after the Tobin Bridge collapses. They meet in the waiting room of the Boston General Hospital while waiting for news of their loved ones.

Jason and Alexa are waiting for news of their parents. Both wish that the beautiful summer of their past before everything went wrong, when their family was happy and they were all spending time with Kyle (their friend in Cape Cod), would come back. Skyler is waiting for news of her sister Kate, to whom she owes everything. Morgan is waiting for news of her father, who raised her in the most difficult circumstances. And Scott is waiting for news of his girlfriend Aimee, who is worth more than everything to him.

All We Can Do Is Wait deals with relationships, grief, and dreams and forces you to think about what you would do if you had to cope with a tragedy. Each character has dealt with his or her own sadness and unique traumas, but what is common is their desire to make everything right again.

When I started reading All We Can Do Is Wait, I thought it was slow and uneventful. But I realized that in a moment like that, when everything we have is in jeopardy, all we can do is wait (and maybe hope a little). Richard Lawson’s first novel is emotional, intriguing, thought-provoking, sincere, and utterly real.

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