The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

A daughter vanishes. Two rogues are paid a fortune to find her. It isn't enough.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 th...

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Title:The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter
Author:Michael J. Sullivan
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The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter Reviews

  • Chris

    But here we are again. The 4th Chronicle, and 10th overall Riyria book does not disappoint. I can't say what happens, other than that it rocks.

    If you're a fan of Hadrian and Royce, you will want to read this ASAP.

    If you aren't a fan, why not? These books should be consumed immediately.

    It's been a few

    But here we are again. The 4th Chronicle, and 10th overall Riyria book does not disappoint. I can't say what happens, other than that it rocks.

    If you're a fan of Hadrian and Royce, you will want to read this ASAP.

    If you aren't a fan, why not? These books should be consumed immediately.

    It's been a few years since I read The Riyria Revelations, but this has me gearing up for a re-read.

    I'll re-read this as well once I can, as I'm looking forward to seeing whatever improvements make it to the final version.

  • Samir

    Step aside Holmes and Watson! There are new detectives in town!

    As the title of the book suggests, this is a mystery novel, so if you enjoy your fantasy mixed with lot of intrigue and suspense, you’re in for a treat because

    brings the best from both worlds.

    If this is your first encounter with Riyria, you can read this book without any prior knowledge of the world and the characters. However, I’m going to repeat something I said in one of my previous reviews

    Step aside Holmes and Watson! There are new detectives in town!

    As the title of the book suggests, this is a mystery novel, so if you enjoy your fantasy mixed with lot of intrigue and suspense, you’re in for a treat because

    brings the best from both worlds.

    If this is your first encounter with Riyria, you can read this book without any prior knowledge of the world and the characters. However, I’m going to repeat something I said in one of my previous reviews of the Chronicles series; to enjoy this book and the Chronicles series to the fullest, I highly recommend you to read the Revelations series first because the experience will make you understand and appreciate the special bond Royce and Hadrian have even more.

    TDoWD, like the previous books in the Chronicles series has the background story of friendship and gives us a window to inner thoughts of our heroes, showing us how they started to care for one another and how their professional bond started to turn into something truly special.

    Gabriel Winter, the wealthy baron, hired Riyria to find his daughter who disappeared under mysterious circumstances and presumed dead. They travel to the old-world city of Rochelle and their case proves to be more complicated than expected and very soon they’re tangled up in the secrets of the nobles, the troubles of neglected races and threats of ancient legends. I dare not to say more out of fear of spoiling something for you so, the game is afoot. Or, if Royce is concerned, someone is going to lose a foot.

    I really enjoyed spending time in this world again, with my favorite fantasy duo, and I really can’t wait for more of their adventures and I sincerely hope there would be more, not just because I want to see a certain thread, from this and the previous book, developed further, but because spending time with Royce and Hadrian feels like spending time with your best friends, and because of that, Riyria will forever have a special place in my heart and on my shelf. This isn’t just an ordinary fantasy, this is fantasy with a soul.

  • TS Chan

    While The Stormlight Archive and The Malazan Book of the Fallen fulfill my love for epic fantasy, Riyria (both Chronicles and Revelations) satisfies a different need. The sense of wonder that I obtain from reading Riyria, which is more of a classical fantasy, feels more intimate and cozy, if I can even describe it as such. Every time I pick up a book about my favourite duo, Hadrian and Royce,

    The Dis

    While The Stormlight Archive and The Malazan Book of the Fallen fulfill my love for epic fantasy, Riyria (both Chronicles and Revelations) satisfies a different need. The sense of wonder that I obtain from reading Riyria, which is more of a classical fantasy, feels more intimate and cozy, if I can even describe it as such. Every time I pick up a book about my favourite duo, Hadrian and Royce,

    The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter is no different in that I enjoyed every minute I spent with these two thieves of conflicting personalities but complementing proficiencies. While no prior knowledge of previous Chronicles books nor the Revelations series is required to enjoy this novel, it makes the reading experience more satisfying to have done so. Having read the former will help you appreciate how the duo came together against all the odds and the growth of their partnership - and budding friendship - through the years. And knowledge of the latter will give you a few snickers where some casual comments manifest as private jokes of sorts given hindsight knowledge. And there are always little Easter eggs scattered across the narrative for the seasoned reader - who doesn't love finding Easter eggs?

    The premise is relatively simple, as deduced from the title itself. The beauty is, however, in the details. I have to give it to Michael J Sullivan for one of the most vividly portrayed locations that he has ever written thus far. From the grand architecture to the bustling streets and alleys, and the myriad of people in the city of Rochelle, the descriptions were beautifully evocative. True to his form, Sullivan has yet again given us great new characters from diverse backgrounds and races. There are also a few not-so-new faces for those familiar with the series. The story is essentially character-driven with just enough plot to keep it interesting.

    Now, for the best part - it is about Hadrian and Royce of course! It is no secret that I have a strong positive bias to any form of storytelling about these two guys, so long as Sullivan stays true to their characterisation. The Chronicles form the backstory about how these two most unlikely partners-in-crime came together and then spent years as the infamous Riyria before the momentous events in Revelations. As such, most of the page time is dedicated to the duo, for which I am delighted.

    Written in a limited third-person perspective, each Chronicles book has a slight focal bias towards one or the other member of Riyria. Hadrian in The Crown Tower, and Royce in the last two instalments. In Winter's Daughter, it is back to my biggest fictional crush, who has the most impactful narrative. And more often than not, it was Royce who has to deal with the unsettling influence from his "unusually kind, empathetic and forgiving" partner. The gradual changes wrought in him far outweighs that of his worldly views on Hadrian.

    And speaking of Hadrian, the one minor complaint I had in this instalment was the lack of swordplay or fighting scenes. If you know Riyria, you will know why this can be a tad disappointing. The action is geared toward chase scenes; one which is gorgeously rendered by the amazing Marc Simonetti in the stunning cover of the book.

    This volume is a highly satisfying addition to the Riyria Chronicles that adds to the backstory of Hadrian and Royce. It is with a heavy heart that I have to bid farewell to these old friends of mine for some time. I will look forward most immensely to meeting them again. Judging from the loose thread at the end of this story and the Afterword, I am holding my breath for the next one.

  • Tim Hayes

    Too short. Great to have the thieves back again but want more.

  • C.P. Cabaniss

    Really, what is there to say that I haven't already highlighted in my reviews of the previous

    Riyria books I've reviewed on goodreads? Not a lot, aside from the fact that these stories never get old. You would think they might lose momentum, but they don't.

    This is the fourth installment in the Riyria Chronicles, which is a prequ

    Really, what is there to say that I haven't already highlighted in my reviews of the previous

    Riyria books I've reviewed on goodreads? Not a lot, aside from the fact that these stories never get old. You would think they might lose momentum, but they don't.

    This is the fourth installment in the Riyria Chronicles, which is a prequel series to the Riyria Revelations and tells various adventures of Royce and Hadrian before we meet up with them in that series. It also has some great connections with the main series, so there is always something to pick up on aside from the greatness of these two.

    Sullivan is excellent at creating great characters. Royce is, and will likely always be, my favorite of his characters, but there isn't a single one that I don't enjoy in some way. This novel introduces several that will likely never show up in any of the other stories, but they were all well rounded and really worked.

    If you have read the original Revelations series then you know that this story involves Genny, the Duchess of Rochelle, who was introduced in those stories. And I absolutely

    getting to know her better. She was interesting to me before, but this added a lot of depth to her character that I never would have guessed was there.

    And that brings me to another point: Sullivan has the

    female characters in fantasy. Seriously, I don't know how he creates them, because I have a hard enough time writing believable women and I'm a woman, but he does an excellent job. And Genny is just another great female added on top of a long list.

    If you've enjoyed the other stories with Royce and Hadrian you will likely enjoy this one as well. If you haven't read any of them yet--what are you doing? Go read them now. Right now. Christmas is in a week, ask for the entire set. Just do it now. And fall in love with Royce as much as I have. Hadrian is cool too.

  • Phee

    This was fantastic!

    The 10th novel featuring our amazing duo Royce and Hadrian, the rouges for hire known as Riyria. I must say that this is one of my favourites. The story was full of mystery and suspicion. The side characters were colourful and unique. But most importantly, I felt like I learned so much during this one. Not only about the world and the magic of its races, but I learned so much more about Royce and Hadrian.

    In the Revelations series, both of our main characters are well establis

    This was fantastic!

    The 10th novel featuring our amazing duo Royce and Hadrian, the rouges for hire known as Riyria. I must say that this is one of my favourites. The story was full of mystery and suspicion. The side characters were colourful and unique. But most importantly, I felt like I learned so much during this one. Not only about the world and the magic of its races, but I learned so much more about Royce and Hadrian.

    In the Revelations series, both of our main characters are well established. You learn bits and pieces about them and know that their friendship is a deep bond formed over many years. But it is in these Chronicles novels that we see our duo become the men we know and love. At this point in the story Hadrian is still haunted by his actions in his earlier years. Some interesting events are mentioned in this one that I won’t spoil but shed so much light on Hadrian. Whilst he is that ever optimistic idiot that we love, he has a darkness in him too. It’s nice to see a bit more variety in his character.

    As for Royce, well. One of the beautiful and humorous parts of this book was Royce realising that he has feelings. Yes I just said feelings and Royce in the same sentence. Again nice to see some variety in him as well. He was especially morbid in this one, the Year of Fear was brought up numerous times. He’s much darker in these Chronicles novels, still more of ‘Duster’ than Royce. Again I loved it when Hadrian realised what certain mannerisms from Royce mean. His smile for example, it is never good if Royce is smiling.

    Never have I laughed so much whilst reading a Riyria book. Honestly this is the funniest of the lot. The banter had me in stitches. Hadrian compares Royce to several animals, cats and even a badger. Also Hadrian Blackwater’s logic of unicorns existing is brilliant (Trust me, when you read it, you’ll understand). Royce is so cynical and pessimistic, I love him so much. Hadrian never gives up on trying to show Royce the goodness in people. As much as Royce thinks about killing Hadrian, you can really tell how much he loves him.

    The actual plot is like your standard Riyria plot. But it did feel like this one was more engaging and definitely had more of a mystery element that I enjoyed.

    Something I would like to add and make people aware of. I feel that certain revelations made in the Death of Dulgath and that continued in this novel will definitely spoil a main part of the Revelations series. So I would certainly read the books in publication order to save being spoiled. Some people may not mind as it’s only a secret of a character but I know if I had read these in chronological order then I would be massively disappointed. It’s only mentioned in the Death of Dulgath a couple of times but in this book it is repeatedly brought up in the characters mind. So please be aware.

    I’m sure that there will be more from this world. I’d quite happily read about Royce and Hadrian forever. In the authors note, Sullivan mentions that he is writing another trilogy set between his Age series and this one. So there might not be another Royce and Hadrian novel for a while. But I will happily wait. They are worth it.

  • Scott  Hitchcock

    4*

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    5*

    4*

    4.25*

    So needless to say I've read all of the available books of this world and this book stands proudly among the rest. I often find it hard to review books this far into a series/world without giving away too much.

    Let's just say if you've read Ryeria you'll love this bo

    4*

    4.25*

    5*

    5*

    3.5*

    3.5*

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    4.25*

    So needless to say I've read all of the available books of this world and this book stands proudly among the rest. I often find it hard to review books this far into a series/world without giving away too much.

    Let's just say if you've read Ryeria you'll love this book. It has hooks into both of the other series in this world. The usual banter between our two beloved protagonists. The story itself is fun if straightforward.

    If you haven't read Ryeria and you like earthy sword fantasy with elves, dwarves, magic and a strong character driven story this is a series for you. Hadrian is the compelling traditional hero that will draw most of you in and Royce is the unwilling anti-hero for darker readers such as myself.

    Happy reading.

  • Kaitlin

    This is the newest book in the Riyria world and it once more follows Hadrian and Royce, the notorious thieves-for-hire who go by the name of Riyria. They're fairly well-established by this point, and each is notorious in certain parts of the world (if you've read the other Riyria Chronicles and Revelations books that you'll no doubt know why...)

    This story is a self-contained one, so you can certainly start here if you're new to the Riyria world. In this instalment we're following H & R as th

    This is the newest book in the Riyria world and it once more follows Hadrian and Royce, the notorious thieves-for-hire who go by the name of Riyria. They're fairly well-established by this point, and each is notorious in certain parts of the world (if you've read the other Riyria Chronicles and Revelations books that you'll no doubt know why...)

    This story is a self-contained one, so you can certainly start here if you're new to the Riyria world. In this instalment we're following H & R as they are hired by Winter to find his daughter, Genny. Genny recently married a Duke, and Winter believes that he's killed her for her money after receiving a note that Genny is missing. He's outraged and hires the due of R & H to go to the town of Rochelle and find Genny (or her body) and kill those responsible.

    What I love about this is that whilst we still have the distinct charm of the previous books, it also feels like an easy-to-get-into story for anyone who is newer. It's a sword and sorcery, classic style fantasy, but it's filled with banter and wit and charm. Never is there a dull moment with these characters and the crazy world that they live in, it's all go, go, go.

    There's a lot of talk in this book about Unicorns. I have to say this really made me laugh. It's random, but it's fun, and I liked it XD

    The character of Genny is actually a very interesting one. She's a lot more complex than your average Duchess because she wants to change things for those around her. Not only is she a business woman at heart and shrewd with money and time, she is also engaging to read about. I have to say I do appreciate a well-rounded female as a prominent character.

    However, if we're going into awesome lady characters I can't not mention Evelyn. She's a really, really fun addition to this story as she's an uppity old widow who knows how she likes things and won't take 'but' for an answer. There were plenty of moments in the book where I really thought she was hilarious and great, and she put H & R through their paces a bit too, which was lots of fun.

    There's also some really interesting history of the world in this book. I feel like it's possible that having Sullivan working on this series alongside the writing and releasing of his 'Legends of the First Empire' series shows through and we see a lot about how the different early races have evolved and the power of each has shifted and undulated with the years gone by. As I've just recently read the second of the 'Legends of the First Empire' books this really resonated with me.

    Overall, another dependably great book which I really enjoyed reading and I would certainly recommend wholeheartedly. 4.5*s from me :)

  • Michael

    Have I really not posted an update since the launch of the Kickstarter? That's so negligent of me...and so much has happened. Okay, so first things first, the Kickstarter was a huge success, it ended up being the 2nd most-backed and 4th highest-funded fiction project of all time. And those numbers are based on worldwide data so it includes all countries. Between the

    ,

    , and

    (a post-Kickstarter fulfillment site

    Have I really not posted an update since the launch of the Kickstarter? That's so negligent of me...and so much has happened. Okay, so first things first, the Kickstarter was a huge success, it ended up being the 2nd most-backed and 4th highest-funded fiction project of all time. And those numbers are based on worldwide data so it includes all countries. Between the

    ,

    , and

    (a post-Kickstarter fulfillment site) the project has raised more than $103,000! The audiobook is

    and the ebooks bought directly from me have shipped. Between the two, we've sold more than 7,500 digital downloads. As for the printed books, they left the printer and will be delivered to us on Monday, and we'll start shipping the 1,600 books that are pre-ordered. For the next six months, people can get the ebook, hardcover, or paperbacks directly from us, and in June we'll open up the retail channel for mass distribution. See, I told you a lot has happened ;-)

    At noon (EDT) today, The Kickstarter launches! Assuming we fund, there will be three different hardcover versions available: rare edition (100 copies bound in faux leather with gold foil stamping and a matching slipcase), limited edition (500 copies bound in linen with a custom dust jacket), regular hardcover (dust jacket matches the paperback edition). If we don't fund, the book will still be produced, it just won't have the hardcover editions.

    Well, it's just two days until the beta read is officially completed, but as the window between it and the start of copyediting grew incredibly short, Robin has already given me a list of about a dozen or so changes which I just incorporated. Good catches by the beta readers! Robin is going to be doing a copy edit on those new passages, while she waits for the rest of the beta feedback and then I'll make any additional changes before it goes off to the Linda and Laura -- who already have time reserved to work on this project. So, still on schedule and the book is in really good shape at this point.

    A lot is going on, and I'm sorry I've not been updating more quickly. Well Robin proclaimed 90% of the book in good shape, but she had some issues with the way it ended so we spent some time implementing 8 minor and 1 major aspect. This meant we missed our original beta date, but it's in the hands of the beta testers now and it seems to be going well (according to Robin). We ate up some of our "cushion" with the rewrites but we are still on track for the December 5th release.

    Well, it's official...the book is written. I finished writing it May 18th and spent the next week and a half going over it. As of 5/29 it's officially in the hands of Robin. Assuming she's as pleased with it as much as I am we should be on track for a December 5th release.

    It's been a while since the last update, so I thought it was high time I did one! The book went through some pretty major surgery recently. As I neared the end, the climax wasn't quite as good as I wanted. To change that I had to add some things that needed to be worked in throughout the tale so I had the book essentially tore a part for about a week as I added the required information. With that complete, and the book reassembled, I'm now down to the last few chapters. Will keep everyone posted when I'm done writing.

    In other news,

    and pre-orders are already coming in. For those who prefer ebook and/or print you can sign up for early notification

    Already have 1,750 people who have done exactly that!

    Also, thanks to people shelving the book early, it's currently

    So, thanks to everyone who is indicating they want to read the book.

    And last, but certainly not least, Marc Simonetti has agreed to do the cover, and he's working on it now. So things are definitely coming along.

    Wanted to give everyone an update on how the writing is going for this book. I think I'm about a month behind but hope to have the first draft wrapped by end of March or mid-April. I took more than a month off to deal with (a) copyedits for Age of Swords and (b) a bunch of manual labor required to get the cabin livable. With those activities behind me, I'm back at work and have about 1/3 of the novel finished. Release date of Oct/Nov still looks like it will work. If you've not yet signed up to be notified when the book is released,

    Oh, and don't forget to put the book on your Goodreads To-read shelf!! Adding it will help spread the word to your friends and followers. Well, I best get back to it.

    Well, we have a provisional title for the book: The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter. It could change if the beta readers come up with better ideas. But I'm running with it for now.

    Well, we have a release date!! Or at least a close approximation. The book will come out sometime in November 2017 before Thanksgiving. I had to work a bit with my publisher of the Legends of the First Empire books to find a place and way that we could squeeze this book in. But we have that finalized now. Because of the pre-planning the book is already

    . So, if you are interested in getting a copy, please consider adding it to your to-read shelf and it'll rise even higher in that ranking. Oh, and speaking of interest in the book. It'll be released in an usual way. For the first six-months it won't be in stores, but you will be able to get the book directly from me in ebook, hardcover, or trade paperback (the audio version will be available on Audible.com and Apple's iBookstore). Since it won't be in stores, it'll be easy to miss the release date, so if you want to be notified where and how it is available for order, you can

    In other news, the writing is going well. No major snags encountered in the plot and the daily writing is easy and turning out well. I'm hoping to have the first draft completed by the end of February.

    The first 10,000 words are in, which is a good milestone to reach. I'm pleased with how things are goings, and haven't hit any stumbling blocks...which I usually do before now. I've also set my goal for finishing the first draft by the end of February. That should be doable.

    Yesterday I started my first official day of writing. The first 1,700 words are in the can. I usually don't write in the evenings but I was so motivated that I went back an edited that opening. Always fun starting a new book!

    Well it's the start of a new month and yesterday I found the last major piece of the puzzle required to write this book, so the story is coming together nicely. I'm not sure when I'll start writing...I'm expecting structural comments from my editor on Age of Swords (Legends of the First Empire #2), and Robin and Sarah are busy compiling input from the beta read. I think I should make those changes first so I can move on with the writing of this without interruption. But it's good to know I have a place to start and Ill be fleshing it in a bit more while I wait for the AoS feedback.

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