Rise of Empire

Rise of Empire - Michael J. Sullivan What an excellent read, this is how story telling is done.
There is no reliance on swearing, sex and extreme descriptive violence as more & more authors attempt to portray the dark, gritty side of fantasy. What we have is a story that you sense is gearing up to something big and at the same time full of interesting characters,
Royce and Hadrian are fantastic characters, highly skilled in combat and the unsavoury methods needed to prevail in the underworld yet governed by honour. The supporting cast are also very good with Princess Arista, Empress Modina & Secretary Amillia all lending weight to impressive story arcs.
Really looking forward to the last two novels, these books are so easy and quick to read, testament to the skill of the author.