The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter (Riyria Chronicles #4) ★★★★☆

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Title: The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter
Series: Riyria Chronicles #4
Author: Michael Sullivan
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 344
Format: Digital Edition



Royce and Hadrian are hired to avenger the death of Genevieve Hargrave who is the daughter of Gabriel Winter, a rich merchant. She married Leopold Hargrave, the Duke of Rochelle and Winter is convinced that Leopold married her for her dowry and then murdered her. But no body has been recovered. So Winter wants the duo to find out what happened to her and then avenge her death with a fountain of blood, a fountain he is willing to pay for with everything from his coffers.

Once the duo reaches Rochelle, things don’t quite add up. At the same time the head of the Church of Novron is calling for a new King and every noble must be present to be in the running. This leads into Church politic’ing and a desire for revenge by a Mir, a half-human, half-elf named Villar.

Villar wants to murder all the nobles, take over the city of Rochelle and make it the capital of a new Mir city-state. What looks impossible isn’t so when it is revealed that he has the help of dwarves who can bring stone golems to life.

All this time Genny is alive and held captive by a faction of the Mir who just want equal rights in the town and a peaceful resolution to everything.

Everybody collides in a finale of bloody death but thankfully Hadrian and Royce rescue Genny, she is reunited with her husband who really does love her and events are set in motion that will have repercussions in the Riyria Revelations series.


My Thoughts:

Most Important!

This ebook says it has an ISBN of 978194336317 but if you can count, that is only 12 numbers. The hardcover I got through the Kickstarter has the correct isbn listed as 9781943363117. Goodreads still has it wrong. Business as usual for that place!

/End Important!

I really enjoyed this read. The banter, the danger, the mystery. It all came together just like every other Riyria book has. There is a flavor, a tone, to the these books and Sullivan keeps it unique and never strays from it. I like that.

I also liked that we didn’t have to wait until the end to know if Genny was alive or dead. She had her POV almost from the beginning and while it lessened that particular mystery, it simply increased the tension on other parts as I tried to figure out WHAT was going on and who was motivated by what.

I tore through this in about a day and a half. Kind of sad since I had been waiting 2 years since Death of Dulgath but hey, I’m not going to waste time artificially stretching my read out. I paid my money and I’m going to get my enjoyment Right Now!

Now that I’ve read this, I kind of want to re-read all 6 Riyria Revelations books and the previous 3 Riyria Chronicles books. Just to get a fuller picture. Also, to see how Sullivan’s writing has progressed. Well, maybe in a year or two. Honestly, I’d really like to wait until there are 6 Chronicles books to balance the Revelations books and then have a go. But since Sullivan is independently releasing these through Kickstarters and he has contractual obligations for other books, I doubt that will happen any time soon.




30 thoughts on “The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter (Riyria Chronicles #4) ★★★★☆

  1. Glad you enjoyed it! I agree, it really is tempting to read all the Revelations books again, but I doubt I will feel the impact as much now that I know all the surprises.

    And Goodreads is primarily maintained by volunteer members of the site who do the inputting of book data…of which I am one! I can easily fix the isbn. I’ll go do that now, the next time you check hopefully it will be updated.

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      1. Actually, the isbn listed here is for the ebook. But just to be clear, here’s what’s listed in the hardcover:

        9781943363148 -rare edition hardcover
        9781943363162 -limited edition hardcover
        9781943363155 – regular hardcover
        9781943363131 -trade paperback
        9781943363117 – ebook

        That is directly from the regular edition hardcover. Has them all listed nicely in the front 🙂


    1. Yeah, I’m hesitant to do re-reads as well just for that exact reason. But at some point I will, because the mark of good book, as opposed to just an ok book, is that it CAN be re-read.

      re: GR librarians. I am very aware of how it works. Especially how GR pisses, on a regular basis, all over it’s volunteers by overwriting their carefully curated data with worthless crap from info. Were you there when the buyout happened and years of data was lost when they just “auto-merged” their data with amazons? I never made another edit and it made the decision to leave that much easier 🙂

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      1. I remember the buyout. It was so frustrating, because when they automerged, they just added new editions. While my and others’ carefully inputted data wasn’t necessarily lost or erased per se, it did make the database a million times messier because you would get double entries and my library would show multiple listings for the same book etc. And you know I have major OCD when it comes to organizing my book lists, so this drove me completely bonkers.

        A bulk of my post-Amazon merger time spent as a Goodreads librarian was simply combining all these different editions into one entry or deleting doubles. It got so bad I just gave up and only fixed things if I happened to come across them.

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    1. The nice thing is, every story is self contained. He deliberately writes these so that someone who has not read any of his other Riyria books can still jump right in and enjoy it.
      In fact, he made sure half his beta readers hadn’t read any Riyria and basically used to them to make sure this was truly standalone.

      While it might be nice to have a larger over-arching plot, I really like the attitude behind what he actually does. You just don’t see that much these days in authors.

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    1. Dave, real life trumps book life every single time! So no worries. I also know that I tend to post a lot, so it’s going to be easy for people to miss a post….. or 5 🙂
      Don’t stress out trying to play catch up. Just slide back in with what’s current. I’m pretty content with how my little wordpress is working out, so it’s all good. Honestly, I think I’ve reached the limit of how big this blog will ever get and that’s ok. It gives me enough interaction with other bookworms and that has always been my goal 🙂

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        1. What year? I’ve got posts going all the way back to November of 2000.

          Long explanation to follow.

          I started keeping track of my reviews in 2000. Used a paper notebook. Then at somepoint I switched to blogspot. Copied all my reviews from my notebooks to blogspot. But, I did it in monthly batches so I only had 12 posts per year. Then I went to goodreads, then to booklikes and now to wordpress. Each time I tried to carry over my reviews. Formatting and everything is a mess in the early years and such a big project that I don’t want to go back and separate all those monthly posts. That just looks too big for me to handle.

          Now, on to your issue. When I scroll through my site on wordpress, it keeps on scrolling infinitely all the way back to 2000. I’m guess you’re using your phone? Might that cause an issue?

          For easier access, if you go to my homepage,, on the left hand side is a widget called “Archives”. that has every month and year listed and will take you to all the posts from that month.

          Let me know how things turn out and if you still have problems. I don’t want this to happen to you or to others 😀

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                1. Ahh, I have ZERO experience with that. Guess it’s time to rectify that issue and get some hands on experience.

                  I’ll put that on my phone later this week and see if I can recreate your problem. That might provide some answers.

                  And good luck with writing up your monday post. I still can’t believe you do it all on your phone. You’d never know by looking at your posts 😀

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                  1. I have an amazing wife that helps me co write when I get stuck. Had a problem with WP not wanting to upload my pics, but Ill invest in getting a pc when we are set up in holland some day.

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                    1. Laptops are relatively cheap here in the US (if you consider a week’s pay cheap). And if one goes down the chromebook route, probably could pick one up for about 2days worth of work.

                      Are they a lot more expensive for you? Or is it the job market? I know you said you had to work 7 days a week just to survive, so I doubt a computer is high on the list.

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                    2. Even working seven days a week isnt enough mate… not here at least. At the moment i am looking for a temp job. We have no idea how long this is going to take, so i cant promise any dates, wich sucks cuase i am broke…

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                    3. Man, I didn’t realize that, sorry!

                      But it highlights why I like interacting with people across the globe here on WP. I get a very different perspective and that’s really good for me.

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