- Roland’s Triumph
- R.J. Hanson
- November 16, 2020
- Terry F. Self
- Heirs of Vanity #3 – Bloodlines Reforged Saga
If Roland’s Path is all set up, Roland’s Triumph is where all of the action went. That’s not to say this book is all action, all the time…. ‘Cause that would be absurd. Other, non-actiony things happen sometimes too. Such as that time ….. somebody and somebody else talked or something.
It did leave me with some unanswered questions, though they were minor. After a battle, Roland and some of his Dwarven friends are gathering all of the arms and armor. Is Roland keeping them? Sharing them with the Dwarves? Is he going to sell them in his weapon and armor shop? The lore nerd in me needs to know!
There were a few characters who returned, others who felt left behind. Noteworthy events take place and it really felt like they should have been notified via. a letter at the very least. They only ever seemed to be mentioned in passing and it was sad to see them forgotten. One of my wishes for a while now was granted. I really wanted more deaths. Not just any deaths, meaningful loss, which Roland’s Triumph grants.
There is one new character who I utterly despise. I don’t know his name, I’ve been calling him Stut-utters. I find stutterers insufferable. Don’t speak unless you know what you have to say. Terry F. Self did an amazing job narrating him because he made me want to throw my phone across the room to avoid having to listen to another second of it.
As always, the character development in this novel is a bright spot. Everybody…. of note….. continues to grow as a person. While Roland and Eldryn may be the dual protagonists, all of the other characters are equally fleshed out and unique. Out of this first trilogy, this is my flavorite. By a narrow margin, beating out Roland’s Vow. Though nothing will top my love of Lords of Order and Chaos. Silas the Innocent of House Did Nothing Wrong will always be my flavorite character.
The narration was excellent. Terry F. Self did an incredible job of adding diversity and emotions to the people of Stratvs. I often suggest him as a narrator when people ask for recommendations.