At Indie-Fantasy, Mike A. Wants offers his lengthy take on Michael J. Sullivan’s Hollow World.
Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan is a special book. Not only because of its history of origin (being a Kickstarter that got over $30.000 instead of the needed $3.000, a sign of the trust readers put into the author), or because it is so vastly different than his Riyria Revelations books. Rather, the quality of the book comes from the wonderful story of an average guy going on the adventure of his life, struggling to find what happiness he can still get. A broken soul looking for salvation. The rest didn’t matter that much. It felt fulfilling enough to watch Ellis stumble through the new world. New possibilities open up for him in places he’d have never looked before.
The protagonist offers you a seat besides him, to watch the story unfold slowly, and I’ve taken that seat readily. You’ll either do the same, or get lost in the measured pace. It is a book that has the potential to split its readership. I can see people loving it as much as I did, or hating it with the same passion. I want to give you one word of warning though: Don’t expect something remotely similar to the Riyria Revelations series. It is not. It doesn’t try to be similar, which for this story is a very good choice. It is vastly different and I think it is the greatest book Michael J. Sullivan has written to this day.
For the rest of Wants’ review, visit Indie-Fantasy.
For information on Hollow World, visit the Tachyon page.