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Percepliquis Paperback – January 16, 2012
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"I am very happy to report that PERCEPLIQUIS was even better than my expectations. It is an absolute triumph in every sense of the word." -- Iceberg Ink
"Percepliquis has everything. It's filled with drama, an epic quest, and adventure, plot twists and, perhaps most importantly, it's incredibly emotionally compelling." -- Bookworm Blues
I can t suggest these books enough. They are light-hearted yet deep. They are fast pace and involving. They remind me of old-school adventure fantasy and political spy thrillers. These are the quintessential fun summer-time reads that I find so enjoyable when the heat index rises and the days grow longer lending themselves to lots of reading by the pool. It s a heady mix, and I sincerely hope you give yourself a few hours to give them a try. --Jaime Chambers, Ruled By Books
The Riyria Revelations is a much needed return to fantasy s grassroots. For fans who miss the straightforward adventurous tales the stories that got a lot of us 35+ year-olds hooked on fantasy to begin with The Crown Conspiracy brings back that excitement. --Greg Hersom, Fantasy Literature
Sullivan succeeds with simplicity in his originally self-published epic fantasy debut. Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn are a pair of thieves and mercenaries. They aren't mentioned in any prophecies or the lost heirs to anything; they're just criminals who happen to have hearts of gold. Going by the inexplicably pretentious shared name of "Riyria," they steal incriminating letters from a blackmailer, kidnap a young king to save his life, and protect a village menaced by a terrible monster. Along the way, they meet a clever princess, an unlucky monk, a 1,000-year-old wizard with no hands, and a naïve but heroic farm girl. There's even the beginning of a series story arc as the powerful Church of Nyphron secretly schemes to control the world. Hair-raising escapes, flashy sword fights, and faithful friendship complete the formula for good old-fashioned escapist fun. --Publisher's Weekly
From the Author
Orbit had many convincing arguments for re-releasing the series as a trilogy (with two books in each omnibus edition). But this would be a problem for existing fans of the series. First, they would have to wait an additional 9 months for Percepliquis, but they would also have to re-buy the fifth book due the new bundle. There was not much that could be done about the delay, but fortunately Orbit was willing to do the extra work to release the book in its original format, so existing fans of the series could complete their collections. A decision I was very pleased with, and proved to me that Orbit was the right choice for the series.
Unfortunately this had led to a bit of confusion. The only bad reviews I've received for Percepliquis (and Heir of Novron) is from people who bought both books. Despite mine and the publisher's efforts, some people were confused. For this I'm sorry...and hope you can return your duplicate books for a refund. To try to prevent others from making the same mistake let me try to clarify the issue.
- If you have read Wintertide, then you should purchase Percepliquis only. There is no need to buy Heir of Novron as you already have both books that it is comprised of.
- If you have read The Emerald Storm, then you should purchase Heir of Novron only. There is no need to buy Percepliquis as it is already contained in the larger Heir of Novron book.
- If you have read The Rise of Empire, then you should purchase Heir of Novron only. There is no need to buy Percepliquis as it is already contained in the larger Heir of Novron book.
EDIT: 11/14/2012: I'm pleased to announce that Percepliquis was selected as one of 15 books published in 2012 for goodreads Reader Choice Awards. Here is what the organizers of the award had to say:
"Instead of consulting publishing experts or a judging panel, we look to readers to find the best books of the year. We analyze statistics from the 170 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2012 and nominate based on a book's number of ratings and average rating. So a nomination is truly an honor because it comes straight from the readers!"
It is indeed an honor to be sharing the ranks of industry staples such as Terry Brooks, Terry Goodkind, Stephen King, Brent Weeks, Joe Abercrombie, Robin Hobb, Brandon Sanderson, and many more. I'm also impressed to be included with such quality newcomers as Mark Lawrence and Saladin Ahmed. No matter the outcome...I consider myself a winner just for having my "little book" plugged from the ranks of so many exceptional offerings.
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Top Customer Reviews
The elves have crossed the Nidwalden River and are invading (and conquering) the northern territories with surprising ease. Now they threaten the entire continent of Elan. It is left to Royce, Hadrian and a small group of adventures to try and save the day... and saving the day means a trip to the underground city of Percepliquis where they will encounter some unknown dangers and learn some surprising information.
Impressions: I liked...
1.) author Sullivan demonstrates his superb sense of pace and timing as this latest adventure slowly unfolds. This is a well written story of intrigue, mystery and exploration, resulting in several thrilling encounters.
2.a) liked the final tidying-up chapter. Where everyone said their fond (and often sad) farewells before drifting off in different directions. A nice touch for a six book series.
2.b) loved the final paragraph...a complete but beautiful surprise...brilliant.
3.) map...a global map of Elan, well drawn with lots of detail (see cons: below)
4.) glossary...the end of the book has a list of all the people and places that were accounted for in this and previous books. A very thorough and comprehensive undertaking, and much appreciated.
Minor, minor complaints. (some would say picky, and they might be correct)...
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I sincerly hope Royce and Hadrian have more adventures in the future. I just know something exciting could happen to them.
I am looking forward to the next book MR Sullivan publishes.
To Michael Sullivan, I'd like to say 'thank you. It's been really enjoyable and thought provoking to spend time in the world you created. I hope you have many more books planned.
Michael introduced me to, not only some of the most realistic, believable and interesting characters, but in Percepliquis, reunited me warmly with some real friends.
My favourite character of Percepliquis is Royce, actually, the whole series, though they were all brilliant! I often wondered if these guys were based on real people in Michael's life, because they just seem so real. So ready to jump off the page and warmly shake your hand.
Unlike some other (more popular) authors *cough* Christopher Paolini *cough* Michael really knows how to gracefully bring a series to a close. I was worried I would be sad, or angry with the ending, as so many good writers feel the need to give their characters finality, but Michael has given them all enough of a closure, interlaced with hope for the future, that I found myself secretly urging them onto whatever their future holds, instead of focussing on the fact that I have to say goodbye to them.
Thank you so much, Michael! I do hope we may see more stories down the track from this world (and hopefully with my favourite characters making an appearance)!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I kinda knew about book 4, or suspected, but the author kept up enough great story divergence that when it finally came... the revelation just made me dance! Read morePublished 24 months ago by Rhonda Gloss
This is a novella that is found in the longer version beginning with the crown tower. Don't but it. Get the longer version instead. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Steve
I was so excited to get a "new" book by a favourite author . Imagine my disappointment to find it was word for word the same as the Heir of Novoron Why no warning?Published on November 5, 2013 by oursandyman
Michael Sullivan puts the reader in a new world, wrought with a complex narrative. He is so vivid in detail and character building. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Jeffrey Rubinoff
I love this series. Wonderfully written. So vivid, I am a part of this story. Micheal J Sullivan is a true wordsmith.Published on September 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
sorry I bought this. Hope whoever got the money from the book spends it on their local economy. All the content of this book was in other books. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Garnette R. Welch
I was waiting for this book for many months, especially when the release got pushed back. definitely worth the wait. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Nathan
Warning: This review is for ranting purposes only, so please don't feel at all challenged in your high opinion of this series. Oh yeah, and it is totally a spoiler. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Dante