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Product Details

  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Ridan Publishing; 1 edition (January 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937475018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937475017
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"The Ryria Revelations a very entertaining and well executed traditional fantasy series that started light and improved markedly with every volume." -- Fantasy Book Critic

"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

In October 2010, I released Wintertide, the  fifth book of my Riyria Revelations. At the time I had been selling modestly well for a self-published author (1,000 books a month spread across 4 titles), and with the release of the fifth book, I saw a significant spike in sales.  Thinking I had taken the series as far as I could, I thought the only way to achieve any "real success" was to attract the attention of a larger publisher.  To be honest, I thought it would have taken six to eighteen months and by then Percepliquis, (the sixth and final book) would have already been released).  Imagine my surprise when multiple publishers expressed an interest in just a few weeks and a pre-emptive bid was made by Orbit (fantasy imprint of big-six publisher Hachette Book Group).

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.
Again, I'm sorry for any confusion on the part of readers for putting this book out two different ways.  It was not, as some have suggested, some ploy by myself or the publisher to get more sales.  What we were trying to do is provide existing fans a way to complete their series.  And once again I'd like to thank Orbit for the time and effort to they took to put the books out two different ways.

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.

More About the Author

After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael J. Sullivan inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night. He was just eight years old at the time and mimicking Snoopy so we'll forgive the use of that overused opening. But the desire to fill the blank page and see what doors the typewriter keys would unlock wouldn't let him go. For ten years Michael developed his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time he wrote thirteen novels, and after finding no traction in publishing, he quit and vowed never to write creatively again.

Michael discovered that never is a very long time and ended his writing hiatus a decade later but with a condition: he wouldn't seek publication (as doing so was just too painful). Instead, he decided to write books he wanted to read and developed a fantasy series to for his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who was struggling in school due to dyslexia. After reading the third book, his wife insisted the series needed to "get out there." After Michael refused to jump back on the query-go-round, she took over the publication tasks.

Michael is one of the few authors who has successfully published through all three routes: small press, self, and big five, and he helps aspiring authors help determine the path that is best for them through is posts on publishing for Amazing Stories. Some key accomplishments of his career include:

* Named to io9's Most Successful Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors
* Selling more than half a million copies
* Being translated to fifteen foreign languages
* Spending more than a year on Amazon's Bestselling Fantasy Author's list
* Having his books named to more than 90 "best of" or "most anticipated" lists including those compiled by Library Journal, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads.com, and Audible.com

Today, Michael continues to fill blank pages and is working on completing the final book in his third series tentatively titled The First Empire (traditional fantasy). His first science fiction novel, Hollow World was released by Tachyon Publications in April 2014.

CONTACT INFORMATION
* Riyria Blog: www.riyria.com
* Hollow World Blog: www.hollowworldnovel.wordpress.com
* First Empire Series Blog: www.firstempireseries.com
* Twitter: @author_sullivan
* Riyria Facebook: www.facebook.com/riyria
* Author Facebook: www.facebook.com/author.michael.sullivan

BIBLIOGRAPHY

THE RIYRIA REVELATIONS (Omnibus Editions)
* Theft of Swords: contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha
* Rise of Empire: contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm
* Heir of Novron: contains Wintertide & Percepliquis

THE RIYRIA CHRONICLES
* The Crown Tower
* The Rose and the Thorn
* Blood of Thieves (Omnibus that contains The Crown Tower and The Rose and the Thorn)

THE FIRST EMPIRE (release date to be determined)
* Rhune
* Fhrey
* Dherg

STANDALONE NOVELS
* Hollow World (time-travel science fiction)
* Antithesis: release date to be determined (contemporary fantasy)
* Burden to the Earth: release date to b determined (literary fiction)

ORIGINAL BOOKS OF THE RIYRIA REVELATIONS (out of print)
* The Crown Conspiracy
* Avempartha
* Nyphron Rising
* The Emerald Storm
* Wintertide
* Percepliquis

SHORT STORIES
* The Viscount: A Riyria Short
* The Jester: A Riyria Short
* The Thieves: A Riyria Short (coming soon)
* Greener Grass (time-travel science fiction)
* Traditions: (traditional fantasy, coming soon)
* God's Game: (contemporary fantasy, coming soon)
* Burning Alexandria: (dystopian science fiction, coming soon)
* Autumn's Mist (contempoary fantasy, coming soon)

SHORT STORIES IN ANTHOLOGIES
* Unfettered
* Triumph Over Tragedy
* The End - Visions of Apocalypse

Customer Reviews

The characters were likable and developed in interesting ways over the course of the series.
Naomi Bennett
All kudos in the world to this author who has pulled off a feat that seems to be eluding most of the "grand masters" of fantasy - completing a wonderful story!
A. Eden
The final story had some nice surprise reveals, some unexpected twists, and all the loose ends nicely tied up.
Brendan Mallon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Nicholson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 18, 2012
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"Percepliquis" is the final book in the 'Riyria Revelations' fantasy series by author Michael J. Sullivan. The book comes in two forms... a paperback edition that is 570 pages long and retails for $15.25 and a Kindle e-version that is a 908 Kb download and is selling for $7.99 at the time of writing this review.

SPOILERS

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.

END SPOILERS.

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bellator on January 18, 2012
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Love the series and characters! Thank you for writing these wonderfull books - an enthralling escape from a sometimes hectic day. I hope to someday read more about Royce and Hadrians adventures!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 21, 2012
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I am not one to usually write a review but I just wanted to say that this book is everything I hoped for to end this series. This story is amazing and you cannot help but love the characters. Very excited for any further work by My Sullivan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laotong Chick on January 23, 2012
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After starting with a free download of the second in the series Avempartha (now part of Theft of Swords) I was dying to read the rest of the story. This entire series is wonderfully written, with a world that is both creative and beautiful.

I love the little bits of humor, wise words from a young monk and plenty of adventure. Not to mention the plot twists! This last book does not dissapoint. I'll miss these characters and this world in a way I haven't since I was a teenager reading The Chronicles of Narnia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Hall on January 22, 2012
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I waited a year for this book and it did not disappoint. I love Royce and Hadrian. They are alive. I could hardly put it down. I wanted to hurry and read a page so I could see what was happening on the next, but then I didn't want to hurry because I did not want the story to end. The ending was brilliant.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather Myst on January 20, 2012
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Well we got our first snow and there is nothing to do when the mailman drops Percepliquis on my doorstep. Riyria being one of my favorite series I dive right into the book which set off a chain of events as soon as I finished chapter one. The first thing I do is call work and let them know that I will be using a sick day for tomorrow. Next I turn the ringer on the phone off and grab my blanket and hit the couch. The only bad thing I can say is that it was the final volume. It was everything I wanted except now I want more. This was a great end to a fantastic story by a gifted writer. Whatever Mr. Sullivan has next for us you can count me in. 5 Stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Putnam on January 19, 2012
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I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so all I'm gonna say is, "Show him Mercy". I cried! Thanks for a great series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Bennett on January 22, 2012
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I really enjoyed this series. The characters were likable and developed in interesting ways over the course of the series. The plot and world building were good. If I have any complaint, it's that there were a few places where I felt some editing was needed, where I thought 'okay, I get the idea, now let's get back to what's happening to our heroes'. Then again, I wouldn't have felt that way, had I not felt engaged with them. I liked the way seemingly small details from the early books took on new meaning in the later ones. It meant that the characters, the theme, and our understanding of what was happening and what was at stake took on many layers and held surprises. And I really appreciate the fact that the loose ends were all taken care of by the end. I hate ambiguous endings, and I really appreciated having all my questions about what was going to happen to the characters and situations I'd grown to care about answered before the story ended.
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.
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