"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.