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"Hair-raising escapes, flashy sword fights, and faithful friendship complete the formula for good old-fashioned escapist fun." -- Publishers Weekly

"This epic fantasy showcases the arrival of a master storyteller." -- Library Journal

"A whirlwind of twists, earth-shattering surprises and deadly betrayal." -- Literary Magic

"Mr. Sullivan continues to impress. In Royce and Hadrian he has created some of the best characters the genre has seen in some time, and in Avempartha he shows that he knows what to do with them. These books should be in every bookstore and I really hope that they are someday." -- Speculative Fiction Junkie

"In the space of two years, Michael Sullivan has moved from a small press debut author who was featured in one of my first "Indie Spotlight Reviews" to a "name" in the fantasy field." -- Fantasy Book Critic

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Praise for the Riyria Revelations:

"Mr. Sullivan continues to impress. In Royce and Hadrian he has created some of the best characters the genre has seen in some time, and in Avempartha he shows that he knows what to do with them. These books should be in every bookstore and I really hope that they are someday." --- Speculative Fiction Junkie

"A whirlwind of twists, earth-shattering surprises and deadly betrayal." --- Literary Magic

"Hair-raising escapes, flashy sword fights, and faithful friendship complete the formula for good old-fashioned escapist fun."

(Publishers Weekly )

"This epic fantasy showcases the arrival of a master storyteller." (Library Journal )

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  • File Size: 2268 KB
  • Print Length: 694 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (November 23, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XWBUKK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 and mimicking the greatest (or only) writer he knew at the time...Snoopy. That spark ignited a flame and the desire to fill blank pages would become a life-long obsession. As an adult, Michael spent more than ten years developing his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time, he wrote thirteen novels but found no traction in publishing. He did the only sane thing he could think of (since insanity is repeating the same act but expecting a different result), he quit and vowed never to write creatively again.

Michael stayed away from writing for a decade and returned to the keyboard in his forties...but with one condition: he wouldn't seek publication. Instead, he wrote a series of books that had been building in his head over his hiatus. His first reading love was fantasy, and his hope was to help foster a love of reading in his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who struggled due to severe dyslexia. After reading the third book of this series, his wife insisted the novels needed to "get out there." When Michael refused to jump back onto the query-go-round, she took over the publication tasks and has run "the business side" of his writing ever since.

Michael is one of the few authors who has successfully published through all three routes: small press, self, and big five. Some key accomplishments of his career include:

* Named to io9's Most Successful Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors
* Sold more than half a million English copies
* Been translated into twelve foreign languages
* Spent more than a year on Amazon's Bestselling Fantasy Author's list
* His Death of Dulgath Kickstarter is the third-highest funded fiction project of all time.
* Had his books named to more than 100 "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 with nine released novels, six awaiting publication, and a new series in the developmental stages. These include:

* 2011 - 2012: His six-book self-published series, The Riyria Revelations, were re-released through Orbit (the fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group).
* 2013: The launch of his Riyria Chronicles series with two additional books released with Orbit.
* 2014: Hollow World, a sci-fi novel released by Tachyon Publications (print) and self (ebook)
* 2015: The scheduled release for The Death of Dulgath (third Riyria Chronicle novel).
* 2016: The scheduled release for The Age of Myth, the debut novel in The First Empire series from Del Rey (fantasy imprint of Penguin Random House).
* 2017 - 2010: The scheduled release of three more books with Del Rey. This will be a mixture of First Empire titles and other books in "Elan" such as a Riyria story or a spin off with other characters from the Riyria books.

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
* The Death of Dulgath (coming Nov 2015)
* Blood of Thieves (Omnibus that contains The Crown Tower and The Rose and the Thorn)

THE FIRST EMPIRE (signed to Random House's Del Rey imprint)
* The Age of Myth (coming Summer 2016)
* The Age of Swords (release TBD)
* The Age of War (release TBD)
* The Age of Legends (release TBD)
* The Age of Empire (release TBD)

STANDALONE NOVELS
* Hollow World (time-travel science fiction)
* Hollow World sequel (in development)

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

SHORT STORIES
* The Viscount and the Witch: A Riyria Short
* The Jester: A Riyria Short
* Professional Integrity: A Riyria Short
* Greener Grass (time-travel science fiction)
* The Riyria Sampler (compilation of several Riyria short stories)
* Traditions: (traditional fantasy, coming soon)
* God's Game: (contemporary fantasy, coming soon)
* Burning Alexandria: (dystopian science fiction, coming soon)
* Autumn's Mist (contemporary fantasy, coming soon)

SHORT STORIES IN ANTHOLOGIES
* Unfettered
* Blackguards
* Unbound (coming soon)
* The End - Visions of Apocalypse
* Triumph Over Tragedy
* Help Fund my Robot Army

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270 of 316 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead on November 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Hadrian and Royce are partners in crime, a mercenary and thief who make a living working for the various nobles who rule over the lands of Avryn but spend most of their time feuding with one another. One particular job ends with Hadrian and Royce being arrested and charged with regicide. Determined to prove their innocence and take revenge on those who framed them, they set out on a quest that could change the fate of Avryn and the whole world.

Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria Revelations series is already a proven success, with both small press and self-published editions of the books selling well. Orbit have picked up the series and recast the original six books as three omnibuses, bringing them to a wider audience. Whilst this laudably rewards the author's success, it also raises the stakes: standing out from the crowd in self-publishing is one thing, but how does Sullivan's work stack up compared to the current fantasy heavyweights?

The answer is...okay, actually. Sullivan's ambition with this series was to create a series that in a way beat against the current trend for adult, edgy, violent and explicit fantasy novels in favour of something more straightforward or 'classic'. Something that evoked the spirit of say Eddings or Brooks without being as dire. Sullivan lists Harry Potter as an inspiration, particularly the way it welded together accessibility and a classic structure with darker elements (such as major character deaths), and that's certainly a reasonable ambition.

Theft of Swords (which combines the first two novels in the series, The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha) is a fast-paced, straightforward read with a fast-moving plot and easy-to-read writing.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on November 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved this book.

Hadrian and Royce battle for the greater good in the midst of intrigue, false promises, action, adventure, and love. They know what it means to walk a careful line between competing interests, and before the end of the book I knew that they were two of my most favorite fantasy characters ever.

The world of the Riyria Revelations is well imagined and the backdrop for the sudden plot twists is sweeping and inspiring. I couldn't put this book down, and didn't want it to end. A great story, start to finish.

When I could part with the book, I loaned it to my 75-year-old mother, who loved it. She decided that Hadrian was her favorite name. Shortly thereafter, I loaned it to my 13-year-old grandson, and he LOVED IT! He liked different characters and different parts of the story, but the very idea that we could read a book through the generations and all delight in the story was absolutely something to celebrate.

If you love fantasy, you will not be disappointed with this excellent offering by Michael Sullivan. Do yourself a favor. Read it.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E. Ambrose on December 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
It should be noted that some of the first fantasy stories I ever read fell quite solidly into the sword and sorcery sub-genre. I remember liking them and then starting to move towards other things. Anyway, it's been a while since I found a sword and sorcery story I truly delighted in reading and Theft of Swords reminded me of everything I love about the sub-genre.

The book is about two partners in crime, Hadrian and Royce, as they get hired to pull a couple of heists involving swords (hence the title). Both start off simply enough but as such things are wont to do in fantasy novels, events go all Murphy's Law on them. It's really more like two novellas set one after the other with an ongoing plot linking them loosely together.

Usually the biggest pitfall I have with sword and sorcery is the main characters. This was not the case for this book. There was no brooding over Royce's and Hadrian's pasts (which was refreshing). Little tidbits and hints about their pasts were noted without dragging the pace of the story down or distracting me with some tale of woe. There were one line acknowledgements where I could look back at that character's actions up until that point and go "yup I suspected that, but thank you for confirming it" without interrupting the story one whit.

I loved the social dynamic between the two of them and how opposite Hadrian and Royce were by nature and by trait, but how little true antagonism there was between them. I found myself very happy with the ribbing of who's got a soft spot for what, the "if we listened to me, we wouldn't be in this mess" reiterations and of course the ever entertaining "Well we could just kill the twit" spiel.
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74 of 91 people found the following review helpful By James R. Barnes on November 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is definitely at the top of my list of favorite books. I loved this story, and very much look forward to the next in the series. It seems as if lately everyone is trying to write darker, brooding books, and there is nothing wrong with that, but I was happy find something a little more like the stories that got me into reading when I was younger. A great story with characters you want to get to know and a well executed plot that keeps you engaged. It was definitely well thought out and well written. It is a rich world with great characters (good and bad) and stories without being too complex to follow. Great for all ages.
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Hey P.Patel sorry I just saw this now. Royce and Hadrian have very strong bonds of friendship between them but they are not romantic. Royce has a girlfriend (Gwen) and Hadrian has a few casual relationships. There is more to be said about their relationship with women as the series progresses... Read More
Apr 27, 2013 by Michael J. Sullivan, Author |  See all 3 posts
Another great epic Fantasy Novel
Thanks I'm glad you enjoyedTheft of Swords (Riyria Revelations) I hope you'll continue with the rest of the series: Rise of Empire (Riyria Revelations) and Heir of Novron. Also I have a new series coming next year that features Royce... Read More
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