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Heir of Novron, Vol. 3(Riyria Revelations) Paperback – January 31, 2012
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"...delivers a fun story with plenty of sword fighting and some genuine surprises." -- Publisher's Weekly
"What started out as a straightforward fantasy adventure in The Crown Conspiracy has evolved into a full-blown epic in Percepliquis." -- Fantasy Literature
"Heir of Novron is the conclusion to the Riyria Revelations, cementing it in a position as a new classic of modern fantasy: traditional in setting, but extremely unconventional in - well - everything else." -- Drying Ink
"Fans of the first two volumes, then, will be comforted to know the Riyria Revelations come to a close in fine fashion. Sullivan will have kept a few twists up his sleeve to the very end, while we as readers will have been enthralled by the extraordinary deeds of Royce and Hadrian. I heartily recommend Heir of Novron and its predecessors to fans of classic epic fantasy tales. " - LEC Book Reviews
"All in all, I have to say that the two novels together as the omnibus Heir of Novron are just plain awesome. No two ways about it. " -- The Founding Field
From the Author
NOTE: Heir of Novron contains the last two books in my Riyria Revelations series: Wintertide (#5) and Percepliquis (#6).
And so it comes to a close, a tale that banged around in my head for over fifteen years. My intention was to write a series that started out simply, but have mysteries deepen, character backgrounds revealed slowly, and stakes escalate across the entire tale. I must say I'm very happy with the final result, and Percepliquis is by far my favorite book of the series. This shouldn't be a huge surprise as I've said from the beginning that my intention was to make each book better than the one that came before.
Constructing the series as I did was a risk. After all, it means the first books will be the weakest links by design. That really didn't matter when I started writing, because I had no intention on publishing. My audience was myself, and a few close friends and family, so reading all the volumes was pretty much a guarantee. As that goal changed, I considered restructuring the books to a more traditional "front loaded" design but ultimately decided that the original approach provided the most satisfying read. Yes, there will be those that drop out early who determine the book to "light" or "lacking depth," but my focus is on the opinion of readers who view the picture in its entirety, rather than just the first 1/3.
As I write this it is mid-November 2012. A full year since the release of Theft of Swords and more than ten-months since the final book. I'm floored that all the books have remained on Amazon's Bestselling Historical Fantasy books since their release. But what's more amazing is that Heir of Novron is routinely found on the following Top Rated Lists:
- #1 (US) & #2 (UK) Historical Fantasy
- #3 (US) & #4 (UK) Epic Fantasy
- #11 (US) & #12 (UK) Fantasy
- #1 (US) Men's Adventure
- #6 (US) Action & Adventure
- #73 (US) & #75 (UK) Fiction
Many people have written me and asked, begged, and even pleaded to continue the series as they want more adventures with Royce and Hadrian. I of course had hoped that would be the case, but honestly, I never wanted to dream that may come true. Although the series was carefully designed to begin and end where it has, I did have various spin-offs and ancillary stories that could be told. As it became apparent that there was a demand for more adventures, I put a poll on my blog offering various options for future works.
The overwhelming consensus was to go back in time and show the founding of Riyria and the earlier adventures of Royce and Hadrian. To that end I've written a new series, The Riyria Chronicles and I'm pleased to announce that Orbit has once again agreed to release them. At this time the books written are:
- The Crown Tower (Aug 1, 2013) - which explores the first assignment that Royce and Hadrian did together.
- The Rose and the Thorn (Sep 5, 2013) - which explores the actual founding of Riyria and introduces Albert Winslow (as liaison to the gentry), and Gwen DeLancy becoming the proprietor of The Rose and Thorn Tavern which acts as the duo's base of operations.
Top customer reviews
Heir of Novron is the 3rd and final book in this fast paced exciting trilogy featuring Royce Melborn, professional thief and former assassin and Hadrian Blackwater, ex mercenary and gladiator, known collectively as Riyria meaning two in elvish. What began in the first book, Theft of Swords, as a simple job to steal a sword threw them into a conspiracy that pitted them against the forces working to do away with the rulers of the kingdoms of Elan to create an empire ruled by the heir of Novron.
The plot will capture your imagination, the pace will keep you turning pages and speeding through each book, and the characters, professional thieves Royce and Hadrian will steal your heart. So don't be discouraged when you finish this series. Michael J Sullivan tells the beginning of Riyria in the book The Crown Tower, the first in the Riyria Chronicles series followed by The Rose and the Thorn, and The Death of Dulgath and there will soon be a fourth, The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter. The books in the Chronicles series can be read in any order.
If you love good, clean, exciting and fun fantasy reading, I highly recommend delving into Riyria's world with Theft of Swords.
I purchased this book from Amazon on October 7, 2013 for $8.89. Again, this is much more than I would typically pay for a book. But when you find one that just sweeps you off your feet like this series did, WELL, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!
The Heir of Novron had me in tears clutching my heart. All the while I was laughing at the banter between Royce and Hadrian. Never was there a dull moment in this book...or series. I honestly couldn't put the book down. The times that I was forced to mingle with reality, all I could do was ponder what was about to happen.
Now that it's over, I'm left with wanting to know how everyone is handling the new world. The book ended the series perfectly, but it still leaves you wanting more.
I accidentally stumbled upon this series while looking for another book. All I can say is this was the best accident to have ever happened to me. (I'll be praying that there is something that allows us to see how everyone is holding up!)
Not without flaws, but they're mostly of the "new author" variety, such as: too much foreshadowing made the ending a bit too obvious, romances that were either lifeless (Gw & Ro) or that I just couldn't feel invested in (Ha & Ar), etc. Basically, things a long-time reader would notice but don't really detract from the experience.
Overall, if you like Tolkien'esque high fantasy, this will be a solid hit with you and is an entertaining read.