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Percepliquis Paperback – January 16, 2012
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"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.
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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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)...
1.) would loved to have had a brief 'what's gone on before' section at the beginning of this book. I must admit that the time in-between this book and the last, I forgot some details...took me a while to understand what was happening early on.
2,) the map...(from a Kindle perspective) was really hard to make out the names of places because the printing was so tiny. Expanding the Kindle maps only made the names more indistinct rather than larger.
3.) the relationship between Royce and Hadrian. I missed, in this novel, the usual steady and ongoing kibitzing banter and camaraderie between our two heroes. Yes, there was some...it just seemed there was less in this novel than in previous one. It was part of this series that attracted me the most to these two characters.
A great series with an outstanding and satisfying ending to this final book.
Sorry to see it end.
As it is...5 Stars.
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)!
And so, as Percepliquis' tagline rightly declares, it has all come down to this: An unstoppable army of elves has crossed the Nidwalden, the traditional border between the human and elven nations. Mankind's reborn Empire is buckling beneath the strain of the invasion and a team of adventurers is sent to the lost city of Percepliquis. If they can't retrieve the Horn of Gylindora from the tomb of Novron, the mythical founder of the first Empire, then all is lost.
That about sums up the basic plot of Percepliquis, however what goes unsaid in the tagline and plot summary is the sheer emotional vitality of this book. Of course we learn about the Uli Vermar, and about Gaunt's role as the heir, and about the horrible things Esrahaddon did to keep Novron's bloodline alive. But what's most important is that Percepliquis offers a stunning final chapter to a group of characters who are so fully realized that parting with them is bittersweet. Of foremost interest are Modina, Arista, and Royce; characters that have been thoroughly developed with unique voices and fascinating perspectives, bringing joy and grief to the narrative in their own impressive (and addicting) ways. That's not to say there isn't a cacophony of other voices in Percepliquis, which is a novel that reintroduces nearly every other side character in the previous books. While distracting at times, this impressive array of characters broadens the novel's scope and reassures readers that, yes, the world is on the line and that, yes, the world will end if Royce, Hadrian, and the others don't succeed.
Without a doubt Percepliquis' most victorious moments have everything to do with the sequences in the forgotten capital--as it was a treat to see a fragment of the old Empire, to see and hear its story firsthand for a change. As always, great dialogue continues to be one of Mr. Sullivan's most striking successes, which only ramps up as the novel speeds towards its finish. Brilliantly realized in their conversations and thoughts, the voices of the characters are the truest sign that we'll be saying goodbye to Elan soon enough, a stronger indicator than any apocalyptic battle. Yet, Percepliquis accomplishes all the hallmarks of a lovingly crafted grand finale to the best fantasy series of the new decade: shedding new light on old lore, testing old characters in new ways, and challenging everyone to craft the future they want for themselves.
Having completed Percepliquis, the crown jewel of the Riyria Revelations, I entrust the series to new readers who will hopefully discover it in the omnibus versions available through Orbit. I view the presence of the individual eBook versions on my Kindle as a mark of pride. I experienced the Riyria Revelations. How could I have known that I'd miss them this much when they were over?
Bravo--and long live the Empress!
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What a fantastic ending to the series. Everything worked. Even things that didn't seem to work, worked.Read more