The list author says: "The Riyria Revelations is an epic fantasy written by myself, Michael Sullivan. It follows a cast of characters set in the fictional world of Elan. Instead of a string of sequels, this six-book fantasy series was conceived as a single epic tale divided into individual episodes. All were written before the first was released so that plot elements are intertwined, yet each is self-contained and can be read independently from each other. With this series you will not be held hostage to read the next one--you will simply want to.
The series was actually released in two different format. The six-volume version were published through two small presses (AMI and Ridan, which is owned by my wife). Orbit (fantasy imprint of big-six publisher Hachette Group) re-released it as a trilogy. The original books are now out of print, and sold only by collectors.
A prequel series, The Riyria Chronicles will be released by Orbit in August 2013. It starts with The Crown Tower in August and The Rose and the Thorn in Sepember."
"Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles until they become the unwitting scapegoats in a plot to murder the king. Sentenced to death, they have only one way outÂ and so begins this epic tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend."
"When a destitute young woman hires Royce and Hadrian to help save her remote village from nocturnal attacks, they are once more drawn into the schemes of the wizard Esrahaddon. Once more, what begins with the simple theft of a sword places the two thieves at the center of a firestorm Â but this time the outcome could change the future of Elan."
"War has come to Melengar. To save her kingdom, Arista runs a desperate gamble by hiring Royce and Hadrian for a dangerous mission. As the power of the Nyphron Empire grows, so does Royce's suspicion that the wizard Esrahaddon is using the thieves as pawns in his own game. To find the truth, he must unravel the secret of Hadrian's past...what he discovers could change the future for all of Elan."