Synopses & Reviews
Two men who hate each other. One impossible mission. A legend in the making.
Hadrian Blackwater, a warrior with nothing to fight for, is paired with Royce Melborn, a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Hired by an old wizard, they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm's most prized possessions. But it isn't gold or jewels that the wizard is after, and if he can just keep them from killing each other, they just might succeed.
- The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
- The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)
- Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 and #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha
- Rise of Empire (Riyria Revelations #3 and #4): contains Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm
- Heir of Novron (Riyria Revelations #5 and #6): contains Wintertide and Percepliquis
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"Hadrian Blackwater is already a veteran at a young age. Returning home after the death of his father, he's disillusioned with soldiering and not sure what to do next. Luckily, Professor Arcadius, a friend of his father's, has an idea: team up with surly murderer Royce Melborn to commit crimes. The first in a series of prequels to Sullivan's Riyria Revelations series adds nothing to Royce and Hadrian's stories. Hadrian spends over 100 pages wandering the countryside, meeting an adorable orphan named Pickles and traveling on a barge before he is finally introduced to Royce. Meanwhile, Royce's future love interest, Gwen, spends the entire book building a brothel, completely separate from the plot. When Hadrian does meet Royce, he turns out to be a sulky figure who wants to murder anyone who gets in his way, lacking all of his future warmth and personality. A disappointing outing from a good author, this prequel is of interest only for the most devoted Riyria fans." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Filled with adventure and clever dialog and featuring a pair of not-quite-heroes whose loyalties to each other provide them with their greatest strength, this epic fantasy showcases the arrival of a master storyteller... A winning debut for fantasy lovers."--Library Journal on Theft of Swords
"Hair-raising escapes, flashy sword fights, and faithful friendship complete the formula for good old-fashioned escapist fun."--Publishers Weekly on Theft of Swords
"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
About the Author
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Michael J. Sullivan has lived in Vermont, North Carolina, and Virginia. He worked as a commercial artist and illustrator, founding his own advertising agency in 1996, which he closed in 2005 to pursue writing full-time. The Crown Conspiracy
is his first published work. He currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and three children. The author's website can be found at www.riyria.com
and on twitter @author_sullivan.