Anthony Ryan is a new fantasy author destined to make his mark on the genre. His debut novel, Blood Song, certainly has it all: great coming of age ta...moreAnthony Ryan is a new fantasy author destined to make his mark on the genre. His debut novel, Blood Song, certainly has it all: great coming of age tale, compelling character, and a fast-paced plot. If his first book is any indication of things to come, then all fantasy readers should rejoice as a new master storyteller has hit the scene.(less)
I'll write a full review of this in the near future. In the meantime I will just say that this reminded me as a "return to King" that I fell in love w...moreI'll write a full review of this in the near future. In the meantime I will just say that this reminded me as a "return to King" that I fell in love with when reading The Stand and It. That being said, both of those books suffered from what I thought were unsatisfying endings, and based on some input from others I expected to love most of this but not all. As it turns out I was very pleased with the ending. So even better than I had expected.(less)
I'm the author of this book, so I'm not going to do a rating but I did want to take just a moment to say a few words about what I was trying to do in...moreI'm the author of this book, so I'm not going to do a rating but I did want to take just a moment to say a few words about what I was trying to do in this book.
For those who don't know, I wrote all six books in the series before publishing any of them (truth be told when I wrote the books I had no intention on publishing at all). This allowed me to weave threads between the books, but I made sure that each title had its own conflict and resolution. My intention was to start small and end big, with the mysteries deepening and the stakes escalating with each book. Rather than front loading, I purposefully spread the world building and character development across the whole series so there is always something new to learn or discover until the final revelation which concludes the series in a very satisfying fashion.
When picked up by Orbit (the fantasy imprint of big-five Hachette) they released the series as three, two-book omnibus editions which makes for an exceptional value since you get two books for the same price as most single books.
I hope you'll enjoy these first two books in the series, and I'd love to hear what you think about them so please drop me a line at michael (dot) sullivan (dot) dc (at) gmail (dot) com. All feedback is welcomed.(less)
No rating, as this is my "own book" but I did want to say a bit about it.
This is a standalone prequel to my Riyria Revelations Series. It is being rel...moreNo rating, as this is my "own book" but I did want to say a bit about it.
This is a standalone prequel to my Riyria Revelations Series. It is being relesed for free and you can get a copy by clicking here
No previous knowledge of the Riyria Revelations is necessary. It is a short story (just 5,400 words) so is a quick introduction to a larger epic tale.
Eleven years before they were framed for the murder of a king, before even assuming the title of Riyria, Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater were practically strangers. Unlikely associates, this cynical thief and idealist swordsman, were just learning how to work together as a team. In this standalone first installment of The Riyria Chronicles, Royce is determined to teach his naive partner a lesson about good deeds. Join Royce and Hadrian in this short story (5,400 words) about one of their earliest adventures.. (less)
Obviously, I'm not going to post a review as this is my own work but I did want to take just a minute to comment on the book and the new series.
When I...moreObviously, I'm not going to post a review as this is my own work but I did want to take just a minute to comment on the book and the new series.
When I finished The Riyria Revlations I secretly hoped that they would be successful enough so that I could write more stories with two of my favorite characters: Royce and Hadrian. The books have been out for less than a year, but already it looks like a big success. By my calculations the series has sold more than 200,000 copies (including the self-published versions).
I'm being very careful about additional works related to the world of Elan. I don't want to overstay my welcome. We all know television series, or book series, that stayed around long past their time, and it is a sad thing indeed. I won't let that happen to anything that I create.
But, feedback has that people want more Royce and Hadrian, and as I love writing them (and my wife constantly bugged me) I was more than happy to write more...as long as I still had compelling stories and could pen a riveting tale.
I think I've accomplished this in the next installment. This book, and the series, actually go back in time and explore the founding of Team Riyria. For those who have read the last installment of The Riyria Revelations (Heir of Novron) you'll know I setup my dominoes in a very careful way, and I liked watching everything fall into place. I didn't want to risk ruining that by "tacking" on to what was designed to end as it has. I'm not saying I won't one day write books "on into the future" after the final revelations...a lot will depend on the readers, and whether they want to see more. Again I'm going to be cautious and plan to "quit while I'm ahead" rather than dragging it out and have people disappointed.
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As the author of this book, I won't add a rating but I will take the opportunity to talk a bit about this book.
In combination with its predecessor, Th...moreAs the author of this book, I won't add a rating but I will take the opportunity to talk a bit about this book.
In combination with its predecessor, The Crown Tower, this book pretty much wraps up the forming of Riyria. I was really happy to provide some of Hilfred's backstory as he is a character that really didn't get much spotlight in the Revelations series.
It also was good to see Gwen and her girls again. I especially like Rose the titular character who was introduced in the early book, but who we got to know much more in this one.
Technically, this book completes "The Chronicle" tales. But as I mentioned when I started the series, I would write more if it seems like people aren't tired of them. I've not made an "official" determination but based on feeedback that has come in so far I do think I'll be writing at least one more Riyria book, and we'll see how things go from there.
As for timing. Well, my current work in progress started out as a trilogy that I was expecting to have finished in April...but after completing the second book, I now realize that it has to be four books so I probably won't be able to start until late this year or early next.
In the meantime...I just released the audio version of The Jester which is posted on audible for free. Enjoy!(less)