Sunday, July 15, 2012
Book Feature: Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
There's no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they're framed for the king’s murder. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it's too late.
The six books of The Riyria Revelations were self-published to great success before being re-released by Orbit (fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group) as three, two-novel omnibus volumes: Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, and Heir of Novron. Each book is a self-contained episode with its own conflict and resolution, yet framed within a larger overarching story. All books were written before the first was released, providing for interwoven plot threads and plenty of twists and turns. Designed to start out simply, each book builds on the previous installment increasing the stakes until the dramatic epic conclusion.
“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.” – Library Journal Fantasy Debut of the Month Sep 2011.
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Michael J. Sullivan wrote his first full-length novel when just ten. In adulthood he spent ten years and produced twelve novels but found no publishing traction. Finally, he gave up altogether, vowing never to write creatively again.
Never turned out to be too long and his hiatus ended a decade later, but only on the condition that he wouldn’t seek publication. Instead he wrote books that he wanted to read, and those that would appeal to his then thirteen-year-old daughter who was struggling with reading due to dyslexia. Ironically these books became The Riyria Revelations, his first published works.
You can connect with Michael at his blog, Facebook or Twitter.