The Crown Conspiracy (Riyria Revelations Series #1)

The Crown Conspiracy (Riyria Revelations Series #1)

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by Michael J. Sullivan
     
 

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In The Crown Conspiracy, 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 the murder of the king. Sentenced to death, they have only one way out and so begins this epic tale of treachery and adventure, sword

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Overview

In The Crown Conspiracy, 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 the murder of the king. Sentenced to death, they have only one way out and so begins this epic tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend. Whether you are looking for a single novel, or a multi-book saga, The Crown Conspiracy is the place to begin. It is a heroic fantasy adventure written for a general audience and conceived as a single epic tale. This series is told through six self-contained episodes, each complete in its own right. Across the entire chronicle, mysteries build, characters deepen, and plots thicken, but none of the books end in a disappointing cliffhanger or require you to read a previous book to fully enjoy the one you are on.

Editorial Reviews

Book Reviewer
"The first thing that happened to me when I started reading The Crown Conspiracy was that I realized that I couldn't put it down. I tried prying it off my fingers and shaking my hands around like I'd just touched a hot pan but all to no avail. This book is that good. Even more amazingly, Mr. Sullivan manages to sustain this effect throughout the entire novel."
Mike Ferrante
"It is an extraordinarily tale told with a mature voice that would be impressive from a veteran and is even more so from a new author...Perhaps the best compliment I can pay the book and its author is that immediately upon arrival at work I went and grabbed its sequel, Avempartha off the new book shelf."
Greg Hersom
"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. When I started reading about Royce and Hadrian, Lieber's famous sword-and-sorcery duo, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, immediately came to mind, but I actually like The Riyria Revelations better."
Scott (Reviewer)
"This book was astonishing in its simple hook to get you into the story (see synopsis above), but the execution is so near flawless that I am in a bit of awe here. For a story that is about two thieves dealing with being falsely accused of killing their king and the aftermath of that, there is SO much else going on here and most of it is so clever that you would be hard-pressed to find chinks in the armour, so to speak."
Saran (Reviewer)
"Sullivan’s writing is wonderful, almost understated. He’s not overwhelmingly descriptive, but he’s about as descriptive as a book like this needs to be. He seems to know when to lie on the literary prose and when to keep it simple. Perhaps I am odd for being shocked by how atmospheric this book was. It’s small size and readability is very deceptive. It’s an easy tale to get lost in."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780980003437
Publisher:
Aspirations Media Inc
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Series:
Riyria Revelations Series, #1
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet 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. Michael currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife and three children.

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