The Viscount and the Witch, epic fantasy short story (The Riyria Chronicles #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Viscount and the Witch, epic fantasy short story (The Riyria Chronicles #1)

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Overview

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.

Praise for Sullivan's Riyria Revelations
“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 for September 2011

“Hair-raising escapes, flashy sword fights, and faithful friendship complete the formula for good old-fashioned escapist fun.” — Publisher's Weekly

“This series is thrilling, laugh-out-loud-funny, heartbreaking, chilling, and whip-smart at
every turn.” — Fantasy Faction

“An exciting, out-of-nowhere swashbuckler, The Riyria Revelations by Michael J
Sullivan astounds with its masterful combination of simplicity and
depth.” — Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction @ Suite 101

“[I]t's been a while since I found a sword and sorcery story I truly delighted in reading, and Theft of Swords reminded me of everything I love about the sub-genre.” — Deluded Visions

Other works by Michael J. Sullivan
Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations Volume #1) — Nov 2011
Rise of Empire (Riyria Revelations Volume #2) — Dec 2011
Heir of Novron (Riyria Revelations Volume #3) — Jan 2012

The Crown Conspiracy (Riyria Revelations Book #1) — Oct 2008
Avempartha (Riyria Revelations Book #2) — Apr 2009
Nyphron Rising (Riyria Revelations Book #3) — Oct 2009
The Emerald Storm (Riyria Revelations Book #4) — Apr 2010
Wintertide (Riyria Revelations Book #5) — Oct 2010
Percepliquis (Riyria Revelations Book #6) — Jan 2012
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Editorial Reviews

Jackie Cassada
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. VERDICT Fans of Fritz Leiber's classic "Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser" novels should welcome the adventures of Hadrian and Royce. A winning debut for fantasy lovers.
Harriet Klausner
With a swashbuckling tongue in cheek sense of humor starting with the thieves providing tips to their wannabe robber, the first Riyria Revelations fantasy is a terrific tale starring two close friends and partners. Their daring do escapades make for a fun tale filled with twists, sword fights and much more.
Resident Reviewer
Sullivan succeeds with simplicity in his originally self-published epic fantasy debut. Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn are a pair of thieves and mercenaries. They aren't mentioned in any prophecies or the lost heirs to anything; they're just criminals who happen to have hearts of gold. Hair-raising escapes, flashy sword fights, and faithful friendship complete the formula for good old-fashioned escapist fun.
Jesse Flohrs
This series is thrilling, laugh-out-loud-funny, heartbreaking, chilling, and whip-smart at every turn... In many ways I found it a welcome return to the classic fantasies I read in high school, but with very clever twists and some very adult themes.

Do yourself a favor, grab the first book (either the original Crown Conspiracy or the brand new printing titled Theft of Swords, to be released by Orbit this fall) and join Royce and Hadrian on their adventures.
Lady Fellshot
It should be noted that some of the first fantasy stories I ever read fell quite solidly into the sword and sorcery sub-genre. I remember liking them and then starting to move towards other things. Anyway, it's been a while since I found a sword and sorcery story I truly delighted in reading and Theft of Swords reminded me of everything I love about the sub-genre... I really enjoyed Theft of Swords and will be eagerly awaiting the next installment.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013348295
  • Publisher: Ridan Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Series: Riyria Revelations , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 64,244
  • File size: 335 KB

Meet the Author

After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night and a shot rang out. Well, he was just eight years old at the time, so we'll forgive him that trespass. But the desire to fill the blank page and see what doors the typewriter keys would unlock wouldn't let him go. For ten years Michael developed his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ayn Rand, and John Steinbeck...just to name a few. During that time he wrote ten novels, and after finding no traction in publishing, he gave up and vowed never to write creatively again.

Michael discovered that never is a very long time, and he ended his hiatus from writing after a decade. The itch returned when he decided to create a series of books for his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who was struggling in school due to dyslexia. Intrigued by the idea of writing a series with an overarching story line, he created the Riyria Revelations. Each of the six-books were written as individual episodes but also included intertwining elements and mysteries that develop over time. Michael describes this endeavor as something he did "just for fun with no intention of publishing." After presenting the first manuscript to his daughter, he was chagrined that she declared, "I can't read it like this, can't you get it published?"

So began his second adventure on the road to publication, which included: drafting his wife to be his business manager; signing with an independent press; and later creating a small press. After two and a half years, the first five books sold more than 60,000 copies and ranked in the top twenty of multiple Amazon fantasy lists. In November 2010, he leveraged his success and received his first commercial publishing contract for three novels from Orbit Books (the fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group, USA). In addition, Michael reached international status with foreign right translations including: France, Spain, Russia, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

Today, Michael continues to fill blank pages and has three projects under development: A modern fantasy, a literary fiction piece, and a prequel to his bestselling Riyria Revelations.
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  • Posted November 18, 2011

    A Brilliant Read

    The Riyria Revelations, even after two and half years now, is still hands down one of the best series I have ever read. Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, the main characters of this series, are comparable to Holmes and Watson. They're an unlikely team that clicks, getting along almost flawlessly. In the Viscount and the Witch, Sullivan gives us a glimpse of their first year together¿a truly unforgettable encounter. Just give this series a chance, and believe me, you will never regret it nor put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Read First - even if written after the fact

    The book is written well. It provides more insight (clearer picture) into how two unlikely characters met. As much as I enjoyed the series, I wished I had read this one first.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Great story!

    Fun background story about one of the Conspiracy minions!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

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    Lessons Learned Before the Revelation

    A short story providing us with some of the back story for Royce and Hadrian, from their early days together. Funny, yet somewhat cynical, not surprising if you are familiar with Royce's prejudices and Hadrian's naivety.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    Wonderful start to the chronicles of our favorite thieves starting together.

    Hadrian always a soft heart stops to see what the ragged dressed woman, tripping through the brush, is calling to him and Royce, his partner of just about a year, for help. There is an unknown man in her barn and she fears for her life. Hadrian wants to go take care of the problem, Royce is ready to move on but lets Hadrian learn a lesson on people.

    I'm not going to say to much as it's such a short read and if I do I just might give it all way. I want you to go read this quick read for yourself and enjoy it.

    First and foremost, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO READ THE SERIES TO READ THIS. Actually, you could read this to get a taste of Hadrian and Royce.

    I loved getting to see these two characters again, Hadrian and Royce. I love them, Hadrian and his big soft heart and Royce with his syndicalism of the two. But the two together are fun. There are jokes, the familiarity of the two carrying on together, and a great story as well. I love the way Royce is and the mystery with him. Even knowing Royce after five books of the series I still love the mystery here. And do want to know more!

    The nice thing about this short story is mention of some of the future characters in the series. You are introduced to some names and who they are, which will give you a little background for when you read the series. And yes, I think once you read this short story you will want the series. Michael has created amazing characters and a great world here that all should read. I do hope you go check this out.

    Also included with this short story is the first chapter of Theft of Swords, to be released in November, then the next two books each month after.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2014

    Color me intrigued! *Book source ~ Many thanks to the author fo

    Color me intrigued!

    *Book source ~ Many thanks to the author for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

    In the world of Riyria Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater are unlikely partners. Royce is a thief and assassin and Hadrian is an honorable soldier determined to see the good in people and to help where he can. Royce decides to teach his new partner a lesson in trusting strangers.

    Ok, I have no idea how these two guys became partners in the procurement business in the first place, but I am officially hooked on this world and on Royce and Hadrian in particular. There isn’t a lot of world-building in this short tale, but what there is only makes me want more. The hook is the back and forth between Royce and Hadrian. The dialogue and dynamics between the two is awesome. I am seriously chomping at the bit to read more and I’m thankful there are several stories about them out there for me to devour.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Pointless!

    I spent .99 cents and I was ripped off. I thought the point of these e-books was to gain an audience, or give your current readers a little insight into their favorite characters. This did neither.

    Boring, pointless, drivel. Really disappointed as I had recently reaf Theft of Swords and enjoyed it very much. So, I thought I would read this to get a little background. Nothing was revealed that wasn't already written about before.

    Will not buy any more short stories from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    What a teaser!

    I liked this little short story; just enough to wet my appetite for the rest of the series! I liked the way the two characters interacted. Will be buying more by this author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Great read!

    Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Good short story. Promotion device used well. 

    Good short story. Promotion device used well. 

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