Tag: Author: Michael J. Sullivan


Review: The Death of Dulgath

Posted 27 June, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Death of Dulgath (The Riyria Chronicles #3)
By: Michael J. Sullivan
Format/Source: eBook; supported the Kickstarter project

Three times they tried to kill her. Then professionals were hired. So was Riyria.

When the last member of the oldest noble family in Avryn is targeted for assassination, Riyria’s Royce and Hadrian are hired to foil the plot. Three years have passed since Hadrian, the war-weary mercenary, and Royce, the cynical ex-assassin joined forces to become rogues-for-hire. All has gone well until they’re asked to help prevent a murder. Now they must venture into an ancient corner of the world to save a mysterious woman who knows more about Royce than is safe, and cares less about herself than is sane.

So this is actually how I was prompted to check out the Riyria Chronicles: I had heard that Orbit didn’t pick up the rest of the series for some reason but the premise of the novel sounded really interesting to I supported the Kickstarter to fund the publication of this book. Like the other books in the series it sort of sat on my TBR pile for a while but here we are now 🙂

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Review: The Rose and the Thorn

Posted 22 June, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Rose and Thorn (The Riyria Chronicles #2)
By: Michael J. Sullivan
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

TWO THIEVES WANT ANSWERS. RIYRIA IS BORN.

For more than a year Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner Hadrian Blackwater from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception — Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn’t realize is what the two are capable of — but she’s about to find out.

After reading The Crown Tower (review), I had to read what happened next in the series, right? Again I’m so glad to finally be getting around to the Riyria Chronicles, it only took me a few years, lol #facepalm

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Review: The Crown Tower

Posted 25 May, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles #1)
By: Michael J. Sullivan
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION. A LEGEND IN THE MAKING.

A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together 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 valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.

Oh man, I’ve had the first three books of the Riyria Chronicles sitting on my TBR pile waiting to be read for ages. I dunno, the TBR pile just expanded and contracted, things happened, and I just didn’t get around to it sooner. I was of course looking forward to reading it as I did read the Riyria Revelations when Orbit first published them and greatly enjoyed that trilogy. Anyway I was in the mood for some lighter fare whilst on break at work so I started reading this book.

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Review: Hollow World

Posted 14 November, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

Hollow World
By: Michael J. Sullivan
Format/Source: eBook; received from supporting his Kickstarter project for The Death of Dulgath

The future is coming…for some, sooner than others.

Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing, but when faced with a terminal illness, he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. He could find more than a cure for his illness; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began…but only if he can survive Hollow World.

Next sci-fi book review here on the blog as part of Sci-Fi Month is Michael J. Sullivan’s Hollow Word. I have read his Riyria Revelations series a few years ago (see author tag) and greatly enjoyed it but I knew coming to this book this was going to be quite different because it was a different genre and everything. Nonetheless I was interested in reading it for myself.

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Review: Unfettered

Posted 15 January, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Unfettered
Edited by: Shawn Speakman
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

You define life or it defines you.

In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both.

Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hogdkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story Shawn could sell toward alleviating those bills—and suggested Shawn ask the same of his other friends.

Unfettered is the result, an anthology built to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

Every story in this volume is new and, like the title suggests, the writers were free to write whatever they wished. Authors contributing are:

  • Walker and the Shade of Allanon by Terry Brooks (a Shannara tale)
  • Imaginary Friends by Terry Brooks (a precursor to the Word/Void trilogy)
  • How Old Holly Came To Be by Patrick Rothfuss (a Four Corners tale)
  • River of Souls by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (a Wheel of Time tale)
  • The Old Scale Game by Tad Williams
  • Martyr of the Roses by Jacqueline Carey (a precursor to the Kushiel series)
  • Dogs by Daniel Abraham
  • Mudboy by Peter V. Brett (a Demon Cycle tale)
  • Nocturne by Robert V. S. Redick
  • The Sound of Broken Absolutes by Peter Orullian (a Vault of Heaven tale)
  • The Coach with Big Teeth by R.A. Salvatore
  • Keeper of Memory by Todd Lockwood (a Summer Dragon tale)
  • Game of Chance by Carrie Vaughn
  • The Lasting Doubts of Joaquin Lopez by Blake Charlton
  • The Chapel Perilous by Kevin Hearne (an Iron Druid tale)
  • Select Mode by Mark Lawrence (a Broken Empire tale)
  • All the Girls Love Michael Stein by David Anthony Durham
  • Strange Rain by Jennifer Bosworth (a Struck epilogue tale)
  • Unbowed by Eldon Thompson (a Legend of Asahiel tale)
  • In Favour with Their Stars by Naomi Novik (a Temeraire tale)
  • The Jester by Michael J. Sullivan (a Riyria Chronicles tale)
  • The Duel by Lev Grossman (a Magicians tale)
  • The Unfettered Knight by Shawn Speakman (an Annwn Cycle tale)
  • and artist Todd Lockwood, who donated artwork as well as a story.

With the help of stalwart friends and these wonderful short stories, Shawn has taken the gravest of life hardships and created something magical. Unfettered is not only a fantastic anthology in its own right but it’s a testament to the generosity found in the science fiction and fantasy community—proof that humanity can give beyond itself when the need arises.

After all, isn’t that the driving narrative in fantasy literature?

I had been eyeing this collection of short stories for a very long time, but didn’t get around to picking up a copy for myself until this past year when it became available on Kobo for purchase (if I could’ve purchased it earlier, I would’ve). This book is part of the Clean Your Reader – Reading Challenge that I am participating in January 2015.

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