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    Those who know me, know that I don t review my own books, but I do use this space to provide updates So here goes Update 07 02 19 I answered a few questions from people asking about the trade paperback edition, but I thought I should post here as well Yes, there will be one, and it will ship from retailers starting September 3rd For those looking at getting this version before then, copies are available now from my online store and those copies are signed The warehouse has sold out of hardcover copies, which means the ones currently in stores and the warehouses at Barnes and Noble are the only ones left Well, those and the 18 copies we have in our warehouse.Update 10 02 18 At long last It s officially release day the hardcover and ebook My thanks to all the people who pre ordered I hope you enjoy the read Update 03 09 18 I thought I would provide a little update for people on the 4th Chronicle novel First the bad newssince Age of War s release was pushed back, so, too, will the retail release of this book Currently we are looking at October 3rd But the good news is you can get the book right now by ordering direct from me for ebook and print copies and audible.com to hear Tim Gerard Reynolds read you the tale.So far, sales have topped 18,500 copies, not bad for a book that s not even in the retail chain yet And the ratings have been extraordinary 4.45 on Goodreads, 4.7 on Audible We have than 4,100 reviews and ratings and a whopping 94.7% have been a 4 or a 5 Wow I m so glad people have been loving the book so much Will this mean a 5th Chronicle Well, things are looking pretty positive in that direction, but I ll likely hold off until the retail release since most of the people buying now are dedicated fans and I want to make sure there isn t a sentiment out there of, time for these guys to bow off the stage Thanks all for the support And we ll keep you posted.Update 12 09 17 Have I really not posted an update since the launch of the Kickstarter That s so negligent of meand so much has happened Okay, so first things first, the Kickstarter was a huge success, it ended up being the 2nd most backed and 4th highest funded fiction project of all time And those numbers are based on worldwide data so it includes all countries Between the Kickstarter, pre orders taken on my site, and pre orders taken from BackerKit a post Kickstarter fulfillment site the project has raised than 103,000 The audiobook is live on Audible and the ebooks bought directly from me have shipped Between the two, we ve sold than 7,500 digital downloads As for the printed books, they left the printer and will be delivered to us on Monday, and we ll start shipping the 1,600 books that are pre ordered For the next six months, people can get the ebook, hardcover, or paperbacks directly from us, and in June we ll open up the retail channel for mass distribution See, I told you a lot has happened Update 10 05 17 At noon EDT today, The Kickstarter launches Assuming we fund, there will be three different hardcover versions available rare edition 100 copies bound in faux leather with gold foil stamping and a matching slipcase , limited edition 500 copies bound in linen with a custom dust jacket , regular hardcover dust jacket matches the paperback edition If we don t fund, the book will still be produced, it just won t have the hardcover editions.Update 08 29 17 Well, it s just two days until the beta read is officially completed, but as the window between it and the start of copyediting grew incredibly short, Robin has already given me a list of about a dozen or so changes which I just incorporated Good catches by the beta readers Robin is going to be doing a copy edit on those new passages, while she waits for the rest of the beta feedback and then I ll make any additional changes before it goes off to the Linda and Laura who already have time reserved to work on this project So, still on schedule and the book is in really good shape at this point.Update 08 19 17A lot is going on, and I m sorry I ve not been updating quickly Well Robin proclaimed 90% of the book in good shape, but she had some issues with the way it ended so we spent some time implementing 8 minor and 1 major aspect This meant we missed our original beta date, but it s in the hands of the beta testers now and it seems to be going well according to Robin We ate up some of our cushion with the rewrites but we are still on track for the December 5th release.Update 5 30 17 Well, it s officialthe book is written I finished writing it May 18th and spent the next week and a half going over it As of 5 29 it s officially in the hands of Robin Assuming she s as pleased with it as much as I am we should be on track for a December 5th release.Update 4 29 17 It s been a while since the last update, so I thought it was high time I did one The book went through some pretty major surgery recently As I neared the end, the climax wasn t quite as good as I wanted To change that I had to add some things that needed to be worked in throughout the tale so I had the book essentially tore a part for about a week as I added the required information With that complete, and the book reassembled, I m now down to the last few chapters Will keep everyone posted when I m done writing.In other news, the audio book is live and pre orders are already coming in For those who prefer ebook and or print you can sign up for early notification at this link Already have 1,750 people who have done exactly that Also, thanks to people shelving the book early, it s currently the 5th most popular book releasing in December 2017 So, thanks to everyone who is indicating they want to read the book.And last, but certainly not least, Marc Simonetti has agreed to do the cover, and he s working on it now So things are definitely coming along Update 2 23 17 Wanted to give everyone an update on how the writing is going for this book I think I m about a month behind but hope to have the first draft wrapped by end of March or mid April I took than a month off to deal with a copyedits for Age of Swords and b a bunch of manual labor required to get the cabin livable With those activities behind me, I m back at work and have about 1 3 of the novel finished Release date of Oct Nov still looks like it will work If you ve not yet signed up to be notified when the book is released, here is a link where you can do so Oh, and don t forget to put the book on your Goodreads To read shelf Adding it will help spread the word to your friends and followers Well, I best get back to it.Update 12 29 16 Well, we have a provisional title for the book The Disappearance of Winter s Daughter It could change if the beta readers come up with better ideas But I m running with it for now.Update 12 05 16 Well, we have a release date Or at least a close approximation The book will come out sometime in November 2017 before Thanksgiving I had to work a bit with my publisher of the Legends of the First Empire books to find a place and way that we could squeeze this book in But we have that finalized now Because of the pre planning the book is already in the top 10 most popular books for Nov 2017 So, if you are interested in getting a copy, please consider adding it to your to read shelf and it ll rise even higher in that ranking Oh, and speaking of interest in the book It ll be released in an usual way For the first six months it won t be in stores, but you will be able to get the book directly from me in ebook, hardcover, or trade paperback the audio version will be available on Audible.com and Apple s iBookstore Since it won t be in stores, it ll be easy to miss the release date, so if you want to be notified where and how it is available for order, you can sign up for notification here In other news, the writing is going well No major snags encountered in the plot and the daily writing is easy and turning out well I m hoping to have the first draft completed by the end of February.Update 11 22 16 The first 10,000 words are in, which is a good milestone to reach I m pleased with how things are goings, and haven t hit any stumbling blockswhich I usually do before now I ve also set my goal for finishing the first draft by the end of February That should be doable Update 11 15 16 Yesterday I started my first official day of writing The first 1,700 words are in the can I usually don t write in the evenings but I was so motivated that I went back an edited that opening Always fun starting a new book Update 10 1 16 Well it s the start of a new month and yesterday I found the last major piece of the puzzle required to write this book, so the story is coming together nicely I m not sure when I ll start writingI m expecting structural comments from my editor on Age of Swords Legends of the First Empire 2 , and Robin and Sarah are busy compiling input from the beta read I think I should make those changes first so I can move on with the writing of this without interruption But it s good to know I have a place to start and Ill be fleshing it in a bit while I wait for the AoS feedback.


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    4.5 stars.Riyria has a special place in my heart While The Stormlight Archive and The Malazan Book of the Fallen fulfill my love for epic fantasy, Riyria both Chronicles and Revelations satisfies a different need The sense of wonder that I obtain from reading Riyria, which is of a classical fantasy, feels intimate and cozy, if I can even describe it as such Every time I pick up a book about my favourite duo, Hadrian and Royce, it is akin to coming home to meet old friends The Disappearance of Winter s Daughter is no different in that I enjoyed every minute I spent with these two thieves of conflicting personalities but complementing proficiencies While no prior knowledge of previous Chronicles books nor the Revelations series is required to enjoy this novel, it makes the reading experience satisfying to have done so Having read the former will help you appreciate how the duo came together against all the odds and the growth of their partnership and budding friendship through the years And knowledge of the latter will give you a few snickers where some casual comments manifest as private jokes of sorts given hindsight knowledge And there are always little Easter eggs scattered across the narrative for the seasoned reader who doesn t love finding Easter eggs The premise is relatively simple, as deduced from the title itself The beauty is, however, in the details I have to give it to Michael J Sullivan for one of the most vividly portrayed locations that he has ever written thus far From the grand architecture to the bustling streets and alleys, and the myriad of people in the city of Rochelle, the descriptions were beautifully evocative True to his form, Sullivan has yet again given us great new characters from diverse backgrounds and races There are also a few not so new faces for those familiar with the series The story is essentially character driven with just enough plot to keep it interesting Now, for the best part it is about Hadrian and Royce of course It is no secret that I have a strong positive bias to any form of storytelling about these two guys, so long as Sullivan stays true to their characterisation The Chronicles form the backstory about how these two most unlikely partners in crime came together and then spent years as the infamous Riyria before the momentous events in Revelations As such, most of the page time is dedicated to the duo, for which I am delighted Written in a limited third person perspective, each Chronicles book has a slight focal bias towards one or the other member of Riyria Hadrian in The Crown Tower, and Royce in the last two instalments In Winter s Daughter, it is back to my biggest fictional crush, who has the most impactful narrative And often than not, it was Royce who has to deal with the unsettling influence from his unusually kind, empathetic and forgiving partner The gradual changes wrought in him far outweighs that of his worldly views on Hadrian Hadrian was wrong I do have a unicorn in my world, and that damn thing goes by the name of Hadrian Blackwater He s a mythical beast impossible to believe in, even when he s right in front of me And speaking of Hadrian, the one minor complaint I had in this instalment was the lack of swordplay or fighting scenes If you know Riyria, you will know why this can be a tad disappointing The action is geared toward chase scenes one which is gorgeously rendered by the amazing Marc Simonetti in the stunning cover of the book This volume is a highly satisfying addition to the Riyria Chronicles that adds to the backstory of Hadrian and Royce It is with a heavy heart that I have to bid farewell to these old friends of mine for some time I will look forward most immensely to meeting them again Judging from the loose thread at the end of this story and the Afterword, I am holding my breath for the next one Note to Michael J Sullivan I want , please This review can also be found at Booknest


  3. says:

    This was fantastic The 10th novel featuring our amazing duo Royce and Hadrian, the rouges for hire known as Riyria I must say that this is one of my favourites The story was full of mystery and suspicion The side characters were colourful and unique But most importantly, I felt like I learned so much during this one Not only about the world and the magic of its races, but I learned so much about Royce and Hadrian In the Revelations series, both of our main characters are well established You learn bits and pieces about them and know that their friendship is a deep bond formed over many years But it is in these Chronicles novels that we see our duo become the men we know and love At this point in the story Hadrian is still haunted by his actions in his earlier years Some interesting events are mentioned in this one that I won t spoil but shed so much light on Hadrian Whilst he is that ever optimistic idiot that we love, he has a darkness in him too It s nice to see a bit variety in his character As for Royce, well One of the beautiful and humorous parts of this book was Royce realising that he has feelings Yes I just said feelings and Royce in the same sentence Again nice to see some variety in him as well He was especially morbid in this one, the Year of Fear was brought up numerous times He s much darker in these Chronicles novels, still of Duster than Royce Again I loved it when Hadrian realised what certain mannerisms from Royce mean His smile for example, it is never good if Royce is smiling Never have I laughed so much whilst reading a Riyria book Honestly this is the funniest of the lot The banter had me in stitches Hadrian compares Royce to several animals, cats and even a badger Also Hadrian Blackwater s logic of unicorns existing is brilliant Trust me, when you read it, you ll understand Royce is so cynical and pessimistic, I love him so much Hadrian never gives up on trying to show Royce the goodness in people As much as Royce thinks about killing Hadrian, you can really tell how much he loves him The actual plot is like your standard Riyria plot But it did feel like this one was engaging and definitely had of a mystery element that I enjoyed Something I would like to add and make people aware of I feel that certain revelations made in the Death of Dulgath and that continued in this novel will definitely spoil a main part of the Revelations series So I would certainly read the books in publication order to save being spoiled Some people may not mind as it s only a secret of a character but I know if I had read these in chronological order then I would be massively disappointed It s only mentioned in the Death of Dulgath a couple of times but in this book it is repeatedly brought up in the characters mind So please be aware I m sure that there will be from this world I d quite happily read about Royce and Hadrian forever In the authors note, Sullivan mentions that he is writing another trilogy set between his Age series and this one So there might not be another Royce and Hadrian novel for a while But I will happily wait They are worth it.


  4. says:

    My oh my RTC once I m back


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    Step aside Holmes and Watson There are new detectives in town As the title of the book suggests, this is a mystery novel, so if you enjoy your fantasy mixed with lot of intrigue and suspense, you re in for a treat because The Disappearance of Winter s Daughter brings the best from both worlds.If this is your first encounter with Riyria, you can read this book without any prior knowledge of the world and the characters However, I m going to repeat something I said in one of my previous reviews of the Chronicles series to enjoy this book and the Chronicles series to the fullest, I highly recommend you to read the Revelations series first because the experience will make you understand and appreciate the special bond Royce and Hadrian have even .TDoWD, like the previous books in the Chronicles series has the background story of friendship and gives us a window to inner thoughts of our heroes, showing us how they started to care for one another and how their professional bond started to turn into something truly special But when you volunteer to act as collateral, Royce went on, that puts me in a tight spot The stakes go up, and I can t walk away if things take a nasty turn like this one did Is this your way of saying you care about me This is my way of saying you re an idiot, and the next time you do something that stupid, I ll let them kill you Hadrian smiled You really like me, don t you Shut up I feel bad now, Hadrian said, I didn t get you anything for Spring Day Royce walked faster, shaking his head as he moved forward Gabriel Winter, the wealthy baron, hired Riyria to find his daughter who disappeared under mysterious circumstances and presumed dead They travel to the old world city of Rochelle and their case proves to be complicated than expected and very soon they re tangled up in the secrets of the nobles, the troubles of neglected races and threats of ancient legends I dare not to say out of fear of spoiling something for you so, the game is afoot Or, if Royce is concerned, someone is going to lose a foot.I really enjoyed spending time in this world again, with my favorite fantasy duo, and I really can t wait for of their adventures and I sincerely hope there would be , not just because I want to see a certain thread, from this and the previous book, developed further, but because spending time with Royce and Hadrian feels like spending time with your best friends, and because of that, Riyria will forever have a special place in my heart and on my shelf This isn t just an ordinary fantasy, this is fantasy with a soul a life barren of unicorns was existence without purpose Hadrian had visited that dark land once He d lived as a glutton of selfishness, reclining on the luxury of visible truths He d drowned himself in wine and blood, but he consumed, the emptier he felt What was the point if, living is anguish and then you die Hearing those words convinced Hadrian of the importance of unicorns Even if there weren t any, it was absolutely necessary to believe they existed What s , he needed to find them It wasn t much Chasing fantasies was a thin thread to justify life, and yet how many wonders had been wrought by people who did exactly that those who believed in crazy dreams


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    Revelations Theft of Swords 4 Rise of Empire 4.25 Heir of Novron 5 Legends Age of Myth 5 Age of Swords 3.5 Chronicles The Crown Tower 3.5 The Rose and the Thorn 5 The Death of Dulgath 4 The Disappearance of Winter s Daughter 4.25 So needless to say I ve read all of the available books of this world and this book stands proudly among the rest I often find it hard to review books this far into a series world without giving away too much Let s just say if you ve read Ryeria you ll love this book It has hooks into both of the other series in this world The usual banter between our two beloved protagonists The story itself is fun if straightforward If you haven t read Ryeria and you like earthy sword fantasy with elves, dwarves, magic and a strong character driven story this is a series for you Hadrian is the compelling traditional hero that will draw most of you in and Royce is the unwilling anti hero for darker readers such as myself Happy reading.


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    This is the newest book in the Riyria world and it once follows Hadrian and Royce, the notorious thieves for hire who go by the name of Riyria They re fairly well established by this point, and each is notorious in certain parts of the world if you ve read the other Riyria Chronicles and Revelations books that you ll no doubt know why This story is a self contained one, so you can certainly start here if you re new to the Riyria world In this instalment we re following H R as they are hired by Winter to find his daughter, Genny Genny recently married a Duke, and Winter believes that he s killed her for her money after receiving a note that Genny is missing He s outraged and hires the due of R H to go to the town of Rochelle and find Genny or her body and kill those responsible What I love about this is that whilst we still have the distinct charm of the previous books, it also feels like an easy to get into story for anyone who is newer It s a sword and sorcery, classic style fantasy, but it s filled with banter and wit and charm Never is there a dull moment with these characters and the crazy world that they live in, it s all go, go, go.There s a lot of talk in this book about Unicorns I have to say this really made me laugh It s random, but it s fun, and I liked it XDThe character of Genny is actually a very interesting one She s a lot complex than your average Duchess because she wants to change things for those around her Not only is she a business woman at heart and shrewd with money and time, she is also engaging to read about I have to say I do appreciate a well rounded female as a prominent character However, if we re going into awesome lady characters I can t not mention Evelyn She s a really, really fun addition to this story as she s an uppity old widow who knows how she likes things and won t take but for an answer There were plenty of moments in the book where I really thought she was hilarious and great, and she put H R through their paces a bit too, which was lots of fun.There s also some really interesting history of the world in this book I feel like it s possible that having Sullivan working on this series alongside the writing and releasing of his Legends of the First Empire series shows through and we see a lot about how the different early races have evolved and the power of each has shifted and undulated with the years gone by As I ve just recently read the second of the Legends of the First Empire books this really resonated with me Overall, another dependably great book which I really enjoyed reading and I would certainly recommend wholeheartedly 4.5 s from me


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    I have a friend and I think about killing him all the time Oh, so you admit it now We re friends I never said anything about you Don t be so presumptuous Really, what is there to say that I haven t already highlighted in my reviews of the previous nine Riyria books I ve reviewed on goodreads Not a lot, aside from the fact that these stories never get old You would think they might lose momentum, but they don t This is the fourth installment in the Riyria Chronicles, which is a prequel series to the Riyria Revelations and tells various adventures of Royce and Hadrian before we meet up with them in that series It also has some great connections with the main series, so there is always something to pick up on aside from the greatness of these two Sullivan is excellent at creating great characters Royce is, and will likely always be, my favorite of his characters, but there isn t a single one that I don t enjoy in some way This novel introduces several that will likely never show up in any of the other stories, but they were all well rounded and really worked If you have read the original Revelations series then you know that this story involves Genny, the Duchess of Rochelle, who was introduced in those stories And I absolutely loved getting to know her better She was interesting to me before, but this added a lot of depth to her character that I never would have guessed was there And that brings me to another point Sullivan has the best female characters in fantasy Seriously, I don t know how he creates them, because I have a hard enough time writing believable women and I m a woman, but he does an excellent job And Genny is just another great female added on top of a long list If you ve enjoyed the other stories with Royce and Hadrian you will likely enjoy this one as well If you haven t read any of them yet what are you doing Go read them now Right now Christmas is in a week, ask for the entire set Just do it now And fall in love with Royce as much as I have Hadrian is cool too.


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    I was given a beta version ecopy of this book in exchange for honest, thorough feedback Note that this is not the final version of the novel and might change significantly before it is published.But here we are again The 4th Chronicle, and 10th overall Riyria book does not disappoint I can t say what happens, other than that it rocks.If you re a fan of Hadrian and Royce, you will want to read this ASAP If you aren t a fan, why not These books should be consumed immediately.It s been a few years since I read The Riyria Revelations, but this has me gearing up for a re read.I ll re read this as well once I can, as I m looking forward to seeing whatever improvements make it to the final version.


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    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart 4.5 Stars I have a friend and I think about killing him all the time Oh, so you admit it now We re friends I never said anything about you Don t be so presumptuous Haydrian and Royce have one of my favorite Bromances in literature They fight and banter and are genuinely hilarious together Even though both come from bloody and brutal pasts, one has opted to see life for all it could be and the other remains cynical of everyone and everything They make up the duo called Riyria, a less than above board service for hire kind of team Reason, truth, innocence Royce sat back against the wall and folded his arms unicorns, pixies, and dragons you re not that young to believe in such things How is it that you fancy yourself a resident of a make believe world I told you At this point, it s a choice It s not It s fooling yourself I can decide between eating fish or pork, but I can only pretend to eat unicorn meat I can t actually eat a unicorn The world is the world, and you live in it with open eyes or choose to be blind It s all the same to me, but don t stand there pretending your right The interesting thing about The Disappearance of Winter s Daughter is that it is a prequel The Riyria Revelations Set approximately ten years before the main series starts Normally I don t like it when authors do that It is really hard to build tension when you know that the main characters will be fine and together later on But Sullivan manages to do a great job at it and so I think that while this is enjoyable if you have read the other series, you do not need to have read them Each of the prequels is a stand alone story with a few Easter Eggs for the later series but fantastic all on their own.Genny, the new Duchess of Rochelle, is missing and presumed dead by her father With retribution in mind, Mr Winter hires Haydrian and Royce to find out what befell his daughter and make those responsible pay with blood Which leads Riyria into the city of Rochelle that is on the cusp of revolting With every new clue as to what happened to the new Duchess, the duo is convinced that things are not what they appear and maybe, just maybe, there is a chance they can find the Duchess and stop the Revolt With some weird magic happening and superstitions abounding, it will be hard to figure out what is real and what is just superstition.Hayrain and Royce get better every time I read them and this book made me want to reread the entire main series all over again Genny was fantastic in this and I love how full of life she was She knew exactly who she was and accepted it and made the best out of everything she touched She is another strong female character in the world of Riyria and there are many of them The Prequels are episodic in nature and so this can be read with no other knowledge of the series And just in case you were wondering a few of my other favorite Bromances are Wax and Wayne from the Mistborn series and Tyrion and Bran from Game of Thrones.


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