Michael J. Sullivan (author)

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Michael J. Sullivan
Michael J. Sullivan in 2014
Michael J. Sullivan in 2014
Born (1961-09-17) September 17, 1961 (age 58)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenreHigh fantasy, science fiction

Michael J. Sullivan is an American writer of epic fantasy and science fiction, best known for his debut series The Riyria Revelations, which has been translated into fourteen languages.[1][2] In 2012 io9 named him one of the "Most Successful Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors".[3] His books have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Czech, Dutch, Polish, Hungarian, Japanese, Georgian, Bulgarian, Russian, Portuguese, and Turkish.


Sullivan started writing books at a young age, in order to entertain himself [4]. He started The Riyria Revelations to teach his daughter, who suffered from dyslexia, how to read.[5]

Sullivan has written three series. The Riyria Revelations and The Riyria Chronicles were published by Orbit Books (fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group) and The Legends of the First Empire will be released by Del Rey Books (owned by Random House). The Riyria Revelations is a six-book epic fantasy series while the Riyria Chronicles is an ongoing series that centers on the early adventures of the two main protagonists of the former series.[6] The Legends of the First Empire is a six-book epic fantasy series set in the same world as the Riyria books, but in the distant past, making it a standalone series. His first science fiction novel, Hollow World, was released by Tachyon Publications in April 2014.[7]


Sullivan has two New York Times bestsellers (Age of War and Age of Legend), and three books on the USA Today bestseller list (Age of Swords, Age of War, Age Legend).He has had seven works selected for the Goodreads Choice Award 6 for Best Fantasy: The Emerald Storm in 2010,[8] Percepliquis[9] in 2012, and The Crown Tower[10] in 2013, Age of Myth in 2016, Age of Swords in 2017, Age of War in 2018 and 1 for Best Science Fiction: Hollow World in 2014.[11] Theft of Swords was selected as one of Barnes & Noble's 2011 Best Fantasy Books,[12] shortlisted for the 2013 Audie Award for Fantasy,[13] and also one of Library Journal's 2011 Best SF/Fantasy Books.[14] Age of Myth was a 2016 Amazon's Best Books of the Year selection in the Science Fiction and Fantasy category.[15]


World of Elan (Publication order)[edit]

The Riyria Revelations[edit]

Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they're framed for the death of the king and get embroiled in larger political machinations.

  1. The Crown Conspiracy, Self Published (2008)
  2. Avempartha, Self Published (2009)
  3. Nyphron Rising, Self Published (2009)
  4. The Emerald Storm, Self Published (2010)
  5. Wintertide, Self Published (2010)
  6. Percepliquis, Self Published (2011)
  • Theft of Swords collects The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha, ISBN 978-0-316-18774-9 (2011)[16][17][18]
  • Rise of Empire collects Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm, ISBN 978-0-316-18770-1 (2011)[19]
  • Heir of Novron collects Wintertide and Percepliquis, ISBN 978-0-316-18771-8 (2012)[20]

The Riyria Chronicles[edit]

A prequel series that explores the beginnings of Royce and Hadrian's partnership and first escapades.

  1. The Crown Tower (2013)
  2. The Rose and the Thorn (2013)[21]
  3. "The Jester" (2014)
  4. "Professional Integrity" (2015)
  5. The Death of Dulgath (2015)
  6. The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (2017)
  7. Drumindor (Release Date TBA)

The Legends of the First Empire[edit]

Taking place in the same world as the Riyria Revelations/Chronicles, this is a prequel series that takes place thousands of years before those series and reveals the truths about the First Empire that were hinted at in the Riyria novels.

  1. Age of Myth (2016)
  2. Age of Swords (2017)
  3. Age of War (2018)
  4. Age of Legend (2019)
  5. Age of Death (February 4, 2020)
  6. Age of Empyre (May 4, 2020)

The Rise and the Fall[edit]

This series will bridge the gap between The Legends of the First Empire and Riyria Chronicles.

  1. Arrow of Death (Fall 2020)
  2. Farilane (Spring 2021)
  3. Untitled (Fall 2021)

Stand-alone novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]

Released individually[edit]

  • The Viscount and the Witch, A Riyria short (Oct 2011)
  • The Jester, A Riyria short (July 2014)
  • Greener Grass, Time-travel Science Fiction (Oct 2012)

Released in Anthologies[edit]

  • Traditions, included in Triumph Over Tragedy Anthology, (Jan 2013) from Terrene Press
  • The Jester, included in Unfettered (June 2013) from Grim Oak Press
  • Burning Alexandria, included in The End Anthology (Jan 2014) edited by N.E. White
  • Be Careful What You Wish For, included in Help Fund My Robot Army (June 2014) edited by John Joseph Adams
  • The Autumn Mists, included in Fantasy Faction Anthology (December 2014)
  • Professional Integrity, included in Blackguards (April 26, 2015) from Ragnarok Publications


  1. ^ "Author Biography: Michael J. Sullivan". Michael J. Sullivan. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  2. ^ "Orbit acquiert la trilogie de Michael J." Fantasy.fr. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  3. ^ DOBBS, MICHAEL ANN. "The Most Successful Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors". io9. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  4. ^ {URL|http://www.wottaread.com/knowing-michael-j-sullivan-interview}
  5. ^ http://authorpreneurindia.blogspot.com/2015/11/interview-2-kirtida-gautam-interviews.html
  6. ^ Moore, Tammy. "The Crown Conspiracy: Michael J. Sullivan". SF Site. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
  7. ^ "Hollow World". Tachyon Publications. Retrieved 2013-09-14.
  8. ^ "2010 Goodreads Choice Awards - Fantasy". goodreads. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  9. ^ "2012 Goodreads Choice Awards - Fantasy". Goodreads. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  10. ^ "2013 Goodreads Choice Awards - Fantasy". Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  11. ^ "2014 Goodreads Choice Awards - Science Fiction". Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  12. ^ "The Best Fantasy Releases of 2011". Barnes & Nobles. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  13. ^ "The 2013 Winners and Finalists Audiobook of the Year". AudioFile Magazine. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Best Books 2011: SF/Fantasy". Library Journal. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  15. ^ "The Best Books of 2016". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  16. ^ "Science Fiction/Fantasy, September 2011". Library Journal. 2011-09-15. Archived from the original on 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
  17. ^ "Best Books 2011: SF/FantasyBest". Library Journal. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
  18. ^ "Review: Theft of Swords". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  19. ^ Bedford, Rob H. "Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan (Official book review)". SFFWorld. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  20. ^ "Review: Heir of Novron: Vol. 3 of the Riyria Revelations". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  21. ^ "Michael J. Sullivan - The Rose and the Thorn cover art and synopsis reveal". Upcoming4.me. Retrieved 2013-04-05.

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