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THE CROWN TOWER by Michael J. Sullivan

The Crown TowerWe are excited to announce the next book by Michael Sullivan, THE CROWN TOWER! Orbit will be publishing worldwide in August 2013!  It is the first book in the Riyria Chronicles and it will be a two book series, with the second novel, THE ROSE AND THORN, following soon after.

Two men who hate each other. One impossible mission. A legend in the making.

Hadrian, a warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin, Royce, 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 prized possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels that the old wizard is after, and if he can just keep them from killing each other, they just might do it.

For more information, please see Michael Sullivan’s website here.

Theft of SwordsRise of Empire

Heir of Novron

Cover art by Larry Rostant, visit his website to see his full portfolio. 

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  1. Lindsey Sablowski

    September 26, 2012
    at 10:42 am

    As a published author and lover of fantasy, I am so excited for Michael! Honestly love his series, and I know he had been awaiting this news… So congrats to you, Michael! Thank you for always being an inspiration, and your stories are amazing. Wishing you the best of luck! I’ll of course be buying a copy when it comes out :)

  2. Rynier

    September 26, 2012
    at 10:48 am

    Another year????? Are you kidding me? You can’t tell me about a new book and then say I must wait another year!

  3. Benjamin Love

    September 26, 2012
    at 10:56 am

    Sweet! I’m starting the countdown now. Only a year to go. Looking forward to seeing the prequel books; more Royce and Hadrian!

    • Lance Thompson

      September 28, 2012
      at 2:05 am

      Loved the Revelations and cant wait for chronicles!

      Wonder if Mr. Sullivan ever checked out Spartacus??

  4. Faith townsend

    September 26, 2012
    at 3:59 pm

    I second the earlier comment: another year?! Worth the wait but again…another year! :)

  5. John Hassey

    September 26, 2012
    at 4:02 pm

    OMG!!! Awesome!!! Loved the first 3 novels now I can get this one!!!!

  6. Karmelek

    September 26, 2012
    at 5:38 pm

    Hurray!! :D
    In Poland we have only “Thief of Swords” and for few days “Rise of Empire”. Great timing, but I can’t wait!
    Royce and Hadrian <3

  7. Michael J. Sullivan

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:19 pm

    Thanks guys!! I’m very excited about these next two books – it’s so good to be writing Royce and Hadrian again. I missed “the boys.”

  8. Timothy C. Ward

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:27 pm

    Very excited for more Royce and Hadrian. Thank you, Orbit, for picking this up!

  9. BigZ7337

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:32 pm

    Very cool, I loved his other series, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the guys met.

  10. Melissa (My World...in words and pages)

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:34 pm

    There isn’t a word around to express how happy I am that more of this world is coming out way. Awesome pick up! Thank you!!!!!

  11. Christine

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:37 pm

    Awesome! I absolutely loved the Riyria Revelations and can’t wait for the prequels!

  12. Matthew

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:44 pm

    I am excited about the release but a year is such a long time to wait! A great series for anyone who hasn’t read them. You won’t want to put them down.

  13. Robert Aldrich

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:46 pm

    Awesome! I love that Michael has been able to bring us another story of Royce and Hadrian! I cannot wait to get this for my collection!

  14. Amanda

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:48 pm

    Can’t wait! Michael is such a great writer and I’ve loved all of his books. I will be recommending this to all my bookseller friends!

  15. Alex Lewis

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:48 pm

    can’t wait for this one!

    MJS is such a rockstar he’ll be in the ranks of Martin and Rothfuss and all the other household names.

  16. Amber Ivers

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:50 pm

    I am super excited for this book. I read all six of Riyria Revelations. I can’t wait for this one to come out. I would love to see how they first met!

  17. April

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:54 pm

    I am highly anticipating the release of The Crown Tower! After immensely enjoying Riyria Revelations, I can hardly wait! This will be the highlight book release of next summer, perhaps even the year. Let the waiting begin!!

  18. Sarah

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:55 pm

    I am so excited about this release. Don’t know how I’ll manage to last until August though. Guess I have some rereading to do!

  19. Caleb

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:57 pm

    A lot of good stuff next year! Looking forward to this!

  20. Dana Belden

    September 26, 2012
    at 6:59 pm

    I am so excited that there is another story from Michael Sullivan. I loved the first series involving Ryria. It will be very interesting to learn some more of the backstory behind how Royce and Hadrian came to be partners.

  21. Donna

    September 26, 2012
    at 7:21 pm

    So looking forward to reading more about Hadrian and Royce!

  22. Betsy

    September 26, 2012
    at 7:32 pm

    I am so looking forward to these two books. The first 3 were fantastic and i can’t wait to read more. I have told all my friends about these books

  23. Lincoln

    September 26, 2012
    at 7:46 pm


    The world that Mr. Sullivan has created for draws me into wonder. The conclusion of the trilogy was in a word complete, however I could not wait to jump back into that world. Exploring how Hadrian and Royce met will be a treat. I am so excited!!

  24. LeeANna

    September 26, 2012
    at 7:48 pm

    It is an epic fantasy lovers dream come true! I loved the series and characters and I became an instant fan. Top of my list of things I have to look forward to! Thank you Mr. Sullivan!

  25. Melissa Grant

    September 26, 2012
    at 7:55 pm

    I wish it wasn’t a year to wait. I love the series and I am glad to know there will be more to read!

  26. Jim

    September 26, 2012
    at 8:27 pm

    I’m looking forward to getting the new book.

  27. Mitch

    September 26, 2012
    at 8:28 pm

    Can’t wait for the new series. Royce and Hadrian are great characters, and it was depressing to think that I wouldn’t be able to read any more books with them. Thanks for picking this up.

  28. Eric Terrell

    September 26, 2012
    at 8:28 pm

    Awesome! Can’t wait for these, loved the Crown Conspiracy!

  29. Lucian

    September 26, 2012
    at 8:36 pm

    I’m looking forward to reading more adventures from these guys!

    Every now and then I get sucked into a fantasy series that is so formulaic I think it’s time to switch genres. And then, thankfully, I stumble upon a series like this that reminds me why I love to read to begin with. The Riyria Revelations pulled me back from the edge and I am so glad!

  30. Kim

    September 26, 2012
    at 8:41 pm

    I’m very excited about this book coming out. I love Hadrian and Royce and can’t wait to continue reading about them.

  31. Sherlockian

    September 26, 2012
    at 9:08 pm

    Can’t wait!! The first series was fantasic, and I know this one will be, too!!!

  32. Larisa

    September 26, 2012
    at 9:33 pm

    Already looking forward to this — can’t wait! Will have to re-read the Riyria Revelations books again in preparation: a win-win.

  33. Tyson

    September 26, 2012
    at 10:18 pm

    This is great news. Orbit hit a home run by signing Michael, looking forward to the next installments. Two new books, awesome.

  34. Mike Smith

    September 26, 2012
    at 10:36 pm

    Wonderful news! If only it were coming out sooner! I absolutely loved the original series and I can’t wait to read Hadrian and Royce’s partnership begin.

  35. Sarah

    September 26, 2012
    at 10:45 pm

    I was so excited to see this announcement. Wish it was coming sooner, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

  36. Abhinav (@abhinavjain87)

    September 26, 2012
    at 10:57 pm

    Been waiting for something like this since I finished the Riyria novels in February. Awesome news all around!

  37. Dietmar

    September 27, 2012
    at 2:12 am

    This is great news – I can’t wait to read more about Hadrian and Royce and their adventures. Counting down the days ….

  38. Steven

    September 27, 2012
    at 2:31 am

    I’m so excited to read the Crown Tower. Michael is one of the Best of the new emerging authors. Orbit was smart to pick him up and get his fabulous books to an even wider audience. I Can’t Wait !!!

  39. Doro Stadler

    September 27, 2012
    at 4:02 am

    I can’t wait to finally read another great story about Hadrian and Royce from Michael!! Make sure both books are published not too far apart so I can start reading asap.. super excited!!!!

  40. Ritesh Kala

    September 27, 2012
    at 4:13 am

    More Royce and Hadrian! What could be better?

  41. Jax

    September 27, 2012
    at 5:45 am

    But why only Aug 2013?? That’s sooo far away!
    Now I’m going to be counting the days till I can get it! :D

  42. Neil Illing

    September 27, 2012
    at 7:05 am

    Really excited about prequels to this fantastic Riyria Revelations Series, especially after being teased last year with The Viscount and the Witch short story. Love the book cover as well. So glad Michael is giving us more !

  43. Tim Nelson

    September 27, 2012
    at 8:27 am

    Another book from one of my favorite series! I can’t wait! Keep ’em coming.

  44. Carmen

    September 27, 2012
    at 8:39 am

    We love this series at our home! We are very excited!

  45. Milo (Bane of Kings)

    September 27, 2012
    at 8:55 am

    Awesome news, the Riryia Revelations is among my favourite fantasy series and I can’t wait to see a prequel. Only issue is waiting a year, but this will certainly give me something to anticipate.

  46. HeatherB

    September 27, 2012
    at 9:11 am

    I can’t wait for this to come out.. this has been one of my favorite series I’ve ever read! Congrats to Michael and keep ’em coming! :D

  47. Carlissa

    September 27, 2012
    at 9:19 am

    Love this series – can’t wait for these prequels to come out!

  48. Jaime Chambers

    September 27, 2012
    at 9:25 am

    I’m a big fan of Mr. Sullivan and was very excited to hear he would grace his readers with further adventures of Royce and Hadrian. I will gladly wait a year (and more) for these kinds of stories. Thank you to Orbit for recognizing talent when they see it!

  49. Shelley Francom

    September 27, 2012
    at 9:53 am

    I am so excited there is more! Not so excited about waiting a year, however.

  50. Kim

    September 27, 2012
    at 11:30 am

    This is great news! I am very much looking forward to the release of this book. Mr. Sullivan is a wonderful author and I love Hadrian and Royce!

  51. Neil Illing (@nilling)

    September 27, 2012
    at 11:45 am


  52. ediFanoB

    September 27, 2012
    at 2:51 pm

    Wonderful news!!

    I can’t get enough of Royce and Hadrian. The sad thing is tha we have to wait one year. But after the awesome Riyria Revelations series I know it is worth waiting for the books.

    The question is now what soon after means. THE CROWN TOWER will be published in August 2013. And THE ROSE AND THORN will be pulished in ??? It would be great to get the second book before end of 2013. It would be a great Christmas gift. following soon after.

  53. Sebastian Hidalgo

    September 28, 2012
    at 12:11 am

    I’m so excited about this! I honestly can’t wait to read more about the exploits of Hadrian and Royce. Thank you so much for making this possible!

  54. Nancy

    September 28, 2012
    at 1:42 pm

    Woohoo! I can’t wait…..!!

  55. Libby Lanser

    September 28, 2012
    at 2:11 pm

    A whole year to wait feels way too long. But Michael’s books are so worth it. I cannot wait to see Royce and Hadrian again! :D

  56. Michael J. Sullivan

    September 30, 2012
    at 8:19 am

    Wow…I’m overwhelmed. So great to see so many people are excited to see more of Royce and Hadrian. You’ve made my day.

  57. Katie

    September 30, 2012
    at 10:34 am

    SWEET!!! I am so excited for this book. Mr. Sullivan is an amazing writer and I adore the Riyria series. Can’t wait for this and other works by him!!

  58. Kernos

    September 30, 2012
    at 7:29 pm

    I’m also really looking forward to many more adventures of Royce and Hadrian. Keep writing!

  59. Jeff Hite

    October 2, 2012
    at 12:03 pm

    I have been really looking forward to this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  60. Alicia

    October 2, 2012
    at 10:28 pm

    I am so excited, he is one of the best authors I have read. You all are lucky to have him.

  61. ELF

    October 4, 2012
    at 4:15 am

    Fantastic! I greatly enjoy reading about this duo and was saddened to reach the end of “The Heir of Novron”. I am glad that the next volumes will be released relatively close to each other although I am impatient that it will not be until next summer. Congrats!

  62. ELF

    October 4, 2012
    at 4:16 am

    Fantastic! I greatly enjoy reading about this duo and was saddened to reach the end of “Heir of Novron”. I am glad that the next volumes will be released relatively close to each other although I am impatient that it will not be until next summer. Congrats!

  63. Michael J. Sullivan

    October 4, 2012
    at 10:49 am

    Wow, you guys are the best…I guess it’s good that I decided to write more about these two guys ;-)

  64. Jason

    October 7, 2012
    at 1:50 pm

    I am really looking forward to reading more of the Riyria chronicles. They have been a staple and one of my most anticipated reads in my to-read pile for years now!

  65. Riki

    October 16, 2012
    at 1:55 am

    Riyria for life!!!

  66. Riki

    October 16, 2012
    at 1:56 am

    Also, I automatically buy anything Michael Sullivan writes (just FYI, Orbit).

  67. Teri P

    October 19, 2012
    at 8:51 am

    Hooray for another Royce and Hadrian adventure! I can’t wait to read more about their beginnings.

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