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Michael J. Sullivan

After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael J. Sullivan inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night. He was just ten years old and mimicking the only writer he knew at the time...Snoopy. That spark ignited a flame and Michael's desire to fill blank pages would become a life-long obsession. As an adult, Michael spent more than ten years developing his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time, he wrote thirteen novels without finding any traction in publishing. Since insanity is repeating the same act but expecting a different result, he did the only sane thing he could think of and quit, vowing never to write creatively again.

Never turned out to be too long for Michael and after a decade he returned to the keyboard in his forties...but with one condition: he wouldn't seek publication. Instead, he wrote a series of books that had been building in his head during his hiatus. His first reading love was fantasy, and his hope was to help foster a love of reading in his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who struggled due to severe dyslexia. After reading the third book of this series, his wife insisted the novels needed to "get out there." When Michael refused to jump back onto the query-go-round, she took over the publication tasks and has run "the business side" of his writing ever since.

Michael is one of the few authors who has successfully published through all three routes: small press, self, and big five. Some key accomplishments of his career include:

* New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today bestselling author
* Named to io9's Most Successful Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors
* Sold nearly 2 Million English copies
* Been translated into 14 foreign languages
* Spent more than 5 years on Amazon's Bestselling Fantasy Author's list
* A seven-time Goodreads Choice Award's Nominee
* His books have been named to more than 250 best-of or most-anticipated lists including those compiled by Library Journal, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Goodreads.com, and Audible.com

Today, Michael continues to fill blank pages with thirteen released novels, three awaiting publication, and new works in various developmental stages. His past and future releases include:

* 2008 - 2010: Small-press and self-publication of first 5 Riyria Revelation novels
* 2011 - 2012: Orbit (fantasy imprint of Hachette) re-release of The Riyria Revelations
* 2013: Riyria Chronicles launches from Orbit with the publication of two novels
* 2014: Hollow World, a sci-fi novel released by Tachyon Publications (print) and self (ebook)
* 2015: The Death of Dulgath (released through self-publication with bookstore distribution)
* 2016: Age of Myth, debut novel in The Legends of the First Empire series from Del Rey
* 2017: Age of Swords (Del Rey) & Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (Self)
* 2018: Age of War (Del Rey)
* 2019: Age of Legends (Grim Oak Press)
* 2020: Age of Death | Age of Empyre

CONTACT INFORMATION
* Riyria Blog: www.riyria.com
* Hollow World Blog: www.hollowworldnovel.wordpress.com
* Legends of the First Empire Series Blog: www.firstempireseries.com
* Twitter: @author_sullivan
* Riyria Facebook: www.facebook.com/riyria
* Author Facebook: www.facebook.com/author.michael.sullivan
* Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/2063919.Michael_J_Sullivan

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    • Age of Legend

    • Book Four of The Legends of the First Empire
    • By: Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    With Age of Myth, Age of Swords, and the New York Times best-selling Age of War, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan riveted fans with a tale of unlikely heroes locked in a desperate battle to save humankind. Now comes the pivotal moment....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Half a book

    • By Nancy Wallace on 07-14-19

    Regular price: $31.49

    • FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

    • By: Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • THANKS AGAIN FOR ANOTHER FREE SHORTY

    • By Randall on 12-30-18

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    • FREE: Professional Integrity (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

    • By: Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    One of the genre's favorite pairs returns in a classic fantasy short for both Riyria veterans and first-time readers....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • THANKS FOR THE FREE SHORTY

    • By Randall on 12-30-18

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    • Age of Swords

    • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 2
    • By: Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
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    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,539
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    The gods have been proven mortal, and new heroes will arise as the battle continues in the sequel to Age of Myth - from the author of the Riyria Revelations and Riyria Chronicles series....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Bad sequel after a strong start.

    • By Robert on 08-29-17

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    • Age of War

    • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 3
    • By: Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7,632
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7,178
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    The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile - and about to be tested as never before. Persephone keeps the human clans from turning on one another through her iron will and a compassionate heart....

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    • By Daniel on 08-03-18

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    • Age of Myth

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    • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
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    Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater are two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

    • By Randall on 12-24-18

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    • The Crown Tower

    • The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1
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    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fell in love with these characters all over again

    • By Cayce on 03-14-14

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    • Rise of Empire

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    • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
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    • Heir of Novron

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    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian locating the Heir of Novron....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Randall on 12-24-18

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