Michael J. Sullivan is a speculative fiction writer whose best-selling six book debut series, The Riyria Revelations, has been published through three separate paths: a small press (AMI), self-published, and through a big-five publisher (Orbit, fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group) as a trilogy: Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, and Heir of Novron. His second series, The Riyria Chronicles, was also released by Orbit and consists of The Crown Tower, The Rose and the Thorn, and the self-published, The Death of Dulgath. In these books, Michael writes about unlikely heroes in the classical fantasy tradition, providing fast-paced adventure and a dose of humor through the witty banter of his two main protagonists: Royce Melborn (a cynical thief) and Hadrian Blackwater (an ex-mercenary).
Michael shifted genre’s in 2014 with his science fiction, time-travel novel Hollow World, which has appeared on nearly a dozen “best of” or “most anticipated” lists include the Goodreads Choice Award for 2014. It follows Ellis Rogers 2,000 years into the future, what he hoped was to find a cure for his terminal disease, what he found, instead, is a place reminiscent of the social science fiction of Asimov and Heinlein.
Michael’s third series, The Legends of the Fist Empire, is being released by Del Rey (fantasy imprint of Penguin Random House). The first book, Age of Myth was released in June 2016.