The Viscount and the Witch

The Viscount and the Witch Eleven years before they were framed for the murder of a king before even assuming the title of Riyria Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater were practically strangers Unlikely associates this cynic

  • Title: The Viscount and the Witch
  • Author: Michael J. Sullivan
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Eleven years before they were framed for the murder of a king, before even assuming the title of Riyria, Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater were practically strangers Unlikely associates, this cynical thief and idealist swordsman, were just learning how to work together as a team In this standalone first installment of The Riyria Chronicles, Royce is determined to teacEleven years before they were framed for the murder of a king, before even assuming the title of Riyria, Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater were practically strangers Unlikely associates, this cynical thief and idealist swordsman, were just learning how to work together as a team In this standalone first installment of The Riyria Chronicles, Royce is determined to teach his naive partner a lesson about good deeds Join Royce and Hadrian in this short story 5,400 words about one of their earliest adventuresNUS MATERIAL Foreword by the AuthorFirst chapter of Theft of Swords first book in The Riyria Revelations First chapter of The Crown Tower first book in The Riyria Chronicles

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    1. No rating, as this is my "own book" but I did want to say a bit about it.This is a standalone prequel to my Riyria Revelations Series. It is being relesed for free and you can get a copy by clicking hereNo previous knowledge of the Riyria Revelations is necessary. It is a short story (just 5,400 words) so is a quick introduction to a larger epic tale.Eleven years before they were framed for the murder of a king, before even assuming the title of Riyria, Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater were [...]

    2. After reading it I found out that this one is a chapter from The Rose and the Thorn, but I don’t mind, I’ll read it again.The encounter between Hadrian & Royce with (view spoiler)[ their later associate (hide spoiler)] Viscount Albert Winslow is really hilarious, even more because of Royce trying to teach Hadrian a lesson.Don’t really know who won in the end ;))

    3. When I picked this one up from for free, I thought I should give it a try, cause I got curious about the series and omg I loved it! Even in the few pages of it I fell in love with the two main characters Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater. I love that we mostly see the story through Hadrian's eyes, its like he's Dr. Watson to a medieval Sherlock. Now don't get me wrong they don't solve mysteries or anything, but the character of Hadrian is simple, caring, trusting and lovable while Royce is m [...]

    4. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths ReviewsThe Viscount and The Witch is a short story, which introduces readers to Hadrian and Royce: the heroes of the Riyria Revelations. It takes place several years before their adventures in Mr. Sullivan's other Riyria books, and while it is a standalone story, I believe you will find it much more enjoyable if you have read the novels before sampling this.The tale itself revolves around Royce and Hadrian traveling and encountering obstacles along their path i [...]

    5. This is my second time around reading this short. And now that I've had my first journey with Hadrian and Royce in The Crown Tower, I can tell that I really enjoyed this one. It's a classic tale of those two getting in trouble. I love how different they are yet how well the fit together. And the new addition to their group was great, I am sure will see more of Albert in the future. I can't wait to get my hands on the second Riyria Chronicles book.

    6. Loved it! I love these characters. I'm so glad Michael shared the story of how Royce and Hadrian met Albert. It was full of humor and I really enjoy their witty banter. Please keep writing more short stories about them!

    7. Available for free in lots of formats here:michaelsullivan-authorThis is a prelude story to the Riyria Chronicles. It's short, 5400 words, but fun & we get to meet Royce & Hadrian early on in their partnership, not to mention finding out how they met & why one of the minor characters of the series works with them. Definitely worth reading if you like the series or if you want to see what the series is about.Before the short story is a longish word from the author about the Riyria Chr [...]

    8. A nice and brief introduction to the characters.There is a pleasant feeling to the setting and it encourages to keep on reading to find out what happens next.

    9. 4.5 / 5Up until reading this story I had not had the chance to read anything from Michael Sullivan though I had heard and read quite a lot on many book-review blogs about the indie author (up to that point) that was actually better than many published ones. So colour me intrigued and for a long time I've had my eyes on his fantasy series so when I read that there was a free short story that served as a good introduction to his writing and series, I downloaded this and read it at the first chance [...]

    10. Sullivan at his best. Has vitality of The Crown Conspiracy without the silliness of later books. The relationship between the protagonists is part of the fun, and it's displayed here in its quintessence. I'm embarrassed to claim a "book" read for a short story of less than thirty pages. Still, it's a fun read and the price was right. (Free)May actually motivate me to read more of the series, which was the whole idea, right?

    11. Haha, that was a very entertaining introduction the the series. While Hadrian is a righteous ex-soldier, Royce is a cynical thief with a devious mind, and these two guys make a great team. Hadrian-Royce relationship made laugh a few times while reading.No doubt that Michael Sullivan knows how to write a good short story, which is quite a rare gift.(only the first half is the story, the other half includes 2 first chapters in other books).4.5-4.75/5

    12. Interesting short story set in the early days of the relationship between Royce and Hadrian describing meeting for the first time Viscount Albert. Royce and Hadrian have known each other for a year and Hadrian shows his naivety in dealing with seemingly honest folk with plenty of dry humour from Royce.

    13. *this was sent by author for an honest review*I am very impressed by the way Riyria Chronicles has swept the Fantasy world of late. It has very high ratings and I cannot wait to rate it myself!Quite delighted that I was enough to be sent an ebook copy by Mr. Sullivan himself for the two short novels set in the same world. This is the first one:The Viscount and the WitchFirst sentence: "A woman wielding a broom charged at them, looking as much like a witch as anyone Hadrian had ever seen."- Oh ye [...]

    14. I might be being stingy with the rating, since this introductory short story has certainly interested me enough to try the series as intended. The language however, while being robust and forthwith in descriptions rather than piling purple prose, is a mixed fair, not quite managing to impart a consistent atmosphere of its own to the story. Its colloquial simplicity does appeal as light entertainment, but it lacks that careful, almost mythopoeic fashioning of words found in the best sword and sor [...]

    15. Hadrian always a soft heart stops to see what the ragged dressed woman, tripping through the brush, is calling to him and Royce, his partner of just about a year, for help. There is an unknown man in her barn and she fears for her life. Hadrian wants to go take care of the problem, Royce is ready to move on but lets Hadrian learn a lesson on people.I'm not going to say to much as it's such a short read and if I do I just might give it all way. I want you to go read this quick read for yourself a [...]

    16. OK, I have to admit I half-knew I would love it. As I suspected it is exactly the genre I love to read and this story confirmed that the writing is clear and concise, the way I prefer it, that is. I love the way the author doesn't linger in every minor detail but gives enough and precise information so that one can easily picture the world he is describing. Another strong point is that he manages to make the characters feel real and humane. I suggest anyone with an interest in fantasy gives this [...]

    17. Don't let the length on the kindle fool you, this is a short story. The first third of the file is a history / introduction by the author; and the second half is the first bit of Theft of Swords. The story itself is couched in between. It's a great little story though, consistent with the rest of Sullivan's mostly light hearted and amusing writing fantasy fiction. I really enjoyed the whole series, it's a great detour from the often heavy and somewhat oppressive stories in fantasy now days, and [...]

    18. We get an excellent look into the very early days of Hadrian and Royce's relationship through an opportunity that 'presents' itself very early on. As I read along, I couldn't help but think of the beginnings of Riyria and how the unique group of assets formed. As is the case with all of the stories I've read from Michael thus far (about 3/4 of the way through The Riyria Revelations), the focus on a character driven plot is strong with an enjoyable pace and lightness to boot :)

    19. No spoilers.This was written as a short story by Michael Sullivan and takes place before The Riyria Revelations and one year after The Crown Tower. Here both Royce and Hadrian meet a poor viscount on the road and get into a bit of trouble. It was nice to read the dialogue of our protagonists as they learn more of each other as time moves forward.

    20. Hehe, I think I'm going to love the Riyria Chronicles. The description says it all: "There's no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure." Anything with good humour and thieves is bound to get my attention, and Michael Sullivan just did that.

    21. Not really got the idea of this EXTREMELY shot thing. You can skip it. Or you can read it if you can get it for free.

    22. This appears to have been released as a short story within the Riyria series, and I read it as such. However, I discovered subsequently that it's exactly the same as the second chapter in 'The Rose and The Thorn' - Book 2 of the Riyria Chronicles - which seems rather odd! Still the whole series is excellent, so it still gets a 4-star rating.

    23. SynopsisEleven years before they were framed for the murder of a king, before even assuming the title of Riyria, Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater were practically strangers. Unlikely associates, this cynical thief and idealist swordsman, were just learning how to work together as a team. In this standalone first installment of The Riyria Chronicles, Royce is determined to teach his naive partner a lesson about good deeds. Join Royce and Hadrian in this short story (5,400 words) about one of [...]

    24. "Three aspects of Michael’s writing within the first few pages of “The Viscount and the Witch” made me drop all the rest of my books and dive into his Riyria Revelations series. The first aspect was the banter between Royce and Hadrian, a duo of loveable thieves. Royce plays the smooth assassin who would probably be a much worse person if it weren’t for his loyalty to Hadrian, a skilled sword-fighter with a noble heart. I laughed multiple times at how Hadrian wanted to help people, was w [...]

    25. Short, sweet, and perfectly in character with Royce and Hadrian. This Riyria short wasn't filled with heroics and action- but I loved touching base once again with the characters in this episode that takes place years before their grand adventures begin in The Crown Conspiracy. It brought back the banter in their conversation that I really grew to miss late in the Riyria Revelations series as Royce, especially, became more serious. The friendship between Royce and Hadrian was one of the main for [...]

    26. The Viscount and the Witch is really a fascinating short story. Story and characters are well formed, and interesting. Especially the world is similar to Medieval Europe, for Medieval Fantasy lovers this would be probably a good choice for starting a good series. There are two main characters in "The Riyria Revelations" series, and both of them are introduced in this short story. As a first impression, I like both of the characters and their relationship.First character is named Hadrian Blackwat [...]

    27. I have read all three of the Riyria Revelations and they were all excellent fantasy. This short story is a part of the Riyria Chronicles which are the first three books in the Riyria adventures. Similar to Star Wars where the last three books/movies came out first. A little confusing. Anyway, this is the second chapter of the second book in the Riyria Chronicles, "The Rose and the Thorn" and what a great teaser, it made me jump right back into Michael Sullivan's wonderful, epic fantasy series. I [...]

    28. A fast and fun short story set in the Ryria universe and detailing the fledgling partnership of Royce and Hadrian meeting with the impoverished viscount and expanding Ryria's reach into the nobility intrigues.A little extra background for the characters while in a great introduction, the author talks about the series at large, while the first chapter of Theft of Swords is included in the epub edition of the story I got and that is a nice bonus if you read only the original Crown Conspiracy - not [...]

    29. I'm a huge fan of The Riyria Chronicles by Michael J Sullivan, in fact I've just ordered the third and final book in he series and was looking around for something else to read while I was waiting, when I discovered The Viscount and the Witch being offered free here on .The two characters from the series Royce and Hadrian are a great couple of rogues and this is not nay a good stand alone introduction to them and the series but a very entertainig little story all in itself. If you are dipping in [...]

    30. I have been meaning to read Michael Sullivan for some time and for one reason or another kept putting it off. This was my first sampling of his work and I enjoyed it a great deal. For a short story it did a great job of setting up the relationship of the main characters while also enticing the reader to discover what would happen next. The excerpt was also really enjoyable. Needless to say, I'm going to have to make time for Orbit's rereleases of his work.I hope there are a few more short storie [...]

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