Thank you for your interest in Riyria — classic fantasy tales featuring Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn. If you are new to these stories, this is the perfect place to see if you'll enjoy the novels. These shorts are (a) standalone; (b) provide no spoilers to the larger works and (c) can be read in any order.
In the requested sampler, you'll receive:
- The Death of Dulgath Opening - The Third Riyria Chronicle is launching in November 2015, and this is a taste of what's to come. This sample is "pre-copyediting," so there might be a nit or two, but it'll provide a flavor of my writing.
- The Viscount and the Witch - Originally written as a gift to my readers (to fill a gap during the transition of my books to the Orbit omnibus editions), this later became the seed that grew into the Riyria Chronicles. If you've already read The Rose and the Thorn, this short story can be skipped since it later became the second chapter of that novel.
- The Jester - Originally written for the Unfettered anthology, this short story utilized the novel approach dropping the reader into the middle of he action and showing the climax of a story to meet the word count requirements of anthology work.
- The Thieves - Similar to The Viscount and the Witch, this short story eventually made its way into one of the larger novels. In this case, it became the opening scene of The Riyria Revelations. If you've already read Theft of Swords, you can skip this tale as you've already read it.
I hope you enjoy this little "sneak peek" into my writing, and if you do, I hope you'll help fund the Death of Dulgath Kickstarter or check out my full-length novels: