->''"There's no orphan destined to save the world, nor ultimate evil to be slain... just two guys in the wrong place at the wrong time trying to survive."''

''The Riyria Revelations'' is a six-book HighFantasy series by [[http://riyria.blogspot.com/ Michael J. Sullivan.]] Hadrian and Royce are a pair of good-natured thieves living a life of reasonable success in a continent full of FantasticRacism, corrupt nobility, and manipulative clergy. When a deal to steal a sword goes disastrously wrong, Hadrian and Royce find themselves as part of a series of elaborate capers which plunge them ever deeper in unravelling a 900-year-conspiracy involving ancient gods and emperors.

[[folder: Books in the Series]] Five e-books were been published:
* ''The Crown Conspiracy''
* ''Avempartha''
* ''Nyphron Rising''
* ''The Emerald Storm''
* ''Wintertide''

The final bookó''Percepliquis''ówas originally scheduled for an April 2011 release. However, publishing rights were acquired by Orbit Books in early 2011. The entire series was re-edited and re-published as three two-book volumes; a standalone version of ''Percepliquis'' was released simultaneously with the final volume. The Orbit editions' titles are:

* ''Theft of Swords'' (November 2011)
* ''Rise of Empire'' (December 2011)
* ''Heir of Novron'' (January 2011)

Two prequel books were published in 2013:

* ''The Crown Tower'' (August 2013)
* ''The Rose and the Thorn'' (September 2013)[[/folder]]

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AffablyEvil: Saldur is polite, cultured, and fatherly- as long as you do what he wants. Interfere with his plans, though, and he ''will'' show his temper. Becomes FauxAffablyEvil when he [[spoiler: says he's going to have Arista repeatedly raped unless she reveals who her co-conspirators were in trying to free Degan Gaunt.]]
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Goblins are considered to be this; their showing in the novels largely bears it out (though admittedly, we only see them at war or raiding, never at home).
* AncestralWeapon: Hadrian possesses one of these.
* AncientConspiracy : [[spoiler:the Nyphron church's nine hundred year plot to take over the human kingdoms and found the New Empire]]
* TheAtoner: Per legend, the god Erebus/Kile/[[spoiler:Nimbus]].
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: Pretty much the entirety of [[spoiler: Empress Modina]]'s reign.
* BigGood: Esrahaddon appears to be this. [[spoiler: He's not.]] [[spoiler: Empress Modina]] plays this straight.
* BerserkButton: Don't ever hurt or insult Gwen when Royce is around. [[spoiler: If you ''kill'' her, Maribor help you. Subverted, ironically, by her actual murderer as Arcadius dies due to reasons unrelated to his role in murdering her.]]
* BigBad: The Patriarch [[spoiler: aka Mawyndule, the Exiled Prince of the Elves.]]
* {{BFS}}: Hadrian's longsword. It's by no means the largest of [=BFSes=], but when it gets drawn, things are gonna get messy.
* TheCape: Sir Breckton, full stop. By the end of the story, Hadrian is more or less this as well.
* TheChessMaster: There's a pretty stiff competition between [[spoiler:Mawyndule]] and [[spoiler:Esrahaddon]], but all competitors fall absolutely short in front of the incredible [[MagnificentBastard magnificentbastardness]] of [[spoiler: Arcadius]]. Subverted as all of his efforts result in [[spoiler: the Heir of Novron ruling over the elves instead of the Empire.]]
* ChurchMilitant: The Seret knights are the Nyphron Church's [[spoiler:(and eventually, New Empire's)]] enforcers-''cum''-inquisition, beholden only to the Patriarch and Sentinels.
* CorruptChurch: The Church of Novron. [[spoiler: Of course, it's led by- and was largely created in its present form by- the BigBad]].
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Church of Novron is basically the worst elements of the Medieval Catholic Church filtered through a hefty dose of Dan Brown.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: How [[spoiler: Thrace/Modina]] takes over the New Empire.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: some throughout, but the ending especially qualifies.
* TheCynic: Royce thinks the worst of people and is usually right.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Royce]] becomes one temporarily after [[spoiler: Gwen's death]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Percy Braga. Archibald. [[spoiler: Merrick]].
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Saldur and Ethelred, CoDragons to the Patriarch, are primarily concerned with rebuilding the Nyphron Empire. [[spoiler: The Patriarch himself just wants the human kingdoms weakened so he can take them over after seizing the elven throne]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Luis Guy, KnightTemplar, major villain, and all-around evil badass, gets offed unceremoniously in the first chapter of the last book.
* DualWielding: When Hadrian's not using his longsword.
* DwindlingParty: [[spoiler: Sentinel Thranic's party sent to retrieve the Horn of Gylindora are eventually completely wiped out.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Gwen is dead, half of the human kingdoms have been flattened including Melengar, and countless knowledge from the Old Empire is gone forever. However, the Empire has been restored with elves and dwarves are now equal citizens with humans. Arista and Hadrian are married with both wizards as well as the Teshlor coming back. Royce is king of the elves with his daughter as princess.]]
* EnslavedElves: Elves (or at least, those with Elf-blood) are at the bottom of the ladder in most human kingdoms. Dwarves have it a bit better, but not by much. About the only nonhuman race that humans ''haven't'' tried to enslave are goblins, who are honestly just too mean for that to work in the first place.
* EvilCounterpart: Luis Guy to Hadrian, Merrick to Royce, [[spoiler: Mawyndule to Esrahaddon]].
* EvilSorcerer: [[spoiler: Mawyndule]], as well as any of the ''oberdaza'', the goblins' mystical/shamanic caste.
* FantasyWorldMap: [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_GsF6XkE-qiY/TUrt00NMuoI/AAAAAAAAAZo/e-Wy1_FPhfo/s1600/World%2BMapStart.jpg Fairly]] [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_GsF6XkE-qiY/TUruAVTWHRI/AAAAAAAAAZw/f3-g_OVwRMc/s1600/Offical%2BPSD_2010.jpg bog]] [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_GsF6XkE-qiY/TUruuKkvrnI/AAAAAAAAAaA/5DdccQRxMNQ/s1600/Offical%2BPSD_2010Nations.jpg standard]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Mawyndule]] is a genocidal psychotic elf ManipulativeBastard who has destroyed entire swaths of knowledge as well as kingdoms in the name of FantasticRacism.
* FinalSolution: [[spoiler: Mawyndule]] plans to eliminate all half-breed elves then humans then dwarves.
* GodOfEvil: Uberlin is considered one of these, though he never actually shows up to ''do'' anything particularly evil.
* GodWasMyCopilot: [[spoiler: Nimbus]] is incredibly heavily implied at the end to be [[spoiler: Kile]].
* HalfHumanHybrid: Practically all "elves" living in human lands are actually hybrids, [[spoiler:including Royce.]] The Tenkin are thought by some to be Human-Ba Ran Ghazel hybrids, but [[spoiler:are actually fully human Calisians who adopted much of their invaders' culture- cross-breeding between human and goblins is explicitly stated as biologically impossible.]]
* HandicappedBadass: Esrahaddon is a wizard with no hands.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Magnus has one of these due to a BecauseYouWereNiceToMe in the final book.]]
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Thrace/Modina]] falls into one after [[spoiler: her father dies and her village is essentially destroyed]]. Amilia helps pull her out of it.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Royce tries to pull one of these on the Emperors' Tomb, but in the end it becomes unnecessary]]
* [[HiredGuns Hired Sword:]] Hadrian.
* ImAHumanitarian: The Ghazel will eat just about anyone and anything, but have a special fondness for sentient beings.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Teshlor. The Pickering and Killdare families each uncovered a Teshlor discipline, which made them the foremost swordsmen in Elan. [[spoiler:Hadrian, who was trained in the full range of Teshlor skills and techniques, is simply undefeatable in single combat, barring tricks.]]
* InTheBack: How [[spoiler: Malwyndule]] is unceremoniously offed.
* JeanneDArchetype: Deliberately invoked with [[spoiler: Thrace/Modina]]- the church capitalizes on the idea of the beautiful peasant girl who killed a terrible monster and saved the land in order to get a biddable Empress [[spoiler: they think]].
* Jerkass: Degan Gaunt.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Ethelred and Saldur get extremely satisfying ones.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Theron Wood, Gwen, Count Pickering, Alric, Merrick, Ethelred, Saldur, Arcadius, Esrahaddon, Emergy, Hlfred, Luis Guy, and just about everyone that served aboard the Emerald Storm eventually aside from Royce and Hadrian]]
* KnightOfCerebus: In-universe; the stories involving goblins are explicitly said to always be very dark and never end happily.
* KnightTemplar: Sentinels, as well as most seret knights.
* ManipulativeBastard: Esrahaddon has this reputation. [[spoiler: With good reason.]]
** [[spoiler: Mawyndule a.k.a the Patriarch potentially tops them all.]]
* MasterSwordsman: As a [[spoiler:fully-trained Teshlor, Hadrian definitely counts.]]
* MeaningfulRename: Thrace Wood to [[spoiler: Empress Modina]].
* MissKitty: Gwen. Her efforts to become this is the secondary plot of the ''The Crown Tower''.
* MuggingTheMonster: The ''Theft of Swords'' opens on bandits trying to mug Royce and Hadrian. They wind up giving them pointers on the ''proper'' way to mug someone instead.
** In ''The Crown Conspiracy'' a press gang tries to, well, press Hadrian into service aboard a ship. It goes about as well for the gang as you might expect.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: ''The Rose and the Thorn'' tells the story of how Royce and Hadrian inadvertently helped a conspiracy to murder the royal family. They end up killing the people who could have stopped the assassination attempt and it's only through sheer luck and the heroism of another character that the king and his children survived. In addition, Royce's poorly thought out actions almost get Gwen and her girls executed. Things work out in the short term but in the long run the bad guys escape punishment and are thus able to try again in ''The Crown Conspiracy''.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Saldur unintentionally sows the seeds of his own downfall simply by [[spoiler: appointing Amilia as the Empress' tutor. Amilia brings Modina out of her catatonia with kindness and compassion. Later she moves Modina to a different bedchamber, unknowingly placing her right below Saldur's office window, allowing Modina to listen in on Saldur's secret meetings and slowly conceive a plan to remove him from the equation, immediately turning the Empire from the heroes' greatest enemy to their greatest ally.]] Honestly, the heroes should be thanking him.
* OddCouple: The central premise of the series. A cynical thief and a cheerful optimist swordsman go on adventures.
* OhCrap: Merrick suffers a big one of these [[spoiler: when Gwen is killed as part of his prisoner exchange plan.]]
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Yep; though only one dwarf, Magnus, is a main character, he and his people fit the standard pretty well.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Gilarabrywns are winged fire-breathing Elven weapons of war. They're also magical conjurations.
* OurElvesAreBetter: Full-blooded elves are nigh-immortal, masters of magic, and incredibly badass- but they're also xenophobic and want little to do with humans [[spoiler: until they invade in the last book]]. When most people in this world think of elves, they think of ''mir'', mixes of human and elf blood who are at the bottom of the social hierarchy.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: The Ba Ran Ghazel.
* ThePollyanna: Hadrian. [[{{Franchise/Discworld}} To almost Carrot-like levels.]] It gets to the point he stops enjoying thievery because it hurts people.
* ThePowerOfLove: A large dynamic of the Amilia/Modina relationship.
* PuppetKing: Modina is a Puppet Empress; this works fine when she's essentially catatonic after her battle with the Gilarabrywn, but [[spoiler: when she comes back to herself, she takes the Empire in her own right. ''Awesomely''.]]
* RebelliousPrincess: Arista.
* RagsToRiches: Amilia goes directly from scullery maid to [[spoiler:Empress Modina's]] personal tutor, secretary, and confidant.
** Also, [[spoiler: Modina]] herself, who started out as being [[spoiler: peasant girl Thrace Wood]] until she killed an invincible monster and got hailed as the Heir of Novron. [[spoiler: Rather cruelly deconstructed, as initially she's little better than a prisoner and puppet for Saldur and Ethelred. Amilia helps her find herself again]].
* RagsToRoyalty: Thanks to [[spoiler:Deacon Tomas spreading word of Thrace's little stunt]], the Church didn't have much choice but to recognize her as [[spoiler:Empress. That she was [[HeroicBSOD all but comatose]] and the Church was expressly looking for a puppet definitely helped]].
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: A wizardess, a dwarf, a pirate captain, a giant, a swordsman, a half-elf thief, a monk, a king, a count, and a good-for-nothing rebel leader comprise Modina's expedition to retrieve the Horn of Gylindora.
* RegentForLife: [[spoiler:Saldur]] from ''Nyphron Rising'' through [[spoiler:''Wintertide.'']]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Novron wasn't actually a demigod but a pure blooded elven warlord. The reason the Church is, ostensibly, trying to eliminate all of his descendants.]]
* RoyalBrat: Around the beginning of ''The Crown Conspiracy,'' nineteen-year old Alric is... not exactly the picture of maturity.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Alric counts, but Arista and [[spoiler: Thrace/Modina]] blow anyone and everyone else out of the water.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: Delgos still needs to be freed from the Ghazel, and if the implication of Nimbus being Kile are true, then the gods actually exist in this story.]]
* SdrawkcabName: [[spoiler: Nilnev is backwards for Venlin, which also anagrams to Evlinn. In fact, all the "patriarchs" are just anagrams of those six letters, and all of them are actually Malwyndule]]
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Merrick is rather fond of the game and uses it at various points to explain his actions and/or make veiled threats.
* StandardFantasySetting: There's no [[spoiler: obvious]] Dark Lord or other evil threat, but otherwise a pretty straightforward one.
* StuffedInAFridge: [[spoiler: Gwen suffers an unexpected and distressingly straight version of this in the penultimate book.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Of all people, Myron gives one to [[BigBad Mawyndule]] in the last book, basically telling him that his grand plan 900 years in the making [[spoiler: was wasted time, given that, since he's already very old, even for an elf, he's not going to live long enough to enjoy his victory.]]
* TailorMadePrison: Esrahaddon is in one.
* ToThePain: Royce gives a pretty humorous one to some kids looking to steal his horse. [[spoiler: Saldur gives a much darker one to Arista not long after]]
* TrailersAlwaysLie: The first book's tagline is "There's no orphan destined to save the world, nor ultimate evil to be slain... just two guys in the wrong place at the wrong time trying to survive." Turns out [[spoiler: one of those two guys actually IS an orphan destined to save the world.]]
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: How [[spoiler:Saldur]] rationalizes his actions.
* WackyWaysideTribe: A lot of these.
* WholePlotReference: Much of the book is related to a Dan Brown-esque series of conspiracies relating to the heir of Novron/Fantasy Jesus.
* WorldHalfFull: see Earn Your Happy Ending above.
* WizardClassic: Esrahaddon looks like this.
* ZergRush: How humans eventually defeated the elves in the first war. For all their awesome powers, the elves' low birthrate proved their undoing. As one of the heroes puts it, "The elves were drowning in a floodtide of humanity."
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