The First Empire is my third series. I’ve also written 11 other books (8 as part of 2 different series and 3 standalone novels). This page will give you a brief overview of the books as well as links to learn more.
The Riyria Revelations
They killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.
There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just two guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late. NOTE: The Riyria Revlation contains six full-length novels but are sold as a trilogy the individual books include: The Crown Conspiracy, Avempartha, Nyphron Rising, The Emerald Storm, Wintertide, and Percepliquis.
The Riyria Chronicles
Two men who hate each other. One impossible Mission. A legend in the making.
Hadrian Blackwater, a warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with Royce Melborn, a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach.The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most prized possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels that the old wizard is after, and if he can just keep them from killing each other, they just might do it.
NOTE: These series may be read in either chronological order (starting with The Crown Tower) or the preferred order of publication (starting with Theft of Swords).
Antithesis (Release date to be determined)
A Burden to the Earth (Release to be determined)
Can a broken man cast off years of tradition to take a last chance to really live?
He learned values from Gunsmoke, ethics from Father Knows Best, and his place in the world from Ozzie & Harriet, but his life turned out much different than any of them. A child of the fifties, Elliot Myers believed his parents, his teachers, his priest, and television when they promised him the American dream. Now at forty, and still living with his mother, he knows they all lied. Embittered by being left behind as the world moved ahead, Elliot finds one last chance to free himself of forty years of waiting and makes his first, and final, grasp at life. Set in the early 1990’s A Burden to the Earth explores regret over lost innocence, nostalgia for the past, and the cost of dwelling on both.
So I read that Hollow World was not a big seller. I absolutely loved it ! I grew up reading the greats of Science Fiction . Clarke Asimov Le Guin Heinlein Bradbury. This book reminded me of the classics. I would love more like it. Science fiction was almost always stand alone books back then. I also do not like how your books and similar ones are catagorized as Fantasy which throws them in with lovesick vampires and brooding teens. Can that be changed ?? Haha.
So glad you enjoyed it. I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as “not a big seller” – it did really well by most standards, it’s just as big of a seller as either Riyria or the Legends books. I’m glad it reminded you of the classics as that was exactly what I was aiming for. I do plan on writing a follow-up to it at some point. So many books to write, and so little time!! As for classifying genres – well I think those others “paranormal romance” whereas Riyria and Legends are “epic fantasy” so I think if you peel back the layers a bit they aren’t in the same category 😉
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Your Riyria Chronicles were sexually clean books. Are your other books as well? I am looking for appropriate books for my kids. My 14 year old son loved the Riyria Chronicles!
Yes, in fact, the Legends of the First Empire books are even cleaner than the Riyria books.