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The Jester

The Jester

2.2K Reads 44 Votes 2 Part Story
Michael J. Sullivan By MichaelJSullivan Completed

WHO WILL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH?
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

This is a standalone short story of 7,200 words. No prior knowledge of The Riyria Revelations or The Riyria Chronicles is required to enjoy it to its fullest, making this a perfect introduction for new readers or a chance for Riyria veterans to spend a little more time with old friends. The Jester is a story of adventure, bonds of friendship, and a recognition that the choices we make dictates the future we find.

NOTE: This short story was originally published in the Unfettered Anthology edited by Shawn Speakman.

Embyr25 Embyr25 Jan 24
Absolutely love your work! I've read all the riyria books! Was so excited to find this short. I wish there were more.
OwlOutcasts OwlOutcasts Mar 21, 2015
I love this story! Amazing as all your other writing! I've been a fan of your books since September, and I absolutely love Royce and Hadrian!!!
tmso__ tmso__ Oct 25, 2014
Another fun story with Hadrian and Royce. These two are great. I do hope you write more with these two. I think I've read everything you written with these two but would still like more! Thanks for the read.
MattParker0708 MattParker0708 Sep 29, 2014
Great from start to finish. Love the throw away references to their previous deadly encounters and near fatal scrapes. Very witty.
MarkTaylor281 MarkTaylor281 Aug 17, 2014
A perfectly written short. Now having been introduced to your protagonists I want to read more.