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Robert Ryan: High fantasy. High stakes. High style.


67 responses to “TALES OF ALITHORAS

  1. Con

    Is there a specific reading order of all your books that would help to amalgamate the world of alithoras?

    I want to start reading but can’t find an order anywhere!!!

    Thank you!

  2. There’s no specific reading order between any of the individual series. You could start with the first book of any series – but I would probably start with the Raithlindrath series. This was the first one published, and it serves as a good introduction to the land of Alithoras. After that, the Durlindrath and Son of Sorcery series.

    Thanks for your interest. Hope you enjoy!

  3. Kirk

    Is there or will there be a follow up to the Durlindrath series? Brand seems like a character that could go on for several more tales. I hope so as I would really like to see hiw his choice pans out.

    • There will be a follow up, for sure. Brand’s time in Cardoroth is coming to an end. Soon, he’ll return to the lands of the Duthenor to reclaim his heritage. But the usurper knows he is coming, and is taking steps to eliminate Brand as a threat. But Brand is a hard man to kill…

  4. Andi

    Some of the finest fantasy books I have ever read. I can not recommend them enough and really look forward to what comes next. Thank you.


    Hi Robert.
    I must say I really love your books…exciting stuff.I was however a bit upset at the end of Durlindrath series(hopeless romantic me).I didnt understand why Kareste up and leaves without saying goodbye..after her and Brand spend so much time together,and Brand was “Smitten”
    Is that the end of her story as I cant seem to find mention of her in any of your other books.Please put me out of my misery…
    Thanks .
    A fellow Robert..

    • Glad you enjoy the books, Robert!

      Kareste is one of my favorite characters, so I don’t think you’ve seen the last of her just yet. She’ll make a return. And she’ll have her staff back. Wherever the danger is thickest, that’s where you’ll find her. But it might take a while.

      She had a few issues though. And she was getting very close to Brand. That was the reason she left – she had to get herself right first. If she didn’t leave straightaway, she doubted she ever would. After that though, what would be would be…


        Hi Robert.
        Thanks for the quick reply…….good to hear of your plans. Kareste is a fav of mine too as you may have guessed.I kinda thought she had issues to resolve I will continue to enjoy your books and hope for more Kareste
        .All the best for your writing

  6. Cheers! FYI, the next book after the current series finishes is called “The Seventh Knight”. Just maybe, she’ll find her way back in that. We’ll see!

  7. Angela Hammonds-Jones

    So in the timeline of things, is the Lanrik series before the others? Do you have a history of Alithoras? I read the Raithlindrath series a while back. I’m starting on the Durlindrath. I am wanting some idea of a timeline is all.

    • The events in the Raithlindrath series with Lanrik occur just before the events of the Durlindrath series with Brand. Following fast on that is the Son of Sorcery series and then the Dark God rising series. There’s only a matter of a few years between events – sometimes even less.


  8. MaureenT

    I very much enjoyed the Durlindrath series. Brand became one of my all time favorite fantasy novel characters, and I was excited to see that his story was continuing in a new series in which he is the MC. I have chosen not to start the Dark God Rises Trilogy until it’s complete, but I’m now beginning to wonder how long I’m going to have to wait. Book 2 came out only four months after Book 1, but it’s now been over six months, and Book 3 is still not out. Any idea on when Book 3 will be released?

    • Ahoy – good news! Book three (and the last book of the series) has been released quite recently. Enjoy!

      • MaureenT

        Yes, I just now accidentally stumbled over it. It’s not linked to the series, so it isn’t showing up on the trilogy’s page, which is why I didn’t know it was out.

        Off I go to start reading Book 1!

      • Amazon can be slow to link books in a series up. I hope you enjoy it though. Cheers!

      • Santiago Munoz

        Will there be a new series for Brand’s adventures in the north? The epilogue makes it seem so I just wanted to ask for sure. Also the Seventh Knight is under a different Author’s name on Kindle. Is it the same world and lore? Maybe i was confused. Love your work. I started with the Dark God trilogy but will be reading your others now!

      • I’m glad you enjoy the books!

        Yes, I think I’ll return to Brand at some point in the future. He has his work cut out for him in the north, but for a while I’m moving southward. This is where the events of the Seventh Knight unfold. You’re right by the way – there’s another book called The 7th Knight. This is set in Wales, but isn’t connected to me in any way.


  9. Travis

    I have greatly enjoyed your books. I love your writing style and that the good guys are actually good instead of morally gray. Despite struggles they strong and I never have to cringe about what the “hero” has done. Thank you for your stories looming forward to more.

  10. Stuart Griffin

    Can you tell me when your next book is out……7th Knight. Enjoyed all of your books so far. And is the 7th knight a single book or part of a new series.

    • The Seventh Knight is written, and it’s book one of a new series. Book two is also written, and part of book three. The current plan is to publish them from early June…but these are difficult times and that plan may change depending on circumstances.

      • Abraham

        Hope you are doing good. Love your books.

        Is “The Seventh Knight” also delayed to June?

      • Cheers! The Seventh Knight is still set for a June release, but probably toward the end of the month.

      • Travis

        Mr. Ryan,

        I will be finishing the Kingshield series tomorrow (which by the way I have immensely enjoyed). However, I have read all of your works (more than once) and find myself looking hard for other authors who maintain noble bright standards in their work. Are there any authors you can recommend? Thank you in advance even if the answer is no.

      • I’m glad you enjoyed the Kingshield series. Book four in that series isn’t too long away. In terms of other noble bright books, there is a list on the Goodreads website (link below). I can’t vouch for how good the list is – I haven’t read many of the books (I’m too busy writing these days to read much, which is a pity). One that’s probably not on it is the Chronicles of Hawklan by Roger Taylor. It’s an old favorite of mine, but little known. There’s also The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper, which isn’t quite epic fantasy, but is very much noble bright and one of my all-time favorites.


        Hope that helps!

      • Travis

        That is great help thank you. I greatly enjoyed sage knight and can’t wait for the next one. I’m hoping Aranloth has somehow managed to survive and pops back in too. Thank you again for your response and the great stories you have written.

  11. Angela Hammonds-Jones

    Just finished readying the first book in the Kingshield series. I have read all of the other series that I know of starting with Lanrik, then Brand, then Gil, back to Brand. All these stories of course are intertwined. I have a request because this has been one of my biggest pet peeves of any of these books. I want a map lol I want the cities laid out on a map. 😀

  12. Well, good news – sort of. A map does exist. It’s old, and it has layers of new additions on it over the years. It’s rough and ready, but it keeps me on track because when my characters go somewhere miles are miles and I measure it on the map to get it right and to know how long it takes. But, alas, my map-making skills are very poor. It’s not fit for release. However, it has been on my mind to hire a pro to transform it into something publishable. I will probably do that, but it might be a good while before I get around to it.

  13. James Thomas

    James Thomas
    Nov. 30, 2020
    I have just finished the 4 books in the Kingshield series. Loved your style of writing and stories.. Now when will book 5 be released?

  14. Bostoncbr

    I don’t see any news of Book 6 and I can’t wait!!!! I am so hooked! So glad Scarlet Knight came out earlier than Amazon said….but now I am holding my breath for #6. I guess I will just have to go back and read all the earlier series while I wait–but any clues?

  15. Billy

    Hi Robert how old is aronloth am I right thinking around the 10000 mark as one of the books mentions he knew the first queen of the letharn and there empire lasted a few thousand years I think I like the mystery that surrounds him but I’d love a back story of how he came to be a wizard priest love the books by the way thank for keeping me entertained during this pandemic

    • Billy – you’re on the mark. Aranloth knew the first queen of the Letharn, and that empire stretches back as far as you say. This hasn’t been revealed yet in the stories, but he’s actually related to her. His history is being unpacked little by little, book by book.

      Glad you’re enjoying the stories. Cheers!

  16. celestineruecker

    Why is Erlissa not in and of the books after the Rathlindrath series or will she come out later and we just haven’t seen her yet?

  17. Patricia Watson

    Hi I just wanted to say how much I have really loved your books. I started a couple of months ago and have consumed them avidly. I think I have now read all that have been released and am waiting on the Kingshield series book 6 Sacred Knight.
    I love your characters and plots. Is there a full list of all your novels? I read the Kingshield series first, then discovered the Raithlindrath, Durlindrath, Sons of Sorcery, and Dark God Rises. So have I missed anything? I would really love to read about Brand’s travels to the north but what really interests me are the Letharn and the Halathrin. There are so many breadcrumbs about them throughout your novels but I would love to hear about the Letharn as a civilisation and the coming of the Halathrin to the land.
    Thank you for all the hours your stories have filled for me!

    • I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the books! You haven’t missed anything, and The Sacred Knight isn’t too far away. It’s on schedule for about mid May.

      There’s not really a reading list, or even a reading order. Every individual series is fully contained. I should probably get around to putting something up on Amazon to reflect that though.

      Brand’s travels to the north are on my mind for a future series. It may take quite a while to get to that project though.

      A project, going back to the origin of the Letharn and Halathrin is also on the cards. But again, I’m afraid that’s not going to be any time soon.

      But here’s a scoop for you. The next series is taking place in the north-west of Alithoras, in the lands of the Cheng, and Asana and Kubodin will be involved.


  18. Hello,
    I’ve been enjoying your books. What is the order of the books featuring Brand? I’ve read the ones where he is in Cordoth and I have one book left in The Dark God Rises series.

  19. Glad you’re enjoying them!

    Brand first appears in the short story collection “A Spell of Swords”. Then in the Durlindrath series, the Son of Sorcery series and then finally in the Dark God Rises series.

    Having said that, each of these series is fully self contained, so they can be read in any order. But the above is the chronological order.


  20. Endur

    I was reading the Kindle version of Kings of Sorcery and didn’t see a map. Is there a map?

  21. Where can I find maps of Alithoras? Thanks!

    • There are no publicly available maps of Alithoras at the moment. I do have some, but my map-drawing skills aren’t good. One day I’ll engage a pro map maker and then release them. Cheers!

      • Sire of great Wisdom:

        If you might see it in your heart to share even the barest scraps of map-lore i would be deeply indebted! Im absolutely loving your tales of Alithoras! But i find myself confused about the quests between the many places. If you might find it possible to share one, I will not jusge your map making skills. Truly ive judged you already! As one of the highest, most mettle among authors and bards worldwide. Please send me, or at least lets converse. chris@alpiar.com

      • Thanks for the kind words! I just can’t release the draft map I work with, but given interest in a map is high I promise to re-prioritize having a pro one made up.


      • Apologies for my poor use of mettle

  22. David Sherrin

    Brand has headed North at the end of “Dark God Rises” – has Brand adventure there been written yet – please..

  23. Bonscott

    Just found your books on Kindle Unlimited and I’m moving thru them, will read then all before moving on to any other books.

    I too would love a map. How about do a Kickstarter for a map? Can be something low like a couple hundred or something, enough to hire a pro to help design it. Then release it for download for a small price or something, free to those that pledged. Just an idea. Richard Knaak does small Kickstarters all the time for things like this.

    Also, while I’m not a huge fan of social media, do you have anything that you keep up to date? Facebook, Twitter, etc.? Real hard to find any info on your and your books on the Internet.

    • I’ll think about the kickstarter thing. Thanks for the idea!

      I like to keep a low profile on social media. That frees up my time to concentrate just on the storytelling side of things. Hope you enjoy the books!


  24. Abhinay

    Can you please let me know when the next book on Shaman sword series- Swords of Wrath will be released?

  25. Robert Ryan

    The book is written now, but it’s about to be edited. I think the first week in February is most likely.

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