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Roland's Path
Heirs of Vanity - Rolands Path.png
Roland's Path paperback cover art.
Novel Information
Series Heirs of Vanity
Series # 1
Saga # 1
Author R.J. Hanson
Publisher(s) Blood & Bone Publishing
Cover Illustration Henreitte Boldt
ISBN 9781797051789
OG Release Date March 20, 2019
Editions 5
Language(s) English
Audio Book Yes
Ebook Yes
Reading Order
Previous Next
N/A Roland's Vow

Roland's Path is the first book in the Heirs of Vanity series and the first story overall in the Bloodlines Reforged Saga by author R.J. Hanson. The paperback and eBook versions include a black and white map of Statvs in the back of the book

Setting[edit | edit source]

Roland's Path is set in the month Tetobier of the year 1648, in the Age of Restored Great Man Kings. If you're following the author's suggested reading order, it should be read before all other stories.[1]

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

When two servants of evil escape during young Roland’s watch, he is driven by his own shame and vanity to take up his axes and track them down himself. Raised on the rural edges of Gallhallad, can he survive the dangers and complexity of the road ahead? With the help of his lifelong friend Eldryn, the Cavalier hopeful, and an uneasy bargain with a dagger wielding cutpurse, Roland pursues a wizard of unknown powers and a woman of uncommon beauty and skill. Will Roland's vanity not only doom him, but a kingdom he hoped to one day serve as well? In Roland's world of Stratvs, vanity has a high price. A price paid with the blood of the innocent and the guilty. Around him, swords once pledged to justice rust on the altars of the self-righteous.

A boy untested undertakes a quest, the stakes of which are far more than he could guess… Can his need to prove himself overcome the odds against him? Powerful sorcerers send their agents to vie in the shadows for a holy artifact. Meanwhile, the fate of a people hangs in the balance. A mighty knight is needed… but a boy answers the call. Will his courage hold?[2]

Fan[edit | edit source]

Noteworthy[edit | edit source]

Artefacts[edit | edit source]

Characters[edit | edit source]

Locations[edit | edit source]

Chapters[edit | edit source]

  • Opening Credits Audiobook Icon.png
  • Chapter I: Enemies Meet
  • Chapter II: Escape and Pursuit
  • Chapter III: The Wild Lands
  • Chapter IV: Ruined Nolcavanor
  • Chapter V: A Question of Time
  • Chapter VI: The Test of New Allies
  • Chapter VII: Not the Whole Truth
  • Chapter VIII: The City
  • Chapter IX: Demons Inside
  • Chapter X: Friends?
  • Chapter XI: The Orphan
  • Chapter XII: Reunion
  • Epilogue: Penitence?
  • The Cost of Vanity
  • End Credits Audiobook Icon.png

Additional Content[edit | edit source]

  • Map of Stratvs.Info symbol.png

Book Club Questions[edit | edit source]

  1. Do you view Eldryn's relationship with Roland as supportive of lackadaisical?
  2. Does Roland overreact to Velryk?
  3. Does Velryk overreact to Roland?
  4. Can Ashcliff be trusted?
  5. What do you think of Petie and the bond he develops with Roland and Eldryn?
  6. What do you think about Roland's decision regarding Petie?
  7. How would you describe Roland, Velryk, Eldryn, and Ashcliff?
  8. If you could ask the author to add one thing to the book, what would it be?
  9. What do you hope happens in the next book?

Alternate Editions and Publisher(s):[edit | edit source]

Paperback[edit | edit source]

  • Release: March 20, 2019
  • ISBN: 13: 9781797051789
  • Publisher: Hanson Publishing
  • Page Count: 231

  • Release: ???[n 1][3]
  • ISBN: 13: 9781797051789
  • Publisher: Hanson Publishing
  • Page Count: 233

  • Title: Heirs of Vanity
  • Release: December 16, 2019
  • ISBN: 13: 9781671319318
  • Publisher: Hanson Publishing
  • Page Count: 775

Kindle[edit | edit source]

  • Title: Heirs of Vanity
  • Release: December 16, 2019
  • ASIN: B082V3G82N
  • Publisher: Hanson Publishing
  • Page Count: 972
  • File Size: 2,933 KB

Audiobook[edit | edit source]

  • Title: Roland's Path
  • Release: January 8, 2020
  • Publisher: R.J. Hanson
  • Narrator: Michael Badger
  • Length: 6 hours, 52 minutes

  • Title: Heirs of Vanity
  • Release: November 16, 2020
  • Publisher: R.J. Hanson
  • Narrator: Terry F. Self
  • Length: 23 hours, 33 minutes

Hardcover[edit | edit source]

Awards[edit | edit source]

Fantasy Books on Amazon[edit | edit source]

Roland's Path hit #14 in the Fantasy Books category on Amazon out of millions of contenders on February 18, 2020.[4] It hit #3 in the Epic Fantasy category on August 1, 2020.[5]

  1. #14 Fantasy Books
  2. #3 Epic Fantasy

Excerpts[edit | edit source]

  • Notable and Quotable: June 30, 2019 - Chapter IV Ruined Nolcavanor.[6]
  • Notable and Quotable: December 21, 2019 - Chapter VII Not the Whole Truth.[7]
  • Notable and Quotable: December 28, 2019 - Chapter IX Demons Inside.[8]
  • Notable and Quotable: January 11, 2020 - Chapter II Escape and Pursuit.[9]
    • Wording is slightly different than the final version.

Promotions[edit | edit source]

  • Roland's Path was part of the "Spring Spec Fic: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and other Speculative Fiction in Kindle Unlimited" which was a collection of short stories available via. KU (Kindle Unlimited) from April ??? to 30, 2020.[10][11][12]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Roland's Path is the only book in the Heirs of Vanity series to have its own audiobook.
    • The narrator for Roland's Path is different than the narrator for Heirs of Vanity.
  • The name Roland's Path was set in stone long before the book was ever written. R.J. Hanson read Warrior's Path by Louis L'Amour in his youth and told himself he'd name his story "(Main Character's Name) Path" if he ever wrote his own book.[13]
  • The first page of Roland's Path contains an error. It refers to the fifth known age, however, only 3 different ages are currently known.[14]
  • The reason Roland's Path is set in the month of Tetobier (the tenth month of the year), is because R.J. Hanson is a fan of that time of year, having been born on Halloween.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Hanson Publishing has been rebranded as Blood & Bone Publishing.
  1. Goodreads states November 2019. A post on the official FaceBook group from July 29, 2019 shows physical copies with the updated cover art.

See Also[edit | edit source]

v • d • e
Books and Stories
Heirs of Vanity
Roland's Path • Roland's Vow • Roland's Triumph • Roland's Sorrow • Roland's Search • Roland's Song • Roland's Burden • Roland's Reunion • Roland's Redemption
Heirs of Vanity (Novel) Books 1 - 3
Ashcliff • Eldryn • King Vigorr • Lord Velryk • Lynneare • Maloch • Marshal Jasper • Prince Ralston • Sir Brutis • Sir Roland
Lords of Order and Chaos
Fires That Forge • Bloom of Blood and Bone • Whetstones of the Will • Stalking Shadows • Perils of the Blue Tower • In the Names of Our Grandfathers
Lords of Order & Chaos (Novel) Books 1 - 3
Dunewell • Lady Dru • Lady Evalynne • Lord Slythorne • Lynneare • Maloch • Jonas • Silas
Lord of Chaos • Lord of Order
Short Stories
A Brief History of Stratvs • Death of a City, Birth of a Curse • Depths of Nolcavanor • Morosse, the Spike Thumb

References[edit | edit source]

  • [15] Official Website.
    • [16] Official Website, for the book clubs.
  • [17] Alternate Editions and Publisher(s) info.
  • [18] Heirs of Vanity Kindle info.
  • [19] Roland's Path audiobook info.
  • [20] Heirs of Vanity audiobook info.
  • [21] Publishing info.
  • [22] Heirs of Vanity: The First Three Books of the Epic Fantasy Series Heirs of Vanity.
  14. Roland's Path Chapter I: Enemies Meet. P4 ISBN: 9781797051789