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Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations) (edition 2011)

by Michael J. Sullivan

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Title:Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations)
Authors:Michael J. Sullivan
Info:Orbit (2011), Edition: 1, Paperback, 704 pages
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Enjoyable fantasy with a mid earth feel. Yes I'll read the next one. Lots of things still unexplained, good character depth. Good writing. Not as surprising as Game of Thrones, not as high fantasy as Lord of the Rings. Good narrator. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
A comical and exciting adventure! I loved these books! ( )
  LaPhenix | Mar 8, 2016 |
I think I would like to start with a damn, damn that I do not have book 2 ready. It was not like it ended with a cliffie, now, it was just that I need to freaking know!It is just the kind of fantasy I like. Quests, kingdoms, baddies and a great cast.

Our “heroes” are Royce, a thief and Hadrian, a mercenary. Together they form the band Riyria, and steal their way through life. The chemistry between these two is just great; you can feel that they have been friends for a very long time. They are also so funny together, one wanting one thing, the other one another thing, but they are friends and the trust each other (even if the other one has a stupid plan for instance.) That is truly what is good about this book Royce and Hadrian.

And once more, I just do not feel I can do it justice. It started off ok, then it got better, then it got even better, and I was hooked, and even though I was nowhere near the end I lamented the fact that I did not have book 2 ready (getting it for xmas). The books grabs hold of you and won’t let go. And you do not want it to let go either.

I could say a lot of things, of the banter between them, of the two quests they had, of Myron the monk they met, but I will just say that it had a solid plot. It was originally a 6 book series, and now it is a 3 book series. So this book is about 2 things, but they are connected since everything will lead up to one thing in the end. The world is looking for someone, and then we have an evil church too (they always make good baddies.)

So yes just read it. I am SO glad Melissa got me to read this book because it was well worth it. My review may not amount to much since my mind is all “want book2!”. But in the end that is all you need to know, it made me want book 2, and I that book is as good as ordered already. I can’t wait to read more. ( )
  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
This is a trilogy of swashbuckling epic awesomeness. I'm a critical reader and hard to win over; so many fantasy books end up being forgettable and mediocre to me. When I started this one, I was instantly turned off by the banter, and I wasn't thrilled to be introduced to main characters who had a ton of history together. Great, I thought. It's going to be bogged down with backstory and cheesy banter.

I almost stopped reading, but these books have tons of glowing reviews, so I kept going, ready to stop if it didn't improve soon. And bit by bit, I got drawn in. This series is all banter and cheesiness on the surface, but it has epic scope and depths. It's not just about two thieves. There's adventure, there's romance, there's magic, and it's all excellent. Some of the main characters look cliche at first, but then you get to know them, and it turns out they're not the usual spoiled prince or big dumb thug. They have hidden depths, and they're memorable.

I grew to love the characters of Hadrian and Arista. I never warmed to Royce, but I'm not sure the reader is supposed to warm to him--and the rest of the cast more than makes up for him. I finished THEFT OF SWORDS wanting the next book. The rest of this trilogy blew me away, so I recommend it with a full five stars. It's well worth reading. ( )
  Abby_Goldsmith | Feb 10, 2016 |
Light, enjoyable buddy book set in a world where two thieves are set up for the murder of a king and then have to try and save the kingdom. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
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To my wife, Robin, my partner in life and in the adventure of making this series, whose hard work and dedication made it all possible.

To my daughter Sarah, who would not read the story until it was published.

To Steve Gilllick for his feedback, and Pete DeBrule, who started this whole thing

And to the members of Dragonchow, my original fan club
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Hadrian could see little in the darkness, but he could hear them -- the sanpping of twigs, the crush of leaves, and the brush of grass.
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Includes The Crown Conspiracy (first published Oct. 1, 2008) and Avempartha (first published Mar 31, 2009).
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Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles-until they are hired to pilfer a famed sword. What appears to be just a simple job finds them framed for the murder of the king and trapped in a conspiracy that uncovers a plot far greater than the mere overthrow of a tiny kingdom.

Can a self-serving thief and an idealistic swordsman survive long enough to unravel the first part of an ancient mystery that has toppled kings and destroyed empires?

And so begins the first tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316187747, Paperback)

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 unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are 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.

When author Michael J. Sullivan self-published the first books of his Riyria Revelations, they rapidly became ebook bestsellers. Now, Orbit is pleased to present the complete series for the first time in bookstores everywhere.

Theft of Swords (contains: The Crown Conspiracy Avempartha)Rise of Empire   (contains: Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm)Heir of Novron   (contains: Wintertide Percepliquis)
The Crown Tower (coming Aug 2013)The Rose and the Thorn (coming Sep 2013)

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"Two thieves in the wrong place at the wrong time are on the run in this fact-paced adventure fantasy"--Provided by publisher.

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