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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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God, I enjoyed this book (which is really two books in one). It has a mix of likable characters, humor and a nice story that just works for me. I wouldn't call it the best series ever written and I fear that it might not hold up on a second reading, but at least while you're reading it for the first time it's really entertaining. ( )
  kenzen | Feb 23, 2015 |
I listened to the whole series as audio books, and I have to say there was never a boring moment. The story was intricate enough to be interesting without getting so convoluted that I lost interest.

The narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds was engaging and clear.

The storyline runs through a time when the world is coming to an end, but only the church and one wizard know the truth. Two thieves are hired to steal a sword and the job changes their lives. There’s a mystery, dragons, elves, gods, and we’re never sure who will save the world.

Okay I did figure out who would save the world, but Michael J. Sullivan did a great job in convincing me I was wrong until the end. The characters are not all lovable, nor are they all loyal, or helpful, but they all have a place and they all have reasons for their actions.

I recommend this to anyone who like fantasy sagas, and love stories, and magic. ( )
  Perrywilson | Aug 18, 2014 |
Take Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser and merge it with a dumbed down D&D adventure and you get Theft of Swords. It is in desperate need of a good editor but otherwise a decent tale to pass the time. Oh, if you are not familiar with the names mentioned at the beginning, run out and pick up anything by Fritz Leiber. ( )
  revslick | Jul 13, 2014 |
Really quite extraordinary. No farm folk orphan with a destiny here, just two thieves and a magically retarded wizard with no hands. Brilliant! I have already started the next omnibus, ( )
  amusing.nickname | May 19, 2014 |
Very solid start to the series. The story moves well and the good-cop/good-cop vibe between the co-protagonists feels as much like a buddy movie as a fantasy novel. I will definitely continue with this series. ( )
  Jefficus | Apr 25, 2014 |
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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)

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:23:49 -0400)

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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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