Theft of Swords
Books | Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Michael J. Sullivan
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.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.
Michael J. Sullivan
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"I'm a little ashamed. I listen to this audiobook with my husband and could not pay attention. The narrator is wonderful. Tim Gerard Reynolds also narrated Red Rising. The first time round I couldn't keep up with Red Rising either and the second time I loved it. So I think I will give this one another chance later on down the line. <br/><br/>The beginning was bewildering with all of the information that was brought forth. So many instances were long winded. Also written in third person which I find to be impersonal at times. Very plot driven. When I could lock on to what was happening I found that I enjoyed the two thieves and their companions. Though I would lose interest soon after. This honestly seemed like a good story I'm just not sure what the problem was. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for it. Possibly the third person aspect or could have been all the information I was drowning in. Even so I would like to try again sometime."
"As I said in my review of [b:The Crown Tower|16043804|The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles #1)|Michael J. Sullivan|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1375570227s/16043804.jpg|21821161], the Riyria series seems a lot like a less-good version of [b:The Lies of Locke Lamora|127455|The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)|Scott Lynch|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1386924569s/127455.jpg|2116675]. Theft of Swords is entertaining but feels a bit clumsy and I'm not getting drawn into the story nearly as much as with Lynch's work."
"Royce and Hadrian are the best Best Friends I've ever read. I live their dynamic-- the simple brotherly love and care, the exasperation with each other's foibles-- beautiful. And two adventures for the price of one in every book in this series! One of the best crafted fantasy books of our time. Everyone should give the Riyria Revelations a try at least once."