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Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1-2)
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 two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they're framed for the murder of the king. Trappe ...more
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Originally, I was writing this book for my then thirteen-year-old daughter to help her get into reading (she struggled due to dyslexia). So again, it's no a YA book by any means, but it is something that can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages.(less)
For those who don't know, I wrote all six books in the series before publishing any of them (truth be told when I wrote the books I had no intention on publishing at all). This allowed me to weave threads between the books, but I made sure that each title had its own conflict and resolution. My intention was to start small and end big, wi ...more
It's elvish for two.”
What happens when a sarcastic thief/former assassin and an idealistic mercenary/brilliant swordsman get in the way of a conspiracy for world domination? Epic fantasy at its finest ,that's the answer.Include some legends about a God's heir who is going to unite the world,a plotting Church with a secret agenda,Elves who are waiting for the opportune moment to gain their lands back,swordfights,prostitutes,monks,hidden prisons and witches and t ...more
Book 1 - The Crown of Conspiracy
I fell in love with Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn right off the bat. They are moseying along to get to their destination and they are over taken by a few bandits of sorts. And Hadrian and Royce have this conversation with themselves and with the bandits. Said bandits are a little confused at the relaxed manner of the Riyria men. But . . . once they find out who Hadrian and Royce are, they are beside themselves tryin ...more
I have to first confess that this is exactly the type of story I love, so pardon my overlooking of any of the faults.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Theft of Swords is that it's "traditional" fantasy. It deals with good ...more
Fantasy as a genre in many ways was formed with The Lord of the Rings and then shortly afterwards, as much as people dismiss it, The Sword of Shannara. Subsequent books appeared such as The ...more
Those that know me, are aware that I never rate or review my own books. But I do use this space as a way ...more
Theft of Swords was a novel I was tentative about beginning. Not because I did not want to sample this series, which I had read and heard so much about from its numerous followers on Goodreads, but for the simple reason that I have grown to like Mr. Sullivan a great deal since joining Goodreads: I’ve been his “friend” in the GR sense for many months, followed his reviews/blogs, and enjoyed his comments in numerous groups. However, as I sat there debating ...more
And oh, yeah, two lovable rogues, a princess, a prince, and a geek. Um, sorry, I mean monk.
It's really all about the adventure, adventure, adventure.
This book was originally two smaller volumes that was combined into one, and I'm not quite sure that combining them was really the proper way to go about it. Do they really fit toget ...more
A buddy read with my sword wielding friends at BB&B!!!
Several years ago I joined GR and one of the first people I befriended was Michael J. Sullivan. Not because I knew his books, but because I had been reading many of his reviews and I found the both well written and insightful. Eventually I found out he was an author and I finally got to reading this book thanks to the buddy read at Buddies, Books and Boubles group.
I should have ventured into the Riyria universe long time ago! I ...more
Reading with all my fantasy friends at Buddies Books & Baubles
Theft of Swords
This is my very first Omnibus, actually before this I didn’t know what an Omnibus was so halfway through the book when the first story ended and the next on began I was surprised. But YAY score two books for the price of one….who doesn’t like that kind of deal?
Fantasy is my first love and I always enjoy it when I find a new series to get excited about. Michael J Sul ...more
Third time in a span of just one year, and I am still loving it!
The characters are people whom you just do not want to leave (well aside from those you'd want to die from a horrible death), while the storyline simply and quite skilfully teases out a mystery of centuries past.
Dec 2015 (audio):
Finished my reread via audiobook, a great deal faster than I've expected as I just can't stop reachi ...more
So I've given this book 3.5 stars as the 1st half (Theft of swords) is 3 star quality and the 2nd half (Avempartha) is 4 star (This book is the compilation of 2 previously published books). It chronicles the adventures of the legendary thief partnership Riyria, which is Elvish for 'two' (all the years I spent studying Elvish are finally paying off).
Theft of Swords- 3 Stars
For the most part Theft of swords was an enjoyable, lighthearted fantasy adventure. However at times the impersonal narrat ...more
I'll start with the pros:
The overarching plot of the Heir of Novron and the stri ...more
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I have no mixed feelings about this book: I simply loved it. Now, this is two books in one pretty much. Both stories are really good but the second lays the foundations for the following development.
I am clearly in love with Royce and Hadrian, the good-deed doers, although often because Hadrian jumps the gun!
Arista and Alric are ...more
Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater are a resourceful duo in a questionable profession, they work as thieves and they are impressive. When a last second easy yet highly profitable opportunity comes their way to steal a legendary sword, Hadrian jumps at it. Royce grudgingly agrees to steal the sword for the King's castle. When they arrive there is no sword at all, only a dead King. Now Hadrian and Royce have been framed for murdering a King and it looks like there is nothin ...more
Only on occasion do you find a book you can wholeheartedly recommend but in this case I can. I realize that others won't like these as wel ...more
“So,” Royce said, “you want us to escape from this prison, kidnap the king, cross the countryside with him in tow while dodging soldiers who I assume might not accept our side of the story, and go to another secret prison so that he can visit an inmate?”
Arista did not appear amused. “Either that, or you can be tortured to death in four hours.”
“Sounds like a really good plan to me,” Hadrian declared.“Royce?”
“I like any plan where I don’t die a horrible death.”
This is g ...more
Fun and entertaining this read blends well-known fantasy tropes and new ideas and the result is something quite unique, yet very comforting and readable! The second part Avempartha is definitely stronger than the first The Crown Conspiracy. For now I'm rounding the rating down to 4 stars but I might round it up to 5 after my full review is ready. I need more time to think all through. I'm still gushing about the ending now! So great!
An ominous way to start, eh? Actually it’s not all bad – Sullivan has a good authorial voice, an excellent line in witty banter, engaging characters, and a bunch of interesting ideas.
The problem is, this trilogy of books needed better editing. I’ve gathered that Sullivan is one of the handful of authors who’ve made the transition from self-published to published, which is great for him. But Orbit Books is not the first publis ...more
06/04/2016 Buddy read with my fantasy friends over at BB&B.
A better bromance I have not read in a while.
Royce Melborn, a very skilled thief, and Hadrian Blackwater, a tough mercenary who takes his swordfighting very seriously and always has three swords on hand, who together from The Riyria. They are known for taking on difficult and sometimes impossible jobs.
And their latest job has put them in an impossible situation – framed for the murder of the king. They are forced to kidnap the pr...more
The Crown Conspiracy
This was a fun sword and sorcery style fantasy. The plot revolves around two thieves who take on the job of stealing a nobleman's sword only to find themselves caught up in a plot to assassinate the king.
It was a fun read. The story was packed with humor, action, adventure, intrigue, and magic. The lead characters Hadrian and Royce were very likable. I loved the w ...more
A little more details. Two main characters and interaction between them are well written and very interesting, and none of the major characters are boring (I am l ...more
I was looking for something light and fun, with sort of a goofy story and some likeable characters; just a fluff adventure book. And that's just what this is--the story is nothing to ch ...more
It contains two stories; The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha and i loved both of them.
Fast paced, light and awesome storytelling, great world-building and cool side characters but main characters are the ones who stole the show. Royce and Hadrian are the epitome of cool; Royce is a great thief and Hadrian is a great swordsman and they complete each other in a great way professionally but they're also great and loyal friends.
I'm so happy I've read this book and I'm even happier that ...more
[4 Stars] The Crown Conspiracy
This was such a fun fantasy romp! I love all of the humor, action, and witty dialogue. I think this book was the perfect introduction to the fabulous Riyria duo, Royce and Hadrian. I definitely think this book could have used better character development and world building. There are also few moments where "info-dumping" becomes slightly tedious, but the plot and writing was overall such fun that I forgave most of my qualms. I don't really have much ...more
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|Buddy Reads: * Theft of Swords General Discussion **No Spoilers Here**||31||10||Jul 21, 2016 04:39PM|
|Buddy Reads: * Chapter 5: Esrahaddon||2||3||Jul 09, 2016 04:36PM|
|Buddy Reads: Chapter 15: The Heir of Novron||1||5||Jul 09, 2016 04:08PM|
|Buddy Reads: * Chapter 14: As Darkness Falls||1||3||Jul 09, 2016 04:07PM|
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“I ain’t got no family,” flat-nose replied. “I spend most of my coin on drink.”
“You’re not helping,” Hadrian said.”
“What would be the point in that?”
“Oh, so you’re saying that you’re going to hang on to this and throw it at me at some future, more personally beneficial moment?”
“I don’t see the point in wasting it now, do you?”