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Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1-2)

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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
Paperback, 681 pages
Published November 23rd 2011 by Orbit
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Michael No it doesn't. It's actually one of the things that sets it apart from many of the current books in fantasy. My goal was to write a book that was…moreNo it doesn't. It's actually one of the things that sets it apart from many of the current books in fantasy. My goal was to write a book that was aimed at adults, but could be read by people of all ages. So to that end there is no sex, graphic violence, or explicit language.

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)
Michael I would concur to start with Revelations (Theft of Swords). As for completeness. Revelations was one big tale broken into six individual episodes so…moreI would concur to start with Revelations (Theft of Swords). As for completeness. Revelations was one big tale broken into six individual episodes so yes it all wraps up there. Chronicles isn't designed that way. The first two tell the complete origin story and subsequent books in that series will be mainly standalone adventures. My approach will be to put out a Chronicle then see what the readers thing as far as wanting more. If they do, then I'll write another. I have ideas for 10 more books stacked up but I'll only release them if it's still something people want to read. I don't want the pair to overstay their welcome.(less)
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I'm the author of this book, so I'm not going to do a rating but I did want to take just a moment to say a few words about what I was trying to do in this book.

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
Jan 15, 2017 Petrik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-physical
2.75/5 Stars

Buddy read with my favorites Sarah & Haifa

(This is an unpopular opinion, out of all my friends I'm literally the only one who rate this book lower than 3 so if you're easily offended please don't read this review.)

Don’t let my average rating fool you into thinking this is an average series, that’s my cumulative rating of the two books included in Theft of Sword and right now, I can’t really make a final decision on whether to recommend this series or not yet because of how this s
Mar 15, 2015 Katerina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Two words.
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
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
The two books in this tome are AMAZEBALLS!



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
Jan 15, 2017 ☽Luna☾ rated it really liked it
Full review now up!

3.5/5 ★★★

Buddy read with these gangsters; Oppa &Breadstick.

So first thing I noticed after purchasing theft of swords, was the hideous cover.. Yuck! I hate it. Seriously the description in the book of what Royce & Hadrian look like is nothing like the cover, for one Hadrian is a gorgeous blondie, why for the love of God does he look like a bald cretin on the cover? Seriously the cover did leave a sour taste in my mouth. Apart from the ugly cover i also hated the name
Alex Farrand
Dec 30, 2016 Alex Farrand rated it it was amazing
Theft of Swords is a compilation of two books, The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha. In both of the novels the heroes, Hadrian and Royce, were hired to steal a sword, which causes a downward effect of dangerous adventures.

*Slow clap*

These two novels ended my year on such a high, that I am grateful for Mr. Sullivan's work. I am so glad I didn't find the books I was in search for at Barnes and Nobles, and instead bought this one. The novels were fast paced, adventurous stories, that hooked me in f
Oct 04, 2011 seak rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, arc-review
Theft of Swords is an omnibus of the first two books in the Riyria Reveleations, The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha. It's also somewhat the story of an independently published author turned major publishing success as is nicely explained here by Iceberg Ink.

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
This is a brilliant piece of storytelling that any fantasy or action/adventure lover should go and read this. However before I divulge more information in that manner I would like to raise a few points. My first point being about fantasy in general while my second point will be about cliché and storytelling.

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
Nov 02, 2016 Orient rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Recommended to Orient by: Ivan and Craig
I saw some fangirling/fanboying reviews on GR for this series and I always wondered what was the fuss about. This book was firstly recommended by one of my GR friends, Ivan. Thanks, Ivan :) Lots of people started reading this series and when one of my GR friends and awesome GIF master Craig reminded this book to me, I just thought – why not. Thanks, Craig ;) Also I want to thank the high priestess of Hadrian’s temple, aka TS and of course her right hand and great helper, Sarah, for emotional and ...more
Jan 06, 2017 Celeste rated it it was amazing
Full review now posted!

When I first read The Name of the Wind a few years ago, I just knew that Patrick Rothfuss would be my favorite fantasy author for the rest of my life. I’m a loyalist; once I hitch my little fan wagon onto a fandom train, I’m there until the end of the line. Even if the quality goes down, even if plot twists in a way that I hate, even if I have to wait years and years between installments, my mama didn’t raise no quitter. And I’m definitely not quitting the Kingkiller Chron
Oct 15, 2016 Brad rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2016-shelf
This is a light and fun fantasy that happens to be mostly traditional in that it features kingdoms, elves, betrayals, a wizard and a big bad monster and a broken sword.

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
Jan 29, 2016 Samir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Great book!
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
Jan 28, 2017 Haïfoun rated it really liked it
*********** Full review finally posted! ***************

Buddy read with Sarah and Petrik
Riyria is without a doubt one of my favorite series! So unsurprisingly, when two of my besties decided to give it a try, I couldn't resist and I jumped at the chance to re-read it!

My rating hasn't changed since my first read and it's still somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars (rounded up because I absolutely love the series as a whole and might be a tiny bit biased)

I think I can safely say that Riyria is definit
Sep 04, 2014 Evgeny rated it it was amazing
I was lucky, I guess. I came back to reading fantasy after a long hiatus, and this was the first book I picked up. To make a long story short, I like the book to the point I had to choose between reading a couple of more pages and getting a little more sleep at night. I would not say it grabs you right away, but it kind of grows on you.

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
Jan 29, 2013 Michael added it  ·  (Review from the author)
TODAY ONLY (10/14/16) -- Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2) is $2.99 as part of Amazon's Daily Deal. That's two books for $1.49 each. Here is a link to get a copy for yourself. The book has 37,300 4 & 5 star reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and And, it's part of the Whispersync program, so if you buy the ebook, you can get the audio book deeply discounted as well.

Those that know me, are aware that I never rate or review my own books. But I do use this space as a way
Dec 31, 2012 Bookwraiths rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, e-books
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

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
edge of bubble
Dec 02, 2016 edge of bubble rated it really liked it
Riyria books are like matryoshka dolls, books within books. Finding out that I actually had two books in my hands was like opening a present to discover more presents inside of it.

The story starts with the heroes getting robbed at sword point. When they started to educate the would-be robbers on the finest points of roadside robbery, however cliché it was, I knew I'd get interesting heroes. And I was not disappointed! After 50 pages, I was already emotionally invested in the heroes and wanted to
Jul 25, 2016 Aristea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so excited about this one: I made a longer review on my blog, here it is:

Please let me know what you think about it, a brand new blog to resume my love for books and my will to share it!
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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 doe
Robin (Bridge Four)
Kindle Deal on amazon for $2.99. 2/16/17

♘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 Sulliv
Torn between 2 and 3 stars, opted with two. I wanted to love this book. I liked it well enough, but after all the hype, I was ultimately disappointed with it. This should have been right up my happy little alley. I should be drooling over the series. I'll still read the next books, but not with the fervor of The Doors of Stone or The Republic of Thieves...or if Lois McMaster Bujold writes more in the Chalion series.

I'll start with the pros:

The overarching plot of the Heir of Novron and the stri
Oct 21, 2016 Philip rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
3ish stars

The first in a high fantasy series epic in length, if not necessarily in content. Or at least not by the time this first installment ends.

In a lot of ways this is a really refreshing book because, though it more or less follows the basic formula for an epic fantasy story (minus a few noticeable deviations), it does so with the lightheartedness, humor and joy that's missing from most books in the genre. For the same reason I wasn't affected by it quite as much as I hoped to be. I wasn'
May 11, 2014 Conor rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, riyria

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
Nicklein Mae
Apr 10, 2017 Nicklein Mae rated it it was amazing
This is PERFECTION. This is absolutely one of the best books I've ever read in my entire life!

The writing was gawrjus. It's so captivating and beautiful and I seriously want to weep at how the author managed to keep me engaged and interested down to the very last words of this wonderful volume.

First of all, this volume consists of two books: The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha. So this review might be a lot longer than usual. Second of all, you might want to buckle up your seatbelts because you
Nimrod Daniel
Feb 06, 2017 Nimrod Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Crown Conspiracy

The Crown Conspiracy was even better than I had expected. Royce and Hadrian are really great characters, they make a very interesting (and hilarious) team. While Hadrian is a righteous ex-soldier, Royce is a cynical thief with a devious mind, and these two guys make a great team, and Ocean 11 instantly pops to my mind when I think about this team. Both are extremely capable, each in his own way. The supporting characters are quite good, and they evolve though the book, which
Oct 26, 2016 Ricky rated it it was amazing
What an awesome read fast paced and fun. While the chronicle series is good this series is amazing. Hardin and Royce are a joy to read about and their chemistry is showcased in the books perfectly. Overall a great read!!!
TS Chan
Apr 2016: Reread with the fabulous Buddies Books and Baubles

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.

Highly recommended!

Dec 2015 (audio):
Finished my reread via audiobook, a great deal faster than I've expected as I just can't stop reachi
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars

So Theft of Swords is actually a bind up of two novels, The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha. It follows the adventures of swords for hire, Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater.

My main struggle with this book is that neither of the stories really delved deep enough for me to invest. Every so often a scene would catch and hold my attention, but it was a bit of a roller coaster on my end.

I feel like I don't know Royce or Hadrian hardly at all. Aside from some good comedic mo
Kevin Xu
Oct 13, 2012 Kevin Xu rated it liked it
I wish I could have liked the book in order to give the book a higher rating, especially when Michael J. Sullivan is probably the author that I know that interacts the most on Goodreads, but the book had too many tropes. I read the book because Michael really wanted everyone to read the book, and told him I would check it out. Before I read the book, I thought the book was on the level like all others writing in fantasy, without any tropes, trying to be different. Then I read the extra that the ...more
Jun 02, 2017 Mili rated it liked it
Shelves: own-the-book
Theft of Swords altogether is a great start to a new series!

The first part of the story isnt really engaging but it does tell where the main plot will lead to and the lovely duo Royce and Hadrian are introduced. What kept me hooked was the tale about the wizard, Esrahaddon something? And the mention of dwarves and elves ( thats when I thought I need to hang in theeeere! ).

Part two improved, I was hooked! Love the wizard~ the plot got a bit more complicated and piqued my interest more. The smal
Apr 21, 2012 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This Riyria Revelations omnibus included the first two books in the series, The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha.

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
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“Hadrian shook his head and sighed. “Why do you have to make everything so difficult? They’re probably not bad people—just poor. You know, taking what they need to buy a loaf of bread to feed their family. Can you begrudge them that? Winter is coming and times are hard.” He nodded his head in the direction of the thieves. “Right?”
“I ain’t got no family,” flat-nose replied. “I spend most of my coin on drink.”
“You’re not helping,” Hadrian said.”
“Aren’t you going to say, I told you so?” Hadrian whispered.
“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?”
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