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Theft of Swords

(The Riyria Revelations #1-2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  62,111 ratings  ·  4,335 reviews
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 o ...more
Paperback, 691 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 aime…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 y…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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.75/5 stars on my first read, 4/5 stars on my second read

It’s been five years (January 2017) since I first read through The Riyria Revelations, and I honestly didn’t expect I would ever read through this series again. That changed after last year. Last year, out of nowhere, I suddenly missed Royce, Hadrian, and the characters of The Riyria Revelations. And I ended up reading through The Riyria Chronicles, the prequel series to The Riyria Revelations, which I enjoyed immensely. After I finished
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US 6/7/19

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, th
Jan 29, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Those that know me, are aware that I never rate or review my own books. But I do use this space as a way to update you on things that you might find interesting.

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Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fae, favorites, fantasy
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 wit
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(3.5) A fun escapist fantasy. Will continue the series!
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites-2020
4.25 stars

I loved this first installment. Royce and Hadrian’s friendship is the classic thief bond I so enjoy. They are such a great balance for each other. Neutral good with chaotic neutral? We love to see it. Plus we add in the classic themes of sword and sorcery, elves, dwarves, magical beasts, and a conniving Church.. honestly what’s not to love?

I gave The Crown Conspiracy 4 stars and Avempartha 4.5 stars.
Luna. ✨
Jan 15, 2017 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 of the b
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5 stars*

This was such a fun, fast read.

Theft of Swords has everything a fantasy reader wants: engaging characters, good plot, appropriate world building... what lets it down is that I was never quite invested in the lives of our 2 male leads, Royce and Hadrian.

If that wasn't disappointing enough, Sullivan ensured that the male characters were relevant while the women were depicted as either evil or prostitutes. This pulled me out of the story completely.

Further, the scope of the world buildi
Robin (Bridge Four)
Sale Alert: Kindle daily deal 27Mar20 $2.99

♘Re-Read with all my fantasy friends at Buddies Books & Baubles Starting Jun 22, 2019♘

Just as good the second time around and since I've also read Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire, #1) by Michael J. Sullivan Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire, #2) by Michael J. Sullivan Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire, #3) by Michael J. Sullivan Age of Legend (The Legends of the First Empire, #4) by Michael J. Sullivan I'm looking at the lore of that time a little more closely. It is fun to see the historical inaccuracies as time changed the legends of the past.

Hadrian and Royce's bromance is a fantastic read on page.

Original Review:

♖Theft of Swords♖

This is my very first Omnibus, actually before this I
Mayim de Vries
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cup of vanilla fantasy anyone? Something light, smart, and funny? Welcome to Riyria!

Before I started my adventure, I thought Riryia is a place and it turned out it's two dashing gentlemen who kept me well entertained. In reality, Riryia means two in elvish and it denotes a duo of mercenaries who accept only highly specific missions and heists that require something more than brute strength and killing prowess.

Royce Melborn is your “glass kind of empty” type of guy. He grew up on the streets pic
Oct 04, 2011 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
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sf
3.5* rounded up because I can. 3* for Crown Conspiracy and 4* for Avempartha

First of all, Royce and Hadrian is not the best duo of thieves from fantasy literature, Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen is. They can get 2nd position. And now that I cleared that out, I can continue with the review.

Royce and Hadrian are a famous duo of thieves that are hired to steal a sword and instead of finding what they were looking for they discover the dead body of a king for whose death they are blamed. In their que
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
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
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dresden
This duology of an omnibus struck me as user friendly, but I also realize I had little love for it. Book 1 was definitely better than book two...with a better first, second, and third act. Also a better last chapter.

I thought the last chapter for the second book might be missing pages. It ended so suddenly. Another thing is that there was something unsatisfactory about the entire book.

It looked like I was expecting lembas and got cram instead. I can't put my finger on it but I'm in a less hurry
Jonathan Terrington
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
Sep 04, 2014 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
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: year-2017, 2-star
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
Oct 15, 2016 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 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread, owned
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

Buddy read with Sarah and Petrik

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)

Riyria Revelations is without a doubt one of my favorite Fantasy series and one that I will revisit again and again in the future. I think I can safely say this is the kind of series that gets better with each book. I thought that
TS Chan
Jan 2022: Third reread, but the first time after I've finished The Legends of the First Empire. It's simply fascinating to see how history has became myths and legends which are so different from the real thing.

But on top of that, I'm just so ridiculously happy every time I listen to these books again. I'll say it once more, it's like coming home to see good old friends.
The characters are EVERYTHING! ❤️❤️❤️

Apr 2016: Reread with the fabulous Buddies Books and Baubles
Nov 02, 2016 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
Dec 31, 2012 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
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lo and behold! I’ve done it. I’ve finally read this book. I know it’s taken me crazy long to get through it, but tis the life of a slothy slow reader. Theft of Swords was a pretty awesome book and I had so much fun reading it wooppppp!

From the very first page I was pulled into the story. But what really made this story so great were the characters. They were my favourite part of this entire thing! I found them to be so compelling and well rounded. Their personalities, traits, likes and dislikes
edge of bubble
Dec 02, 2016 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
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3 Stars. Full review is up, after concluding my second attempt at reading this book!

Not much better from my original two star rating, but I can say that I actually enjoyed reading it this time around, which is a vast improvement. All things considered though, I can't help but feel that this book is vastly overrated . Fantasy is the genre, you would think, with the most potential for creativity and originality, and yet so often, it is the genre with the least variety. It's either a Tolkeinesqu
Deborah Obida
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book turned out way better than I expected. Its been a while I rated a fantasy book 5 stars, that is how much I love this.

This book is a combination of two books. The Crown conspiracy and Avempartha, the first two books of the Riyria Revelations. My review is going to be about the two books.

“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 person
Jul 25, 2016 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
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the most fun I have had reading a book this year. I laughed out loud many times throughout the book, and just had a blast with Royce and Hadrian the entire journey.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: high-fantasy, 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'
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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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