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Theft of Swords

(The Riyria Revelations #1-2)

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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 two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they're framed for the murder of the king. Trappe
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Paperback, 649 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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Michael
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
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US 6/7/19

The two books in this tome are AMAZEBALLS!

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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
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Petrik
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-ebooks
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
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Katerina
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fae, favorites
Two words.
MIND.BLOWING.
“Riyria.
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
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(3.5) A fun escapist fantasy. Will continue the series!
Michael
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.

Update: 08/03/18 -- I'm honored that The Riyria Revelations books have made a 50 BEST FANTASY BOOKS OF ALL TIME list. Thank you Nerdmuch?

Update: 06/19/18 -- Theft of Swords was picked by Barnes and Noble's Sci-fi and Fantasy blog as one of their 12 favorite heist stories with a fantasy twist. Click here to read the full story and see al
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Alex
Dec 30, 2016 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
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☽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
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Bibi
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
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Robin (Bridge Four)
♘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 didn’t know what an Omnibus was so halfway throu
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seak
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review, 2011
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
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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
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Celeste
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
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
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Adina
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
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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
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Haïfa
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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
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Orient
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
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
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Evgeny
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
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Bradley
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-shelf, fantasy
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
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Bookwraiths
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
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Svetlana
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
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Liam Degnan
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 Tolkeinesque
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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
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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 personal
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Solseit
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:
https://todaysdecameron.wordpress.com...

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
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Philip
Oct 21, 2016 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'
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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!
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Dec 2015 (audio):
Finished my reread via audiobook, a great deal faster than I've expected as I just can't stop reachi
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Conor
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, riyria
3.5

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
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
I really love big, epic fantasy books. I don't read enough of them. But they are quite an investment. Especially on Audio book, as my reading time is SO much faster than my listening time. Going in, I knew that it wouldn't be a light read, and that it was going to be a BIG listening time. In this case it was 22 hours and 37 minutes. I knew there was going to be a lot of pausing, replaying, and pushing "save clip" hundreds of time just in case I fell asleep or lost my place. But my gosh it was wo ...more
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Other books in the series

The Riyria Revelations (6 books)
  • The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations, #1)
  • Avempartha (The Riyria Revelations, #2)
  • Nyphron Rising (The Riyria Revelations, #3)
  • The Emerald Storm  (The Riyria Revelations, #4)
  • Wintertide (The Riyria Revelations, #5)
  • Percepliquis (The Riyria Revelations, #6)
“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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“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.”
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