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The Thieves

(Riyria #5.5)

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A band of thieves set upon two lonely riders in the middle of the night. They had a larger party. They had the element of surprise. There was no reason to be concerned. But they didn’t realize who they were dealing with.

NOTE: This was originally published as the first chapter of Theft of Swords, so fo
ebook, 17 pages
Published March 17th 2013 by Riyria Enterprises, LLC
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May 26, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my own short story, so of course I'm not going to rate it. It's free and can be found in three different ways

* Theft of Swords excerpt - this became the opening of that book when the series was re-released by Orbit
* The Riyria Sampler - a collection of three short stories and the excerpt from my new book.
* The Thieves - a free standalone that you can get by writing to me at michael(dot)sullivan(dot)dc(at)gmail(dot)com.

So here is the back story about this piece. It started in 2010 whan I
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've just read two stories from Michael J. Sullivan (Pile of Bones and The Thieves), both of which I've received from the author. You can also get a copy by contacting him directly.
Pile of Bones is from the Legends of the First Empire series and The Thieves is from the Riyria tales.

These are great introductions for his series and I would highly recommend to check them out if you aren't familiar with his works. They do showcase quite well the overall feeling of both his series like a puzzle piece
Ana Guerra
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: epic & high fantasy lovers
This is a very short novella that serves as introduction to the Riyria novels, and man this duo have a strong Bromance and seem to be funny together, I wanna know their story!!

I am excited to start ToS, although I have quite some work to do (writing related) and I'm slowly coming out of my reading slump & back into fantasy, but I am sure I will read this saga before 2020 is over 💪🏽
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Since this is also the first chapter of Theft of Swords, I am marking it as read. I loved Theft of Swords and the rest of the series!
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
loved it ...
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Mia Huffman
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun to revisit my favorite characters
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
Short, sweet and left me wanting more. This short story was like opening a bag of potato chips - you can't have just one and addictive!! Now to read the rest. ...more
Katherine Burbules
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Since this is simply the first chapter ill say this; im absolutely going to read the whole book. Extremely charming, well written, great scene development.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
The Thieves
(Riyria #4.9)
Michael J. Sullivan

3 Stars

This short story (which has become chapter 1 of Sullivan’s book Theft of Swords) introduces the characters Royce and Hadrian. It is a very short tale, so there’s not a lot here, but it’s obvious that these two are characters you want to learn more about. Bring on the full book!
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such fun!
Royce is : *silently judging Hadrian from behind his hooded cloak*
And I love it!
I love these two to bits!
And NO, there aren't too many exclamation marks in this review.
I sense an impending obsession with Riyria.
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. This is my first foray into The Riyria Series and with the little taste that I got I'm hooked. Looking forward to diving into this series! ...more
Great short story
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, fantasy
This a great, smart introduction to the main characters of the Riyria books and will give you an idea of whether you'll like the whole series. ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Loved this short. I've read it before but reading it again reminds me why I love the characters so much. ...more
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