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When a destitute young woman hires two thieves to help save her remote village from nocturnal attacks, they are drawn into the schemes of the wizard Esrahaddon. While Royce struggles to breech the secrets of an ancient elven tower, Hadrian attempts to rally the villagers to defend themselves ag
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Published April 1st 2009 by Ridan Publishing
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Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, advanture
*** 4.35 ***

A buddy read with my friends at BB&B, because we love Hadrian and Royce!

Back with one of the best bromance couples ever, the thieving duo of Hadrian and Royce. The second in the Riyria Revelations, this book starts couple of years after the events which first introduced us to this risk taking, butt kicking and at this point, somewhat infamous team of very capable "retrievers of objects". Since the last big job, their names have become well known and even badly written plays are being
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, fantasy
3.5 stars

Avempartha was an improvement from The Crown Conspiracy. It’s the most enjoyable Sullivan book I read so far. I can only expect this series to get better at this point. It’s been a while since I wanted to start the sequel immediately after I finish a book!

Truthfully, the first 30% or so were tedious. I kept thinking there’s no way I am going to enjoy this book, I can’t see how it can get better. How wrong I was! There was an event that marked the substantial improvement and it’s joining
Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
March 2012: Reading the book this time & in order. It was good on a re-read, better in order.

Feb 2009: I have the ARC pdf to review. It was a really good, fun read. It should have been a quick one, but reading a pdf just isn't that easy for me. I can't wait to sit down with the first book & hope the next one is done soon.

Yes, I read the 2d book first & still enjoyed it. That's surprising. The second book stands just fine alone, makes me want to read the first & the one that comes after it, thou
Not one dull moment with Hadrian and Royce.

Rating 4.5 (or am I too stingy)


Two years have passed since the happenings described in The Crown Conspiracy. Hadrian and Royce continue to live their lives as nothing changed. Rescuing royalty it's all in a day's work .... well, kind of...

Crossing the district, Royce and Hadrian halted abruptly in front of the theatre’s large white painted board. It depicted the silhouette of two men scaling the outside of a castle tower and read:

Zoe Artemis Spencer Reid
Splendid as its predecessor with evolving plot and story lines. And this time, I don't see it coming, the ending was unexpected. Just awesome. Growing more and more attached towards Riyria, especially Royce. ...more
For the first half of this book, I was a little disappointed. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it - it was great to be reunited with old friends such as Hadrian, Royce, Arista, and good (or is he evil?) ole Esrahaddon. The new developments with the church of Nyphron and their schemes, plus Arista's new assignment to serve as ambassador were all nice to read about. But it just didn't have the heart pacing action I'd come to expect after reading The Crown Conspiracy.

But talk about calm before the
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
full review…

Sullivan delivers another quick knock-out with Avempartha, in the second installment of the ‘Riyria Revelations’! This is a fantastic second entry, bringing back our favorite ‘thieves’ in Hadrian and Royce in a whole new adventure.

Sullivan again keeps things extremely light. The worldbuilding is not as emphasized, but the plot develops quite nicely, specially due to the linearity of the story. After reading a couple of the ‘prequels’ “Riyria Chronicles”, and now my second ‘Revelatio
TS Chan
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having done with the introductions in The Crown Conspiracy, Avempartha takes the Riyria Revelations series to the next level fairly quickly. The political intrigue that was revealed at the end of the first book took on greater proportions in this instalment. We also finally have more female representation in the cast via Princess Arista, and Thrace Wood (a daughter of a farmer).

The mysteriousness of the Riyria duo by now fades into fascination as we are clued on to more of their back story. How
David Sven
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
Again, a fun fast read. Sword and Sorcery that reminded me a lot of Skyrim with an ancient Elven tower to plunder, an enchanted sword to steal, a princess to rescue, a village to save, and a dragon to slay.

Royce and Hadrian are back and off on another feel-good quest - you know... the sort their rules say not to take. You would have thought they would have learned from the quest they took two years earlier in The Crown Conspiracy – and besides, this job pays nowhere near as much.

As with the firs
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Michael J. Sullivan is now a favorite of mine, i'm determined to read everything he writes. I'm never bored reading this series, it's way too much fun. I think it is special thing when an author is capable of making you truly feel for his characters, major or minor.

I loved learning more about the world, the mythos, the elves. I also loved the small stories within the story.

Again, the character's were amazing. Arista, Eshraddon, Theron, Thrace, Magnus the dwarf. I had to save the best for last, R
C.P. Cabaniss
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“What did you think? They were coming to lynch you?”
He shrugged. “What can I say? I’m a glass-half-empty kinda guy.”
“Half empty? Hadrian chuckled. "Was there ever any drink in that glass?”

It's been less than one year since I read this series for the first time, but a reread was already in order. And I'm hoping to reread the rest of the series fairly soon as well.

Just like with the first reading, I absolutely adored this one. The first book in the series (the first half of Theft of Swords) i
Nicholas Talty
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads, fantasy
3.5 Stars

The bane of having expectations. I went into this expecting a The Lies of Locke Lamora type thief story set in an epic expansive world. It is certainly witty at times, the characters are likable, the story itself is well told, even though the transition between The Crown Conspiracy and this book was a bit disjointed.

What I wasn't expecting was that this is really a modernized classic fantasy. Lots of inspiration from Tolkien. I love me some Tolkien, but I would have preferred knowing
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(I've read this in Hungarian back in 2015, so my review was in Hungarian but here's a rough translation:)

In the beginning the story itself was rather slow-paced, but from the second half I was unable to put the book down, I literally read it in one sitting.

I got everything I wanted, everything that makes a great fantasy book. The amount of details and descriptions throughout the pages is still incredible, but in a good way. And finally, we got some answers to our many questions! Even though of c
Feb 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
So, I got an ARC copy of this book from the author's wife (and let me just say I was proud of myself for ignoring the typos that get edited out before publication; being an editor is sometimes a curse). It's the second book in the series of six (curses! I broke my rule of only reading completed series again!), and I’ve now finished the first one as well. I wanted to know if they really could go out of order without being a problem, and overall it was fine. There was obviously some backstory refe ...more
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
It had been some time since I read the fantasy genre. In March I stumbled across The Crown Conspiracy, the first book in the series. I first noticed it in the Giveaway section. It sounded so interesting and seemed so well received by other readers that my curiosity was piqued.

I ordered it directly from the author and read it immediately. It was wonderful. Exciting story, great characters, I couldn't ask for more from a fantasy story. I was pleased to see Avempartha was scheduled for release in
Dirk Grobbelaar
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
My wife commented on the fairly ambiguous nature of my review for The Crown Conspiracy. I did enjoy the book, hence the three star rating, but it didn't exactly blow me away.

Avempartha, on the other hand, comes a lot closer to doing just that. The very title of the novel intrigued me. I wasn't going to read the book quite yet, as I had some other ones lined up, but I was curious as to what the title referred to. Was it the name of a person? A city? An artifact?

A character that really annoyed me
Excellent followup to The Crown Conspiracy. Though followup may not be the right word, since The Crown Conspiracy was essentially a standalone with hints of the larger picture, while Avempartha goes straight into the deeper issues of Mr. Sullivan's richly imagined universe.

After a superb re-acquittance with Royce and Hadrian in the first several pages, the novel actually continues more as a series opening with a lot of build-up in the first half, while the second half is just superb non-stop
Oct 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
So it's been a long while since the last time I read this book and a lot has been added since then because my husband added some seeds into it as he was working on books 3 - 6. I really like the way it came out. The first chapter is completly reworked - The original first chapter was thrown away completly and the new first chapter is probably my favorite of all the chapters in the series - which is like - I'm not sure maybe 70 chapters?

Anyway I recalled this book being my least favorite of the
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The second book in this series has me wanting more. But not in a sense that it has built more of the story and I can't wait for the next installment, more along the lines that I was hoping for a lot more from this story and didn't get it.
There are some developments in the main plot and the character development of Royce was very good, but overall, I was still hovering around the 3.5 star mark for this story.
I am enjoying the story and look forward to the next, but am not 100% engaged yet. In s
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Royce or Hadrian. I like them both. It's like to choose between sasuke and naruto or tom and Jerry. You can't select one. I love them both equally. And will continue to do so.

Book is even better than the predecessor, if that's even possible. Plot twists everywhere, don't try to guess. I tried and failed.

It was a pleasure to read.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very nice book.

I love the two main characters in this book, they are both fantastic!
They are very unique characters but at the same time they clearly work so wonderfully together that it almost seems like they are only completely functional with the other. If that made any sense.

I just really enjoyed those two.
I love their banter and the clearly loving friendship between them, how they trust the other and how they take care of each other in a not overdone way.

Its beautiful to see s
Wing Kee
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5! Pretty great continuation.

World: The world building is good, there is some info dumping but not a lot and the world is different and familiar to genre readers so there is some meat to chew on this bone. The world is not fully formed at this time and that's fine cause we are getting enough for the story and it slowly reveals the depth in this world. I like how the social dynamic works and though evil church is a staple in this genre this one is done well. I also like how the world building i
Mike's Book Reviews
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full Video Review Here:

I’ve always had an interest in this series because of Michael J. Sullivan’s interaction with his readers. He emails, responds on Reddit, and even grants video interviews to talk about this series. Add to this that he bailed on his publisher to release his books independently with Kickstarter perks to his fans and he’s basically the unicorn of an interactive author. With Theft of Swords, I was able to see why this series has the rampant fan base
Nimrod Daniel
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It's a quite good book, but not as fun as The Crown Conspiracy. Until the 2/3 mark the it felt much slower and not too much happened, though the writing was great and Royce and Hadrian are a great team. The last third had a much better pace and the plot moved forward until the great climax at the end.
While The Crown Conspiracy was a great "Ocean 11"-style book, this one felt like a warm-up to the upcoming books in the series.

As the story unfolds we get more insights into the past, learn about th
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the sixth book I have read in this series. I realize it was the second one written but by dumb luck I wasn't turned on to the series until the prequels were already released.
As always Sullivan's wonderful characters Royce and Hadrian are hired for a job that turns out to be more than expected. Another fine novel, and I am pretty sure I know who the heir is. Once it's revealed I will post in that review whether I am right or not.
J. Lieutenant of Barad Dur
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!!!!! What an ending!!! My heart is still pounding loudly!

Whether you're a princess or whether you're a peasant girl... you'll wanna be saved by The Riyria.
Whether you're in need of help or you just wanna evoke childhood memories... you'll want Royce and Hadrian by your side.

If you just like Epic fantasy, you'll LOVE this series.

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Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, riyria
The second part of this book starts off slow but as it progresses a broader view of world politics is revealed and we start to understand what is really going on. The climax of Avempartha is powerful and engaging with characters we've come to love and hate meeting brutal and sudden ends while the plot develops in unexpected ways.

While I really enjoyed her character in 'Theft' in 'Avempartha' Arista was turned into an almost unbelievably stupid and gullible pawn. On that note here is my Arista g
Mike (the Paladin)
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then it happens that we find a book or a series of books that we really enjoy. That's very nice when it happens after a long run of mediocre..."meh" reads. That's what happened here. I like the first book in this "series" and I liked this one just as well.

(complete disclosure I'm reading these in a compilation volume that contains volumes 1 and 2.)

We are slowly learning about "Riyria" here and as we do so we get an exciting and enjoyable story of what's happening "currently". Thes
Jarek "the Mistborn" Dąbrowski
What an ending! How can you not want to start the next book right away....The big plot was unravelled more in this one. More powers showed themselves and the ones we know got different motives depending on the point of view. I dont know if its that simple but i think I know who the heir is...Great character development. We learn so much more about royce and Hadrian and the wizard. Some more world building and insights to the past empire. Sullivan gives us just enough in every book. Enough to kee ...more
This wasn't quite as fun as the first one, as it's taken a turn for the darker. It's still very enjoyable, but it feels more like a warm-up for the next book - which I think I'm going to have to start right away. Much is left hanging at the end, and my curiosity is piqued!

There's more magic here than in the first, more tantalizing hints about the elves, and more involvement with dwarves and wizards, all of which made me happy. I am glad the main focus was with the thieves again, but with enough
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The Riyria Revelations (6 books)
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