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Theft of Swords [Paperback]

Michael J. Sullivan
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Nov. 23 2011 Riyria Revelations (Book 1)
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 of a tiny kingdom.

Can a self-serving thief and an idealistic swordsman survive long enough to unravel the first part of an ancient mystery that has toppled kings and destroyed empires?

And so begins the first tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.

When author Michael J. Sullivan self-published the first books of his Riyria Revelations, they rapidly became ebook bestsellers. Now, Orbit is pleased to present the complete series for the first time in bookstores everywhere.

Theft of Swords was originally published as: The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha.

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Praise for the Riyria Revelations:

"Mr. Sullivan continues to impress. In Royce and Hadrian he has created some of the best characters the genre has seen in some time, and in Avempartha he shows that he knows what to do with them. These books should be in every bookstore and I really hope that they are someday." --- Speculative Fiction Junkie

"A whirlwind of twists, earth-shattering surprises and deadly betrayal." --- Literary Magic

"Hair-raising escapes, flashy sword fights, and faithful friendship complete the formula for good old-fashioned escapist fun."

Publishers Weekly

"This epic fantasy showcases the arrival of a master storyteller."—Library Journal

About the Author

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Michael J. Sullivan has lived in Vermont, North Carolina, and Virginia. He worked as a commercial artist and illustrator, founding his own advertising agency in 1996, which he closed in 2005 to pursue writing full-time. The Crown Conspiracy is his first published work. He currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and three children. The author's website can be found at and on twitter @author_sullivan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great storytelling, memorable characters May 28 2012
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Michael has create a great set of characters with this series! I love the pacing of the books - probably my favourite element of his storytelling!
I was laughing within the first chapter because of the rapport that the characters have with each other. I can remember turning to my husband and commenting that I knew I'd love the books just from this point. I fell in love quickly just as a I have with some of my other favourite authors such as Rothfuss and Sanderson. If I had to compare him to another author, however, I would likely choose Scott Lynch.

I cannot recommend this series enough if you enjoy faster paced books and enjoy laughing and crying along with the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfying and fun. Feb. 28 2012
I really enjoyed this book, it was a nice easy read that was a pleasure.

It seems to me that the author has a tongue and cheek approach that doesn't take itself too seriously but at the same time doesn't delve into the level of the absurd.

If you are looking for a page turner that will help you enjoyably pass the time, this will fit the bill perfectly.
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Riyria means “two” in elvish and the two in question are Hadrian Blackwater, the master swordsman, and his shadow partner, Royce Melborn, the brooding master thief. The reputation of Riyria precedes them such that even the local guildsmen know not to cross paths with them, and their skills are so great, that their resume boasts many references from lords and ladies who have used their subterfuge and even assassination services. But when Hadrian falls for a big score that goes against all their rules, unsurprisingly, they end up on the wrong end of a sword. Blamed for the murder of the king, they are set for execution, until the princess gives them a way out: kidnap the prince and take him to a mysterious prison to find a mysterious prisoner.

Theft of Swords collects the first two books in Riyria Revelations series, The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha. These stories contain a lot of possibility, but as you can tell by my three star rating, they fell short for me. The plot and characters are set up to be amazing, but some how, they failed to truly cross the line into the realm of being memorable. They are missing the “something more” that should make them truly spectacular.

Every time I felt like we were getting somewhere with character building or plot transition, things sped up to the end and/or glossed over what should have been the meat of the development. For example, Hadrian and Royce kidnap the prince, who is a petulant creature that ends up figuring himself out in order to prove himself worthy of taking his father’s place. But there was not really a strong interaction to show us the transition. Instead, we got a long inner monologue where he realized that he had to grow up. And that’s a major problem in Theft of Swords – a reliance on too much exposition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book! June 30 2014
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This book had just the right blend of fantasy, adventure, great characters and an engaging story. I was reluctant to put it down until it was finished and then I was sorry it was over. I'll definitely be reading the next one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Theft of Swords May 27 2014
By Wolfric
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I have tried this book to have a contrast between "Hollow World" and his other writings. Never finished it, but found in it some Tolkien and versions of Robin Hood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, good series. March 19 2014
By Kathi
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I really enjoyed this book. The protagonists are wonderfully witty and flawed, they are definitely atypical heroes. You can't help but fall victim to their charms.
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