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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (Nov. 23 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316187747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316187749
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 5.1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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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 www.riyria.com and on twitter @author_sullivan.


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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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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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Theft of Swords is the first book in Michael Sullivan's Riyria Revelations Trilogy. This book is a fast paced "sword and sorcery" type novel which, to be honest, reminded me quite a bit of David Edding's Belgariad.

Hadrian and Royce are a pair of infamous thieves known as the Riyria. At the beginning of the novel they are hired to steal a sword from a chapel. The job turns out to be a set-up and they are implicated in the murder of the king. With the help of the Princess Arista they escape a certain death in exchange for abducting the prince. Thus is the beginning of an exciting new adventure, filled with conspiracies, mysterious long-lost heirs, long-lived wizards, and more!

Really enjoyed this novel. I loved the dynamic and banter between Hadrian and Royce (once again the humour reminded me somewhat of Edding's Silk).

This is a great new series set in the classic style. There is nothing really crazy here shaking up the genre (i.e. dwarves and elves are portrayed to the stereotype). No gratuitous sex of violence for once which was really quite refreshing.

Not the most complex book/world, but fun all the same!
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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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I enjoyed the two books in this compilation. Plot-wise, there was some awkward pacing--some sections went far too long where nothing happened, while some action scenes seem to go by really fast in comparison, but I feel that the witty banter and character interactions more than make up for it. The dialogue is gold, and the characters are well-rounded, with distinct personalities. The prose itself can be better improved, but despite that, I really wanted to get to know the characters and I can see why Michael J. Sullivan became successful after self-publishing this series. For sure I will be reading the other books and hoping the writing straightens out a bit.
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Royce the thief and Hadrian the swordsman are known as Ririya -- for the right price, and given enough time, they can steal pretty much anything.

They are also the last people you would expect to be suddenly in the middle of a massive political and religious war, but that is what happens in "Theft of Swords," the first of Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria Revelations omnibi, which compiles the first two books of his epic fantasy series. Rather than overstuffed mythology or dark-and-gritty realism, Sullivan crafts a tale with most of the fantasy tropes which somehow manages to feel fresh, fun and complicated.

In "The Crown Conspiracy, a foppish noble hires Royce and Hadrian to steal a legendary dueling sword... but when they get to the place where it's hidden, they don't find a sword. They find the king's corpse instead. In a matter of minutes, the two find themselves framed for the king's murder, and the enraged Prince Alric orders them gruesomely executed the very next day. Fortunately for the pair, Princess Arista knows that someone else killed her father, and she fears that soon the same person will assassinate her brother.

So she is willing to free them, with the stipulation that they kidnap Alric for his own safety, and take him to someone named Esrahaddon. Given the choice between death and babysitting a bratty new king, Royce and Hadrian decide to drag the king on a road trip, but they quickly discover that they are being hunted. And they also learn that this conspiracy to seize the crown has a lot more elements than a simple assassination...

In "Avempartha," Royce and Hadrian are approached by Thrace, a young girl from the village of Dahlgren, which is being ravaged by an unseen monster.
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