Theft of Swords

Theft of Swords

Paperback - 2011
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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 .

Theft of Swords (The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha)
Rise of Empire (Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm)
Heir of Novron (Wintertide & Percepliquis)
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316187749
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 691 p. : maps ; 21 cm.


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Aug 14, 2017

Gasp gasp! These first two books in the Riyria Revelations series were awesome. I love the thieving duo-- woot woot Hadrian and Royce!! I would have to say the only thing they are missing is an awesome animal sidekick like Minna. Onto books 3 and 4!

Jul 02, 2016

One of the greatest fantasy adventure series of all time. Fun, Magic, Adventure, Heroism, Skulduggery, this one has it all. Sullivan wanted to make a book for his teenage daughter to read after she finished the Lord of the Rings and he definitely succeeded. Don't let the size of the book scare you away. It's a fast read with plenty of action and drama to keep the story moving forward.

Rbrightone Apr 10, 2016

a light but very entertaining read. A different world, but well thought out and just well put together. Pick it up, you wont be disappointed.

May 18, 2015

Really enjoyed this series - it is well written and entertaining...

bjabfidel Jul 11, 2014

see how 2 very different men can make their way in a world of knights and magic.

Nov 04, 2013

"Theft of Swords" is a satisfying adventure with sword fighting heroes, mystery and magic. The author's characters are smart and witty, showing them to be the kind of heroes worth finding out about. The story is full and interesting but does not dwell too much on lots of history and details, but instead lets them be woven in a little at a time into revealing the story line and the depth of the characters. Unlike the "Game of Thrones" this story does not have too many story lines to follow and avoids the story baiting and crudeness that significantly detracts from enjoying "Thrones". Michael Sullivan's story has a nice feeling of completeness to it that gives you the comfortable fulfillment of a well written story that makes you want to read more.

JCLJakeE May 03, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the Theft of Swords series. Very well-written, interesting characters, believable and well-conceived plot that rarely goes astray. Not over-complicated like some recent fantasy works. Very straight forward and enjoyable. I loved it.

JCLJaredH May 03, 2013

I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by Theft of Swords. It is not a dark, complex story that seems to be prevalent in fantasy today. While predictable in plot and characterization, Michael Sullivan does manage to create a solid and entertaining story. It is fast-paced and straightforward with partners Hadrian and Royce providing a great commentary along the way

Vaishali24 Mar 21, 2013

A wonderful read. If you like well written fantasy that combines comedy, drama, action, and adventure then definitely check out this whole series. This is one that will be read and re-read many times.

bookfanatic1979 Nov 16, 2012

It's been a while since I've sunk my teeth into something so meaty and I found myself out of practice when it came to keeping several characters in mind at once. It reads a lot like the Game of Thrones and the Lord of the Rings series. Fans of those should enjoy the Riyaria books as well.


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Nov 04, 2013

Will nodded toward Hadrian. “Look at the swords he’s carrying. A man wearing one—maybe he knows how to use it, maybe not. A man carries two—he probably don’t know nothing about swords, but he wants you to think he does. But a man carrying three swords—that’s a lot of weight. No one’s gonna haul that much steel around unless he makes a living using them.” Hadrian drew two swords from his sides in a single elegant motion. He flipped one around, letting it spin against his palm once. “Need to get a new grip on this one. It’s starting to fray again.” He looked at Will. “Shall we get on with this? I believe you were about to rob us.” (from the "Theft of Swords")


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