Theft of Swords

Theft of Swords

eBook - 2011 | 1st ed
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"Two thieves in the wrong place at the wrong time are on the run in this fact-paced adventure fantasy"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, ©2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316200820
Characteristics: 1 online resource (691 pages)

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Jul 07, 2019

It's been a long time since I've had so much fun and been so engaged in a fantasy novel. It's no Tolkien or Jordan to be sure- there are fewer 5 dollar words, the world isn't described to the very last blade of grass, and we don't know who Royce's great-great-great-great grandparents were or how the world of Riyria came to be. All this being said, it also doesn't pander or treat you like a child. The first half of the book is fast-paced, and the plot is non-stop action. There's thieves, princesses, the death of a king, conspiracies and an ancient wizard locked in a tower. The second half is a little slower, focusing more on the previous conspiracy and leading to the build up of the demon battle in a small farming town. Every character introduced feels real, and there isn't a single stereotype to be found here. Some might call this "vanilla fantasy", but I found it to be just the right amount of world-building, character arcs and plot to make a very enjoyable story. I love the two main characters, Hadrian and Royce, and I can't wait to see their hijinks in future novels! I think I might have found my new favorite author.

Jan 28, 2018

In this classic tolkeinesque epic fantasy novel, two young rogues and their motley crew stage a few clever heists before becoming embroiled in a grand conspiracy that threatens the kingdom. This humorous and fun escapist fantasy reminds me of *The Lies of Locke Lamora* by Scott Lynch. It's true that the author employs more fantasy cliches than you can possibly imagine. It's also true that there's no deep world building or complex political intrigue. It's just a really fun shiny happy heroic adventure story!

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

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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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