Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
(Riyria Revelations)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 14 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

*** Amazon #1 Kindle Best Seller: Epic Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Men's Adventure ***

They killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.
There's no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are running for their lives when they're framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it's too late.

This is the first book in the original series, The Riyria Revelations, from best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan. It takes place twelve years after the events of The Riyria Chronicles and the two series can be read in eithar chronological order or order of publication, although the author suggests reading in publication order.

Publication Order
Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy & AvemparthaRise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald StormHeir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & PercepliquisThe Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)Chronological Order
The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy & AvemparthaRise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald StormHeir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & PercepliquisOther Books by Michael J. Sullivan
Hollow World (coming April 2014)Antithesis (release date pending)A Burden to the Earth (release date pending)Lists and Award Nominations
2013 Audie Award Finalist2012 Shadowhawk's Shade Best of the Best2012 Audible's 5-star The Best of Everything2012 MathiasCavanaugh Top 10 Books2012 AudioBookaneers Favorite Listens, Runner up 2012 Audible's Best of 2012 Editor's Picks 2011 Library Journal's Best Books for Fantasy/Sci-Fi2011 Only the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy's Top 102011 Best Fantasy Releases by Barnes and Noble BlogContact Information
Twitter: @author_sullivanWebsite: michaelsullivan-author.comFacebook (author): facebook.com/michael.james.sullivanFacebook (series): facebook.com/riyriaemail: michael.sullivan.dc@gmail.com
 

About Michael J. Sullivan

See more books from this 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.
 
Published November 23, 2011 by Orbit. 694 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Theft of Swords

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

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

Jul 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

Examiner

Goblins are also thrown into the mix, and, although we have yet to meet them in this book, the idea smacks too much of orcs and ‘The Lord of the Rings’- never mind the eight hundred other books that have copied this layout.

Jan 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

The Bookbag

You can read more book reviews and buy Theft of Swords by Michael J Sullivan at Amazon and Waterstones.

Dec 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

City Book Review

The Theft of Swords contains the first two novels of the Riyria Chronicles, The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha, and follows the simpler, more delightful fantasy format of the early eighties and nineties: the warring factions between church and state, elves who dwell in the forest and are feared ...

Apr 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

SFFWorld.com

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above.

Nov 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

SFFWorld.com

Outside of books published by Orbit, readers who enjoyed the modern sensibilities and characters of Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard sequence and/or readers looking for something to remind them of the fun, adventurous romps associated with Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser sword and sorcer...

Nov 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

SFFWorld.com

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above.

Oct 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

Fantasy Literature

You can avoid the feeling that the plot suddenly moves at a creep rather than a gallop by picking up something else to cleanse your palate (which is officially my final food-related metaphor for this review.) For people who have read the original books, there are a few differences between those ...

Jan 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

Fantasy Faction

Bane of Kings reviews the first Omnibus in the Riyria Revelations Series, Theft of Swords, containing The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha, written by Michael J.

Dec 03 2011 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

The Ranting Dragon

Visit the Ranting Forums, where you can discuss many topics with our reviewers and other readers, including recent reviews, upcoming books, the fantasy genre, your favorite books, movies, characters, authors, and much more.

Jan 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

Strange Horizons

But if - this book will result in a review similar to reviews that I have seen before - is held to be the primary reason for not publishing a particular review, then frex Terry Pratchett becomes unreviewable ("another good book from a man who is still funny, still clever, and still not dead yet"...

Jan 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

Night Owl Sci-Fi

WEtap Media, LLCTM Owns: The Night Owl Review NetworkTM, Night Owl ReviewsTM, Night Owl MainstreamTM, Night Owl RomanceTM, Night Owl ReviewsTM, Night Owl TeenTM, Night Owl Sci-FiTM, Night Owl SuspneseTM, Night Owl EroticaTM and Night Owl ParanormalTM.

Feb 03 2013 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

The British Fantasy Society

Mainly because even though the stories themselves have a few twists and turns, what I could see of the way the main story arc is developing looks so clichéd and obvious that my heart sunk.

Feb 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

Shades of Sentience

He became successful, took the sales data to publishers and is now published under Orbit (at least in Australia.) He wrote his series in six books originally, and the publisher worked with him to combine the books into three.

Jul 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revel...

Reader Rating for Theft of Swords
82%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 732 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review