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Theft of Swords, Vol. 1(Riyria Revelations)…

Theft of Swords, Vol. 1(Riyria Revelations) (The Riyria Revelations (1)) (édition 2011)

par Michael J. Sullivan (Auteur)

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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.
Titre:Theft of Swords, Vol. 1(Riyria Revelations) (The Riyria Revelations (1))
Auteurs:Michael J. Sullivan (Auteur)
Info:Orbit (2011), Edition: Illustrated, 704 pages
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Theft of Swords par Michael J. Sullivan


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Theft of Swords is an omnibus of the first two books of the Riyria Revelations series by Michael J. Sullivan. They chronicle the adventures of Hadrian and Royce, a pair of thieves known for pulling off impossible jobs. This volume is well titled as both stories revolve around stealing swords.

First up is The Crown Conspiracy. Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn are a pair of thieves known for pulling off the impossible. Always on the look out for their next job, the duo is hired to retrieve a sword only to find themselves framed for the murder of the king. Thrown in jail and sentenced to death, Royce and Hadrian are out of options when an unlikely opportunity to escape presents itself.

The book isn't amazingly deep but it doesn't need to be. At just over 300 pages, Sullivan gives us enough descriptions to get a feel for the world with hints that there is more history. Since I read Legends last year it's interesting to see how things have changed drastically over the 5000 or so years since the Age of Myth. I wonder what other major differences I'll notice over the course of this series.

Hadrian and Royce are a lot of fun and compliment each other well. Hadrian is the muscle, a mercenary and darn good fighter, while Royce is the rogue, great at planning and has almost unnatural stealth abilities. My suspicion is he has elven heritage. Again, we don't get a lot of background information on the characters yet. It's something that will be great to explore in future books. The duo meet some unlikely characters along the way. It's hard to get into without spoilers though I will say how much I loved Myron. Such childlike innocence!

If I had one complaint it is that the bad guys have a tendency to monologue to reveal their evil plans. If they had mustaches, they'd be twirling them.

The Crown Conspiracy was the perfect light, fast read I was looking for. I had great fun on my first adventure with Hadrian and Royce. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Rating: 4 Stars

Royce and Hadrian's adventures continue in Avempartha. A desperate young woman hires Royce and Hadrian to save her village from a monster that kills villagers every night. The catch? No one has actually seen the creature, only the destruction it leaves behind, and the beast can only be slain by a sword that is locked in a tower - a tower has no obvious way to get inside.

I admit I'm a little sad I didn't enjoy this as much as the first book. The first half of the story lays a lot of groundwork that involves the thing I disliked most in the first book: villains monologuing. It was necessary set up for what ends up happening and I have no idea how if I was a writer I'd change it. It's just not my favorite way to tell a story.

Once the story gets back to Hadrian, Royce and their current problem to solve, it is a lot more enjoyable. It also goes on a more serious tone as Hadrian stays in the village to help them organize better defense against the nightly raids while Royce works on the problem of getting into the tower. In this case having read Legends made things fairly easy to guess as I already had the background information the characters lacked and some of the historical information was a repeat. That repetition wasn't all bad though I can see how the long time between stories has changed things. Such an interesting concept. There is plenty of action and I didn't see the resolution to the monster working out in the way it ended up. I truly feel bad for Thrace as she's going to have to live with the repercussions of that. It was also great to have my suspicions about Royce confirmed.

Spoilers for Legends! I'm starting to suspect that Esrahaddon is Malcolm though I'm still on the fence. He sells only being 900 years old quite well. I also haven't figured out why he let his hands be cut off since I'm pretty sure Malcom could've prevented it if he didn't want it which is also making me doubt. Hopefully this will be revealed by the end of the series. I love how the author is keeping me guessing.

Those quibbles aside, this was an enjoyable read. We will see where the plots the Church of Nyphron Novron has set in progress goes next as I'm sure it's going to interfere with Royce and Hadrian's future adventures.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Overall rating I'm rounding up. ( )
  Narilka | Mar 20, 2021 |
Such a disappointment after reading the Riyria Chronicles! The strong female characters that filled that series are completely absent. In fact, the princess is actually rescued from a tower.

Other than that Sullivan offers a rollicking good story set in a well-thought-out world full of intrigue and adventure.

I remain hopeful that as this was his very first book, and the Chronicles series was so well done, that this series will improve.

ETA: Yes indeed, the series does get better and even the rescued princess finally develops some chutzpah. ( )
  ColourfulThreads | Feb 18, 2021 |
Review to come ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
A fun and exciting read. It was hard to put down and actually get work done. Right after this I went to go get the next one!! ( )
  diredead | Jan 1, 2021 |
FYI: I read a short story from this world in Unfettered but it's free on Audible. 99 cents at other places or he will send you a free copy if you'd like.

It was great, 4.5*. We get to watch the characters do a quest and it's a bit like choose your own adventure. This can be a standalone, you do not need to be familiar with his world or characters.

Author notes: "I essentially wrote this short as if it were the end of longer work. The climax, if you will, of a longer story. In it, I reference prior events for context which allowed me to take what COULD have been a novel and made it into a short story."

From a great author blog regarding how the Oribit editions (the compiled sets) differ from the original releases, like The Crown Conspiracy and what he thinks of the different covers between the two:

"This series was published in two different ways (six-book originally self-published and three, two-book omnibus editions). The original versions are out of print (having been replaced by Orbit releases).

This is the first "book" if following publishing order.

Series note: While you can read the books in either publication order (starting with Theft of Swords) or chronologically (starting with The Crown Tower) the author suggest publication order as you are introduced to the characters and world as originally intended. In addition, there are some subtle winks and nods for veterans of Revelations when reading Chronicles. These aren't major plot points just little extras for "those in the know."
  Seayla2020 | Jan 1, 2021 |
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To my wife, Robin, my partner in life and in the adventure of making this series, whose hard work and dedication made it all possible.

To my daughter Sarah, who would not read the story until it was published.

To Steve Gilllick for his feedback, and Pete DeBrule, who started this whole thing

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