Book Review: Theft of Swords
By Michael J. Sullivan
Series: Riyria Revelations Book 1
Summary from Goodreads:
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 two enterprising rogues who end up 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.
I got cocky and dove right into the third book, Heir of Novron, even though it has been years since I read the second book. It appears my memory is not as great as I would have liked. I firmly believe that I read the second book, but it seems I only remembered the plot to the first book. So I stopped and grabbed the first book. Time for a re-read!
Theft of Swords is a classic fantasy tale. Classic in the sense that the story follows our two main characters, Royce and Hadrian, as they are set up for the murder of the King. The further they travel the more they become entangled in something much grander than they will imagine.
First things first, the width of the book is pretty impressive. When reading I found out that this was a bind-up of two books. This immediately stuck out to me during my first read-through because I had not encountered a format like this before.
Re-reading really gave me a fresh perspective on all the events. I could pick up on the topics that would play an important role, but that didn’t take away from how the story unfolds. They just fueled the flames to my curiosity. I felt the world building in this first book set a strong foundation for future exploration. There was enough current and historical data to help us understand the world a little more.
Even though the book is plot driven I found all the characters to be interesting. We slowly learn more of who Royce and Hadrian are through their decisions (and their bickering). Their friendship is very interesting and does make me wonder how two very different people became such good friends. (Thank goodness for the Riyria Chronicles.) I love how true to character they are. They don’t go out of their way to become heroes or seek justice for others. They very much try to do things their own way. My favorite character has got to be Myron. He is such a dear. I really hope I get to see more of him in future books.
This was a great first book. I was left happy with how the conflict was resolved, but also with lots of unanswered questions. I can’t wait to see the answers to my questions reveal themselves in the next two books.
Re-read in March 2018
Read in July 2012