Review: Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1-2) by Michael J. Sullivan

s-typeopts13Title: Theft of Swords
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
Series: Riyria Revelations #1 & #2
Pages: 694
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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Synopsis: 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.


This bind-up includes the first two books in the Riyria Revelations series, The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha respectively. If I had to split them up and give them a separate rating, I’d give The Crown Conspiracy 5 stars and Avempartha 4.5 stars.

What you read in the synopsis is basically the premise of the first book: Hadrian and Royce get framed for the murder of the king -in a very clever way may I add- and have to run for their lives. If I had to come up with a few phrases to describe this series, I’d summarize it like this: Hadrian always gets them into the worst situations. But I love it! 

The first book, The Crown Conspiracy was much more action-packed than Avempartha. The second book was a bit slower. There was still a lot of action: fighting, magic, witty conversations, etc but the action was more concentrated at the middle to end of the book. This book was so much fun to read! It takes you on an adventure, right along with Royce and Hadrian. It made me laugh several times and I was totally hooked. I can’t wait to read the next bind-up.

If you are new to adult fantasy and don’t really know where to begin, this would be a great start! It’s easy to get into, the characters are so much fun and their bromance is awesome.

As you read the book, you slowly learn more about Hadrian and Royce. I’d say they are both intensely private people, who don’t like to share anything about themselves. That means that the character development is a bit slower, but somehow it doesn’t bother me. It actually works. It just made me all the more curious and excited to find out who they truly are. As I said, their bromance is incredible. Hadrian and Royce are both very different which makes for the most hilarious situations and conversations. They are witty, and their banter is fantastic.


I would highly recommend this book! Whether you already love adult fantasy or you are new to it, this book would be great for you. It’s easy to get into, so much fun to read and I adore the characters.


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