Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan – Review

Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: November 23rd 2011
Series: The Riyria Revelations
Pages: 649
My Rating: 4.5/5


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.

Goodreads link: here

It’s always a joy to be back following Hadrian and Royce’s adventures. I started my reading journey with the Riyria Chronicles, and it was nice to see how the characters from the prequel connect with the original series.

The book is a binding of the first two books in the series, but I’ll review it as a whole. I do have to say that I enjoyed the second part more than the first one.

Things I Liked

  • I say that every time that I review a Ryiria book but since this is the main reason why I love this series I need to write it every time. I love Hadrian and Royce and their friendship. How they deeply care about each other even if Royce always try to hide it. One of my favourite trope is bromance so if this is a trope you like too, well don’t look any further.
  • In the second part of the book, we learn so much more about the world and the elves and by the same occasion Royce’s past.
  • We get some very nice hints about Hadrian backstory, especially towards the end that I went and order the next book as soon put this one down.
  • I always though that Sullivan writing and story telling was more on the soft side. Not killing characters, always happy ending etc. However, in the second book he stepped up a little and was a little bolder with his characters and their fates.
  • Thrace’s story line took a turn that I wasn’t expecting, and now I’m really curious to see where this is going.
  • Apart for Hadrian and Royce relation I also really likes other character relationships and how the changed and crew throughout the story.

Things I Didn’t Like

  • The first part was less enjoyable. It was off course a story to establish the world and the characters, and it is understandable, but I thought it was missing a little oumf, if that make sense.
  • There is a hint about one of the character past and identity that based on some facts don’t quite make sense if they come up true. When I stumble upon the hint I thought “well if that is true the character A knows and should go talked to character B”. But this didn’t happen, so I’m very confused and curious as to how the author is going to explain certain choices… But I’m worried that we might have some plot holes….. Let’s see.

Overall I had a blast reading this book. The Ryiria series in not a literary masterpiece but it’s like comfort food. It’s nice and cosy, and you have an amazing time following Hadrian and Royce in their adventure.

Published by Natacha

Hello and Wellcome! My name is Natacha. I'm a book and travel blogger.

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