Review: Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan


Publisher: Orbit
Publishing Date: September 2013
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.6

Publisher Description: Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death 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.

Review: In this installment we find our intrepid boyos taking a job that fails to execute only to be cast into another adventure that provokes the idea that I hope this saga never ends. I complained a little about the lack of movement in the last novel i.e. going places, so to my surprise this started out with a bang. You are quickly transported to far away lands with monks, magic users and dwarf prisons.

Character development is detailed enough for new entrants into the novel that never intrudes into the story-line flow and only enhances the novel. The Monk found in the remains of a monastery is a great example of a character that you are soon sympathetic with and wish that only good things happen to him. He also brings a measure of compassion to all things and enables the author to test the depth of kindness of others around him.

The cover is just too smooth and clean to depict characters that rarely bathe and wade through sewers. The second part of the Ryria Revelations is a leap in suspending disbelief. Hadrian and Royce stumble upon a girl named Thrace, in some city, go back to her hamlet to help rid the area of a raiding beast, and somehow all the main characters (Princess Arista, Mauvin and bros, Dwarves, Bishop Sauldur, Seret Knights etc.) show up for a contest in this little town. Another bit of annoyance is that the Ryria know of the Bishops direct involvement in the Kings murder, yet never mention it to Alric.

Despite some story-line flaws in part 2, this was a great read. Get them all.

2 thoughts on “Review: Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

  1. I only skimmed this because I have this one to review too. I’ll have to come back and look after I read it. I’m afraid I’ll get your review stuck in my brain 🙂 We seem to review many of the same books. Same taste? And NetGallery?

  2. Reblogged this on It's Kind of an Electronic Book and commented:
    I’m reading this right now. It feels like a throw-back to the fantasies I loved growing up. Fresh and fun and well written. It’s sweeping me away.

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