Theft Of Swords: The Riyria Revelations Paperback – 3 Nov 2011
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One of the best traditional epic fantasies currently being published (FantasyBookCritic)
Well-written and enjoyable (SFSite.com)
I couldn't put it down ... This book is that good (SpeculativeFictionJunkie.com)
A swashbuckling fantasy; action, adventure and intrigue are its strong suits (FantasyLiterature.com)
A fast-paced tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.See all Product Description
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The Crown Conspiracy, the first novel in the omnibus, is great fun from the get-go, as we are thrown right into some action, getting to know Hadrian and Royce extremely quickly. How can you not like a pair of rogues who advise the band of highwaymen trying to rob them on how better to have done it? The opening scenes are indicative of what is to come: the banter between our two main characters is superb and very natural. Hadrian and Royce feel like they have a proper, real friendship immediately. This makes reading of their adventures and exploits an absolute pleasure.
In The Crown Conspiracy, Hadrian and Royce get sucked into a greater plot concerning the succession to the throne of one of the Elan kingdoms - they are hired to steal a favourite sword of a master duellist, but in the process are framed for the murder of a king. There is plenty of misdirection, as we are kept guessing about who is at the heart of the conspiracy - other members of the royal family? The Nephron Church? The mysterious outlaw Esrahaddon? As our heroes delve further into the mystery, they discover the various forces arrayed against them will spare no expense to keep the truth hidden.Read more ›
The principle cast members are fun to be around, have great depth and flavour and when added to a plot that has the pace of a galloping horse, leaves the reader hanging on to find out what's going to happen next which when you add to this an epic subplot that will take some time to work through it will leave our heroes will have one hell of an arc to sort through as for them an armies worth of the brown stuff has just hit the fan. Cracking.
Finally just to help others avoid any confusion, this series released by Orbit is an amalgam of the previous released books and will work out like this:
* Theft of Swords: The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha
* Rise of Empire: Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm
* Heir of Novron: Wintertide and Percepliquis
The books feature a couple of thieves, and the banter and dialogue between them is quite fun, but their characters are not really fleshed out until the second of the two books here. The first book is about a frame for the murder of a King, the kidnapping of his heir and a religious conspiracy. In the second they take a job not realising it is part of a much bigger and darker picture and lots of re-appearances from characters in the first book.
So, for lightweight fantasy fun, it's not bad. It's certainly no Rothfuss or Abercrombie but it is a step up from Terry Brooks. I am kind of tempted to get the next one.....
AS the story progresses we learn more about each of these people and their backgrounds. Unlike the current trend the thief and mercenary are in fact honorable men, they are not sadistic or perverted but true heroes in the traditional mould. The Princess is a pretty strong character to start with and becomes tougher and better as the story unfolds.
The magic is quite mild, the politics are vital but not too complicated and we are not subjected to too much of that, it is more background and a reason for the story, the action is fast and exciting. The author also has the sense to give us periods of quite breathing space between the action which of course enhances the whole thing.
The way the books are put together is very interesting. Each volume of the Trilogy has two books in it and these are stand alone stories and yet each follows on from the previous one, thus covering major incidents in one long story.
While I am supposed to be reviewing the first book, I am half way through the second and the third is on its way.I read a lot of fantasy, a high percentage of the modern stuff goes straight to the Charity shops. This one is the best fantasy that I have read in many along year.
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A good read, grabs you in the first chapter and keeps you through the whole book.Published 1 month ago by Margaret R Upperton
The characterisation was good. The plot was telegraphed a little too obviously but romped along with an infectious enthusiasm. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack
I read this because of a goodreads recommendation. A bit predictable but just what you want from a fantasy series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lizc
One of the best fantasy books I have ever read. I often find with longer books I lose interested at some point but this book never lost me, I found myself awake late into the night... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Foam
Can't say enough good things, well written, excellently realised swashbuckling fantasy. The main characters are amazingly well written and the themes within the story are well... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Al Pidwell
This was an absolute joy to read. Theft of Swords contains books one (The Crown Conspiracy) and two (Avempartha) of a six book series (The Riyria Revelations) and in addition... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hugh