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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 035650106X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356501062
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 4.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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A fast-paced tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.

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Theft of Swords is the first of three omnibus editions of Sullivan's Riyria Revelations. After considerable indie success, Orbit books bought the rights to give the series the full big-publisher treatment. I'd heard of the Riyria Revelations before, as they kept appearing in my Amazon recommendations. I bought the first book for my Kindle, but promptly forgot about it, much to my shame. Now that I've read this first pair of novels, I can tell you that Sullivan has a new fan for life.

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.
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I love a good fantasy that gives me something that not only invokes memories but also brings a new fantasy world and sneakiness to the fore. What this book by Michael J Sullivan does is bring together elements of Lieber's Fafhrd and Gray Mouser with the detailed and political machinations of Martin alongside the authors own style that really works well with the plotline.

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
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jan. 2014
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Omnibus edition of "The Crown Conspiracy" and "Avempartha" the first two stories in the author's Riyria Revelations series. Lots of mixed reviews for this and I can see why. It has an old fashioned style to it and tries for the fun aspect rather than the brutal aspect. You have to accept t for a light and fun read but if you try to over analyse it in any way you will become frustrated.

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.....
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Let's start off with a brief look at the book. A thief and a mercenary who have been a great team for years are tricked into a situation where they are accused of assassinating a king.From then on we have action, magic, politics and adventure. The three main characters are the thief and mercenary as already mentioned and a princess. These are the ones that the story follows.

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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