THEY KILLED THE KING. THEY PINNED IT ON TWO MEN. THEY CHOSE POORLY.
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.
I liked the way that Keith Yatsuhashi phrased it in his review of Theft of Swords. “Truth be told, I’m growing tired of broody, introspective protagonists and their ‘issues’. Give me these two good-hearted rogues any day.”
It’s true. Sometimes I do get tired of them! But that’s another discussion. This post is about this book.
Speaking of the “two good-hearted rogues”, that’s exactly what they are. This is the adult/YA version of what I wanted in Hilari Bell’s The Last Knight. And there were a lot of funny parts to this story that I really enjoyed as well. Royce and Hadrian were awesome. I loved their characters and their journeys both as characters and in a literal sense.
Even though this book is classified as tradition fantasy, there is so much to this book that is not traditional fantasy. Michael J. Sullivan weaves his characters and world in a truly fascinating way. I loved reading about his world. Summarized in a sentence, this book is one of those that reminded me why I love fantasy (and especially traditional fantasy) so much.
I mean–with all the cool urban fantasy that’s coming out and all the (not so cool) fantasy and paranormal in general, I find it easy to get lost in it all. To lose my understanding of why I got into this genre so much. But then there’s books like this. Those handful of stories that keep me happy. We should have a national author appreciation day where you celebrate your favorite authors.
Ah. What more can I say? Theft of Swords is thrilling, action-packed, smart and somber in all the right places. A great read. 4.5 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 694
Series: The Riyria Revelations
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