Theft of Swords Review

Title: Theft of Swords: Volume One of the Ryria Revelations 5163nh43gtl-_sx335_bo1204203200_

Author: Michael J Sullivan

Release Date: November 23, 2011

Publisher: Orbit

Page Count: 681



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.

Overall thoughts

I loved this! It took me awhile to get into it but it was perfect. It made me laugh and I was so invested in the story, and some of the plot twists completely caught me off guard. This was a pretty big book, but it didn’t drag at any parts, the pacing was wonderful and I love how Sullivan is building an overarching plot and weaving it ideas and events to tell an overall story.


Since this book is a bind up there are two stories told in this volume. In the first book The two main characters Royce and Hadrian are hired for a job to steal a sword and what seemed to be a simple job gets them framed for murder of a king and they are sucked into a conspiracy that is bigger than they could have imagined. The second book takes place two years after the events in the first book, and I can’t say much without spoiling it, but they agree to a job (to steal another sword) and things get a little complicated after that. Throughout these two books, details and ideas are spread and woven throughout the story and we are given hints as to what is sure to become the overarching theme of the book.



Royce Melborn: Royce is definitely the quiet mysterious one here. He is more content with their lifestyle of thieving whereas, Hadrian wants something more. Royce can come off a little callous but he has a soft spot for Hadrian and you definitely get the feeling that he’s hiding stuff about his past.

Hadrian Blackwater: He is my favorite of the pair, he’s funny, crazy good at fighting and he wants more off his life than just the jobs he and Royce pull. He’s a closet softie and his need to help people often is the thing that get him and Royce into so much trouble.

Esrahaddon: Although Esrahaddon isn’t a main character, he is definitely super important and has a hand 😉 in what’s to come.



As this book is epic fantasy the world here is very complex, with lots of unpronounceable names, but the world building in the novel is great. I loved the way Sullivan was able to weave in the backstory and history of the world effortlessly without it seeming like info dumping. The world and the history were rich and complex and interesting. There are elves and dwarves and humans as well as sorcerers (even though there’s only one that we know of so far). This book was amazing so far and I’m really excited to start the next one.


Things I Learned:

  1. Never steal a sword…everything gets fucked up once you do.
  2. Crown Princes make excellent hostages
  3. It’s always a good idea to break out a super powerful wizard whose been locked up for centuries…It makes it even better when everyone tells you not too.
  4. Always trust a crazy man with no hands, they give excellent advice.
  5. Dwarves suck.

So that’s it for my review. Have you read this book? What were some of your thoughts? Happy Reading!



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