Theft of Swords: Book Review

I just finished the last book of the trilogy Riyria Revelations and I’ve got to say, these books were fun! They’re an epic fantasy centered around two thieves who get mixed into all sorts of trouble.

Meet Royce and Hadrian, two unlikely partners who outwit kings, wizards, and the occasional dwarf. As the famous guild Riyira, they perform tasks impossible for other mortals. However, when their last mission entangles them in a murder, they have to race against the clock to clear their names.

The Characters

Royce and Hadrian

I adore Royce and Hadrian. They are two completely opposite personalities who make the perfect team. I love their humor and teasing and rich history. I love that Hadrian dreams of being a hero while Royce just wants to live a life of peace and luxury.

The other cast of characters grew on me the further I delved into the books. I struggled a little to get through book one. I just wanted to stick with Royce and Hadrian the whole time, but the other characters did grow more interesting over time. By book three, it wasn’t an issue.

Favorite Book Moments

There were a lot of epic moments in these books. Any Myron moment of Myron being his awesome Myron self was wonderful, especially in book three. (Can you tell I love Myron? Lol!)

Every time Royce Melborne said he hated dwarves. (Small spoiler) That moment when Arista’s suitor gave her the gift that meant the most to her in Book Three. When freaking Thrace finally took up the mantel (in book three) and proved what a Bad-A she was. I mean, she’s already proven herself to be a Bad-A in book two, but book three was so awesome. And Gwen. Every scene with Gwen. Every. Scene. (Spoiler: Book three was so heart wrenching!! 😭)

Pretty much everything accumulates and turns awesome by book three, so I definitely recommend reading all three books. Anyways, the list could go on, but those were some of my favorite moments and characters 😄.

My Personal Review

Overall, I give the trilogy 7/10 stars. There were definitely some funny moments and epic scenes. Like Lenore taking on Guy in book 3? Beautiful. But some of the exposition did slow down the plot a little. Also, because there’s a large cast of characters, I did have a hard time keeping track of everyone from time to time.

Other than that, if you’re looking for an adventure with personable characters and fun twists, this trilogy is for you. On a side note, I’ve heard the audio is superb and really brings the story to life.

Book Blurb

Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles-until they are hired to pilfer a famed sword. What appears to be just a simple job finds them framed for the murder of the king and trapped in a conspiracy that uncovers a plot far greater than the mere overthrow of a tiny kingdom.

Can a self-serving thief and an idealistic swordsman survive long enough to unravel the first part of an ancient mystery that has toppled kings and destroyed empires?

And so begins the first tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.

About the Author

Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan began writing as a child when he found an old typewriter and put in the words “It was a dark and stormy night.” From that moment on, he worked to become a published author. After writing 13 books and receiving over 100 rejections, he decided writing wasn’t for him. It took him over a decade to begin writing again with the rule that he wouldn’t seek out publication.

Sullivan’s story is fascinating. His main goal of writing centered around helping his daughter (who is dyslexic) to read. His wife, after reading his third book, decided his novels needed to get out into the world. She also amassed hundreds of rejections until they both decided to aim towards small presses. When that didn’t work, their co-op team decided to self-publish.

After having five books in print, they gained more traction and he and his wife were able to traditionally publish. Overtime, he’s become a New York Times, USA Today, and Washington Post best selling author. You can read more of his story on his website. As an aspiring author, I find their story inspiring.

When Gattaca meets Hunger Games and has Tea with Dracula

The Hunt Trilogy (I do not get commissions for links) is an exciting YA series filled with tension, suspense, and romance.

Have you ever read that one book that, upon finishing, made you throw it across the room? I never have. Until I read The Hunt.

The Hunt Trilogy

I have never read a book that had me cringing and panicking every time the main character fell asleep! Snoozing in this world could mean instant death. Actually, any sign of emotion, movement, or scent means extermination.

The Characters

Meet Gene. A human surviving in a city filled with vampire like creatures. His whole life, he has lived among them. Fighting to keep himself hidden from their sharp senses. If any beings from the night sense who and what he is, he’ll be on the menu.

This trilogy honestly surprised me by how much I enjoyed it. There were a whole host of events that I didn’t predict and I loved it! I really liked how each of the characters have adapted to this frightening world and struggled to understand their humanness or embraced what they are with their whole beings. (Depending on which characters 😉).

And trust me, you don’t want to get too attached to any of them. Andrew Fukuda did not hold back on character deaths. (Which, for me, I felt like some of the characters I didn’t have enough time to get to know before they got killed off. I wish he would have spent a little more time building a relationship with some of them so their deaths would have had more impact, but that was a minor issue.)

My Book Review

I give these books 4.5/5 stars. Like I said, the series genuinely surprised me by how much I enjoyed it. And the books only get more interesting after the first. I read them a month ago and it has literally been on my mind ever since. You might first believe it’s Dystopian, but, oh boy, wait until you get to the end lol! It just really made me stop and smile.

Book Blurb

The Hunt

Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

About the Author

Andrew Fukuda

Andrew Fukuda worked as a criminal prosecutor in New York and studied history at Cornell. His first novel, Crossing, was selected by Booklist in 2010 as a Top Ten First Novel and Editor’s Choice for Best Adult Book for Young Adults. He now writes full-time on Long Island…” (Back cover of The Hunt).

Book Specs

The Hunt

Author : Andrew Fukuda
Published By : St. Martin’s Griffin
Year Published : 2012
Genre / Tags : Teen & Young Adult, Dystopian, Thriller, Suspense, Vampires
Formats : Kindle, Audiobook, Hardcover, Paperback, Audio cd
# of Pages : 304 pages (Hardcover)


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