This time my recommendation is actually two books in one! Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan is in fact the first two books of The Riyria Revelations series- The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha. Set in the fantasy world of Elan, you are introduced to Hadrian, a former mercenary turned thief who is way too trusting and Royce, a former assassin turned thief, who doesn’t trust anyone. Over the course of the first book, they are employed to steal a sword but end up getting embroiled in the struggle for power in the kingdom of Melengar.
The reason why I am recommending this book (and to be honest, the entire series) is that it is an incredibly well thought story with a huge cast of memorable characters. If you like A Song of Ice and Fire but wished it had less graphic violence and sex (and also a completed story), then The Riyria Revelations is a series that you will probably love.
I’ll be honest the next two volumes are much stronger in plot and character development; however Theft of Swords sets a lot of things in motion, a few things briefly mentioned here will return in the later books. And let’s be honest two books for the price of one is not a bad deal.
Recommended for people who love: Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire, Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher, Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch.
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