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Editorial Reviews. Review. "Hair-raising escapes, flashy sword fights, and faithful friendship Theft Of Swords: The Riyria Revelations by [Sullivan, Michael J.]. The first two books in the Riyria Revelations series is a high fantasy tale of two thieves for hire that end up on an adventure of intrigue and corruption. The first. (ebook) Theft Of Swords from Dymocks online store. THEY KILLED THE KING. THEY PINNED IT ON TWO MEN. THEY MADE.

After giving the group some advice on what to do next, Esrahaddon leaves to pursue something he started before he was imprisoned. While eating and planning their next move at a local inn a group of soldiers arrive and make trouble for the owner and patrons. Alric steps in to intervene and proves his identity as the prince and future king.

The group decides to go their separate ways now that Alric is with his soldiers and Riyria has completed their job. After Alric leaves, Royce and Hadrian deduce that Alric is with a group of mercenaries, most likely employed by whoever murdered his father. After killing the mercenaries whom Myron recognizes as the men who burned down the abbey , the group then attempts to return to Medford, but soon realize that Braga has seized power there.

Braga discusses with his co-conspirator, who is revealed to be Bishop Saldur. Saldur explains that since the fall of the old empire, a thousand years ago, the church has been working to place their agents in positions of power in every kingdom in order to establish a new empire. Alric goes to Drondil Fields, where he enlists the Pickerings loyal family friends to help raise an army to defeat Percy.

When Hadrian and Mauvin spar its revealed that Hadrian knows the ancient and forgotten Teshlor fighting style that made knights of the old empire unstoppable.

While Royce saves Arista from her tower that was rigged to collapse, Hadrian holds Braga at bay. When Alric sees his troops begin to die for him he charges ahead and demands to be let in.

The commoners who have taken the gate open it to let the army through. Count Pickering duels Braga and decapitates him. Myron is given the materials to rebuild the abbey, which will be an exact replica due to his photographic memory. Confronting him in the merchant city of Colnora, they discover that he is a simple sailor named Wyatt, who took the job as a way to care for his adopted daughter, Allie.

Royce decides to spare Wyatt after seeing Allie who is half elf. Riyria starts to head out of the city, but is stopped by an old associate of Royce's. Riyria is informed that a young girl named Thrace is looking to hire them.

After tracking her down and saving her from being raped, she explains that a dragon-like creature is terrorizing her village, Dhalgren. Meanwhile, King Alric has Arista appointed as an ambassador. While traveling to meet with the king of a nearby kingdom of Rhenyyd, her coach stops at Ervanon to meet with Archbishop Galien and Bishop Saldur.

Though she dodges most of their questions, she begins to have doubts about Esrahaddon. Saldur joins her on her way to Rhenyyd. Arista meets with the king of Rhenyyd, who does not treat her seriously, because she is a woman and a rumor that she is a witch.

During the meeting Arista notices elven slaves being treated poorly by the king. Riryia and Thrace arrive at Dhalgren to find that more of the villagers have been killed since Thrace left. While he is dismissive of Thrace, Theron is determined to kill the beast who killed the rest of his family. The monster attacks that night killing another villager, but Royce catches a glimpse of it. Esrahaddon reveals himself and explains the monster is actually an ancient elven magical construct, that the elves used in a war against humans thousands of years ago, called a Gilarabrywn.

He explains that only a sword with the creature's name carved into the blade can kill it, which is located in an elven tower at the edge of a waterfall. I had hoped that someone was throwing away a typewriter—no one was, and I went to bed that night thinking about that typewriter, thinking about that page, and that first sentence.

What made you start writing?

Were you a big reader? Did you ever finish that first sentence?

The first novel I tried was a book called Big Red, which was about a boy and his dog. It was also before Sirius and I knew that twenty minutes after we left Detroit, there would be nothing but static on the radio—hence the reason for the book.

I finished it out of a sense of perseverance rather than enjoyment. I read a book once! It was excruciating, and took half a year, but by god, I did it!

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The reality was, the book was boring and put me to sleep. I loved it in a way I never dreamed it was possible to love a book. My favorite pastime was over.

As I mentioned before, this was before all those letters, before Xboxes and PS twos and threes, back when television only had three stations and cartoons were something only shown on Saturday morning. I went to the bookstore with my brother looking for another series like that one and was dismayed to come up empty. There was nothing to read. I sat in my room miserable. I made the mistake of telling my mother I was bored and she put me to work cleaning the front closet.

I pulled out what looked like a plastic suitcase. Been in there for years. Can you tell us about your background in writing? Where did you go to college? Do you have a MFA? Usually this question comes from aspiring writers, and they always look disappointed when I tell them the answer—I never took a class in writing or English, beyond those required in high school.

I never read a book on creative fiction. What I know about writing I taught myself. My father, a crane operator at Great Lake Steel, died when I was nine and after that my mother paid the bills with the money she made as a gift wrapper for Hudsons department store and my social security checks that stopped coming when I turned Still I was pretty good at Art and received a scholarship to the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, but it ran out just after my first year.

Then kids came along and my wife made more money, so I stayed home.

I was twenty-three. By this time we had moved to the remote northern corner of Vermont, literally over a thousand miles away from everyone we knew. I had lots of time on my hands, particularly when our daughter was taking naps and the idea of trying to write a publishable book rose to the top of my conscious.

I was teaching myself to write by reading books. I went to the local general store yes, just like in Green Acres , and looked for the books with the golden seal indicating they were Nobel or Pulitzer Prize winners.

These were not the books I would normally choose to read. I purposely forced myself to read widely, especially the stuff I did not like.

They were the ones that always won the awards, the abysmally boring novels with paper-thin plots and elaborate prose. I would pick a particular author, read several books by them, and then write a novel using what I had gleaned from reading their books.

In a way, I was like that Silar from the television series, Heroes, where I stole powers from other authors and added them to my toolbox. From Steinbeck I learned the transporting value of vivid setting descriptions. From Updike I found an appreciation for indirect prose that could more aptly describe something by not describing it.

From Hemingway I discovered an economy for words. From King, his ability to get viscerally into the minds of his characters…and so on.

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In addition, I wrote in various genres: mysteries, science fiction, horror, coming-of-age, literary fiction—anything and everything. I did this for ten years.

My writing improved with each novel. Ten years and untold thousands of hours is a long time to work at something and achieve at least what I thought at the time to be nothing. Ten years, ten books, a ton of rejections and not a single reader. It was time to give up this pipe dream. What got you to start writing again?

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It was years later, we had left Vermont and were living in North Carolina. The kids were old enough for daycare and I went back into advertising. I had been a one-man-band running an advertising department at a software company, and then left that to create my own advertising agency where I was the creative director.

As for writing, I had vowed never to write another creative word. Years passed, and my second daughter, Sarah, was struggling in school.

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So I got her books, good books, books I loved. It was sitting around on a table one afternoon. I cracked it and started reading and was transported. What I liked the most was how easy it was to read—it was just plain fun.

I stared writing again, but this time for the sheer fun of it and with the hopes of making something for my daughter that would help her to like reading. I was done trying to make the great American novel.

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I just wanted to enjoy making something I would like to read. Still the authors I had studied were there, lurking beneath the surface. When I wanted to paint a vivid setting, Steinbeck was whispering in my ear. Why did you decide on a series instead of writing a single book and adding sequels after? The thing about them that I found fascinating was the layered plots. B5 in particular was amazing in that the entire five-year series was mapped out before the first episode was shot.

Yet it allowed for the unique opportunity for viewers to watch episodes and look for clues to the bigger questions that were hinted at from time to time and in small doses. This really impressed me and I wondered if it could be done in a book series.

So I actually mapped out the entire series before writing it. I was never making a series of books, but rather one long story in six episodes. You use a lot of humor in your books, talk to me about that. During the late sixties and early seventies a lot of the movies were pretty depressing.

Many of them were tough dramas like Chinatown or were dreary account of the aftermath of Vietnam such as Coming Home. For me, it was a terrible time to be a movie goer. I really liked the mix of drama and humor. Sometimes at the most tense spots a bit of humor is the perfect ingredient, and to me, far more realistic. Joss Whedon is a master of mixing drama and humor.

Royce and Hadrian are a great pair, where did the inspiration for them come from? Any similarities are purely coincidental. It was when I was living in Vermont and to help pass the cold boring winters I started writing a chain story with two other friends.

It basically started with two characters walking into a tavern and getting together a crack team to go on an adventure into an ancient dungeon. We would write a few pages and mail it on to the next to add to the tale. Yes it was long ago…before there was email. My friends soon became bored, and not too happy that I would rewrite the parts they wrote, but I really loved the concept of two buddies, each with their own strengths, each very different, but having a relationship that really works for them.

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I really like creating characters that I would like to hang out with. Being a writer means you get to create your own imaginary friends.I came back to reading fantasy after a long hiatus, and this was the first book I picked up. Sullivan even manages to write some excellent side-characters. Add to basket. Your review. It was theorized that the public was tired of the old good-triumphs-over-evil stories because it was so out of sync with the realities of the American experience during the age of Watergate, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement and the Sexual Revolution.

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