Theft of Swords-Michael J. Sullivan

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Theft of Swords
Michael J. Sullivan
Orbit, Nov 23 2011, $14.99
ISBN 9780316187749

After foiling a robbery near the small town of Warric, notorious for hire thieves Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater known as Riyria visit the Earl of Chadwick Archibald Ballentyne. The pair steals parchments from Chadwick who was planning to use these incriminating letters to blackmail Marquis Victor Lanaklin in supporting his marriage to the man’s daughter Alenda. Riyria also borrows the Marquis’ carriage and clothing before meeting with their client Alenda.

However, soon afterward the pair is accused of trying to kill Prince Alric whose older sister Arista hired the pair. They soon encounter an ancient wizard and others as they begin to unravel the conspiratorial truth that the Church of Nyphron plans to control all of Apeladorn. While keeping the royals safe as she is their client, they must also prove their innocence by finding the framers.

With a swashbuckling tongue in cheek sense of humor starting with the thieves providing tips to their wannabe robber, the first Riyria Revelations fantasy is a terrific tale starring two close friends and partners. Their daring do escapades make for a fun tale filled with twists, sword fights and much more.
 

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Well, as I remember the story, Hadrian and Royce were actually accused of killing the king, Alric and Arista's father. And the real adventure started once Arista decided to free them from prison and hired them instead to kidnap Alric in order to save his life.
 
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