|Royce and Hadrian are known as the Riyria - successful and
daring thieves who managed always to escape. Thieves for hire, they have been known in the
past to be assassins. Royce was once a member of a well known thieves' guild. However his
successes made someone jealous and fearful so they set him up and got him banished.
man, wanna go steal a magic sword?"
"Awww, do we have to?"
"Well, I already signed us up. So yeah."
This book actually contains two stories in one. The first story is titled "The
Crown Conspiracy", where Royce and Hadrian have just returned from a successful job.
They normally wouldnt undertake another assignment immediately but Hadrian gets
talked into stealing a famous sword. Unfortunately, when they enter the chapel to get the
sword they find the King murdered and are captured and sentenced to execution by the
An unexpected person helps them escape if they kidnap the Prince, for his own
protection. Hunted criminals, they go on a quest to find a powerful wizard incarcerated in
a secret prison, before returning to unmask the Kings murderers.
Avempartha is the second story in the book, taking place two years after the first
story. Royce and Hadrian are sought by Thrace, a young farm girl who hires them to save
her father and village by slaying a beast no one has seen. This takes them on an adventure
where a lot of the characters from the previous book return and they finally end up
defeating the monster with their friends' help.
This story is packed with action and has a clever plot with many twists, but without
being too complicated. The characters are interesting without there being too many to
comfortably remember, and their names dont sound similar. Elves, a wizard, prines,
princesses, a gnome, stereotypical villains, loveable rogues as heroes, political intrigue
and villainy as nobleman and church leaders battle for power.
These books are addictive; once you start you dont want to stop. First
self-published on e-book, Orbit has recognised what an enjoyable read they are and
published them. This book begins a series with treachery and adventure, sword fighting and
magic, myth and legend.