Saturday Spotlight: Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

Looking for a book to savor, characters to love, and an adventure that keeps getting better? I am, always, and found that in Michael’s book, Theft of Swords. With my to be read list as long as it is, fitting an epic fantasy into the schedule requires a story and writing that will entertain me, draw me in to the characters and world, but most of all, not make me work to read. I’ve invested time into fantasy books that I had to reread pages two or three times to get the political relationships between characters, because if I didn’t, I was afraid I would miss an important plot point down the line. Michael’s simple, and yet professional style allows you to just enjoy the story – and what an enjoyable story it is.

I probably wouldn’t have picked up on Theft of Swords if it weren’t for the free short story, Viscount and the Witch, which serves as an introduction to Royce and Hadrian – the thief-do-gooder-duo called Riyria. Michael’s writing talent was immediately impressed upon me through how quickly I enjoyed his characters and with clear writing I knew would push the story quickly along. I laughed within the first few pages, and became confident through the twists in this short story that a longer work would be full of fun surprises.

I interviewed Michael and his wife Robin on my AudioTim podcast, episode 16, and had a blast talking about the story and his writing process.

I asked Michael if he had any music he listened to while writing, and he gave me this song, which fits the end of the second book, for a character named Thrace, who hires Royce and Hadrian to slay a monster that has ravaged her town.

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4 Responses to Saturday Spotlight: Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

  1. I’m really looking forward to the re-release of his books. I’ve only read the first one so far, but it was good fun. I need to try the new story, too.

    • timothyc says:

      Yes, the first book is good (love the part with Myron), but it helps to have book two connected because book one is really just an introduction.

  2. Kevin Smith says:

    I just found your site courtesy of a retweet from Michael J. Sullivan. I’m really looking forward to reading this series. Thanks for the information on his prequel short story as well, I hadn’t heard of it before.

    Good to see Moses Siregar III commenting here. I’ve been searching for another good podcast to complement Adventures in SciFi Publishing; I’m looking forward to giving AudioTim a listen on the commute home.

  3. Pingback: From the Archives: AudioTim 16: Michael J. Sullivan and Robin Sullivan on Theft of Swords | Timothy C. Ward

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