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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