I believe that very few books these days still use classic fantasy tropes such as using dwarves and elves and if they do the books don’t always stand out as being great books but one thing I can firmly say about Theft Of Swords is that it truly is a great if not possibly an excellent book.
The books prologue starts as an excerpt of a later chapter where we find our main protagonist’s caught at the scene of a crime and being chased. This immediately helps set the tone of a book that will have you on a rollercoaster ride of action and adventure.
During the first chapter we are introduced to Royce and Hadrian, the characterisation used to initially help build them in our mind is second to none as it helps us very quickly paint a picture in our mind of these two characters. Royce and Hadrian is what we consider anti heroes but the different morals they both possess is clearly shown throughout the book and both have certain feelings towards areas that cause them to do good deeds. This aspect of their characterisation helps give the books humorous scenes as they tend to argue about what their choice of action is going to be. What I liked some much about these characters is their clearly defined roles and how they are portrayed in the world, as you will quickly learn that Hadrian is a no nonsense talking battle hardened Warrior and Royce is a classic rogue in all aspects but nether of these traits once hinders their own personalities at heart.
The world building in the book is great and paints a great picture of the areas the characters visit and this is helped by the characters themselves by how they interact with the environment around them.
The book is written from the multi POV perspective but not in the normal sense as certain characters gain and lose their own chapters depending upon how they are grouped and what they are doing. I found this extremely refreshing as it helps build characters relationship and you will sometimes find yourself in the mindset of a character you haven’t read yet.
This book takes you on an adventure of epic proportion and it will have you guessing with regards to the truth behind what is happening in the world. There may be certain times in the book that you may find a lull in the story but these are few and far between, I actually found them quite handy as they seem like naturally breaking points in the books where you safely put it down and stop reading for while.
For anybody who is a fan of books such as Lord Of The Rings, Lies Of Lock Lamora, or Game Of Thrones I would highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to get started on the next book Rise Of Empire.
I’m going to give this book 9 out of 10.