An avid reader of History and dabbler in a bit of epic adventure. Louisianian tried and true.
A Delightful listen. Some of the best character development I've seen in years. You quickly come to love Royce and Hadrian and the bad guys are easy to despise. While those caught in circumstances were ... well ... interesting people and played their parts in character.
Tim Gerard Reynolds does a fabulous job of catching the character nuances, with just enough voice inflection and variation to help differentiate between the characters without distracting from the story.
I liked that you could sometimes surmise what lay beyond the next corner. Sometimes - and then only just before turning the corner. Even when one does anticipate what is going to happen, Sullivan still makes it fun, exciting, thought provoking.
I like books that make me smile or that make me say, "Oooh". Royce and Hadrian kept me doing the former while the yarn itself increased the latter.Case in point: Royce's wit is defined very early in the book with this response to Alenda, "Oh, I'm sorry. Did I say your father? I meant the other marquis, the one with the appreciative daughter." And Tim Reynolds makes it sting. "Ouch!" I found myself talking back to this audiobook quite often.
All in all, a wonderful adventure. Absolutely Wonderful!!
What a great read! I am thoroughly enjoying the trials and tribulations of Royce and Hadrian as they conquer the evils placed before them. This is one of those series that I go right from one book to the other and it has been so good that I got the audible version and the book and have been using both so I don’t miss anything, no matter where I am. Great fantasy, great read!
This is a wonderful tale of swashbuckling heroes in the style of the Three Musketeers. Our amiable rogues have the standard sorts of adventures with narrow escapes from death, encounters with ancient sorcery, encounters with beautiful women, and the every present trope of a prophecy nearing fulfillment. Yet, even though you know how it's all going to end, it's great fun!
The light hearted humor and fast paced adventure.
Reynolds is a splendid reader! His character voices are spot on, and his expressions had me laughing so hard that I had to pull of the road while driving.
Fan of the Amazon
I found myself buying the entire series halfway through the 1st book and putting the other works in that universe on my wishlist. As of writing this review, I've almost finished the 3rd volume of Revelations and am still thoroughly enjoying it!
The entire cast is interesting and all characters have their own believable motivations. The story does not rely on typical fantasy staples to be interesting. Yes, there are dwarves (well, really there's one dwarf) and elves and magic, but they never feel like gimmicks.
The only thing I found a bit odd, was the suspense curve during the 3rd book. There is a definitive climax in the story and then the book just goes on, building up for another story line, that was previously merely hinted at. Repeated and ominous as those hints might have been. This creates a bit of a lull, until the party gets going again.
Overall, I would recommend this series to anyone who has enjoyed Eddings or Brooks.
Say something about yourself!
I`m happy to have discovered this new author,in the caliber of the best authors in fantasy(sword and sorcery). I find this series more mature in the writing,there is not much magic but i prefer a story somewhat realistic and the characters are all very engaging and close to reality in the middle ages,i also like the bit of humor. Really great story and narration!
I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy this book so much. Despite the many positive reviews, I hesitated to purchase this, thinking I wouldn't like a story "about a couple of thieves." But these thieves and the rest of the characters were engaging. The plot was compelling. The narrator was very good - distinct voices and appropriate tone.
I like that this book 1 of the series could stand on its own, but I really want see what's in store for Royce, Hadrian, and the others. I am definitely going to download book 2 of the series!
I love the characters- the humor- and storyline. It's creative, suspenseful and lots of mystery. The narrator makes the book come alive. Highly recommend!
I like both Hadren and Royce!
One week- I have a hour commute twice a day. This book makes traffic ok!
Definitely right near the top
Rescue of the princess from the dwarf rigged tower.
The writing here gives him an opportunity to shine even more. He seemed to perceive the characters very well!
Actually, there were quite a few. Royce and Hadrian definitely end up having a Robin Hood like ability to sniff out where the evil is coming from. They then defend the helpless against powerful schemers.
Okay, I'm going ahead in getting into these because they are on audio which is what I have time for in the narrator is very good. I actually thought that the plot twists in this book were extremely funny and well done. For example, having the overly pampered prince rescued from the Castle via the sewer was funny! The dialogue there made me laugh hard and help me to get to know the two main sword thieves.
These guys are basically Robin Hood types overall in that they always tend to help those who are down and out and are not very supportive of tyrants.
Generally speaking, his characters are very human in their flaws and good qualities as well. So far, I have really liked the fact that the church is worked into these tales (both Saints and scoundrels) for example, they help a monk named Myron to reconstruct a church library.
The author has a healthy restrained from being overly graphic and the humor is top-notch. Very entertaining!
He's also very good at explaining the plights of scullery maids and common blacksmiths. And of course, the swordfights are very well described!
The writing is just amazing, there are no annoying author "habits" that can get on your nerves, like catch phrases or bad characters. Tim Gerard Reynolds is a great narrator and is as smooth as glass to listen to.
It's just good. I mean really good. Fantastic characters, amazing writing, just a perfect book.
This is my first time with Tim Gerard Reynolds, but it won't be the last. I plan to listen to the whole series as well as the follow up series the Riyira Chronicles.
These thieves will steal your heart!
I couldn't be more happy with a book and I'm so pleased that this is a series so I can get to know all the wonderful characters and backstory even more.
I'm an LMT originally from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I lived in NYC off and on for 15 years. I decided I had enough of long cold winters so summer of 2012 I relocated and now live in sunny Sarasota FL and loving every moment of it. My favorite thing to do is lay on the beach all day long listening to the waves and a great audible book.
Yes I would recommend the whole series. I read all 5 books starting with The Chronicles. Now that I have finished both series, I loved it so much, I immediately started reading it again starting this time with the Revelations. Now that I am reading for the second time around there is so much more meaning to little clues that the author left and such deeper understanding to the greater scheme of things.I think it really does not matter which set you read first, these 2 series are so complete and well developed that each set holds it's own.This book is really 2 books in one which adds so much value to it.
Besides the lead characters, Myron was my favorite in all the books in which he played a part. So pure and almost childlike in his discovery of the world outside the Abby. He is so funny and lovable while just being his brilliant but clueless, selfless and awestruck self.
My favorite scene was when Royce, Hadrian, Myron and Ulrich journeyed into Grutara to come face to face with the prisoner Ezra. The entire scenery and characters inside the prison was epic and breathtaking. Would love to see it translated into film cinematography.
Swords and Prisons. A story of lost Kings and Warriors and their journey back to themselves.
These books are 2 complete stories that continue one into the other. Great value and best credits I ever spent!!!...