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!!!...
I have just finished listening to this entire series (Riyria Revelations and Riyria Chronicles). As the description states, Theft of Swords contains the first two books, Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha. I went into this book not knowing anything about the story of the characters - I just wanted to try something new.
I actually found the first half-to-two thirds of this to be a bit slow. There is a lot of world-building to do, and a lot of characters to introduce. I kept listening simply because the narrator, Tim Gerard Reynolds, is really fantastic. I just really enjoyed the sound of his voice, and the voices he gave to the different characters. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and based on this one series, he has quickly become one of my favorite narrators - right up there with Katherine Kellgren, Simon Vance, Simon Jones and Nick Podehl.
All that said, STICK WITH IT - the story starts to pick up once you get into the Avempartha section. By then you are fully invested in Royce, Hadrian and even Arista and other supporting characters. By the end of this first volume, I was hooked, and the next two volumes (Rise of Empire and Heir of Novron) are wonderfully exciting, funny and completely absorbing. It has been a long time since I have gotten so completely immersed in a series. By the time you finish, Royce, Hadrian and the rest of the gang will seem like old friends that you have gotten so attached to that you won't be ready to say good bye. Good thing there is the prequel series (Riyria Chronicles) to give you a bit more time with them.
Highest recommendation. Get through the first introductory book, and then enjoy the rest of this fantastic series. You will not regret it. Although you might regret the horrible withdrawal you will feel after you've finished all of the books and realize there aren't any more...
I know I am a lone voice in the wilderness here - these books are described as 'spellbinding' but I have to say I've read quite a lot of the genre and this is nothing new. Perhaps if this is your introduction to it, it would strike you as more memorable. It did not hold my interest long enough to finish it. I did get through to the second book (within this volume 1) so I feel I gave it a fair chance. I think the characters were well developed and I think Mr. Sullivan has good descriptive abilities but I think the story was too weak to sustain my interest or the time to finish it.
If you are in the mood for a light, fun read without gore, sex, and foul language, this is the book for you. It is clean enough for an 8 year old to listen to it, exciting enough to keep a pre-teen enchanted through the entire telling, and deep enough to entertain adults.
Theft of Swords is probably the worst of the trilogy, but it really is a very good book (4 stars out of 5). The two that follow it are even better. This is one book (and series) that won't disappoint
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
Very, very, enjoyable tale in the 17th century of, England (?) Full of adventures, chuckles, sword fighting, and light romance.
For those who like to read about a flying monster that has a appetizing need for meat. All kinds of flesh! That I'm sure will TASTE your fancy...!?!
I have read a lot of epic book series in my time, but this one has to be my favorite. I loved the characters, I loved their adventures, I loved the secrets, and I LOVED the ending. Honestly, I don't think that there is anything I DIDN'T like about the Riyria Revelations.
The first word that comes to mind when thinking about this book is "generous." Michael Sullivan's initial introduction to the characters and world of Theft of Swords would be a stand alone book if written by some other authors, but for him it is just the start of a rollicking series of adventures. The episodic nature of the stories in this book is reminiscent of Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series. However, that is not to say that this book is in any way a pastiche, the characters in this book are both lighter and more concentrated, but it does have that same spirit of episodic story telling involving two swashbuckling rogues.
The characters are likeable, the world is rich and detailed, and the action moves along at a fast pace. I really loved this book and look forward to the next one in the series.
Yes! Absolutely! In fact, I've already done so, several times over. This is the first book in a fabulous action-adventure fantasy series that hits the ground and doesn't stop. The basics of the story are that, basic. Standard archetypal characters, typical questing story in a world that feels, familiar. However, where I think the author succeeds is in writing a fun, fast-paced story with well-written and vibrant characters. I was totally engaged and found myself looking for every available opportunity to sneak a listen!
Harry Potter series (Jo Rowling), Lord of the Rings, The Dark is Rising series (Susan Cooper), Pillars of the Earth & World Without End, Inheritance series
Hadrian, Myron and Thrace
Yes - I got completely caught up in this story and felt a lil' bit like a drug addict waiting for a fix while I was waiting for Rise of Empire to download. It was bad in the best way possible.
I enjoyed it so much I've started listening to the entire series again, and I only finished it last night!