Make the villans interesting. They are petty and predictable.
Most of the heros are half brain dead.
Too much of the story reflects the dreariness of everyday life. That is exactly what I don't want in a fantasy story.
It's got the sophistication of pink pony story for teenage girls.
Easily it would work well for kids afternoon TV.
So much potential, so much disappointment. I skipped over the court case it was just too annoying to stomach.
It's so much fun, so good. The story doesn't fail or falter to please. From a story point of view, Sullivan is true to his characters and weaves, without error, a complex, exciting and romantic story. Women are strong yet feminine, enduring and victorious. The heros charming while deadly. I'm in the middle of the third volume and wonder what life will be like without this story wandering on.
This series is by far my favorite series right next to "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Mistborn" series.
There are so many favorite moments I simply can not choose one.
It usually takes me 30 minutes to an hour into a novel to get used to the reader. However, with Tim i was hooked from the opening lines.
All parts that had the two main characters in conversation with each other.
I have read several books of all genres and Fantasy series are my favorite. This entire series ranks at the top and I highly recommend this read for everyone adults and teens. The several plots and story lines that are intertwined and leading you through the story will keep you on the edge of your seat listening.
Towards the top best listens.
I love the interaction between Royce and Hadrian. This is the true wit of the book and realistic action between good friends.
It was hard to put this book down and I chaffed waiting until I could reasonably return to the book; and once I started back into the book I would be annoyed if I was interrupted, including by one of my family!
I will be looking for other books by this author and hope that Tim Gerard Reynolds will continue to do the narration.
From deep in the heart of Texas I am a Christian, a COMICON nerd, a lover of sci-fi/fantasy novels, and the classics. SNARFBLATDINGLEHOPPER
I'm afraid I might be done with Mr. Sullivan's works. I was caught up in the great reviews, ratings, and I hate to admit it the expense of this book. I took a gamble thinking it must be a wonderful read and lost. I first purchased the prequel as it was very inexpensive. It was ok at best. I just expected much more from this title. The narrator was fine and I would listen to him again.
Unrealized potential was my greatest disappointment. The story never really seemed to get moving. Perhaps if I read the entire series I might end up loving it however I really felt the author should have been able to pack a better story into the vast volume of expended pages.
As I've stated the narrator did fine and I would listen to him again however he was no Mark Boyett.
Maybe a renter.
What gives man? The most interesting character in the book was a wizard oh but wait, he can't do any good magic as he has no hands. Pffft!
I absolutely love Royce and Hadrian! I just find them to be so completely interesting, in how they interact with each other and with people around them. They have that really strong almost-brothers type of relationship, and their personalities complement each other so well that I just can't get enough!
Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series shares the same light, psuedo-epic, adventure tones that makes it so much fun to read, and it seems I am a huge fan of thief partnerships. Both series also have larger intrigues that the protagonists get sucked into and have to deal with in unconventional ways.
It's always pretty close race between Royce and Hadrian, but I think I'm going to have to go with Royce for this book. I do admit, there are a couple of voices in this book that grate on me, but Reynolds has Royce and Hadrian down pat! Hadrian is idealistic, optimistic and basically more open, and Royce is suspicious, withdrawn, and curt, and you can hear it in how their voices are portrayed. I can't picture them sounding any other way.
Oh yes! Taking breaks for sleep and work were awful, and I put my headphones back on at the earliest opportunities! And my "sleep breaks" were basically listening to the story until I fell asleep, so those weren't really voluntary...
I would and have. It grows on you all the way through until you're completely hooked!
There are so many! The interplay between the lead characters is addictive. Harshness and humor so brilliantly mixed.
I wasn't sure about Tim's narration at first, but it grew on me quickly. I can't imagine any other talent for this story now.
Not sure, but I'd change the title. "Theft of Swords" really doesn't do it justice.
Such well-developed, multi-dimensional characters! It gave the story richness to have continued exposition of all key characters.
Relaxed readable epic
The main characters are wonderfully vivid and real. The story starts slow and even sounds a little bit generic, but it builds and builds until it's absolutely capitvating. It doesn't really need set-piece battles, world-shattering doom, or magical pyrotechnics; this is a fantasy story you want to get lost in.
He's a great narrator.
"Not your ordinary pair of thieves."
The sequels are even better...Sullivan is like the Terminator of fantasy authors; he relentlessly batters his way into your heart.
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!
probably not. But I don't usually re-read any books.
right now, I compare all books to the "Game of Thrones" books and weigh them against them. I would rate this book as pretty good, but not as good as "Game of Thrones".