If you are looking for an entertaining and fun read the Riyria Series (Chronicles and Revelations) are it. The characters are well developed and consistent. The interplay between Hadrian the optimist who believes all people are basically good, and Royce the cynic who believes all people are self-serving and evil is often laugh out loud funny. The ways in which they get into and out of trouble are always creative and well done. I never find myself thinking the character suddenly became either too smart or too stupid. Events never seem contrived or convenient. Each book is a stand-alone piece with a beginning and end. The author has avoided turning this into a never ending soap opera as so many authors seem to be doing recently. The narration is wonderful and seamless. I highly recommend all the books in both series.
I found this disappointing. I had to stop about 8 hours into the book. I don't like stopping a book I purchase. The Narrator is the only saving grace of this production. The story is very simple and heavy handed. The world is rich and has promise, but the story needs a good editor. It might be good for young (10 - 13) readers/listeners.
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The Jester and the Theft of Swords by Michael J Sullivan
Ah, a lovely romp through the mind of fantasy writer Michael J Sullivan is a new guilty pleasure. Again, Audible sucked me in with an inexpensive free short story. Once addicted, I moved on to book one of his Riyria Revelations. Michael hit the reading world through self-publishing. Someone figured out that his wonderful series was strong enough for the ‘real world’ *cough, cough*.
I can’t be more delighted. The Jester is a short story that proved to be an excellent hook. It is witty, clever, enjoyable, and the world emerges as a rich tapestry without the boring pages and pages of set up. Thank you for that Michael.
In the short story, The Jester, his male duo of thieves ends up in deep shit, which is a common enough problem for them. The interaction between the warrior with the kind heart and the rascal thief who is heartless (yeah, I didn’t buy that as he is too easily persuadable) is humorous and they are a perfect foil for each other. Faced with a Lady or the Tiger decision, they do manage to survive to steal another day.
Equally strong is his development of his female characters, which take a stronger role in the first Riyria Revelations series. Theft of Swords was a 100 best library recommended book in 2012 when his stories went main stream.
Funny and heartwarming and yes, warmed over LOTR tripe, but 100% enjoyable!
The one word that I can use to describe this amazing series. Michael J Sullivan is a genius. He has created an addicting world I am obsessed with. It is filled with characters that I love, dialogue that I can relate to, and an epic story that gets more and more intricate the farther it goes.
It is now my favorite series, and I've gotten many a friend an family member addicted to this series. Comparable to Narnia and Harry Potter.
Some fantasy series can come off as pretentious and pompous with their over the top paragraphs and long winded sentences. Not this one. The Riyria Revelations is humble, relatable, and freaking awesome.
You definitely need to listen to this one.
This book wasn't BAD or anything, it's just a kind of really generic fantasy novel. It's also kind of a sausage-fest, right down to the background characters. But if you can look past that, and are in the mood for a familiar-feeling cheesy fun time, you might like this one.
This is an entertaining fantasy story that unfolded at a good pace for me. I am generally new to the genre but enjoyed the book and the antics of Hadrian and Royce, and really loved the way they balance each other.
Reynolds did a great job on the narration. There are a lot of characters and each was unique so dialog was easy to follow. I will be purchasing the next in the series.
Good character development and the reader was able to change voice for each character. I enjoyed this book, and I hope the next book in this series is as good.
I am not one to fall for fantasies. I got this book at a sale and I didn't expect to like it too much- I was wrong. This was a very nice story, written by an excellent story teller that brings up the child in you... Excellent narration, great story. No negatives from my end. I will read the whole series now...