Loved this book! So excited for the next one I immediately downloaded it!! I recommend this book to anyone who wants something exciting to read or listen to as I did.
I put this book up there with works like the Wheel of Time and Warbreaker. It's a great epic fantasy that puts you in the middle of plot twist after plot twist - and it always comes tantalizingly close to giving you the information you seek. Luckily, this author is great when it comes to plot resolution, and explains the majority of things that you'll want to know - you just need to read further!
One cool feature of this book is this: Halfway through, you will have completed what you might consider a "full story", but you're only halfway! It was very rewarding to feel like I was experiencing the "next chapter" while still reading the same book. I hate waiting :)
Wheel of Time and Warbreaker. Same quality and style.
It's in the top 10.
There are so many interesting characters, and the reader does a fine job of sorting them out by voice and pacing of speech. One of my favorite parts was when Roice & Hadrian met with Ezra because Ezra's speech sounded Shakespearean. The reader did such a great job of this without missing a beat. When Ezra's speech got modern, the pacing and vocal characterization were still consistent.
No. I wanted to spread it out and savor it. I look forward to listening to the others in the series.
This is the very best Fantasy series I have heard or read.
It made me laugh and cry
The descriptive prose is outstanding. The dialogue is tight and witty and never became boring or confusion.
Yes, I enjoyed the character irony of thieves being heroes, who were more honest and enlightened then the "ruling" class, and the irony which followed through in the story.
The narration was carried out with an effortless transition between characters, both men and women.
I hope there are more.
A pleasure to have a first book of what could be called a fantasy epic. Extremely entertaining. The author is building characters with furtive escapades that have resolution in "books". Like it a lot.
I am a big fan of Wheel of Time, Kingkiller Chronicals etc... (Jordan, Rothfuss)
It is a great story that keeps you interested all the way through. As it is broken into two books within theft of swords so it makes it easier to read.
I am looking forward to the remaining books in this series. Michael J. Sullivan takes you back in time (or is it forward in time) to a place of mysteries and intrigue filled with talented good good guys and really bad guys. The story moves quickly and is a really good listen. You can escape into another world of challenges and successes. Be very careful that you do not listen to this story while riding on the Interstate. You may just miss your next planned turn off and end up 50 miles or so out of your way.
Tim Gerard is able to play the different parts so that you are able to see the new character talking no matter the gender or age. He listens well and is easy on the ears.
Could have been an all in one sitting book. I just do not listen to books that way.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Captivating, thrilling, and adventurous
It's difficult to pick only one,but I'll choose the protaganist Hadrian Blackwater, 95% of the time he found the silver lining and he was a hero to the end.
No, this was my first listen and I really enjoy his writing talent.
Definitely, but too many hours to pull off that goal.
Thank you Tim Gerard Reynolds, I hope you will permit Audible to release your final book of the trilogy: HEIR OF NOVRON. I downloaded it to my Kindle, but I look forward to the audio version. The narrator does a teriffic job.
This first installment is a HUGE throwback to a more fun and relaxed storytelling method. This is not to say that there isn't sufficient drama, darkness and excitement. I am just saying that this story is brought about in such a way as to be equal parts slap-stick partners meets classic fantasy. It is a VERY enjoyable listen with a talented narrator. Kudos to MJS and I CANNOT wait to hear more!