There are some parts that are a bit slow but the funny parts are great, was laughing while driving down the road. Hope the rest of the series turns out the same.
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
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.
It is so amazingly good.
Hadrian (sp?) - he is just so whimsical and good.
Really I can't pick out 1 scene because I marvel that the whole book is so riveting.
When you have gallant swashbuckling heroes Royce and Hadrian, a bright underestimated princess and a waif for the unexpected heroine, plus a wizard and a mythical creature, it all adds up to a great listen.
Fun, energetic, just the right amount of suspense and surprises. I enjoyed it and have already downloaded the next two books in the series. I had to order those via Amazon to Audible.
I have listened to the 3 books in this series 4 times through now! I love the characters and the performance. These books have everything an adventure/fantasy lover could ask for: elves, wizards, dwarves, goblins, heros, villians, princesses, dragons, magic gems and swords...everything! All the books tie together with very little repetition since this is combination of the individual books. All the characters are solid. This is the first book I've listened to where my mind didn't wander. I remember the names of all the characters, even the names of the towns and cities they visited on their journey. Hadrian and Royce reminded me of a Monty Python cast members! I would start laughing outloud to the stares of others around me. The narrator did a perfect job with the expression of all the characters, even the females. Sometimes, I've found that the narration of a female by a male is too patronizing, or over the top, but not this narrator. I would highly recommend this whole series. "Theft of Swords", "Rise of Empire", and "Heir of Novron".
Hadrian. Part was the narration, but he seemed likable. Has his own problems, but not going to sit there and whine about it for 30 pages.
This trilogy (Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, Heir of Novron) seamlessly follows several main characters is a plausible (for a fantasy plot I guess) way. Too often, a plethora of characters tangle themselves when narrated aloud, and it's hard to keep the strands of story detangled. Not so here. The characters have depth, the dialogue is interesting, and the narrative limited to show more than tell. Although you might think you know where the plot is going... it keeps you guessing right up until the very end. Plenty to love.
The fight scenes were somewhat realistic, as much as possible I think, and not too long or complicated. When you're trying to form your own mental reel, it helps when the fight scenes are compact and vibrant.
On the narration... fabulous. All the characters had very distinct voices. As a side note, Reynolds does a fairly decent woman's voice. Although only one main character, and two very central characters, are female, I've found male narrators often give all women the same voice, are overly comical, or just end up with an annoying female voice.
I didn't have high expectations coming into this book as the reviews had said it's a good intro but not much depth but I found myself looking for excuses to listen to Theft of Swords any chance I had! The characters are believable and well written, the plot moves forward through every scene and the depth of the book gets more and more involved the further in you get.
I'm typically more Sci-fi than fantasy but this book is very well written and while there are fantasy elements, mostly it's a fun adventure story set in something like the middle ages meets Lord of the Rings. Well thought out and descriptive, if I could give 4.5 stars I would!
Enjoyable plot line, with enough twists to keep it from being predictable. Just enough irreverence to give light moments. Good narration.