The customer reviews sold me on this book, and boy, did they let me down.
This book is as long as it is dull. Frankly, it defines the term: Overly cliche. If you've read or seen it a million times before the author is going to do it here. There isn't any original thought, unexpected happenings, or excitement in this book. It is so hackneyed I wanted to throw my headphones as far as I could and smash my phone too many times to count.
In the over twenty-two hours telling of this story there is no real character development or depth. The people are either good, bad or somewhere in-between and yet they're all easily forgettable. They are shallow copies of people you've read about in other stories without any of the interesting traits. And the storyline is just as bad. Betrayal? Got it. A magical trip without much magic? Yep it's there. An epic battle scene? Well, no. While there is a battle, there is no detailed telling and it is pretty vague and boring (and stupid).
And did I mention long and dull? Without spoiling too much, there is what seems like a twenty-some minute scene that did not need to be more than two minutes (A certain character is being unjustly tried and the author continued and continued to beat the already dead horse for what was way too long). One of the many examples of where running over your phone with the lawn mower sounds like a great idea.
Give this one a pass and save yourself 22 hours of utter boredom and frustration.
I have to admit to feeling a small bit disappointed having finished this book, but this may be due to the high level of expectation I had starting out, given all the fantastic reviews the book has received.
That is not to say that this isn't a good read, but I think I was hoping for more.
The story is told very much in the sword and Sorcery style, and while there is some violence there is a lot of drole humour especially between the two protagonists, Royce and Hadrian.
In many ways Royce and Hadrian remind me a lot of Egil and Nix from the series of the same name by Paul S. Kemp, though it is safe to say that Theft of Swords has a greater degree of depth and complexity to Kent's work.
Some of the characters seem foppish and silly at times, and you could argue that they lack substance. However, I don't think Theft of Swords is setting out to be a deep, introspective novel, but rather a story you can take on face value and enjoy it for what it is.
I'll probably check out the next book in the series to see how things develop.
There are two books in this reading, the first is more of a setup for the coming books. It takes you through the world, the characters, the races and religions. It was interesting but I felt it was a tad too YA for me... That second book is where all the gears set up in book one start to turn; there is adventure, intrigue, battles and the characters develop great. There is always a twist to what you expect to happen and what does and keeps you holding on for more.
In essence, read this book and you won't be disappointed.
Loved this audiobook. Masterful performance of two sequential stories featuring action, humor, suspense and lovable characters. Fantasy at its best - a new favorite.
I love Scify, History and Christian Fiction.
I tried out this book based on a recommendation and all I can say is WOW! I love it and will start on the next book in the series .
No. I'm not an expert but I read a lot of fantasy. This was a frustrating experience. The characters, setting and plot are good. The dialogue makes me want to throw something. If the other components of the story weren't as strong, I'd give this book 2 stars.
There are times when a character translates what another character says in case we're not smart enough to understand words with more than 2 syllables. There are several times when the characters sum up what's happening to each other in case we missed it. This is insulting to the reader.
The author uses the plot device of having a character conveniently well-versed in random facts fill us in on lots of details to push the story forward so we don't get to feel like we're discovering things. This is a huge part of the experience of this genre.
These feel like rookie mistakes. It's perplexing because so many other aspects of the story are really good with tons of potential. At one point, the book says a comment is made by a character who isn't even In that scene.
There's no sense of wonder in this book. The fantasy reader wants a moment to feel some wonder or intrigue about the story, but, in this book, it's spelled out quickly.
I could not possibly go through another book written this way.