I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a good story and the characters are ones that you can enjoy. There is enough comic relief that it doesn't become to dry and you can actually like the characters. It was a fun listen.
Any classic thief become hero's book.
He does a good job fleshing out the characters and adding nuances that you wouldn't get from reading the book.
As an avid listener of books, I enjoyed this one a lot more than I did other ones, it doesn't take long to get into it and you can guess the bad guys but the writer has done such a good job that it really doesn't matter. I look forward to audible getting the next book or books in the series.
Yes! Absolutely! In fact, I've already done so, several times over. This is the first book in a fabulous action-adventure fantasy series that hits the ground and doesn't stop. The basics of the story are that, basic. Standard archetypal characters, typical questing story in a world that feels, familiar. However, where I think the author succeeds is in writing a fun, fast-paced story with well-written and vibrant characters. I was totally engaged and found myself looking for every available opportunity to sneak a listen!
Harry Potter series (Jo Rowling), Lord of the Rings, The Dark is Rising series (Susan Cooper), Pillars of the Earth & World Without End, Inheritance series
Hadrian, Myron and Thrace
Yes - I got completely caught up in this story and felt a lil' bit like a drug addict waiting for a fix while I was waiting for Rise of Empire to download. It was bad in the best way possible.
I enjoyed it so much I've started listening to the entire series again, and I only finished it last night!
Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)
This book spends quite a bit of time talking about magic, but almost none is ever shown. It's a good book overall, but not great. For me, the narration brings it down a notch. I can normally get past most narration, but the narrator has an odd way of highlighting sentences that are meaningless and giving a deadpan delivery to the exciting bits which serves to remind you that someone is "reading" this book to you. Most narrators fall into the background and become the voices of the book, that didn't happen for me.
My biggest impression is that the book is just not that smart. Not many surprises, the characters are fairly standard for a fantasy book, they have one or two dimensions at most, and at the end I was left with the feeling that the author left many things out on purpose because he knew he was writing another book. Characters are introduced, not fully fleshed out, and some even go away (when they logically would not). Overall, the characters, plot, narration, and lack of detail left everything feeling a bit contrived.
I'm not a literary snob by any means, but I do have two fully function brain hemispheres that I like to have engaged when reading. This book was good enough so that I have purchased the second book, so there is plenty to enjoy here, just not as much as I wanted. What I really wanted was less talk about magic and a little more actual magic.
Yes, in fact, I already have listed to the first chapter several times as it is a great introduction to characters that I enjoyed "getting to know."
I enjoyed Hadrian and Royce, their action/adventure, and most of all their humor. The author did a great job of giving these lead characters depth, and the narrator brought them to life.
Hadrian and Royce. The narrator made listening to the "trilogy," in a word, fun.
I do not have the luxury of listening to books in a single sitting, but I looked forward to opportunities for listening to these books
This book has one of my favorite first chapters in recent memory, and it is a great introduction to the characters. I can think of few books that compare. The book is good for a wide range of ages (from young teen to adult), and I highly recommend the series. You will not be disappointed.
Other favorite books in no particular order (so that you know if I am on the same page as you): Way of Kings; The Final Empire/Mistborn; Ender's Game; Ender's Shadow; Wizard's First Rule; Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, particularly books 8-12
The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
Michael Sullivan is a master at bringing the listener (or reader) into the world he has created and quickly sucking the listener into an emotional bond with the lead characters. The beginning of the book had me so hooked that I had trouble turning the ipod off and had me purchasing the next book in the trilogy before finishing the previous book.
Tim Reynolds was outstanding at bringing the words to the world of audible books.
Riyria Revelations should be a staple of those who enjoy epic tales of courage, adventure, struggle, friendship, and honor. Spend the credit, you will not be disappointed.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
THE FLIES ARE THICKER THEN THE STEW
Keep in mind that you are getting two books for the price of one. All the books in this three volume set were self-published. Volume 1, includes The Crown Conspiracy and Avemparthu. Many reviewers seemed to like book 2 the best, I liked book 1, The Crown Conspiracy best. Book 1 by itself would have received 5 stars and book two would have received 4 stars. This is a fun adventure. There is some comedy, but it is not a book of one liners as so many books of today are. There are some really good adventures and it is very entertaining. The plot has several twists and turns and will keep you guessing.
I HATE DWARFS
I enjoyed the second book, but not as much as the first. It seems MJS spends more time in book two setting up the universe he has built. There are more history lessons and some of it was fairly dry. For the most part it was entertaining and will keep your attention. Volume 1, ends with you not sure who are the bad guys and who the good guys.
HELLO, MAGNUS, KILL ANYBODY LATELY.
The Narrator is excellent
This is the beginning of a saga set in a fairly typical fantasy world - although there are a couple of surprises. Magic is shunned, and elves are both the enemy and a despised underclass. The two main characters are a pair of rogues who hire themselves out to nobles for odd jobs that nobody else can do. There's a real sense of camaraderie between them, as well as a constant but restrained sense of humor throughout the books.
This audiobook is really two books in one. The first book has a simple, predictable plot with overpowered main characters and two-dimensional villains...but it gets better. The second book picks up where the first left off, and now it really begins to shine. Details from the first book that seemed unimportant or incongruous come back and take on new meaning. The characters from the first book get more back story and personality. While I never quite lost the idea that I was listening to someone's RPG campaign, I ended up enjoying myself quite a lot. It's no grand literature, but what it is isn't bad - a bit like how fast food can hit the spot, but will never replace a fine meal.
I'd definitely recommend this series to a fan of the fantasy genre. It's essentially a buddy tale about a warrior and assassin, each one masters of their craft who make their living as elite thieves. Their abilities are renown and sought by the wealthiest clients, letting the pair rub elbows with upper crust nobility. Yet they also know their way in the criminal underground.
The two have hearts of gold though. So one can't help but grin when their clashing personalities cause them to banter and bicker while they get into and out of trouble, despite being fast friends.
The setting is fantasy-familiar with enough new perspectives on magic, other races like elves and dwarves, and geography to keep things interesting. Add to that murder-mystery intrigue, action-adventure rescues, and a relatively lighter air than Joe Abercrombie or George RR Martin, and this makes for a really nice listen.
An additional bonus is a great narrator, and a pretty impressive length that stays engaging. Add to that the fact that this is only the first in a trilogy, and I think you'll find it's a great deal.
Overall I would give the first volume in the trilogy 4 stars for the enjoyment factor. The first half especially felt fresh, with plenty of wit and humor, and a plot that unraveled at just the right pace to keep you interested. This is a much lighter and more positive fantasy than the dark, gritty, "realistic" stuff that seems to be taking on out there, and to me that is a good sign. The main characters, Royce and Hadrian, really grow on you and become more and more fully fleshed out as the story progresses. Most of the side characters aren't as developed as one might expect in an epic fantasy, though there are a few standouts: the wizard Esrahadden, the princess Arista, and the monk Myron (though he is frustratingly absent from the second half).
The second half was an interesting quest that tied into the main story and expanded the world quite a bit, even though I felt it dragged on at times and had a few too many common fantasy tropes. But the ending had a couple of twists that redeemed it and gave us a great set up the next books. I am looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.
I also love how the author, Michael Sullivan, interacts with his readers, more so than I've seen any other author. I love that, and love that it seems to be a growing trend among authors, especially those who have started from a self-publishing background like Sullivan. They seem to connect better with readers, remembering that they were once in the same position and appreciating how hard it actually is to get published.
I think Sullivan is off to a great start, and am looking forward to seeing him and his work grow as he puts more titles under his belt.
Avid listener of Scifi and Fantasy. I've found so many great books with the help of member reviews. Hopefully I can return the favor.
The Riyria Revelations series begins as enjoyable if not light adventure fantasy, but grows into much more. The story initially centers on a pair of elite thieves for hire who are renowned for doing the impossible. Following one ill advised job their lives become much more complicated as they're swept into the middle of an ancient struggle for the fate of humanity. As the story progresses you are introduced to more characters and a complex intriguing world emerges.
Michael J. Sullivan has a real talent for feeding you a lot of detail mixed in with action so you don't feel burdened by the number of names or individual histories. While the characters and world are well developed at no point did I have to study the story to make sure I didn't miss anything(ie GRRM). There are no long winded descriptions or data dumps but at the end you realize how much you've learned about the history of the world.
The author strikes a nice balance between moral ambiguity and an overall sense of right and wrong. While no one would claim that a pair of professional thieves are model citizens it's clear that they are good people when it really counts. In fact it's somewhat refreshing to read a fantasy series that doesn't center on backstabbing politics. There are evil characters and betrayals of course, but this isn't one of those stories where you feel conflicted rooting for the main characters. You really feel as though you get to know the cast of characters and grow to love many of them.
If I have to admit some criticisms it would be based on a few of the romantic elements. While he does a great job with some of the character's relationships(ie Royce/Gwen), some of the series' early love interests seemed a little forced. I found this improved as the the story goes on so don't worry.
These books are so much fun they feel much shorter than they really are. Be careful, the hours fly by as you listen. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen. I think any fan of fantasy will really fall into these books.