What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?
The characters and the plot. The characters were unique and each one leant something to the story. While most of the story seems to have common fantasy tropes, they are done well and in a way that the story cannot be guessed from page 2.
The narrative was occasionally a bit plodding and awkward, but not so much that I ever thought of "putting it down". Just a minor annoyance at times.
What did you like best about this story?
The scheming characters. The entire first half was hard to "see in advance" because we kept getting told different things by unreliable characters. Even by the end of the book there are several characters whose motives are almost completely hidden from the reader.
Did Tim Gerard Reynolds do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Yes, the accents for each of the characters was unique, some had queen's English, some had foppish-royal accents, he was wonderful at creating those different voices.
But I'm going to be picky: I completely disagree with his cadence at times, since some of the narrative is a little stilted. One of the main characters comes off as a bored teenager rather then menacingly aloof. And then there's a female character who comes across as a whiny brat in the second half... even though I think it's a little unjustified to portray her that way...
But again, it's really me being picky. He's not a bad narrator and I'm not going to "return" the book because of him.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Both. The dialogue between several characters is definitely chuckle-worthy at times, and there were several sad moments in the second half of the book.
Any additional comments?
It's a worthwhile "read" for anyone who likes epic fantasy.
the first book of this series was very entertaining. I really enjoyed the two main,characters and,the main sub characters as well..the overall story was entertaining and,worth listening,too...I hope for as good if not,better as the story continues
Loved the story by the end, but the first half read like it was created specifically for a movie plot. fine overall, but story complexity was lacking until the second half.
This is actually two books in one, a great surprise to me. The narrator is fantastic! Book one is awesome and book two starts off kind of slow while the story develops but ends up being really good also. I will definitely listen to the whole series, and don't forget the short stories from this series also. They are very short but very good!
Story seemed to go on and on, but wasn't interesting to me. Got lost in all the political discussions, not enough plot to hold my attention.
Fun action romp
Most "good vs bad with the reluctant hero's stepping in to a world of intrigue and adventure" fit into the same bracket. The world is built really well and the characters are reliable in their roles. It was a little thin wrt how things are coming together but I dont think its meant to be a complicated story. If you are looking for a fun read this is it.
I think the dwarf is pretty cool.
Bad Boys with swords....
I have been through a couple of fairly heavy books and this is a light read which spans many ages. If you are looking for a fun story with entertaining characters this is it. If you are looking for a Tolkein like odyssey then its probably not for you...
The narrative was written on such a basic and simple level a 10 year old could read it it. I knew that the first book was going to be very basic, straightforward and light because of the previous reviews. However, I am sorry to say the second book was not much better. This book has the same stock characters that you find in any basic fantasy: wizard, dwarf, elf, charming swordsman and thief, damsel in distress... You get my drift. About as interesting and complex as a bowl of oatmeal. I don't understand all of the good reviews.
If you want a really good fantasy novel aimed towards adults try Peter V Brett or Joe Abercrombie.
I have only listened to the audio edition.
When Thrace, overcome by loss and grief confronts the beast (I cannot spell that creature's name).
Longtime fantasy fan who with a daily work commute of 1+ hour each way to and from work. I am always looking for a new series or author. Have listened to many excellent books the last few years. This was a new author and series for me and I am hooked. Characters are distinct and interesting - yes they are thieves but they are not despicable thieves. Secondary characters also are inviting and likable. I am ready to start Volume 2 :)