Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
First of all, I think it's admirable how author succeeded through self-publication. Way to go! That in itself makes a good story for believing in yourself and your product.
The story itself is a good yarn with fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles... It's one giant and true love short of being the Princess Bride. To make up for this, Sullivan offers the intrigue of an evil church conspiracy bent on remaking the world to conform to their will. So it is a very interesting story that keeps you engaged.
The characters are well composed and endearing. Both the author and the reader play their parts in bringing them to life. Reynolds really brings the individuals into contrast with very subtle changes in voice. His characterizations are not super bold, but they are enough to make individuals recognizable. I am not the largest fan of his overuse of the British, West Country for low-born accents, but that is a very minor thing. Mostly very good.
My only issue with the book is that it lacks a bit of polish. Sullivan tends to overuse the word "guy," which sort of messes with the medieval setting. There are also editing flubs in the track, where words are repeated. The text could be tightened up a little bit. But all this is just quibbling; if you don't sweat the small stuff, it is a really fun read.
The story was great and well written. The reader did an amazing job that made it easier to follow which character was talking. The main characters are easy to like and the banter between them is pure gold. The entire book cruised on by and I find myself looking forward to the next book in the series. Read or listen to this book if you even remotely enjoy the fantasy genre.
If the characters had been something other than completely predictable. If the dialog hadn't been so turgid. If there'd been any novelty or imagination present.
Nope, I doubt it very much. I've had an Audible Gold account for a couple of years and this is the first time I've bought a book that I can't bear to listen to. It doesn't take much to please me, but this is like hearing nails on the blackboard of my soul.
Anyone. My cat. Tim Gerard Reynolds just doesn't know how to read a story. Dramatic voicing in the most mundane descriptive passages. "I have TO use MY dramatic VOICE now!" "in FACT its THE only VOICE i HAVE"
I keep coming back to it like a child who's found his hamster dead in the morning, poking its little cold corpse to see if it's just asleep. But no. There's no life left in this book.
Whoever reviewed this and said it was a "fast moving" and "original" epic fantasy needs to widen their reading more than a little. Listen to The Lies of Locke Lamorra for a great story, well written with brilliant narration. That, and they should send me a cheque for $15....
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
I really can say it all, when I state that I have read this book four times. Also the first book. this happens to be my idea of great entertainment.The Rose and the Thorn, and Heir of Navron, were my least favorites so I only read them twice!! I LOVE the characters, and the narration takes it to my five star experience. It is often quirky when it comes to idiomatic plausibility, but I just chalk it up to daring writing and making the characters have real personality. It would be hard to create the intimacy one feels with the main characters, if we were subjected to the language that would have been appropriate for its' time. It would have distanced us from the engaging nature of Hadrian, and the powerful magnetism of Royce. I really enjoyed this series. !!!!!!!!
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
I was a little hesitant to start this book, as I don't delve into the fantasy genre much. Elves, wizards, and dragons usually don't appeal to me, despite reading rave reviews for many fantasy books out there. I got this book from the daily deal on Audible's website.
Quite simply, this is classic fantasy with a modern twist. The two main characters are an elite unit of "fixers" for hire. From the beginning to the end, they're put in situations that make the reader think it's the end for them, yet somehow they squeeze through the cracks and persevere every time. It certainly had it's similarities with Game of Thrones, but with a dash of Lord of the Rings as well. There’s no major plot twists, just a good & fun mystery involving interesting characters that make for an engrossingly fun romp.
I thought the narrator was excellent. He fit the story perfectly and used distinct character voices that don't confuse the reader (listener.)
Overall: I'm actually quite interested in continuing this series. The book is pretty long so I might check out some shorter books first, but I'm still very interested though. I never thought I'd say this, but I actually kinda like fantasy now...but only by Michael J. Sullivan, so far.
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starting a new series is always hard. new characters, places, etc. dont worry about it. this book is so superbly written that it draws you in and makes you a part of the action.
the down side of the book is that the plot is easily predictable, however there are enough twists and turns with some substance that it is over looked.
Currently studying psychology in Norway. I primarily read fantasy, sci-fi and fictional books
Theft of Swords was a really fun book to read. Royce and Hadrian is introduced in a way that you automatically feel intrigued and impressed, and want to know much more about them. The plot is great fun, and will definitely make you want to keep on reading. Michael Sullivan managed to catch my attention throughout the book and really pulled me into his world, I can recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy book.
I need a good story. I need surprises.
I need you to leave me wanting more.
That is what this book does. Enjoy this adventure.
I was sad when I finished this series. So good!
Though it uses many tropes from classic works of fantasy it puts its own unique pin on them. More than worth the time, though it does feel like it is actually two separate books placed back to back.
I have mixed feelings about this one, but liked it well enough to try the sequel. The characters are likeable and the basic plot is comfortably familiar, so this is a good choice if you're looking for escapism. I did find the pace a bit slow and somewhat over-written in places.