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 :)
Great character development, fast paced, innovative, Loved it.
Liked it better than The Spirit Thief, but loved them Both!
This is perhaps my most favorite book to which I have listened so far! A book is only as great as the quality of the story. A great audio book is only as good as the way it is interpreted by its narrator. Michael J. Sullivan is one of the best fantasy writers out there and Tim Gerard Reynolds is one of the best audio performers in the industry. The combination of these two to present this story is fantastic!
I LOVE the humor and intensity of the story. The characters became so very real.
It is hard to choose between Hadrian and Royce because they really are the best of friends and I can't imagine one without the other in the story. But if I had to choose, it would be Hadrian. He's kindhearted, funny, a master of swords and weapons, and he doesn't take any crap from either Royce or Alric.
While there were times that I really wanted Hadrian to let Royce throw Alric in a river, the scene where Alric rides into battle was very moving. Without spoilers, I appreciated the depth that Sullivan gave his characters and the way in which Reynolds brought the whole scene to life.
This is a must-read: I travel a lot, it only took me two weeks to get through all 25 hours of this book! It made me laugh more times than I can count, it surprised me, riveted me, and even made me mad (mostly because I had reached the end and was in an area where I couldn't download the next one). If there are audio book awards, both author and performer should be win all the ones for which they are eligible!
Absolutely! The story was fun to listen to and the narrator was very good.
It was predictable but not Too predictable. Good wins but not in the ways you expect.
His character voices are absolutely perfect.
I laughed quite a few times
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good listen
Intrigue, action, fun
The Gentelman Bastards series.
There were many...
The interactions between Royce and Hadrian made me laugh on numerous occasions.
Perfect companion for a long commute.
I could put it down. I loved it and think i even developed a crush on the main character. Which i've never done with any other character in any other book. I've now read everything that Michael J Sullivan has done.
I held off on writing any reviews until I listened to the entire trilogy, so many of my comments are a collection of observations of all three books (without spoilers!).
While Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria Revelations doesn't contain as grand of a world as Tolkien, the intrigue of Martin or the magic of Jordan, he does create characters that you grow to love and root for. Many of the characters are flawed in some fashion, but you are given glimpses into their past providing you with an understanding of their behavior and each grows throughout the trilogy. The story is fast paced, creative, and often magical. I have only one complaint regarding something explained towards the end, but I am unable to explain further without providing a spoiler. I highly recommend this series and may have even developed a crush on Hadrian Blackwater.
The prequels - Riyria Chronicles - are also worth a listen!
The best thing about this book, and the other that follow, is the way the author writes as a puzzle. As he reveals the pieces, and they form a picture. But when the final pieces are put down, the picture you thought you saw, are much bigger than expected. Small, seemingly irrelevant pieces, suddenly makes sense in a brilliant way.
This book, and the ones that follow, are unique in a way. As I got to know the caracters, I buildt a relationship with them. It creeped up on me. It was a subtle, but eventually strong impact, that effected me on a level I did not expect at all.
In the beginning, I wasnt shure what I thought, but I decided to keep listening. Wise move. Listen to all the books, only then will you comprehend what a good triology this is. Havent regreted it for a second.
Yes, absolutely. I have fallen in love with this world and the characters. I have given this book as a gift to 7 people after reading it.
Hadrian, but I love Royce too. They are a team, I cannot imagine one without the other.
All the characters were awesome. I have never listened to this reader before these books. He has a new fan. He made the books come alive.
The best thieves in the world have been caught, but nothing can interfere with destiny.
This is an exciting, action packed adventure. The series reminds me of "The Princess Bride" meets "Game of Thrones". Except there is no incest, and you only lose a few of the characters instead of a majority of them. I loved these books!
We all know that characters and storylines are all in the telling. Volume One has a two solid stories told so well that they will keep you listen on well after you should have gone to bed. Many avid fantasy readers will recognize that the characters, Royce and Hadrian, are similar to (close clones?) Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser characters - however, you know that many superhero and sidekick duo adventures are purely archetypal, and honest fun - Despite the cliche pairing, the two characters become more than your typical duo for they are interesting, troubled, fun and attractive. The telling of the story matters: Volume one is rich in detail, plot setup (the first story is a whooper! And the second monstrous!) and character development. The stories are wonderful and fast paced making them a perfect escape from the lame bickering reality of our current world. Fantasy fans will enjoy the archetypal familiars (elves, dwarves and enchantments oh my) as well as fresh new storylines Sullivan weaves his thieving duo into. I will be reading more of the adventures of Royce and Hadrian because it's a great escape.