Elven lore twist.
Myron - he was the true embodiment of what a monk should be.
He was able to bring the personalities of each character to life.
Great writing and terrific narration.
The author does a wonderful job of keeping you interested in the story and the characters. But, it's little things that I admire most about his writing. I once had a professor tell me that the mark of a good novel is that all the loose ends are tied, that every detail somehow advances the story, and no word is wasted. I think the author has nailed all of that perfectly, and it adds a richness to the writing that sets it a part from a lot of otherwise perfectly enjoyable fantasy books.
Add to that fact that I find myself searching for quotes from this series because some of the observations are just so...wise...
There are a lot of good books that you read and forget about. I get the feeling though that this series is one that will stick with me.
The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the various characters to life -- and there are a lot of them. The voices are unique without being overdone. His timing is perfect on the quips and dramatic bits. Just overall excellent narration.
I am a huge Harry Potter fan, but Riyria Revelations Series jumped into 1st place with me.
I would love to see this made into a movie!!!
Riftwar saga without as much magic.
Once again the character interactions were superb, and funny.
You need to read this series.
Michael Sullivan does a good job in sthis second installment of the series. Plenty of action and suspense to keep you reading this creative journey though the world he creates in Book 1. Tim Reynolds narrated the first book as well so if you enjoyed that there is no disconnect for character voice recognition. Book 3 is equally as good with a good few twits in the final chapters. If you enjoyed Book1, I recommend you finish the series.
Witty, Adventurous, Imaginative!
When Arrista learns to use her magic we were all really excited.
for sure, but we just didnt have time, so we listen on our long drives 3 times a week.
I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.
I loved the whole series. Hated the bad guys, loved the thieves, and the Princes. Heck, I love all of the characters. They were all developed perfectly in the course of the series.
This whole series ranks right at the top.
Lord of the Ring trilogy.
I've not listened to him prior to this series, but no one could have done better
Don't have a clue.
It doesn't get any better than this.
This review covers both Rise of Empire and Heir of Novron, the second and third books in the Theft of Swards trilogy. Any series of books that can hold my attention for 70+ hours and leave me wanting more is a winner. On top of discovering one of my new favorite narrators, I found the books amusing, swashbuckling, and a romp of a fantasy.
The author is not afraid to left Royce, Hadrian and Arista experience both victory and pain. Recurrent characters pop up throughout the trilogy and add continuity and bind the stories together. Originally written as six stand alone books, the trilogy is wisely packaged in three volumes. The main characters and their joint and individual stories are well developed. I felt I knew them and I missed them when it was over.
I am giving the story only four out of five stars because the author leaves subtle but essential clues throughout the books that are hard to remember after such a long narration. He is a bit too clever for his own good at times. When listening, remember, nothing is irrelevant. I was confused by the ending of Heir of Novron. Luckily, I had purchased both the audio and Kindle version and I was able to do a search of the Kindle text to find the answer. It annoyed me I had to resort to looking back.
I had a couple other quibbles with the excessive details in Rise of Empire about every type of mast or sail on a ship and how to operate it in various types of weather. As a reader, I wanted to story to move on and it almost sank. The search for the lost city was puzzling when it turned out that many people knew where it was.
Those quibbles aside, I highly recommend the Theft of Swords trilogy. It is so much better than others series I have tried, such as The Elvenbane (uneven and disjointed) and The Kingkiller Chronicles (so boring I returned the first book and won't revisit).
Ultimately, the plot twists are predictable and many of the "high tension" scenes aren't that dramatic. Then there are in-between scenes that move far too slowly, and there are so many 'Eagles of LoTR' that make the story reminiscent of early 80s adventure movies.
...and then, in this no-way-out situation, or heros are saved by...
Other than THESE elements, the characters are great, the dialogues are interesting, and I dig all the moving parts! I would like to have learned more about the goblins (ba ran gazal) because they seem pretty bad ass, but the author had to narrow the scope somewhere, and he sends to have chosen the geopolitical elements over the hero's quest archetype and I can get behind that.