This series is some of the most enthralling fantasy I've come across in recent years. The tale of Hadrian and Royce is well written, exciting, charming and appropriately epic.
The author has suceeded in making a world that you want to visit, and stay in. This series really deserves more publicity than it has gotten, and I thoroughly recommend the books to anyone.
Clever, fun, enjoyable.
The personalities he attached to the characters was great. I loved listening to this mans voice.
Yes, I couldn't wait to work out or drive long distance so I can get my listen in.
This was a great ending to the series. The end was a surprise to me there is part that just brought tears to my eyes and I wish it could have been different. And I wish there was just a little bit more in the end...a sort of "10 years later" kind of thing. You see all the characters in their final evolution in these books and you see the strength in the friendships and bonds. In general the book, even though it is fantasy, gives a great message about friendship and society. This series is on my top ten favorite books and the author is on my top 3.
Good story and great character development. Has a good message and I think its a great book for teens.
I listened to all three books in this series. Each one was better than the last. The narrator is perfect. He is able to perform a large number of characters flawlessly. The story is also very captivating. I highly recommend.
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Yes, I love this one so much that, unless he puts out a new book soon, I will keep rereading all 3 books
Th narrator just seems perfect for this story. He nadles the humour, the adventure, & even the softer storyline perfectly. The different charcacters were well defined & seemed to suit
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Wow I found another fantasy author that gets better with every book ... Great characters, great action, great story,,,,,,, read it you'll like it... Paul T.
It's a delightful tale, well-written, with enough plot depth to keep the reader's interest.
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His voice is easy to listen to; he does a good job with the different character voices.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it is a gripping adventure with unexpected plot twists, intelligently written, with a positive, redemptive tone that restores faith in fantasy novels.
former nuclear scientist
In these final two books, Michael J. Sullivan wraps up the adventures of Royce and Hadrian (Riyeria) and the arc of the story satisfies the fans: the (surviving) characters remain true to themselves even as they move on with their lives; the mystery driving the series from the beginning is explained (and enough clues are there for even me to figure out most of it ahead of time, but not in such a way that the characters seemed like dunces); and the journey to the end is packed with adventure and humor.
It's really hard to end a series, especially one with the type of characters that the reader can invest herself in and a world where fans can easily imagine further adventures for the beloved cast. Just look at the TV shows Lost or Battlestar Galactica. But the author does a great job of wrapping everything up in a natural way, with a coda that satisfies the fan's desire to know what happens to the characters after the adventures are over.
Again, the narrator was a huge contributor to making this series snappy and enjoyable. He slipped up in the voices once in awhile during extended dialogue, but his reading really brought the colorful world and its distinct characters to life.
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).
By the third book I was really emotionally tied to the characters which is something that I attribute both to great writing and consistent narration. The plot is interesting and unpredictable at times. Definitely worth the time investment. Hated to see it end.