Audie Award Nominee, Fantasy, 2013
Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.
Theft of Swords contains The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha, books 1 and 2 of Riyria Revelations.
©2011 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
I just went back and listened to the entire series again (something I almost never do) after the Riyria Chronicles came out. I'm so glad I did! I had forgotten what a treat these characters were. I had also forgotten how sorry I was after it was over. You know something is good when you mourn the loss of the characters in your daily life.
Enough people have given a synopsis of the books, so I'll skip that part. I'll just say if you're on the fence about whether or not to buy these books, don't be. You'll drive further or sit longer at your desk (I listen to books while editing photos) because these stories are like visiting with wonderful old friends. You never want them to go home.
If you've had a bad experience with fantasy, don't worry, you'll be fine with these books. The story and the characters will carry you straight through any willing suspension of disbelief you need during the process. And Tim Gerard Reynolds is superb at rendering the different voices. I would recognize Royce and Hadrian anywhere, just by hearing them speak.
A note to Michael J. Sullivan: More please!
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I'm not sure how I found this, but it's one of the most fun stories I've ever experienced. With clever and humorous banter, two thieves (in the tradition of Dumas' Musketeers) take on a job that quickly goes horribly wrong. A King is dead. Treachery is everywhere.
This is a great fantasy, but the book (and hopefully the trilogy), is is a rare gem for any genre. If you've ever read or listened to The Three Musketeers, youve experienced the timeless humor of Porthos, which is simply priceless. Sullivan's duo are every bit as resourceful and fun as any of Dumas' characters.
There are elves, dwarfs, a impaired wizard, evil priests and political intrigue. 20 hours simply flew by. The narration is good, never getting in the way of the story.
For me, it's a solid 5 star listen.
I love to read. I also love to write.I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.
I liked how the characters stayed within their characters from start to finish and did not wander from their mannerisms in order to get around potential road blocks. I also liked the depth of the main characters.
Hadrian because he has that cocky swagger of knowing he is better than everyone else with a sword and only shows it if necessary. Royce is his straight man through the entire novel.
Heck no. Way too long.
Story drifts at times and doesn't leave a lot of intrigue as the author pops in and out of the minds of secondary characters to let the reader know all the nuances of the politics going on in the world. Often I wished that much of this was left out but what can you do?
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
THE FLIES ARE THICKER THEN THE STEW
Keep in mind that you are getting two books for the price of one. All the books in this three volume set were self-published. Volume 1, includes The Crown Conspiracy and Avemparthu. Many reviewers seemed to like book 2 the best, I liked book 1, The Crown Conspiracy best. Book 1 by itself would have received 5 stars and book two would have received 4 stars. This is a fun adventure. There is some comedy, but it is not a book of one liners as so many books of today are. There are some really good adventures and it is very entertaining. The plot has several twists and turns and will keep you guessing.
I HATE DWARFS
I enjoyed the second book, but not as much as the first. It seems MJS spends more time in book two setting up the universe he has built. There are more history lessons and some of it was fairly dry. For the most part it was entertaining and will keep your attention. Volume 1, ends with you not sure who are the bad guys and who the good guys.
HELLO, MAGNUS, KILL ANYBODY LATELY.
The Narrator is excellent
I like the fantasy genre. A lot. Unfortunately, much of the time fantasy=detailed, long, drawn out battle scenes that I usually wind up pretty much skimming (in the case of audio books, ignoring). That's why I was so pleased to find this series. I'm working on the last one right now and all the way through it's been about the story, not about the fighting. Leaving out the bits about who whacks whom with a sword when and which flank is being attacked by which of the enemies leaves Sullivan time to really develop the story and the characters. He gets the reader to become emotionally involved, or interested, in the characters and then puts them in situations which create all of the suspense and drama needed. It's a really good listen and I can recommend it to anyone who doesn't thrive on the violence. Not that there isn't any violence at all, but at least he doesn't go on and on and on and on about it like so many fantasy writers seem to do. I've loved every minute of the whole series.
The narrator is really good. Easy on the ear and well spoken. A good choice for these books.
I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a good story and the characters are ones that you can enjoy. There is enough comic relief that it doesn't become to dry and you can actually like the characters. It was a fun listen.
Any classic thief become hero's book.
He does a good job fleshing out the characters and adding nuances that you wouldn't get from reading the book.
As an avid listener of books, I enjoyed this one a lot more than I did other ones, it doesn't take long to get into it and you can guess the bad guys but the writer has done such a good job that it really doesn't matter. I look forward to audible getting the next book or books in the series.
Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)
This book spends quite a bit of time talking about magic, but almost none is ever shown. It's a good book overall, but not great. For me, the narration brings it down a notch. I can normally get past most narration, but the narrator has an odd way of highlighting sentences that are meaningless and giving a deadpan delivery to the exciting bits which serves to remind you that someone is "reading" this book to you. Most narrators fall into the background and become the voices of the book, that didn't happen for me.
My biggest impression is that the book is just not that smart. Not many surprises, the characters are fairly standard for a fantasy book, they have one or two dimensions at most, and at the end I was left with the feeling that the author left many things out on purpose because he knew he was writing another book. Characters are introduced, not fully fleshed out, and some even go away (when they logically would not). Overall, the characters, plot, narration, and lack of detail left everything feeling a bit contrived.
I'm not a literary snob by any means, but I do have two fully function brain hemispheres that I like to have engaged when reading. This book was good enough so that I have purchased the second book, so there is plenty to enjoy here, just not as much as I wanted. What I really wanted was less talk about magic and a little more actual magic.
My name is Chris and I am an addict.
I really love all of the Riyria books. They are very well narrated and I enjoy the main characters more than any other book. I am not saying that they do not have faults, because they do, but they just feel very real to me. They have good banter and are fun to read about.
The actual story can be grim at times, but overall it was a feel good series for me. Horrible things happen at times, but it doesn't take away from the story. This is just a truly great fantasy series.
I loved the characters of Royce and Hadrian. Their relationship is buddy movie material. They are so well written that you can start to predict their reactions to situations because you feel as if you know them.
I like the way Tim Gerard Reynolds thoroughly captures the sarcastic banter between the characters. I liked his voice from previous Audible purchases (the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown), but he made me laugh out loud the way he handled the wordplay between the characters.
This book is just plain fun! The characters are well written, the dialogue is excellent and the action keeps you on the edge of your seat at times. It's a nice escape from the books I have to read for school.
Riyria Revelations has all of the elements for a classic epic fantasy. A thief and a warrior with far more talents and abilities than any others in their profession, both with a legacy that is yet to be fully revealed are deeply entwined with the politics of Empire Building, dogmatic clerics, an the rebirth of magic. Men Elves and Dwarves and reside in this world with other races. The church of mankind seeks to reestablish the human empire under their control. Many human kings are in opposition of this and the other races of this world might make their feelings known. This is a fast-paced story with good characters and I look forward to reading the other volumes.
"Nothing you've not heard before"
Full of clichés & improbable coincidences. Reads like it's written for teens. Narration is a bit flat.
"great book. can't wait to cracking into the rest."
can't wait to crack into the other books in the series. need four more words.
"A stunning start to a Rising start of a series"
as ive never read it ill assume yes
the seamless interaction of the two main characters royan and hadrian to thieves who are two different sides of the same coin.
he is a great narrator i highly appreciate his work
laughter. some of the quip are stunningly good.
two men one a mast swordsmen one a master assassin are the dual team of extreme odd jobbers who steal anything or any one for the right price. this book follows their first adventure ( well their first written adventure). please listen and enjoy people you will enjoy.
Series is outstanding. Totally involved and have a bit of a crush on Hadrian Blackwater he is perfect Royce loveable too
"Thrilling engaging characters"
One of the best fantasy books I have read / listened to in ages. Its the start to an excellent story that is easy to read / listen to and keeps you coming back for more.
It's very difficult to choose between Hadrian and Royce, they are alomst opposites and both can make you laugh, feel for their position, Hadrian's endless optomism and Royce's cautious cynicysm creates a good blend for the pair of adventurers.
His dipiction of Hadrian especially captures the character - an upbeat voice full of enthusiasm for everything he encounters.
Two antiheros captured in events outside their control.
"Literature this is not ."
No , if I wanted a comic I would have bought a comic , this is more along the lines of Jack and Jill went up the hill , it has about the same literary content .
I suppose he did his best .
Not for me .
"Fantastic start to a great trilogy!!"
Great book regardless of print or audio however the narration is fantastic and characters bought to life before your ears!!
Have only listened to revelation's trilogy and chronicle's books but consistent voices throughout.
Certainly keeper me enthralled throughout.
Excellent set of books. Written well and thoroughly enjoyed especially with the humour element which broke up the dialog very well.
"Excellent book and a joy for gamers."
Firstly, let me clarify that I rarely - if ever - give 5* reviews. I like to have somewhere to go if next week I hear a better book so four stars should be treated as an "excellent".
Michael J Sullivan's work is a joy to listen to, especially since Tim Gerard Reynolds does such a good job on it. There are a couple of errors but nothing that slightly better editing wouldn't have fixed and he has instantly shot into my list of favourite readers, alongside people such as Steven Pacey and Toby Longworth. The stories in this volume hit all the right fantasy tropes without overusing any or feeling too cliched and the characterisations are interesting and well rounded. I like the heroes and loathe the villains just as I'm obviously supposed to. The stories motor along reasonably well and there are just enough twists to stop them getting predictable and dull. Overall an enjoyable, workmanlike performance from both writer and narrator.
My review title said this was a joy to gamers and I stand by that. If there are any role-players reading this review then I urge you to buy this audiobook, you'll not find another book which feels more like a game session. The heroes act like PCs, the better PCs at least, and this is a grand inspiration to have playing while you write up plot for something like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder or even Rolemaster.
As a final note, congratulations to the narrator for not having the dwarf speak with a cod Scottish accent, I never understood that. Tolkein's dwarves were obviously Welsh in inspiration and yet there is an inexplicable trend to make dwarfs Scottish. I am very glad that doesn't occur here.
this is the second time i have listened to this volume and it is still quality
A very well written fantasy, great fun with two of the best leading characters I've come across. The performance adds to the story, extremely British which is as it should be. Looking forward to the second volume which I've downloaded.
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