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Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1 | [Michael J. Sullivan]

Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-18-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2005

    I am a blessed man!

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    "Tremendous Work of Fiction. Fascinating and Clever"

    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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 04-30-14
    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Do yourself a favor and listen to these books!"

    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nils heber, UT, United States 08-11-12
    Nils heber, UT, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A good read - well narrated"

    This was a good book with a well thought out plot, interesting and like-able characters, and terrific narration.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mathias United States 04-23-12
    Mathias United States 04-23-12

    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.

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    "An Adventure With Depth ... Sometimes Too Much"
    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Heck no. Way too long.


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Mel S. Phoenix, AZ USA 03-20-14
    Mel S. Phoenix, AZ USA 03-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I fell in love with Royce and Hadrian!"
    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    I absolutely love Royce and Hadrian! I just find them to be so completely interesting, in how they interact with each other and with people around them. They have that really strong almost-brothers type of relationship, and their personalities complement each other so well that I just can't get enough!


    What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

    Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series shares the same light, psuedo-epic, adventure tones that makes it so much fun to read, and it seems I am a huge fan of thief partnerships. Both series also have larger intrigues that the protagonists get sucked into and have to deal with in unconventional ways.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    It's always pretty close race between Royce and Hadrian, but I think I'm going to have to go with Royce for this book. I do admit, there are a couple of voices in this book that grate on me, but Reynolds has Royce and Hadrian down pat! Hadrian is idealistic, optimistic and basically more open, and Royce is suspicious, withdrawn, and curt, and you can hear it in how their voices are portrayed. I can't picture them sounding any other way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes! Taking breaks for sleep and work were awful, and I put my headphones back on at the earliest opportunities! And my "sleep breaks" were basically listening to the story until I fell asleep, so those weren't really voluntary...


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    michael Huntleys Cove, Australia 03-18-14
    michael Huntleys Cove, Australia 03-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Hooked!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have. It grows on you all the way through until you're completely hooked!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theft of Swords?

    There are so many! The interplay between the lead characters is addictive. Harshness and humor so brilliantly mixed.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I wasn't sure about Tim's narration at first, but it grew on me quickly. I can't imagine any other talent for this story now.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not sure, but I'd change the title. "Theft of Swords" really doesn't do it justice.


    Any additional comments?

    Such well-developed, multi-dimensional characters! It gave the story richness to have continued exposition of all key characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Noah New York, New York 03-03-14
    Noah New York, New York 03-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Slowly, relentlessly wins you over"
    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Relaxed readable epic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main characters are wonderfully vivid and real. The story starts slow and even sounds a little bit generic, but it builds and builds until it's absolutely capitvating. It doesn't really need set-piece battles, world-shattering doom, or magical pyrotechnics; this is a fantasy story you want to get lost in.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's a great narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Not your ordinary pair of thieves."


    Any additional comments?

    The sequels are even better...Sullivan is like the Terminator of fantasy authors; he relentlessly batters his way into your heart.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Devin MA 10-03-13
    Devin MA 10-03-13 Member Since 2006

    Avid listener of Scifi and Fantasy. I've found so many great books with the help of member reviews. Hopefully I can return the favor.

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    "Action/Adventure Tale that Grows into Epic Fantasy"

    The Riyria Revelations series begins as enjoyable if not light adventure fantasy, but grows into much more. The story initially centers on a pair of elite thieves for hire who are renowned for doing the impossible. Following one ill advised job their lives become much more complicated as they're swept into the middle of an ancient struggle for the fate of humanity. As the story progresses you are introduced to more characters and a complex intriguing world emerges.

    Michael J. Sullivan has a real talent for feeding you a lot of detail mixed in with action so you don't feel burdened by the number of names or individual histories. While the characters and world are well developed at no point did I have to study the story to make sure I didn't miss anything(ie GRRM). There are no long winded descriptions or data dumps but at the end you realize how much you've learned about the history of the world.

    The author strikes a nice balance between moral ambiguity and an overall sense of right and wrong. While no one would claim that a pair of professional thieves are model citizens it's clear that they are good people when it really counts. In fact it's somewhat refreshing to read a fantasy series that doesn't center on backstabbing politics. There are evil characters and betrayals of course, but this isn't one of those stories where you feel conflicted rooting for the main characters. You really feel as though you get to know the cast of characters and grow to love many of them.

    If I have to admit some criticisms it would be based on a few of the romantic elements. While he does a great job with some of the character's relationships(ie Royce/Gwen), some of the series' early love interests seemed a little forced. I found this improved as the the story goes on so don't worry.

    These books are so much fun they feel much shorter than they really are. Be careful, the hours fly by as you listen. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen. I think any fan of fantasy will really fall into these books.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-09-13
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2008

    The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "I Laughed, I Cried, I Cringed, I Sighed....."

    Michael Sullivan is a master at bringing the listener (or reader) into the world he has created and quickly sucking the listener into an emotional bond with the lead characters. The beginning of the book had me so hooked that I had trouble turning the ipod off and had me purchasing the next book in the trilogy before finishing the previous book.

    Tim Reynolds was outstanding at bringing the words to the world of audible books.

    Riyria Revelations should be a staple of those who enjoy epic tales of courage, adventure, struggle, friendship, and honor. Spend the credit, you will not be disappointed.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Robert ROSWELL, NM, United States 03-26-12
    Robert ROSWELL, NM, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun Adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

    Any classic thief become hero's book.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a good job fleshing out the characters and adding nuances that you wouldn't get from reading the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Swashbuckling adventure


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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