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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 2015

    How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!

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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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Michael C Santa Rosa, CA 12-01-12
    Michael C Santa Rosa, CA 12-01-12 Member Since 2010

    Cross-genre tastes, but a soft spot for great Science Fiction and Fantasy

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    "Just the Good Parts"

    Riyira Revelations was undoubtedly my favorite Fantasy series from 2012. Sullivan clearly has a firm grasp on the series and where everyone's headed from the first pages of the novel. The result is a deeply engrossing tale with fleshed-out characters, a rich, imaginative setting, and plenty of swashbuckling roguery. It's a satisfying story from beginning to end.

    I'm reminded of a notion from The Princess Bride by William Goldman. The frame of the Princess Bride is that it's actually an abridgment of a much longer, much more boring story. Goldman later discovered that his grandpa cut out a lot of this boring stuff when reading it to him as a kid. The version he heard was just the action, adventure, and fun stuff. You know, "the good parts". Well, Theft of Swords is very much a "just the good parts" novel.

    16 of 19 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 28 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 2015
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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 19 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 02-20-15
    Emily 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Passable but not worth the money or a credit"

    In my view, this book was disjointed. It feels like two separate books because it probably was. Without researching the back story about how this book was originally published. I would guess that the book was first published as an ebook on Amazon as two separate books.

    The two main characters are fairly genetic and lack depth. By the end of the book I feel like I knew pretty much what the story in the next book would be. Unlike Mitch Rapp stories which are equally predictable, the pacing and writing are not suspenseful. There are some decent parts of the book, but there is not enough to enjoy tip make it worth the time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dynnise Orrington, ME, United States 02-18-14
    Dynnise Orrington, ME, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty good"
    Would you listen to Theft of Swords again? Why?

    probably not. But I don't usually re-read any books.


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

    right now, I compare all books to the "Game of Thrones" books and weigh them against them. I would rate this book as pretty good, but not as good as "Game of Thrones".


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

    Hadrian


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Freeland, MD, United States 02-18-14
    Julia Freeland, MD, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm hooked"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the characters- the humor- and storyline. It's creative, suspenseful and lots of mystery. The narrator makes the book come alive. Highly recommend!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like both Hadren and Royce!


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

    One week- I have a hour commute twice a day. This book makes traffic ok!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Sarasota,FL. United States 12-13-13
    Karen Sarasota,FL. United States 12-13-13

    I'm an LMT originally from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I lived in NYC off and on for 15 years. I decided I had enough of long cold winters so summer of 2012 I relocated and now live in sunny Sarasota FL and loving every moment of it. My favorite thing to do is lay on the beach all day long listening to the waves and a great audible book.

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    "Exciting Foundation - Rewarding and Complete"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend the whole series. I read all 5 books starting with The Chronicles. Now that I have finished both series, I loved it so much, I immediately started reading it again starting this time with the Revelations. Now that I am reading for the second time around there is so much more meaning to little clues that the author left and such deeper understanding to the greater scheme of things.I think it really does not matter which set you read first, these 2 series are so complete and well developed that each set holds it's own.This book is really 2 books in one which adds so much value to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Besides the lead characters, Myron was my favorite in all the books in which he played a part. So pure and almost childlike in his discovery of the world outside the Abby. He is so funny and lovable while just being his brilliant but clueless, selfless and awestruck self.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Royce, Hadrian, Myron and Ulrich journeyed into Grutara to come face to face with the prisoner Ezra. The entire scenery and characters inside the prison was epic and breathtaking. Would love to see it translated into film cinematography.


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

    Swords and Prisons. A story of lost Kings and Warriors and their journey back to themselves.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are 2 complete stories that continue one into the other. Great value and best credits I ever spent!!!...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 04-16-13
    Dennis 04-16-13 Listener Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "VERY ENJOYABLE!!!"

    Very, very, enjoyable tale in the 17th century of, England (?) Full of adventures, chuckles, sword fighting, and light romance.

    For those who like to read about a flying monster that has a appetizing need for meat. All kinds of flesh! That I'm sure will TASTE your fancy...!?!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marian 03-12-13
    Marian 03-12-13 Member Since 2008

    Daydreamer

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    "My New Favorite Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Absolutely! In fact, I've already done so, several times over. This is the first book in a fabulous action-adventure fantasy series that hits the ground and doesn't stop. The basics of the story are that, basic. Standard archetypal characters, typical questing story in a world that feels, familiar. However, where I think the author succeeds is in writing a fun, fast-paced story with well-written and vibrant characters. I was totally engaged and found myself looking for every available opportunity to sneak a listen!


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

    Harry Potter series (Jo Rowling), Lord of the Rings, The Dark is Rising series (Susan Cooper), Pillars of the Earth & World Without End, Inheritance series


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

    Hadrian, Myron and Thrace


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes - I got completely caught up in this story and felt a lil' bit like a drug addict waiting for a fix while I was waiting for Rise of Empire to download. It was bad in the best way possible.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it so much I've started listening to the entire series again, and I only finished it last night!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    COLWYN BAY, United Kingdom
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    "A stunning start to a Rising start of a series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    as ive never read it ill assume yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    the seamless interaction of the two main characters royan and hadrian to thieves who are two different sides of the same coin.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    he is a great narrator i highly appreciate his work


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laughter. some of the quip are stunningly good.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chey
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    "Outstanding"

    Series is outstanding. Totally involved and have a bit of a crush on Hadrian Blackwater he is perfect Royce loveable too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. M. Hughes
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    "Thrilling engaging characters"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    His dipiction of Hadrian especially captures the character - an upbeat voice full of enthusiasm for everything he encounters.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two antiheros captured in events outside their control.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George
    March, United Kingdom
    11/27/14
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    "Literature this is not ."
    Would you try another book written by Michael J. Sullivan or narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds?

    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 .


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael J. Sullivan again?

    No .


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I suppose he did his best .


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me .


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    2/15/14
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    "Fantastic start to a great trilogy!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    Great book regardless of print or audio however the narration is fantastic and characters bought to life before your ears!!


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

    Have only listened to revelation's trilogy and chronicle's books but consistent voices throughout.


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

    Certainly keeper me enthralled throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent set of books. Written well and thoroughly enjoyed especially with the humour element which broke up the dialog very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. Steele
    Thanet, UK
    6/21/13
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    "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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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