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 enjoy fiction including Sci Fi and fantasy (lots of epic fantasy.) I'm also a big fan of some of the spy genre like the Bourne series and some Tom Clancy.
First I have to say the first book is pretty good. On its merits alone I would recommend it. However it seems that they rushed to finish the series. The rest of it becomes very predictable, overly dramatic, characters start behaving unrealistically and do things simply to support the plot. Tired literary devices are prevalent. You have prophecy. You have people not saying things they should say just because it would get in the way of the plot. You have people standing around for "a minute" while they are in shock or thinking and everyone else? Just stands there. Like freeze frame. No one move or say anything until this person finishes standing around for a minute or "a few" even. Oh, you're bleeding? I'm sorry we'll get to that but I have to explain, in narrative format, how I just realized what is going on all along. Shocking! Ok now lets bandage you.
Maybe. Like I said, it starts strong in the first book. There's a lot I liked but the plot and story just falls apart.
Good performance. A little excitable. He yells things out when someone would probably be talking in a normal voice or quieter. Some statements are subtle undervoice rather than declarations to a whole room.
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The predictability got a bit annoying. Honestly if *I* can figure out what is going on, you're telling me these highly intelligence characters living this together wouldn't notice? Can't say I buy that.
I am a hopeless bibliophile and audiobooks are perfect for me. I get to read and keep my hands free. Perfect for a busy mom/ nurse.
Really enjoyable, second time thru now I realize how well woven the story was. Highly recommend. Glad I found this.
I enjoyed this first book in the series. The author writes with a lot of dialog, which I enjoy. The two principle characters are interesting. But the thing that will make me hang in for the whole series is the narration. Great voice. Wonderful selection of accents.
Theft of Swords is the opposite of the song of ice and fire by Martin. It's cliche story is fantastically entertaining, and I say this with complete sincerity. Good vs evil and the like is a told story but Sullivan gives it a wonderful new polish that I found refreshing and fun.
This was a really well thought out trilogy where nothing is incidental. Every story and character has a purpose which is revealed in due time. You aren't able to predict all the twists and turns and intrigue. The characters are well developed and complex. They feel like old friends, now. Really good reader and performance. Would highly recommend this series.
Truly Enjoyable, wish they would make a movie of these books.
Only not mess it up.
If you love Catnis, in the hunger games
You will love Hayden and Royce in the Ryria series.
mother of six
The plot had me guessing at every twist and turn. Royce and Hadrian are fantastic characters who you want to know better.
I'd never heard Reynolds narration before and he's a master. Even if the story wasn't fantastic (which it is), Tim's narration was extremely entertaining.
Yes! But it's way too long for that.
This is a completely clean read I can hand to my sons without worry.
I enjoyed Tim Gerard Reynolds reading of Red Rising (highly highly recommend that series!) and there was a blurb about this series after that book, so I decided to check it out. I'm not a huge fantasy fan, with the exception of Game of Thrones, so wasn't sure I'd be into it. but I like the story, I like Hadrian and Royce and it moves along well. there's some comedy, snarky comments and dialogue that I don't know necessarily fit into the medieval theme, but I guess it's a different world so people can talk however they like.
this is what I'd term traditional fantasy, with elves and dwarves and a wizard and a dragon, Knights and Kings and a princess (who's kind of annoying, I have to say) good and evil etc. there's a quest and side quests. it's good,kind of audible comfort food.
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