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 have mixed feelings about this one, but liked it well enough to try the sequel. The characters are likeable and the basic plot is comfortably familiar, so this is a good choice if you're looking for escapism. I did find the pace a bit slow and somewhat over-written in places.
Downtown Dallas Resident, IT Professional, born in Montana and raised in Saudi Arabia. Like books about the world, political and social movements and changes, interested in how people think and how philosophies and belief systems have changed and evolved.
good story. good narration. really keeps an engaging pace. not too much surprising or challenging. but good genre fiction.
Yes, because the narrator brings the characters to life in a brilliant way. Each character has their own voice, and you can recognize who is speaking just as you would recognize the voices of family members in a tape-recorded conversation. Characters from the same geographical area have similar accents, but not the same voice. I am now ordering other books narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds.
I loved the relationship between the unequal "partners in crime", Hadrian and Royce, but I also loved how the story line kept moving forward and remained suspenseful. I'm almost finished with the last book in the series, but I know now that I will listen to the entire series again just to enjoy the characterizations by T.G. Reynolds.
I have two favorite characters in the book one:1. Hadrian: I love his accent and his happy-go-lucky charisma.2. The Bishop of Medford: This is an evil man with a kind grandfatherly manner. The narrator did a stellar job in portraying this complex character, and sends chills down my spine listening to him speak.
I would write the same favorable review about the other two books in the series. It has become one of my all-time favorites.
Great story, great characters. It's hard to beat that combo. And the author strongly hints that the story is going in one direction then he shakes things up. Loved this book (well 2 books).
One of the best and least confusing epic fantasies that I have read. Not only the characters and their backgrounds are well laid out and explained, the land and plot of the whole series are revealed in such a way that is relevant as the story evolves. Names are easy to remember, plot is easy to follow, with endless twists and intelligent dialog. The audio-book version is well read by Tim Gerard Reynolds,
Top of my list
Honestly so far none compare for me
Seriously one of the best books in a LONG time.
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