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
Interesting, action wordy
The story was good and the characters likeable. The reader did very well. But I got the strong impression she was being paid by the word and trying to make as much money as possible. I was getting frustrated by the end of the book.
Never read the print version.
I haven't reviewed many books. I felt I needed to with this particular book. The story was excellent. Some parts dragged a little bit, but Tim Gerard Reynolds's narration was one of the best that I have ever heard.
Too me, the narration is just as important as the story. After all... it is an audio book. Most of the fantasy narrators are over the top. Reynolds was spot on. Great work.
I read so many positive reviews about this story, I was pretty excited to get started. I was very disappointed unfortunately. The voices in the narration were forced, and the accent sounded like a really bad imitation of british accent. Some of the voices given to people seemed inappropriate, too. the young monk Myron sounds like an old man, and a bit of a moron.
The story itself was a little heavy-handed. Sullivan seemed to HAVE to tell you everything about completely dumb details- who cares that Myron can't figure out stirrups? Glad you mentioned it, but you don't have to spend 10 minutes of narration on it. It was like he felt he needed to prove he had really thought about the backstory by writing it all down.
I think there is a really good story in here, and I really want to hear it. I just think that a really good editor needs to look at it first.
Excellent world building, great characters, interesting use of standard fantasy lore and a great story! Narration provided by Tim Reynolds was also excellent. Looking forward to the next in the series!
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Quite a lot happens to our "heroes" Royce and Hadrian (who happen to be very good thieves). They take on a job that sounds too good to be true and without even knowing it quickly get scooped up in a plot to kill the King. The plot succeeds and King is murdered. Suddenly Royce and Hadrian aren't thieves, they are assassins, caught and to be painfully executed the next day. The King's daughter, Princess Arista, who loved him greatly and was not involved in the murder, plots to release the assassins and have them kidnap her brother. Before you know it a monastery is destroyed, a magician known to have terrible power is unchained, people die in gruesome ways and some mysteries (big and little) are solved while new ones arise. This barely scratches the surface of a nicely complicated plot (that is still a fairly easy listen) in which our heroes take most events with good sense, great ability and an entertaining if not yet fully revealed relationship. If you want your fantasy books to reveal some deep truth or to bubble over with magic, this book probably won't do it for you. But if you want an entertaining read with two enjoyable rogues and a bit of magic, this is a fine place to stop.
One of the best audio books I have ever experienced
Brought life to each character and each little change of tone and inflection was spot on
I'm strictly a science fiction fan. Normally can not stomach fantasy books but this was suggested by another science fiction fan. This book shattered my long time belief that fantasy was not for me! The performance did nothing but enhance my enjoyment and make me impatient for my next credit to get sequel!
Theft of swords isn't so much an actively bad book as it one that sabotages every bit of momentum it ever acquires. When grilled down to its essence, it actually has the hallmarks of an enjoyable (though not noteworthy) fantasy romp. Two thieves are framed for the King's murder, and end up with a second chance, to protect the heir to the throne from the real assassins until he can assume his throne. There is a great deal more to it than that, which focuses largely around the politics of religion, with fantasy analogs for Judaism and Christianity in the wake of the fall of the Roman Empire (though without the same antagonism toward the Jews).
The problem with the story is in the way it is written. The author almost never allows the reader to be surprised - the story is written almost entirely from the perspective of the thieves, but switches to the antagonist to spell out his plans just to take out all the dramatic tension when the two meet. Add to this that the author has very few original ideas - a character will open his mouth and you'll practically be able to finish his sentence along with him, it is so predictable. There are some fun bits of humor, primarily from the misanthropic Royce and the exaggerated naivety of cloistered monk Myron, but tedium plays a disproportionately large role in the dialogue.
None of this is helped by the narration, which, like the book itself, is not actively bad, but rather lacks any noteworthy qualities. Tim Gerald Reynolds' lack of enthusiasm only adds to the story's banal plotting, and he seems only capable of a handful of voices, which sometimes was enough to confuse me when dialogue was between the wrong pair of characters.
In all, only listen to this if you're a total sucker for anything fantasy and are looking for something lighthearted and low-impact.
A Sci-Fi Win!
He was able to give the characters true personality.
Sci-Fi channel needs to pick up this book and make it a mini series! The characters are amazing and there are so many back stories that it branches off nicely.
Theft of swords built momentum nicely...started off pretty light, soon developed into a complicated, fast paced story. From a basic sword and sorcery heist caper it soon for me felt like Lord of the Rings + Name of the Rose + Game of Thrones but a bit lighter with more humor. Plot is very clever and clearly thought out well in advance. I found it perfect for long runs where a gripping story takes your mind off the pain...I bought the second one as soon as I was done. Highly recommend if you like the genre.
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