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
mrs farm girl
Clever thieves, dragon-like nasties, powerful and corrupt churches, legends, prophesies, sword fighting and just all around awesomeness.
I loved both the story and the performance.
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.
"Worked - in parts"
This was a decent fantasy romp with lots of the right ingredients. I liked the main characters, the plot was good & unpredictable.
However .... I get really turned off when the main characters do things I wouldn't expect after coming to know them. Or when events just fit (too) neatly together..
For example (SPOILER) .. two thieves, part of a underground hidden mysterious guild, suddenly become kings protectors (really? what about avoiding the limelight?) ... donate the financial reward to a monk (arent they thieves?) ... help a young woman for a couple of silver... It just didnt add up for me - I didnt buy into it. So whilst I kinda enjoyed the story, liked the main guys, it never really held me by the short & curlies.
The narration was great.
"A brilliant story read beautifully"
I cannot recommend more strongly the Riyria Revelations as it tells the story of good vs bad, the Gods, love and all the ingredients a great fantasy novel should have
I think a comparison that Audible could use that readers/listeners may enjoy would be Homer's Odessey as it shows what a person may have to go through in order to get what is wished for.
Tim Gerard Reynolds's narration was excellent. He incorporated the humour, sadness excitement and the magic of the written word seamlessly and could listen to him all day
Two friends, one job, a whole load of trouble
After listening to Theft of Swords continue with the other two parts of the trilogy
"An Old-fashioned Same Old Same Old"
To be honest I'm only a third the way through. Nothing has grabbed me and I'm forcing myself to listen to more of it. It really is all the other books from the '70's and '80's re hashed. I think this is one to send back. Even the narrator is mildly annoying and would do better in children's books. Perhaps it grows further along but I'm not willing to grit my teeth any longer.
My first experience of Michael J Sullivan and I will be returning for more. The adventures of Royce & Hadrian kept me entertained for hours. I really like the pace of the story and how it quickly unfolded but kept the intrigue there, beckoning me on wanting to know more. Hadrian's optimistic character is a good balance for Royce's darkness. A great adventure story with a dark side.
theft of swords
excellent and addictave,i lost all concept of time. lm starting the bext in the series imediatly . i dont know when i will be able to sleep again
"Good story, aweful reading"
Not really. I enjoyed the story, but the reading was incredibly distracting. The story pulled me along to the point where I had invested too much of my time to give the story up, although the reading often made me want to.
No huge surprises for me here. The story is reliably (perhaps comfortably) predictable which suited my listening needs at the time.
Tim Gerard's performance ruined this story for me. I found his intonation/inflection hugely distracting and inappropriate. It often trivialised the point and shaped characters into something I'm not sure the author intended. I haven't checked his CV, but I suspect Tim has done a great deal of theatre work, if not perhaps he should. I feel he over played each part and as a result the characters weren't natural or believably,
I suspect I would have enjoyed this book far more if I had read it rather than listened to it.
"great book. can't wait to cracking into the rest."
can't wait to crack into the other books in the series. need four more words.
Nothing could have worked that kind of Magic i'm afraid. A differant author and a differant narrator.
Not really, no.
I got this book because of the great reviews. I lasted longer than normal, presuming things to pick up, but alas they didn't. It is like a children's book, and the narrator talks as though he is reading a children's book to children. My tastes are abercrombie, Martin, Sanderson. This is nothing like them and i'll be returning it i'm afraid.
"A stunning start to a Rising start of a series"
as ive never read it ill assume yes
the seamless interaction of the two main characters royan and hadrian to thieves who are two different sides of the same coin.
he is a great narrator i highly appreciate his work
laughter. some of the quip are stunningly good.
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.
Series is outstanding. Totally involved and have a bit of a crush on Hadrian Blackwater he is perfect Royce loveable too
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