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
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.
Witty, charming, fast paced, characters were likeable, the narrator did a really fine job. Hoping the next series have the characters open up, have deeper relationships and become more developed. The book overall was relaxing and fun.
Michael J. Sullivan has a very smooth writing style that brings the characters to life. I find myself attached to each of the heroes and loathing the villains.
I recommend "Theft of Swords" to any reader in the hopes that they too will fall in love with Riyria!
Yes and I have listened to it many times. I listen to it over and over because of the characters. Between great writing and a wonderful performance they literally seem to come to life.
The characters, the dialogue and the amazing rapport between Royce and Hadrian. Even when they didn't like each other they were great together.
In my opinion he is always great, but I have only listened to two authors that he has done performances for. His voice is so soothing I often listen to it when I am going to sleep and am really glad for the sleep time. Of course I only do this with books I've listened to already.
Yes, but because it combines two books into one that would be very difficult. I do find myself listening to this book in the house instead of the television.
Great series and a I recommend starting with this book and doing the Chronicles series after you read all of these.
depth of story. The author writes all the books before he releases them, so the flow of the epic tail is about the best I have ever read. Charterer development is 1st rate...flel in love with them
All 3 books are filled with memorable moments but if I had to pick I would say the ending...just fantastic the way it all came together...had me guessing to the last page
Just his style...I would seek out books this guy does he is that good.
all of the above...some deeply moving moments
a true fan MJS...will read everything this guy writes...just a great story teller.
Anti-hero types is a big plus. The world building is weak, but better than many. I'd say it falls middle of the road. I failed to grasp the size and scope of the world, and it often felt small, which could be because it was. Having read all three books, I never did understand how the elves fit into the picture. They needed more individuality as a race, same with the dwarves. These rolls were too weak. On the plus side there was adventure, women in power rolls (at least later on), and characters weren't invincible; they can die. This book rates rather high here and it certainly is a worthy listen. Tim Reynold's did a great job. I thoroughly enjoyed his work on the books. Clear reading, nice pace and individual voices that were distinct and on point, character-wise to what I imagined them to sound like. Michael is a fine writer and I know I will hear more depth in future titles and listens he publishes.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
First of all, I think it's admirable how author succeeded through self-publication. Way to go! That in itself makes a good story for believing in yourself and your product.
The story itself is a good yarn with fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles... It's one giant and true love short of being the Princess Bride. To make up for this, Sullivan offers the intrigue of an evil church conspiracy bent on remaking the world to conform to their will. So it is a very interesting story that keeps you engaged.
The characters are well composed and endearing. Both the author and the reader play their parts in bringing them to life. Reynolds really brings the individuals into contrast with very subtle changes in voice. His characterizations are not super bold, but they are enough to make individuals recognizable. I am not the largest fan of his overuse of the British, West Country for low-born accents, but that is a very minor thing. Mostly very good.
My only issue with the book is that it lacks a bit of polish. Sullivan tends to overuse the word "guy," which sort of messes with the medieval setting. There are also editing flubs in the track, where words are repeated. The text could be tightened up a little bit. But all this is just quibbling; if you don't sweat the small stuff, it is a really fun read.
"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
"Thrilling engaging characters"
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.
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.
His dipiction of Hadrian especially captures the character - an upbeat voice full of enthusiasm for everything he encounters.
Two antiheros captured in events outside their control.
"Literature this is not ."
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 .
I suppose he did his best .
Not for me .
"Fantastic start to a great trilogy!!"
Great book regardless of print or audio however the narration is fantastic and characters bought to life before your ears!!
Have only listened to revelation's trilogy and chronicle's books but consistent voices throughout.
Certainly keeper me enthralled throughout.
Excellent set of books. Written well and thoroughly enjoyed especially with the humour element which broke up the dialog very well.
"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.
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