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
Well the narrator does a good job so maybe
There are some nice subtle hints that tells you something about what going to happen later. Its fun to try and pick up on them and see if your correct.
He does a good job giving the different charcthers a voice, and avoids making silly or annoying voices. He has a good voice and its very comfortable to listen to him read.
i laughed a few times
The book is really 2 books. The first one is decent but not very inspired. And if that had been the end i don`t think id want to get next release.
The second book is much better here the story really gets going and it sets up what looks to be some very interesting story lines for the future. Already bought the 2 next releases and can`t wait to start listening to them.
Enjoyable by the end of the trilogy that you wished there was a subsequent trilogy
I wasn't much into the first book but after I sped the narration up to 1.5x, I didn't mind it as much. Still, each subsequent book gets better so that by the very last book you'll wish there were more books. This is a lighter type of book such that my 15 year old son also enjoyed it.
This is one of the best books I have listened to in years! The performance of Tim Gerard Reynolds is outstanding and the writing of Michael J. Sullivan is superub! What makes this even better is I would not cringe if my teenage son were to pick up this book and start reading it. I suspect that even my wife who is picky about her fantasies would enjoy this one. I just finished this book and have immediately used my credit to get the next volume in the Riyria Revelations series. Royce and Hadrian are two characters who you instantly like but what is even better about them is you grow to like them even more as the tale continues. This is a great book you will not be disappointed in the least. In someways it is almost like two books and you will love them both!
the plot thickens...
He was extremely talented at doing many different accents and making the dialog easy to follow, even through much back-and-forth conversations between characters.
Yes, the writing is done very well and there are many cliff-hangers which make you want to keep reading a few minutes longer.
children under 5.
All the characters done by Reynolds were of high quality. He was the shining exception to this mess.
The characters are so one-dimensional and dated. ALL the women in the story are portrayed as weak beauties needing men to rescue them. The protagonists are brigands with hearts of gold. The prince is a spoiled brat whose time amongst the commoners teaches him some maturity, blah, blah, blah.
Don't know I enjoyed this version and look forward to the next book
Well, when they both were strung up in the dungeon and both escaped was pretty interesting
Who wouldn't like both Royce and Hayden he did a great job on all of them a serious professional reader
No Too long but did get as much as I could when I could
Look forward to the next one great story line
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!
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