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Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1 | [Michael J. Sullivan]

Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    RexS Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 08-04-13
    RexS Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great fantasy book- swordplay and magic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    I like audio editions because the story comes alive if the performer is good and you can listen to them on the go.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I will continue to buy this series.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 08-03-13 Member Since 2006
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    "If you are looking for a new series - this is it!"

    After not being able to complete the last book I started (Gardens of the moon - o first for me) I was looking for something that I could follow with out taking notes. This book has typical races in it but the story is fun and characters are likeable and engaging.

    I love longer books and detail. If you are looking for something new this book is worth a shot. Starting the next book in the series today.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Harkanon 07-24-13
    Harkanon 07-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good start to a great series."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It has a little of everything for a fantasy fan.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have to go with Hadrian. He's a thief with a good heart. He's an amazing fighter. He's just a very well rounded character.
    Royce is also great. Dark, mysterious, and no nonsense.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is really great. one of my favorites. This first book starts off a little slow, but it is well worth it. The rest of the books in the series, Rise of Empire and Heir of Novron, just got better and better with each installment. I'm looking forward to Sullivan's upcoming prequels, due out this year.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Echo 07-15-13
    Echo 07-15-13

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    "Worth a listen, but not extraordinary."
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure how I feel about these books. It lacks real complexity and seems more like a series of short stories instead of a book. At the same time, I enjoyed listening to it. The characters went out to accomplish things and they had definite conclusions. It's nice to see this instead of a story where there is one goal and 500 things keep deterring its success.
    I would recommend this book but its much more of a relaxing listen then a mind blowing tail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin 07-11-13
    Dustin 07-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A MUST READ"
    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    WOULD BE A GREAT MOVIE


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT FROM BEGINNING TO THE END. THE WHOLE SERIES WAS GREAT

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    flossdaily Bayonne, NJ, United States 07-08-13
    flossdaily Bayonne, NJ, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2011

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Fun, easy listen, but a bit cliche"

    I read this book immediately after finishing "The Name of the Wind" and its sequel, so my bar for fantasy writing was set pretty high. Theft of Swords was a lightweight in comparison.

    The story is exciting enough... and it does keep you guessing. The plot starts off strong, and the main characters are likable. It's fair to say that the book kept me engaged the whole time. Not as much of a page turner as some, but I didn't find myself getting bored.

    I was a bit bothered by the over-use of cliches: elves, dwarves, dragons and wizards. I also felt that Sullivan did a mediocre job building suspense. I was never nervous for the characters, despite the perils in the plot.

    The two main characters are really fun, and I their unflagging confidence was the highlight of the experience for me. It brought a bit of humor to the story, and it's what set the tone for the book.

    As with any book series, my feelings about the first book are really solidified when its time to decide if I want to continue on to the second one. In this case I'm fairly sure that I will read the second book.... but I also wanted to take a break and try something different first. That kind of sums it up, doesn't it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 07-06-13
    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Highly Entertaining"

    An outstanding story, extremely well narrated. The reviews were so good for this series that I took a chance and was not disappointed. The characters were well developed and complex.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barrett Tamarac, FL, United States 07-03-13
    Barrett Tamarac, FL, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Keeps me thinking"
    What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

    You have to love an author that lays out a plan for his book before he drops a bunch of filler into his stories. This one has little quips and quotes that give reference to places later in the book. Be ready to continually think back about what was said ten hours ago in hopes that you can solve the riddles the characters are facing. Enjoy!!!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff In Orange County 06-30-13

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    "Think Butch & Sundance in a Fantasy setting"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be one of the best listens on audible. I don't write reviews normally, but this was so well done that I had to share. The humor and banter of the "heroes", the outright evil of the villains, and a high fantasy structure makes this series a must read.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Kennewick, WA, United States 06-24-13
    Allan Kennewick, WA, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A crackerjack of a story"

    The 6 volume Riyria Revelations is a fast moving adventure tale with wonderful characters who continue to grow throughout the story. The story is tight, fast moving and the narrator is brilliant. He stays in voice for each of the main characters so that you can begin to identify them by the sound of their voices. I found myself deeply invested and rooting for the heroes of this tale. I have rarely listened to a long series that didn't wander, but this series moved right along. Each volume consists of a part A & B, so the series easily breaks into 6 parts if you need a breather between parts. I didn't and now my 12 year old grandson has started "Theft of Swords". He's a bit of a minecraft addict, but the Riyria Revelations has broken him away from the computer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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