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
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.
The story was great and well written. The reader did an amazing job that made it easier to follow which character was talking. The main characters are easy to like and the banter between them is pure gold. The entire book cruised on by and I find myself looking forward to the next book in the series. Read or listen to this book if you even remotely enjoy the fantasy genre.
If the characters had been something other than completely predictable. If the dialog hadn't been so turgid. If there'd been any novelty or imagination present.
Nope, I doubt it very much. I've had an Audible Gold account for a couple of years and this is the first time I've bought a book that I can't bear to listen to. It doesn't take much to please me, but this is like hearing nails on the blackboard of my soul.
Anyone. My cat. Tim Gerard Reynolds just doesn't know how to read a story. Dramatic voicing in the most mundane descriptive passages. "I have TO use MY dramatic VOICE now!" "in FACT its THE only VOICE i HAVE"
I keep coming back to it like a child who's found his hamster dead in the morning, poking its little cold corpse to see if it's just asleep. But no. There's no life left in this book.
Whoever reviewed this and said it was a "fast moving" and "original" epic fantasy needs to widen their reading more than a little. Listen to The Lies of Locke Lamorra for a great story, well written with brilliant narration. That, and they should send me a cheque for $15....
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
I really can say it all, when I state that I have read this book four times. Also the first book. this happens to be my idea of great entertainment.The Rose and the Thorn, and Heir of Navron, were my least favorites so I only read them twice!! I LOVE the characters, and the narration takes it to my five star experience. It is often quirky when it comes to idiomatic plausibility, but I just chalk it up to daring writing and making the characters have real personality. It would be hard to create the intimacy one feels with the main characters, if we were subjected to the language that would have been appropriate for its' time. It would have distanced us from the engaging nature of Hadrian, and the powerful magnetism of Royce. I really enjoyed this series. !!!!!!!!
"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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