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
Good character development and the reader was able to change voice for each character. I enjoyed this book, and I hope the next book in this series is as good.
I am not one to fall for fantasies. I got this book at a sale and I didn't expect to like it too much- I was wrong. This was a very nice story, written by an excellent story teller that brings up the child in you... Excellent narration, great story. No negatives from my end. I will read the whole series now...
I'm on my second time listening to this series. The characters are fun, distinct and as the stories continue, you will see them unwrapped like an onion. It's well worth your time and credits, as it gets better and better.
I love Royce's character arc... he's so gruff in the begining, but you just know he's a teddy bear inside, though he won't let anyone see it...
Tim delivers the dialog with perfect timing. He gives each character a distinct voice and personality and you know who's "talking" without the author telling you. This is why I love Audio and Tim does a great job!
Great investment of credits with the length of the stories, excellent series that does not drop off in the middle, great story arc of characters and overall story. You will love this series.
Yes, I would. It's just plain entertaining. Not deep, not moving, not really suspenseful because desperate problems are solved fairly quickly, but it is simply fun.
He's really very good at making all the characters distinguishable -- clear diction at just the right pace with the right tone for the humor.
There's no swearing or sex -- enjoyable for young adults. I'll listen to the next book because I really love those two clever thieves.
This book was both entertaining and intriguing. It is kind of a combination of Robin Hood and Hunger Games. I also liked the fact that the cussing is rare, so i didn't have to worry if my kids were in the car. If you like adventure, you'll love this book.
The main characters here are Royce and Hadrian, a thief and a warrior framed for killing the king. The parts of the book with those two are excellent. Unfortunately, there are some lengthy portions where they aren't in the story and it drags. The book is really two books in one. I thought the first story was better.
Narration was was good. He's similar to Jim Dale and does an excellent job in a variety of voices.
I'm on the fence as to whether to continue on with book 2. We'll see.
The dialogue is unusually sharp for a fantasy novel. If Quentin Tarantino wrote speculative fiction I imagine it would be a lot like this.
The two main protagonists are both equally enjoyable
Probably too late but don't read the synopsis if you don't like spoilers. Two major scenes early in the book are completely ruined by the summary.
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I haven't liked characters this much in years. Royce and Hadrian remind me of everything I love about Kirk and Spock, Sherlock and Watson, and Chewbacca and Han Solo.
Somehow I got through the whole story, mainly on the strength of Tim Gerard Reynolds' skilled narration, but the rambling storylines, the substitution of physical description for actual character development, the bloated, pedestrian writing--so many wasted words and almost as many incorrectly used words. Also, Sullivan has no idea how to name characters. There's more, but don't bother. Try Guy Gavriel Kay instead.
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