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
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.
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.
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. !!!!!!!!
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
I was a little hesitant to start this book, as I don't delve into the fantasy genre much. Elves, wizards, and dragons usually don't appeal to me, despite reading rave reviews for many fantasy books out there. I got this book from the daily deal on Audible's website.
Quite simply, this is classic fantasy with a modern twist. The two main characters are an elite unit of "fixers" for hire. From the beginning to the end, they're put in situations that make the reader think it's the end for them, yet somehow they squeeze through the cracks and persevere every time. It certainly had it's similarities with Game of Thrones, but with a dash of Lord of the Rings as well. There’s no major plot twists, just a good & fun mystery involving interesting characters that make for an engrossingly fun romp.
I thought the narrator was excellent. He fit the story perfectly and used distinct character voices that don't confuse the reader (listener.)
Overall: I'm actually quite interested in continuing this series. The book is pretty long so I might check out some shorter books first, but I'm still very interested though. I never thought I'd say this, but I actually kinda like fantasy now...but only by Michael J. Sullivan, so far.
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starting a new series is always hard. new characters, places, etc. dont worry about it. this book is so superbly written that it draws you in and makes you a part of the action.
the down side of the book is that the plot is easily predictable, however there are enough twists and turns with some substance that it is over looked.
Currently studying psychology in Norway. I primarily read fantasy, sci-fi and fictional books
Theft of Swords was a really fun book to read. Royce and Hadrian is introduced in a way that you automatically feel intrigued and impressed, and want to know much more about them. The plot is great fun, and will definitely make you want to keep on reading. Michael Sullivan managed to catch my attention throughout the book and really pulled me into his world, I can recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy book.
I need a good story. I need surprises.
I need you to leave me wanting more.
That is what this book does. Enjoy this adventure.
I was sad when I finished this series. So good!
Though it uses many tropes from classic works of fantasy it puts its own unique pin on them. More than worth the time, though it does feel like it is actually two separate books placed back to back.
I have mixed feelings about this one, but liked it well enough to try the sequel. The characters are likeable and the basic plot is comfortably familiar, so this is a good choice if you're looking for escapism. I did find the pace a bit slow and somewhat over-written in places.
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