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
A much easier read than LOTR but I enjoy the leading duo. They are interesting, with a past that is slowly being revealed. Their report with one another is entertaining and believable. You get the sense that they been on many adventures. I'm looking forward to the next volume.
The story was a bit predictable, but it's a notch above the lionshare of fantasy being written. I agree that the story seemed to be a slow starter, but wraps up nicely. I was interested enough by the end that I will continue the series.
Very early the author blurred the good and bad I was second guessing who was good and who was bad thought. I loved it. The author treated the reader as intelligent and left me guessing well into the book. This is a book I will recommend to my friends!
What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?
The characters and the plot. The characters were unique and each one leant something to the story. While most of the story seems to have common fantasy tropes, they are done well and in a way that the story cannot be guessed from page 2.
The narrative was occasionally a bit plodding and awkward, but not so much that I ever thought of "putting it down". Just a minor annoyance at times.
What did you like best about this story?
The scheming characters. The entire first half was hard to "see in advance" because we kept getting told different things by unreliable characters. Even by the end of the book there are several characters whose motives are almost completely hidden from the reader.
Did Tim Gerard Reynolds do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Yes, the accents for each of the characters was unique, some had queen's English, some had foppish-royal accents, he was wonderful at creating those different voices.
But I'm going to be picky: I completely disagree with his cadence at times, since some of the narrative is a little stilted. One of the main characters comes off as a bored teenager rather then menacingly aloof. And then there's a female character who comes across as a whiny brat in the second half... even though I think it's a little unjustified to portray her that way...
But again, it's really me being picky. He's not a bad narrator and I'm not going to "return" the book because of him.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Both. The dialogue between several characters is definitely chuckle-worthy at times, and there were several sad moments in the second half of the book.
Any additional comments?
It's a worthwhile "read" for anyone who likes epic fantasy.
the first book of this series was very entertaining. I really enjoyed the two main,characters and,the main sub characters as well..the overall story was entertaining and,worth listening,too...I hope for as good if not,better as the story continues
Loved the story by the end, but the first half read like it was created specifically for a movie plot. fine overall, but story complexity was lacking until the second half.
This is actually two books in one, a great surprise to me. The narrator is fantastic! Book one is awesome and book two starts off kind of slow while the story develops but ends up being really good also. I will definitely listen to the whole series, and don't forget the short stories from this series also. They are very short but very good!
Story seemed to go on and on, but wasn't interesting to me. Got lost in all the political discussions, not enough plot to hold my attention.
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