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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The Jester and the Theft of Swords by Michael J Sullivan
Ah, a lovely romp through the mind of fantasy writer Michael J Sullivan is a new guilty pleasure. Again, Audible sucked me in with an inexpensive free short story. Once addicted, I moved on to book one of his Riyria Revelations. Michael hit the reading world through self-publishing. Someone figured out that his wonderful series was strong enough for the ‘real world’ *cough, cough*.
I can’t be more delighted. The Jester is a short story that proved to be an excellent hook. It is witty, clever, enjoyable, and the world emerges as a rich tapestry without the boring pages and pages of set up. Thank you for that Michael.
In the short story, The Jester, his male duo of thieves ends up in deep shit, which is a common enough problem for them. The interaction between the warrior with the kind heart and the rascal thief who is heartless (yeah, I didn’t buy that as he is too easily persuadable) is humorous and they are a perfect foil for each other. Faced with a Lady or the Tiger decision, they do manage to survive to steal another day.
Equally strong is his development of his female characters, which take a stronger role in the first Riyria Revelations series. Theft of Swords was a 100 best library recommended book in 2012 when his stories went main stream.
Funny and heartwarming and yes, warmed over LOTR tripe, but 100% enjoyable!
The one word that I can use to describe this amazing series. Michael J Sullivan is a genius. He has created an addicting world I am obsessed with. It is filled with characters that I love, dialogue that I can relate to, and an epic story that gets more and more intricate the farther it goes.
It is now my favorite series, and I've gotten many a friend an family member addicted to this series. Comparable to Narnia and Harry Potter.
Some fantasy series can come off as pretentious and pompous with their over the top paragraphs and long winded sentences. Not this one. The Riyria Revelations is humble, relatable, and freaking awesome.
You definitely need to listen to this one.
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.
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