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
One of the best audio books I have ever experienced
Brought life to each character and each little change of tone and inflection was spot on
I'm strictly a science fiction fan. Normally can not stomach fantasy books but this was suggested by another science fiction fan. This book shattered my long time belief that fantasy was not for me! The performance did nothing but enhance my enjoyment and make me impatient for my next credit to get sequel!
Theft of swords isn't so much an actively bad book as it one that sabotages every bit of momentum it ever acquires. When grilled down to its essence, it actually has the hallmarks of an enjoyable (though not noteworthy) fantasy romp. Two thieves are framed for the King's murder, and end up with a second chance, to protect the heir to the throne from the real assassins until he can assume his throne. There is a great deal more to it than that, which focuses largely around the politics of religion, with fantasy analogs for Judaism and Christianity in the wake of the fall of the Roman Empire (though without the same antagonism toward the Jews).
The problem with the story is in the way it is written. The author almost never allows the reader to be surprised - the story is written almost entirely from the perspective of the thieves, but switches to the antagonist to spell out his plans just to take out all the dramatic tension when the two meet. Add to this that the author has very few original ideas - a character will open his mouth and you'll practically be able to finish his sentence along with him, it is so predictable. There are some fun bits of humor, primarily from the misanthropic Royce and the exaggerated naivety of cloistered monk Myron, but tedium plays a disproportionately large role in the dialogue.
None of this is helped by the narration, which, like the book itself, is not actively bad, but rather lacks any noteworthy qualities. Tim Gerald Reynolds' lack of enthusiasm only adds to the story's banal plotting, and he seems only capable of a handful of voices, which sometimes was enough to confuse me when dialogue was between the wrong pair of characters.
In all, only listen to this if you're a total sucker for anything fantasy and are looking for something lighthearted and low-impact.
A Sci-Fi Win!
He was able to give the characters true personality.
Sci-Fi channel needs to pick up this book and make it a mini series! The characters are amazing and there are so many back stories that it branches off nicely.
Theft of swords built momentum nicely...started off pretty light, soon developed into a complicated, fast paced story. From a basic sword and sorcery heist caper it soon for me felt like Lord of the Rings + Name of the Rose + Game of Thrones but a bit lighter with more humor. Plot is very clever and clearly thought out well in advance. I found it perfect for long runs where a gripping story takes your mind off the pain...I bought the second one as soon as I was done. Highly recommend if you like the genre.
Certainly at the very top.
'A Tale of Two Cities' 'The Count of Monte Cristo' 'The Walking Drum'
Great storytelling and character development. Great performance and a good ending!
Entire trilogy, even with its great length length, was great.
Look forward to more books like it and a 'Lord of the Rings' type movie series.
Wake up Hollywood.
Absolutely! From the first 15 minutes I was hooked. The only reason I didn't finish this book in one day was the need for sleep.
The dialog between characters is fantastic. I really care what happens to the people in this book and can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.
While I like a book whose story is started, developed and resolved within a single volume, a series of books, be it a trilogy or simply multiple volumes following a single character or group of characters, always makes me smile.... That is, when the opening story is one that holds my attention and makes me want more.
When I finish a lead book in a series I'm excited because I now have a stronger sense of what book I may choose to spend my credit on next.
Theft of Swords was a great start to the Riyria Trilogy. The protagonists were fun to get to know and the storyline moved along without too many hitches. Occasionally attributing a comment to a character who isn't present and continuity errors do bother me, but they were few enough that it did not hamper the telling of a good tale.
Highly recommended if you're into fantasy. Can't wait to dig in to Book 2.
Thank you Audible for suggesting this Author
I am a fan of Robert Jordan since 2002 and he through emails suggested authors like Jim Butcher, Lackey and many more. I put Michael Sullivan up there in my favorite author's category
Tim Reynolds did an outstanding job and I hope Audible doesn't mess the series up by changing readers.
Yes I would but unfortunately my commute isn't that long. I did however take the long way home to finish book 1.
I grabbed this book when it was on sale and loved it. It has a similar feel as Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series. I definitely plan to listen to the second book!
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