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
Was easy to listen to, did find at times it became dry and hard to keep up.
Good story, interesting characters,and well narrated. What More could a reader ask for ,and yet this book has alot more to offer
The characters make the book come alive.The web of intrigue behing the protagonist's uncanny ability to do the impossible and less then reputable jobs is a hook that draws the reader in, while avoiding some of the heroic fantasy cliche. Great storytelling and excelent performance make this book a pleasure to listen to.
The character development, and plot twists are intriguing and exciting. I was so happy to have book two ready to begin!
The customer reviews sold me on this book, and boy, did they let me down.
This book is as long as it is dull. Frankly, it defines the term: Overly cliche. If you've read or seen it a million times before the author is going to do it here. There isn't any original thought, unexpected happenings, or excitement in this book. It is so hackneyed I wanted to throw my headphones as far as I could and smash my phone too many times to count.
In the over twenty-two hours telling of this story there is no real character development or depth. The people are either good, bad or somewhere in-between and yet they're all easily forgettable. They are shallow copies of people you've read about in other stories without any of the interesting traits. And the storyline is just as bad. Betrayal? Got it. A magical trip without much magic? Yep it's there. An epic battle scene? Well, no. While there is a battle, there is no detailed telling and it is pretty vague and boring (and stupid).
And did I mention long and dull? Without spoiling too much, there is what seems like a twenty-some minute scene that did not need to be more than two minutes (A certain character is being unjustly tried and the author continued and continued to beat the already dead horse for what was way too long). One of the many examples of where running over your phone with the lawn mower sounds like a great idea.
Give this one a pass and save yourself 22 hours of utter boredom and frustration.
The second part of the book is a lot better than the first. This has so much potential to be a thrilling tale but the way it's written made me want to fall asleep at times. I'm still debating whether or not to invest in book 2.
I have to admit to feeling a small bit disappointed having finished this book, but this may be due to the high level of expectation I had starting out, given all the fantastic reviews the book has received.
That is not to say that this isn't a good read, but I think I was hoping for more.
The story is told very much in the sword and Sorcery style, and while there is some violence there is a lot of drole humour especially between the two protagonists, Royce and Hadrian.
In many ways Royce and Hadrian remind me a lot of Egil and Nix from the series of the same name by Paul S. Kemp, though it is safe to say that Theft of Swords has a greater degree of depth and complexity to Kent's work.
Some of the characters seem foppish and silly at times, and you could argue that they lack substance. However, I don't think Theft of Swords is setting out to be a deep, introspective novel, but rather a story you can take on face value and enjoy it for what it is.
I'll probably check out the next book in the series to see how things develop.
There are two books in this reading, the first is more of a setup for the coming books. It takes you through the world, the characters, the races and religions. It was interesting but I felt it was a tad too YA for me... That second book is where all the gears set up in book one start to turn; there is adventure, intrigue, battles and the characters develop great. There is always a twist to what you expect to happen and what does and keeps you holding on for more.
In essence, read this book and you won't be disappointed.
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