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Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1 | [Michael J. Sullivan]

Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Daniel 02-13-13
    Daniel 02-13-13
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    "A very fun story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who likes sci-fi / fantasy should try this one. That is the genre I listen to the most and this was a great purchase. If you listen to books while exercising or doing yardwork, this will make the time go by. The author tells a good story without being predictable, and the reader brings the characters to life.


    What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

    Kingkiller Chronicles: The Name of the Wind is analogous; Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card has some similarities; Eye of the World readers would like it; and Game of Thrones fans would most likely enjoy it. This is a more light-hearted book than most of those and in that vein, levity is hard to find. It is not a comedy, just a tale that does not take itself too seriously.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entrance to the hidden prison. It was not for the drama, it was because of the images created. That scene was so well described it stood out as innovative and memorable. I do not want to say more because part of the fun is the discovery for future readers.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Theft of Swords is a great name but I am not coming up with a tag line at the moment.


    Any additional comments?

    No additional comments.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim O'Brien Monticello, FL USA 02-11-13
    Jim O'Brien Monticello, FL USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "My new favorite author"
    What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

    It has just the right amount of action, character building and humor to make you never want to stop listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miron the monk. (I don't know if I am spelling his name correctly. When I listen to, instead of read, a book I am often surprised when I see the names of characters in print.) He has such a great personality. He reminds me of my father.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I am searching for other books he has done. He made the characters come to life without over doing it like so many performers do. Very well done. I hope he does the next series coming out in August. I am usually very disappointed when a new reader takes over a series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but the length of it made that an impossibility. I love long books. The author gets to fully define his characters. These three books in the series are actually six books combined into three volumes.


    Any additional comments?

    As my headline says: this is my new favorite author. I still love Brandon Sanderson and Brent Weeks, but until they come out with more, Michael is on top.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi 02-11-13
    Heidi 02-11-13
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    "Good Listen"

    I bought this because it was on sale and am thoroughly pleased. It was an engaging story with great characters brought to life through talented narration. I especially liked the character of Hadrian and his relationship with Royce, which often added humor to the story. I listened to all three books in a week (which is impressive for me since I work full time and they were unabridged versions). I am looking forward to the prequels and hope they have the same narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron West Valley City, Utah, United States 02-11-13
    Aaron West Valley City, Utah, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, Great reader"
    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    The depth of the characters, while seeming a bit simple at first, is quite very well done. This increases as the story goes on through books 2 & 3.


    What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

    Not a looming epic like A Wheel of Time or A Song of Ice and Fire. More like a Shannara book, or a D&D novel by Weis and Hickman.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only the continuation of this story. He is excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not quite, but close. I found myself foregoing some y favorite activities to listen to this instead.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Nowra, Australia 02-11-13
    Tim Nowra, Australia 02-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome"
    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I brought the other two books in the series as well and thought they were all very well done.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 02-08-13
    Catherine 02-08-13
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    "Great Story"
    Would you listen to Theft of Swords again? Why?

    Listening to Theft of Swards was really fun. It is an entertaining story. I will want to listen to the next books in the series because the characters are well developed and you will care about them. It is the oldest story ever told, but the characters make it, "oh so amusing".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ezra Harden - mysterious, all powerful wizard with no hands. That says it all.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not tried so hard to make the women's voices. He got better as the book went along but it was a bit like Disney's version of "Wind in the Willows" with the British accents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was difficult to stop listening to the second half of the book - it gets very good about half way through.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like you could see the author and the narrator getting better as the book progressed. It is a bit of a challenge in the beginning but well worth sticking through the beginning.

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    GLENNO 02-01-13
    GLENNO 02-01-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Wow! This book has everything!"

    I am astounded. This book turned out to be so enjoyable, so epic, with such intrigue and action and humor. As good as any book I have read. The reader takes the great dialogue and performs it to perfection. A single word can be read a myriad of ways but the way he chooses to read it almost always seems absolutely perfect! I'm not reading anything else until I exhaust every last book in this series!

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    Wil Kenner, LA, United States 01-27-13
    Wil Kenner, LA, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    I loved that I was captivated from about 30 seconds into the book instead of a couple of hours like most books are for me. Additionally, this was one of the few books that I did not want to miss even a second of. Many books, if I am interrupted for just a few seconds. I will just continue on. In this book, it didn't matter how short the interruption was, I would hit the 30secondsback button.

    I love all of the characters. Royce and Hadrian are compliment each other well, but they still have their own individuality and distinct personalities. I would have been able to know who said many of the line without being told by the narrative or by knowing the voice. The other characters have important roles and are easy to follow as well.

    I love that I basically received a 2nd book for free. I'm not sure if they put 2 books together in each of these volumes just to have the length that many other epic fantasy books seem to have, but they did't have to that. Most of the other books in my library are about 11 hours and that's about how long these would be if they weren't bundled together.

    I love that the greater story is only just unfolding. I can't wait to get the next volume.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that even though they are thieves, they are still good guys. Another of my favorite books is "the Lies of Locke Lamora". In that book, the thieves are good guys too, but they do steal from people who don't really deserve it and people get hurt through their misdeeds. In "Theft of Swords" it is implied that they have done some unsavory things, but we never actually journey along with them on anything but good deeds. It makes it easier for me to resolve liking and caring about them.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope, Great job on this one though. Spot on


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Umm, can't think of anything at the moment. Maybe thats's the one negative I have so far. There were many parts that were somewhat moving, but none that stand out as particularly moving.

    Wait, I just realized one part that did move me, but it might be a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    So, I have given "Theft of Swords" a glowing review. But, while it is already among my list of favorites, I'm not exactly ready to put it in my top 5 just yet. I stated that the larger story will unfold in the next 2 volumes and I'm hoping that will put this series in my top 5. I read somewhere (maybe another reviewer) that Sullivan intentionally (and at some risk) wrote this series so that it could build how he wanted to and end with the best part and have a satisfying conclusion despite the fact the 1st book would be the weakest.

    One more thing. Each book in this 1st volume had a decent conclusion. While they did hint at the larger story and leave room to grow, the "smaller" story contained within each book did finish and didn't leave me annoyed that I HAVE to get the next book. I appreciate not being strung along like that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Capalaba, Australia 01-27-13
    Cheryl Capalaba, Australia 01-27-13 Member Since 2012

    I love my Girls (dogs), supernatural and horror books ... No chick books here.

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    "I loved it.... Can;t wait to start the second one!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story line and the naration was great. I loved the main charaters especially Haidrien he was a crack up.


    What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

    I suppose I would liken it to The Supernaturals in the sense that the book is fast paced a good dirverstity in characters and has characters you can relate to


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    I like the way he portrayed his different characters not a huge difference in voice change but more attitude change.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I really found it hard to put it down and just kept saying one more minute,,,,,


    Any additional comments?

    Its great.... Give it a go.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Knollmeyer Ann Arbor, Michigan United States 01-14-13
    Greg Knollmeyer Ann Arbor, Michigan United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A Refreshing Surprise"

    I think I picked this one up when it was on a sale, not sure I'd like it. I'm now half way through the second in the series. It is well written and balances character/plot/action all pretty well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Patricia
    7/7/14
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    "A brilliant story read beautifully"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I cannot recommend more strongly the Riyria Revelations as it tells the story of good vs bad, the Gods, love and all the ingredients a great fantasy novel should have


    What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to, and why?

    I think a comparison that Audible could use that readers/listeners may enjoy would be Homer's Odessey as it shows what a person may have to go through in order to get what is wished for.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    Tim Gerard Reynolds's narration was excellent. He incorporated the humour, sadness excitement and the magic of the written word seamlessly and could listen to him all day


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two friends, one job, a whole load of trouble


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to Theft of Swords continue with the other two parts of the trilogy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amo
    UK
    5/2/14
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    "An Old-fashioned Same Old Same Old"

    To be honest I'm only a third the way through. Nothing has grabbed me and I'm forcing myself to listen to more of it. It really is all the other books from the '70's and '80's re hashed. I think this is one to send back. Even the narrator is mildly annoying and would do better in children's books. Perhaps it grows further along but I'm not willing to grit my teeth any longer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D Mills
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    9/8/13
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    "Superbly Entertaining"

    My first experience of Michael J Sullivan and I will be returning for more. The adventures of Royce & Hadrian kept me entertained for hours. I really like the pace of the story and how it quickly unfolded but kept the intrigue there, beckoning me on wanting to know more. Hadrian's optimistic character is a good balance for Royce's darkness. A great adventure story with a dark side.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A. M. Hughes
    Bristol, UK
    12/12/14
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    "Thrilling engaging characters"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best fantasy books I have read / listened to in ages. Its the start to an excellent story that is easy to read / listen to and keeps you coming back for more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's very difficult to choose between Hadrian and Royce, they are alomst opposites and both can make you laugh, feel for their position, Hadrian's endless optomism and Royce's cautious cynicysm creates a good blend for the pair of adventurers.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His dipiction of Hadrian especially captures the character - an upbeat voice full of enthusiasm for everything he encounters.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two antiheros captured in events outside their control.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George
    March, United Kingdom
    11/27/14
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    "Literature this is not ."
    Would you try another book written by Michael J. Sullivan or narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds?

    No , if I wanted a comic I would have bought a comic , this is more along the lines of Jack and Jill went up the hill , it has about the same literary content .


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael J. Sullivan again?

    No .


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I suppose he did his best .


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me .


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parish
    London
    11/11/14
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    "Worked - in parts"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a decent fantasy romp with lots of the right ingredients. I liked the main characters, the plot was good & unpredictable.

    However .... I get really turned off when the main characters do things I wouldn't expect after coming to know them. Or when events just fit (too) neatly together..

    For example (SPOILER) .. two thieves, part of a underground hidden mysterious guild, suddenly become kings protectors (really? what about avoiding the limelight?) ... donate the financial reward to a monk (arent they thieves?) ... help a young woman for a couple of silver... It just didnt add up for me - I didnt buy into it. So whilst I kinda enjoyed the story, liked the main guys, it never really held me by the short & curlies.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    The narration was great.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    2/15/14
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    "Fantastic start to a great trilogy!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    Great book regardless of print or audio however the narration is fantastic and characters bought to life before your ears!!


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Have only listened to revelation's trilogy and chronicle's books but consistent voices throughout.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Certainly keeper me enthralled throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent set of books. Written well and thoroughly enjoyed especially with the humour element which broke up the dialog very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. Steele
    Thanet, UK
    6/21/13
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    "Excellent book and a joy for gamers."

    Firstly, let me clarify that I rarely - if ever - give 5* reviews. I like to have somewhere to go if next week I hear a better book so four stars should be treated as an "excellent".

    Michael J Sullivan's work is a joy to listen to, especially since Tim Gerard Reynolds does such a good job on it. There are a couple of errors but nothing that slightly better editing wouldn't have fixed and he has instantly shot into my list of favourite readers, alongside people such as Steven Pacey and Toby Longworth. The stories in this volume hit all the right fantasy tropes without overusing any or feeling too cliched and the characterisations are interesting and well rounded. I like the heroes and loathe the villains just as I'm obviously supposed to. The stories motor along reasonably well and there are just enough twists to stop them getting predictable and dull. Overall an enjoyable, workmanlike performance from both writer and narrator.

    My review title said this was a joy to gamers and I stand by that. If there are any role-players reading this review then I urge you to buy this audiobook, you'll not find another book which feels more like a game session. The heroes act like PCs, the better PCs at least, and this is a grand inspiration to have playing while you write up plot for something like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder or even Rolemaster.

    As a final note, congratulations to the narrator for not having the dwarf speak with a cod Scottish accent, I never understood that. Tolkein's dwarves were obviously Welsh in inspiration and yet there is an inexplicable trend to make dwarfs Scottish. I am very glad that doesn't occur here.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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