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
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.
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.
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.
Theft of Swords is a great name but I am not coming up with a tag line at the moment.
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It has just the right amount of action, character building and humor to make you never want to stop listening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only the continuation of this story. He is excellent.
Not quite, but close. I found myself foregoing some y favorite activities to listen to this instead.
I brought the other two books in the series as well and thought they were all very well done.
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".
Ezra Harden - mysterious, all powerful wizard with no hands. That says it all.
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.
It was difficult to stop listening to the second half of the book - it gets very good about half way through.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Nope, Great job on this one though. Spot on
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.
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.
I love my Girls (dogs), supernatural and horror books ... No chick books here.
Great story line and the naration was great. I loved the main charaters especially Haidrien he was a crack up.
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
I like the way he portrayed his different characters not a huge difference in voice change but more attitude change.
I really found it hard to put it down and just kept saying one more minute,,,,,
Its great.... Give it a go.
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.
"A brilliant story read beautifully"
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
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.
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
Two friends, one job, a whole load of trouble
After listening to Theft of Swords continue with the other two parts of the trilogy
"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.
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.
"Thrilling engaging characters"
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.
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.
His dipiction of Hadrian especially captures the character - an upbeat voice full of enthusiasm for everything he encounters.
Two antiheros captured in events outside their control.
"Literature this is not ."
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 .
I suppose he did his best .
Not for me .
"Worked - in parts"
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.
The narration was great.
"Fantastic start to a great trilogy!!"
Great book regardless of print or audio however the narration is fantastic and characters bought to life before your ears!!
Have only listened to revelation's trilogy and chronicle's books but consistent voices throughout.
Certainly keeper me enthralled throughout.
Excellent set of books. Written well and thoroughly enjoyed especially with the humour element which broke up the dialog very well.
"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.
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