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
Easy listen. Would have liked more depth.
Certainly going to continue the series.
The hidden prison.
I would have liked to see more background on the elves and dwarf history.
Yes, wouldn't the next several questions answer this question?
I like the characters and their interactions with each other and others. The pacing of the story is pretty fast and the author doesn't spend a lot of time giving detailed descriptions
of things that aren't pertinent to the story, he gives enough to let your imagination fill in the blanks. This would make a good television or movie series.
A tie between Hadrian and Royce
I ordered the next in the series, before I finished this one, because I didn't want it to end.
Music and book connosieur
I love these books. They are so incredibly well written and alive. The characters are my friends now and their sense of humor is wonderful. Hadrian and Royce are such a great team. I can't imagine finishing this series.
Theft of swords is broken into 2 separate stories in one book. Story 1 is an instant classic that makes you need to finish the entire series and the prequels. Story 2 is just a filler but Sullivan is such a great writer that he keeps you both interested and entertained! Highly recommended.
I would focus on giving the story and characters more depth. The entire first book reads like it was written by a novice writer, while the second book remains shallow despite a few improvements.
No - it's not worth the time, even at 3x speed.
I enjoy many of the voices he created for the characters (which stayed consistent between books), and his pacing was good.
It inspired me to use my credits more wisely, and to not always assume I will agree with a high user rating.
I really wanted to give this series a chance, but it was too shallow for my liking. Compared to some of the great fantasy epics on here, this series felt flat and predictable.
Twists, turns, fun.
Interaction with old thieving "friends"...no longer friendly.
Royce and Hadrian both.
Laugh more than cry.
Please note my review of Rise of Empire is/was premature, and really meant for this book! Will update when appropriate!!
I love books. hate reviewing books because I hate reiterating what many other's have said. I hate spoiling a review.
one of the top--Right up there with Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series for grab you conversation and storyline and perfect fit of voice reader.
Royce of course. His witty reparte. And he has skills- none are social of course, but then I tamed wild kittens as a child too.
Royce is wonderfully read as tongue in cheek smarmy and scathing, in turns. But he does Hadrian dead-on in a wonderfully cheery, friendly optimistic voice that is the perfect offset for Royce's dark sarcastic pessimistic viewpoint.
It made me immediately purchase the rest of the series and the next one and I read them straight through in five days! I HAD to know what happened!!
This series was recommended by amazon a long time ago, but I wasn't in the "mood" to start something new then. Now I am kicking myself. This story took over my life for a time and stories rarely do that. They make you want to declare them to everyone you know-- and a few you don't.
I truly like this series and happened to buy the prequel on an Audible Daily Deal day. The characters are funny and charming. Imagine, thieves being charming?
Love this series.
Epic heroes, clashing of swords, small bursts of magic, strong women.
It tended to get more interesting as the story rolled along.
I have already recommended it.
I would rather compare it to the television series Rome from HBO. It's a buddy story. Royce and Hadrian are brothers in arms who have each other's back. They're black hat heroes looking for a payday but end up changing the course of history.
The narrator did an excellent job. Different voices for every character, and he was consistent throughout the series.
I had many emotional reactions to this series. I laughed, I cried, I got angry, I felt vengeful. One scene that choked me up was when Hadrian is talking to Thrace's father as he "sharpens his weapon". All the hopes and dreams he had for his son and grandson. I felt his hopelessness and pent up rage. I was alone in the car listening and I just lost it. I put on my sunglasses and let the tears flow.
Books 1 and 3 were the best. 2 wasn't bad, but it was the weakest of the series. I'm going to miss Royce and Hadrian. The author and the narrator brought those characters to life for me.
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