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
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
Absolutely. This is a great story with awesome characters. Tim Gerard Reynolds does a great job narrating the story as well.
The characters. Royce, Hadreon, Ezra are all great. Even most of the minor guest characters are interesting and feel well written. The real villains are serviceable, but to me don't do a ton to stand out.
This is a great start to the series. It's two books in one, but at 22 hours, they're long enough to be complete stories without going dragging on. It does have some common fantasy tropes, but I think the buddy cop(thief) plays expertly. There's an ongoing plot with the overall villain(s)? that drags a bit for me, and that's what knocks it down from a 5-star book. It reminds me a lot of "The Good Guys" tv series.
Riveting, Intertwined multiple story lines, frustrating.
Storyline is similar to and yet varied enough from that of "Return of the King" to be its own story.
Royce - I enjoy the emotions that Mr. Reynolds conveys through his interpretation of this character. You can hear the "smart a$$" attitude in this character as he interacts with others.
These stories have so much humor, in addition to the adventure, and I particularly enjoy Hadrian and Royce's friendship. This is really a fun series to listen to. We have the books, too, but the narrator does such an excellent job that I really want the audio, too.
I'm pretty picky when it comes to fantasy books, so I was presently surprised to come across this gem after so many bad choices. kept me entertained from start to finish. also, the narrator did a great job.
An audio book fiend
Theft of Swords became one of my top 3 favorite books, over R.R. Martins Series, because of the fabulous balance between world and history building and character development that Michael J. Sullivan has put into this work. The two main characters are not the only ones you follow throughout the book and each one of his characters is wonderfully thought out and developed. The Pace of the story between books grows on itself so perfectly that at the end of each book you are sure there couldn't be a way to improve on the story, until you get part way into the next book when you realize that the world is much larger and more splendid than you could have imagined.
I have never been a heavy fantasy lover and like books with some balance between a human world and a world with fictional races. This book does a great job doing just that. I will warn you that before you start, look up some maps of the world and keep them handy as you listen, it helps a lot.
Great story, excellent narration, voice characterizations were top notch.going to continue to follow the story, and look for other stories by this author.
This is my 2nd time listening to this book and it's even better the 2nd time around. No other high fantasy book can compare to it. The author makes you fall in love with his characters right from the first chapter and by the last chapter you can't get into the next book fast enough. And the reader is spot on doing as good of a job of reading as I have heard. You will not regret listening to this book!
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