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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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    Rachele Lehmann PENSACOLA, FL, US 11-20-14
    Rachele Lehmann PENSACOLA, FL, US 11-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, great narrator!"
    Would you listen to Theft of Swords again? Why?

    Absolutely! The story was fun to listen to and the narrator was very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was predictable but not Too predictable. Good wins but not in the ways you expect.


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

    His character voices are absolutely perfect.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed quite a few times


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mathew 05-30-14
    Mathew 05-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A Predictable And Shallow Series"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Would you recommend Theft of Swords to your friends? Why or why not?

    No - it's not worth the time, even at 3x speed.


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

    I enjoy many of the voices he created for the characters (which stayed consistent between books), and his pacing was good.


    Did Theft of Swords inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to use my credits more wisely, and to not always assume I will agree with a high user rating.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Brisbane, Australia 04-22-14
    Ian Brisbane, Australia 04-22-14
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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    Don't know haven't read the print version.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael J. Sullivan before, how does this one compare?

    First time listener


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

    Haven't heard him before. Great performance and I think he nailed the characters.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, keen to try the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tane Ross San Francisco, CA United States 04-09-14
    Tane Ross San Francisco, CA United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2012

    happaGirl

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    "I'm a chick who loves this series"

    It's so much fun, so good. The story doesn't fail or falter to please. From a story point of view, Sullivan is true to his characters and weaves, without error, a complex, exciting and romantic story. Women are strong yet feminine, enduring and victorious. The heros charming while deadly. I'm in the middle of the third volume and wonder what life will be like without this story wandering on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben CULLMAN, AL, United States 03-30-14
    Ben CULLMAN, AL, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The best series and audio reader combo"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is by far my favorite series right next to "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Mistborn" series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theft of Swords?

    There are so many favorite moments I simply can not choose one.


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

    It usually takes me 30 minutes to an hour into a novel to get used to the reader. However, with Tim i was hooked from the opening lines.


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

    All parts that had the two main characters in conversation with each other.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read several books of all genres and Fantasy series are my favorite. This entire series ranks at the top and I highly recommend this read for everyone adults and teens. The several plots and story lines that are intertwined and leading you through the story will keep you on the edge of your seat listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "What an enjoyable read/listen!"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Towards the top best listens.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the interaction between Royce and Hadrian. This is the true wit of the book and realistic action between good friends.


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

    It was hard to put this book down and I chaffed waiting until I could reasonably return to the book; and once I started back into the book I would be annoyed if I was interrupted, including by one of my family!


    Any additional comments?

    I will be looking for other books by this author and hope that Tim Gerard Reynolds will continue to do the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 03-24-14
    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2013

    Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.

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    "Sub par"
    Would you try another book from Michael J. Sullivan and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

    I'm afraid I might be done with Mr. Sullivan's works. I was caught up in the great reviews, ratings, and I hate to admit it the expense of this book. I took a gamble thinking it must be a wonderful read and lost. I first purchased the prequel as it was very inexpensive. It was ok at best. I just expected much more from this title. The narrator was fine and I would listen to him again.


    What was most disappointing about Michael J. Sullivan’s story?

    Unrealized potential was my greatest disappointment. The story never really seemed to get moving. Perhaps if I read the entire series I might end up loving it however I really felt the author should have been able to pack a better story into the vast volume of expended pages.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    As I've stated the narrator did fine and I would listen to him again however he was no Mark Boyett.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe a renter.


    Any additional comments?

    What gives man? The most interesting character in the book was a wizard oh but wait, he can't do any good magic as he has no hands. Pffft!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jessica TEMPLE, TX, United States 02-02-14
    jessica TEMPLE, TX, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Phenominal"
    Would you listen to Theft of Swords again? Why?

    absolutely


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The way he writes, paints such an amazing picture of these characters that you feel like you know them personally, and I like them all because of that.


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

    He gives every character a voice and feeling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It has made me laugh, cry, it has my make my heart beat faster and even drive faster during times that I had to set my cruse control because I was so into the story!!


    Any additional comments?

    Do not pass this book up

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Balmain, Australia 11-19-13
    Jeremy Balmain, Australia 11-19-13
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    "Let down by the narration"

    Honestly, I had to stop listening! I did listen to the first story and got part way through the second, so feel it's enough to write a review on.

    The story was quite good, though a little formulaic, with some decent characters and good action. It has the bones to go the distance over the next couple of books I would suggest.

    There was just something about the narrator's intonations that was wrong and really off putting. His voice was quite easy to listen to - the problem was how he would say sentences and stress various words, particularly in dialog, which sounded unnatural and a jarring. In the end I had to stop listening.

    I'd suggest you listen to the sample prior to buying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    gardener97 Atlanta 10-26-13
    gardener97 Atlanta 10-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "too many words, too little story"

    I know I am a lone voice in the wilderness here - these books are described as 'spellbinding' but I have to say I've read quite a lot of the genre and this is nothing new. Perhaps if this is your introduction to it, it would strike you as more memorable. It did not hold my interest long enough to finish it. I did get through to the second book (within this volume 1) so I feel I gave it a fair chance. I think the characters were well developed and I think Mr. Sullivan has good descriptive abilities but I think the story was too weak to sustain my interest or the time to finish it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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