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
About what I was expecting. The author didn't throw any last second curve to confuse the reader.
Good characterization, especially for the protagonists.
There were times the book plodded along a little bit. I very much liked the two thieves and their growth. I also thoroughly enjoyed the narrator.
Not sure if the print version would have been better for me. Tim Reynolds did a wonderful job during the performance of this book.
The interplay of the main characters through out the book is great and this became the most memorable for me.
Very engaging story line, narrator is excellent. Story moves along briskly, with cliffhangers and seemingly impossible situations resolved with imagination and intelligence.
I really enjoyed the main characters (which expand over the two books) and the narrator did a nice job with various voices. I plan to acquire the other two volumes in audio book instead of eBook.
On top of discovering one of my new favorite narrators, I found an amusing, swashbuckling, romp of a fantasy. Serious themes and violence erupt in the second volume and the results are not always to the reader's liking. But overall, Theft of Swords is an exciting new trilogy for me. How often to you meet thieves and murders with hearts of gold. Royce and Hadrian are a pairing close to Stryker and Robin Hood. They don't hide the fact that they steal and kill for a living, but they seem to have so much fun while accomplishing their jobs. I am well into Book 2 and I am enjoying it just as much.
I especially appreciate that adult men and women can have adventures together without the story being bogged down by sexual innuendo and tension. Not that Royce and Hadrian aren't manly men, but their romantic involvements are secondary to the main story. The same is true for Princess Arista, the main female protagonist.
I do agree with others that the long lectures about the country's religion and culture can be a bit of a snore but the author finds fascinating secondary characters to tell those stories and keep them interesting.Myron comes to mind, as does Ezra Harding. I would have give the story 5 stars except for the this feature.
I hope that Book 3 takes the tale to a satisfactory conclusion, which rarely seems to be the case these days. The third volume of the Hunger Games saga was such a downer I couldn't finish it.
This series reminds me of Farfhd and the Gray Mouser. Excellent characters embedded in mesmerizing adventures. A great find. Well done Mr. Sullivan!
Enjoy the adventure
Wanted a break from dark, brooding books and chose a fantasy novel with a storyline that is easy to follow. The main characters are likeable and a perfect contrast to the villains with their evil intentions. The plot includes twists and, as desired, the action includes manly swordplay.
One of my favorite scenes was when a minor character, who had lived a sheltered and secluded life, saw a woman for the first time. “My, they are even more beautiful than horses.” One of the main characters replied “I agree, but I wouldn’t tell them that.”
While not my favorite, It is fun and enjoyable story. Just finished the series and found it a perfect filler while waiting for the next installments of my fantasy favorites (WoT final and Rainwilds). Even though "somewhat" predictable ... this was a fun and interesting story,very likable characters and quite well read. If you like WoT, Mistborn and the world of the Rainwilds you will enjoy this trilogy.
Absolutely! As everyone says, it takes a little while to get started, but the plot line is unpredictable and has twists and turns that you would not expect. The characters are very entertaining and there is a great amount of comedy. Royce and Hadrian are your classic protagonistic duo, who balance each other out (one rough and one idealist).
I do know know what I would compare it to, but I will tell you the books that I like to give you an idea if you might like this one. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, Eragon series, LOTR, and I got into the wheel of time series but couldn't get through them.
This is a well-done book and good narration. The story keeps you involved thought it is a little slow to get into. By the end I was looking forward to the next in the series.
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