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
Yes, absolutely. I have fallen in love with this world and the characters. I have given this book as a gift to 7 people after reading it.
Hadrian, but I love Royce too. They are a team, I cannot imagine one without the other.
All the characters were awesome. I have never listened to this reader before these books. He has a new fan. He made the books come alive.
The best thieves in the world have been caught, but nothing can interfere with destiny.
This is an exciting, action packed adventure. The series reminds me of "The Princess Bride" meets "Game of Thrones". Except there is no incest, and you only lose a few of the characters instead of a majority of them. I loved these books!
We all know that characters and storylines are all in the telling. Volume One has a two solid stories told so well that they will keep you listen on well after you should have gone to bed. Many avid fantasy readers will recognize that the characters, Royce and Hadrian, are similar to (close clones?) Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser characters - however, you know that many superhero and sidekick duo adventures are purely archetypal, and honest fun - Despite the cliche pairing, the two characters become more than your typical duo for they are interesting, troubled, fun and attractive. The telling of the story matters: Volume one is rich in detail, plot setup (the first story is a whooper! And the second monstrous!) and character development. The stories are wonderful and fast paced making them a perfect escape from the lame bickering reality of our current world. Fantasy fans will enjoy the archetypal familiars (elves, dwarves and enchantments oh my) as well as fresh new storylines Sullivan weaves his thieving duo into. I will be reading more of the adventures of Royce and Hadrian because it's a great escape.
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.
Oh yes I would recommend this book although I realize not everyone loves fantasy. But if you do, it's perfect.
I have so enjoyed this book....the sort of fantasy I loved when I was younger, but obviously I haven't outgrown a great story. The magical world of wizards, heroes, villains, elves, etc. Not a bit corny, all the characters are believable and memorable.
Have to classify it with Tolkien, The Narnia books, Harry Potter.
I had more than one favorite, but the ending, though somewhat predicable, is compelling.
Epic Fantasy of the Highest Order.
Can't wait to begin listening to the second book, Rise of Empire and then the third book. I'm already sorry it will have to end after that.
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.
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