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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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    Tony 01-07-13
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    "FUN FANTASY !!"

    Two likeable main characters, Emperors, Princesses, monsters, corruption, murder etc etc etc... our family gatherings. A fun read and future adventures which I can get into right away. Good stuff!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Dayton, OH, United States 12-27-12
    Ian Dayton, OH, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow Start but Worth the Wait"
    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    First, if you are going to listen to this book then it's pointless without listening to the trilogy. The character development was my favorite aspect of the trilogy and it only gets deeper the more you listen.

    What starts out slowly turns out to be an outstanding book. As you grow more familiar with each character their adventures become more personal and you feel a part of the story. I'm not huge on the Fantasy genre and I wouldn't consider it to be true fantasy fiction. However you classify it, it's good.

    Each book is divided into 2 stories with each one accounting for roughly half of your listening time. That keeps the story lines fresh and dynamic. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book because it re-engaged me when the story started to drag a bit.


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    Christopher Littleton, CO, United States 12-21-12
    Christopher Littleton, CO, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good but not great"
    Would you try another book from Michael J. Sullivan and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

    Yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    About what I was expecting. The author didn't throw any last second curve to confuse the reader.


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

    Good characterization, especially for the protagonists.


    Did Theft of Swords inspire you to do anything?

    No. :)


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    jason United States 12-18-12
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    "Fun to listen to."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    Not sure if the print version would have been better for me. Tim Reynolds did a wonderful job during the performance of this book.


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

    The interplay of the main characters through out the book is great and this became the most memorable for me.


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    Gary Redmond, WA, United States 12-13-12
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    "Great Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very engaging story line, narrator is excellent. Story moves along briskly, with cliffhangers and seemingly impossible situations resolved with imagination and intelligence.


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    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable fantasy


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Ronney Surf City, NC, United States 11-25-12
    Ronney Surf City, NC, United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fritz Leiber like characters"
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    This series reminds me of Farfhd and the Gray Mouser. Excellent characters embedded in mesmerizing adventures. A great find. Well done Mr. Sullivan!

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    Connor 11-03-12
    Connor 11-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "Escapist Fun"

    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.”

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Detroit, MI, United States 10-22-12
    Linda Detroit, MI, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2007
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    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.

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    Sean 10-18-12
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    "Great Surprise Find"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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).


    What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

    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.


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