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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I'm going against the grain by saying this volume is average at best. Book 1 is simply amateur in most aspects. Book 2 is slightly better, but still leaves a lot to be desired.
It's all quite heavy-handed and mostly unoriginal. There wasn't any length of time where I found myself caring at all about the main characters. The dialogue is fairly dull (a big sticking point for me) and the narration is un-engaging.
I'll continue on to the 2nd volume (books 3 and 4) and hope something really grabs my attention.
Michael did a wonderful job introducing the characters and keeping the story on point. Tim Reynolds performed perfectly to bring the characters to life and kept the action plausible. this is the third time going through the series, love it every time.
This is a great classic fantasy book.it contains the first two stories of the series. it is a fun easy read. It feels like an early book for the author. So good things are to come I hope.
First of all this is not one book, but two, following the same characters in different events.
The books follow the two "charming?" rogues Hadrian and Royce and you get thrown right in to the action. The main characters actions aren't motivated from some greater good, but rather from basic human feelings like compassion and revenge. Nor is there any specific evil to fight, although the Hadrian and Royce always feels like the good guys. They are both extremely likeable without being too good.
The language is light but not meagre and the story is fast paced, also the narration is quite superb. The world and character building is perfectly moderate which keeps the books very interesting throughout. The story moves on at a very good rate at the same time that you're given bits and pieces painting up the characters and the world around them.There is some parallel storytelling in the books, but all these are equally interesting which I personally find extremely rare.
Even though the main characters are male, there are also a few strong interesting female characters in a mostly patriarchal world.
There is no super powerful entities in the story and only a little bit of magic, the main characters rather depends on guile and skill in their success. The story is quite unpredictable without being improbable and you rarely feel completely certain on who to trust. The occurrence of "magical" creatures is quite scarce, but there are both elves and dwarves in this world, with well known features from other fantasy worlds. Very little time is spent on writing the history of these other races which is a strength rather than a flaw in this particular series.
There are few, to no gruesome descriptions of violence in the books and sexual acts are at most implied so if those are a must for you, these books won't appease you. Even without those this feels mostly like an adult fantasy novel.
One of the best I've read/listened to in quite some time, I'd say.
"Great, brilliant. A must for fantasy lovers"
I have finally got round to stating how fabulous these books are - all hail Royce and Hadrian brought to life by the fantastic Tim Gerard Reynolds from the mind of Michael J Sullivan - I have lost track on how many times I have listened to these books and I am never bored - to all new readers get these books and I guarantee it will be money well spent 😊
"Worked - in parts"
This was a decent fantasy romp with lots of the right ingredients. I liked the main characters, the plot was good & unpredictable.
However .... I get really turned off when the main characters do things I wouldn't expect after coming to know them. Or when events just fit (too) neatly together..
For example (SPOILER) .. two thieves, part of a underground hidden mysterious guild, suddenly become kings protectors (really? what about avoiding the limelight?) ... donate the financial reward to a monk (arent they thieves?) ... help a young woman for a couple of silver... It just didnt add up for me - I didnt buy into it. So whilst I kinda enjoyed the story, liked the main guys, it never really held me by the short & curlies.
The narration was great.
"An Old-fashioned Same Old Same Old"
To be honest I'm only a third the way through. Nothing has grabbed me and I'm forcing myself to listen to more of it. It really is all the other books from the '70's and '80's re hashed. I think this is one to send back. Even the narrator is mildly annoying and would do better in children's books. Perhaps it grows further along but I'm not willing to grit my teeth any longer.
"Good story, aweful reading"
Not really. I enjoyed the story, but the reading was incredibly distracting. The story pulled me along to the point where I had invested too much of my time to give the story up, although the reading often made me want to.
No huge surprises for me here. The story is reliably (perhaps comfortably) predictable which suited my listening needs at the time.
Tim Gerard's performance ruined this story for me. I found his intonation/inflection hugely distracting and inappropriate. It often trivialised the point and shaped characters into something I'm not sure the author intended. I haven't checked his CV, but I suspect Tim has done a great deal of theatre work, if not perhaps he should. I feel he over played each part and as a result the characters weren't natural or believably,
I suspect I would have enjoyed this book far more if I had read it rather than listened to it.
Nothing could have worked that kind of Magic i'm afraid. A differant author and a differant narrator.
Not really, no.
I got this book because of the great reviews. I lasted longer than normal, presuming things to pick up, but alas they didn't. It is like a children's book, and the narrator talks as though he is reading a children's book to children. My tastes are abercrombie, Martin, Sanderson. This is nothing like them and i'll be returning it i'm afraid.
I liked this book so much I downloaded the next ones in the series to follow on with. I thought the two main characters were interesting and had room for development in further books. This is not as good as Joe Abercrombie in my opinion but that could have been the narrator. I liked Tim Gerard Reynolds narration of Red Rising, but felt that he was wrong for this book. I got used to him but I think his voice lacked the characterisation needed to carry this off well.
This is a good solid fantasy series to get stuck into but it's no Patrick Rothfuss or Joe Abercrombie. This is not going to stop me from listening to all of his stuff though!
A well crafted story that is really fun to read/listen. The next two books only improve. Recommended.
My first experience of Michael J Sullivan and I will be returning for more. The adventures of Royce & Hadrian kept me entertained for hours. I really like the pace of the story and how it quickly unfolded but kept the intrigue there, beckoning me on wanting to know more. Hadrian's optimistic character is a good balance for Royce's darkness. A great adventure story with a dark side.
Having picked up The Jester on Audible, simply because it was free, I had to get the full story. I was instantly hooked and loved the two main characters and had to find out more. The Theft of Swords contains the first two books of the six part series and they lived up to my expectations of a great story, and more! Highly recommended if you enjoy fantasy/action and read brilliantly. Now I can't wait to get the rest!
"Brill will be starting the next book straight away"
Great fantasy book very well read would recommend ,not for a young age though has a lot of adult material . The books seems all too follow on after each other making you want too know more about the world and the events that are soon to follow .
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