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
I have no idea if I would have liked the book or the author because the narrator was so very distracting. He read it like a children's book, putting emphasis in odd places and using a strange meter. Don't get me wrong, he was very easy to understand and given the right genre would be an excellent choice. But for this book I kept getting so distracted by the narration I couldn't follow the storyline.
I came across this book purely by accident, but I was pleasantly surprised. While it clearly draws upon the conventional archetypes of elves, dwarves, wizards, magic, knights, princesses, and kings, the story is fully engaging, if somewhat predictable. The narrator is excellent, and the story is pleasantly and uniquely clean. Great to see an author who relies on the merit of his story to engage readers rather than attempting to shock or entice them into reading with sexuality, vulgarity and gratuitous violence.
A fantastic combination of interesting storyline, great character, and laugh out loud moments of humor. Simply brilliant. Don't pass it up.
The plot was too predictable with all the complexity of middle school essay.
No, but I enjoy the narrator.
disappointed, especially given the high reviews.
I'm so glad to have stumbled upon Sullivan and the Riyria Revelations!
What I loved about Theft of Swords:
- Interesting but not overly complex world building
- Plenty of likable characters
- Well-differentiated and not overly-numerous characters
- Magic and wonder
- Dual protagonists.... with a fun dynamic
It's been a while since I enjoyed fantasy fiction that didn't demand that I keep track of a dozen cultures and civilizations, a dozen characters, a dozen interwoven plots, etc., etc.
Though some authors make all of that wading pay off (B. Sanderson comes to mind!), far more just wear me out.
So far, Sullivan's work is just the right balance of simple, well-tensioned story telling without top heavy historical, cultural and psychological analysis.
Can't wait to read book 2.
I would absolutely listen to all of the Riyria books again. Not only that but this is one where I might own both the Audible copy and the print copy. It's that good. Interesting characters in every single book. I listened to the entire series of books and it was worth every dollar/credit. I would recommend listening to the entire series as the story arc is well worth the time.
Has some similarities to other fantasy books but not many
They were all excellent characters played outstandingly. I could not pick one, all exceptionally well done.
I have no idea for a tag line, but someone should make it into a movie or at the very least a TV series! Could be outstanding done right!
Good story overall. Seems like the author was finding his feet as the story moved on. Also, it seemed like there was quite a bit of filler as descriptions of some things seemed too long and didn't move the story along or turned out to generally be irrelevant IMO.
What I liked best was the pacing. The characters were never just rushing around doing things needlessly despite long rambles by the author. I plan to buy the next book, so I'm not trying to be overly critical. Just thought I would pass along my observations.
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