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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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    gardener97 Atlanta 10-26-13
    gardener97 Atlanta 10-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "too many words, too little story"

    I know I am a lone voice in the wilderness here - these books are described as 'spellbinding' but I have to say I've read quite a lot of the genre and this is nothing new. Perhaps if this is your introduction to it, it would strike you as more memorable. It did not hold my interest long enough to finish it. I did get through to the second book (within this volume 1) so I feel I gave it a fair chance. I think the characters were well developed and I think Mr. Sullivan has good descriptive abilities but I think the story was too weak to sustain my interest or the time to finish it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candice 10-24-13
    Candice 10-24-13
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    "Slow beginning, but doesn't slow down again"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely near the top, I look forward to listening to this series again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Political intrigue and convoluted conspiracies. Feels like you're on the verge of figuring out what is going when a completely different explanation is given making the story that much better.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    Narrator was great! Some of the characters get a little confusing in spots but overall he did a very good job. Narrators are usually the kiss of death for me and Mr. Reynolds was very entertaining.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. There is so much deceit and plotting that you really need to take your time to ponder what's going on before getting more clues.


    Any additional comments?

    This story started out slow while learning all the different characters and locations, kings and queens, prisons and towers and castles, bad guys and good guys, etc. Once I got down who was who and where they belonged I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Penfield, NY, United States 10-01-13
    David Penfield, NY, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2013

    Professor of American and World History at a community college. Enjoys hard science fiction, space fantasy and space opera, fantasy, and historical narratives. Heck, I'll read anything once!

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    "The Usual Fantasy Tropes ... but Done Well"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was an enjoyable book. It tries to walk the fine line between classic fantasy and the newer, Game of Thrones inspired political intrigue / everyone's a bad guy (and no-one thinks that about themselves) style of fantasy. It bridges the two fairly effectively, but tends to drift towards the classic fantasy elements more--which is good! There are genuinely good characters in this book, and virtue and heroism ARE rewarded with something other than a knife in the back.


    Would you recommend Theft of Swords to your friends? Why or why not?

    It's a good palate-cleanser after OD'ing on Game of Thrones and other darker, more gritty fantasy.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    TG Reynolds' performance was good in that each of his characters had a memorable voice AND a subtly different accent. Sure, some of the accents were cliche (where is it written that all Dwarves are Scotsmen??!?) but then, so are many of the tropes and elements of the book, so that fit.


    Was Theft of Swords worth the listening time?

    Quite worth it. Could it have been better? Sure--but, it was a good way to spend some quality time with an interesting world and interesting characters. It's also nice to see a fantasy world where the Wise Old Mentor character spends most of his time NOT revealing things rather than simply existing as Exposition Man.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor Rowlett, TX, United States 09-11-13
    Taylor Rowlett, TX, United States 09-11-13
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    "Good book, bad reader"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. Its a good book in it's own right, but it just doesn't hold a candle to the truly great fantasy novels like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings or The First Law. If you're expecting greatness you'll be disappointed.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael J. Sullivan before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first read by Sullivan.


    What didn’t you like about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance?

    Just about everything. His very fake English accent was obvious from the get-go and he has no depth or range making it hard to distinguish one character from another (including female characters). A reader like Roy Dotrice or Steven Pacey could have done this book justice. I found myself being consistently annoyed by Reynolds performance and it really subtracted from this audiobook's potential.


    Did Theft of Swords inspire you to do anything?

    Yeah, find a book with a better narrater next time.


    Any additional comments?

    Like i said, a very good book in its own right, but the narration ruins it and makes it worth far less than the $41 price tag.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Justin CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-16-13
    Justin CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrifically Entertaining and Awesome Characters"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development and new approach to fantasy stereotypes in this series is refreshing and comforting at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    Read/Listen to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 08-10-13
    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A fun if not original listen."

    As I read Theft Of Swords, I got into the book pretty quickly, and the story continued to move along at a good pace. I began to realize though, that there was nothing really new or original going on. The fantasy world is nothing special, featuring kings and queens, princes and princesses, and your usual array of nobles and church leaders. There is a wizard who hints of magic not much used in the story. And of course, your main characters must be bad guys with soft hearts, or a child born of poverty who grows to become hero of the world. In the case of Theft Of Swords, the heroes are the former, thieves who are famous for their ability to steal anything, and are also dangerous enough to scare anyone who might want to stop them.

    With this said, I still found myself enjoying the book despite it’s short comings. Though there weren’t any wow moments in the book, it didn’t take long to become comfortable with the main characters Royce and Hadrian. It’s like going on vacation to a new place, and when you get there you realize the attractions aren’t much different than where you usually vacation. But you decide since you are there, you are going to enjoy attractions anyway. This book is much like that, a familiar setting, easy to like heroes, and a fun if not original listen.

    The narrator is kind of like the book itself, he’s good, but not great. It took me a bit to get used to his reading, but once I did, all was good.

    Overall, I’d say this book is worth a listen, especially with the added value of getting two books for the price of one. I wish Audible would bundle more series like this. Maybe even three books for two credits for trilogies and such. I liked the second book better then the first, as the story seemed to improve as it went along. This is a good easy listen for those who are waiting for the release of the next installment of another series. I’m sure I will listen to the next book in the series to see if it continues to improve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis United States 08-09-13
    Phyllis United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2011

    love, Love, LOVE BOOKS!!!

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    "Liked this series. It was worth the listen."
    Any additional comments?

    When I was listening to the story, I have to say I was reminded of the days of old when I played D&D to the wee hours of the night. Besides the fondness of that memory, the story was a good solid one. I believe it was due in part to the story being completely written prior to the release. You could definitely see the value of the intricately woven story line that was eloquently told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Bat Yam, Israel 08-07-13
    Daniel Bat Yam, Israel 08-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent !!! One of the best I read"

    Highly recommended, one of the best stories I read in a long while
    Enjoyed reading so much...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RexS Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 08-04-13
    RexS Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great fantasy book- swordplay and magic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Theft of Swords to be better than the print version?

    I like audio editions because the story comes alive if the performer is good and you can listen to them on the go.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I will continue to buy this series.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 08-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "If you are looking for a new series - this is it!"

    After not being able to complete the last book I started (Gardens of the moon - o first for me) I was looking for something that I could follow with out taking notes. This book has typical races in it but the story is fun and characters are likeable and engaging.

    I love longer books and detail. If you are looking for something new this book is worth a shot. Starting the next book in the series today.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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