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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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    troy_lehman 12-04-14
    troy_lehman 12-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this book"
    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Great character development, fast paced, innovative, Loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Liked it better than The Spirit Thief, but loved them Both!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scaramouche239 11-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Ultimate Combination of Story & Storytelling!"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is perhaps my most favorite book to which I have listened so far! A book is only as great as the quality of the story. A great audio book is only as good as the way it is interpreted by its narrator. Michael J. Sullivan is one of the best fantasy writers out there and Tim Gerard Reynolds is one of the best audio performers in the industry. The combination of these two to present this story is fantastic!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I LOVE the humor and intensity of the story. The characters became so very real.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    It is hard to choose between Hadrian and Royce because they really are the best of friends and I can't imagine one without the other in the story. But if I had to choose, it would be Hadrian. He's kindhearted, funny, a master of swords and weapons, and he doesn't take any crap from either Royce or Alric.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    While there were times that I really wanted Hadrian to let Royce throw Alric in a river, the scene where Alric rides into battle was very moving. Without spoilers, I appreciated the depth that Sullivan gave his characters and the way in which Reynolds brought the whole scene to life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must-read: I travel a lot, it only took me two weeks to get through all 25 hours of this book! It made me laugh more times than I can count, it surprised me, riveted me, and even made me mad (mostly because I had reached the end and was in an area where I couldn't download the next one). If there are audio book awards, both author and performer should be win all the ones for which they are eligible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachele Lehmann PENSACOLA, FL, US 11-20-14
    Rachele Lehmann PENSACOLA, FL, US 11-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, great narrator!"
    Would you listen to Theft of Swords again? Why?

    Absolutely! The story was fun to listen to and the narrator was very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was predictable but not Too predictable. Good wins but not in the ways you expect.


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

    His character voices are absolutely perfect.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed quite a few times


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy 09-26-14
    Joy 09-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "My favourite series ever"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I could put it down. I loved it and think i even developed a crush on the main character. Which i've never done with any other character in any other book. I've now read everything that Michael J Sullivan has done.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carmila 06-08-14
    Carmila 06-08-14 Member Since 2008

    Music and book connosieur

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    "Great listening !!!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott United States 06-02-14
    Scott United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Start"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mathew 05-30-14
    Mathew 05-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A Predictable And Shallow Series"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


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

    No - it's not worth the time, even at 3x speed.


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

    I enjoy many of the voices he created for the characters (which stayed consistent between books), and his pacing was good.


    Did Theft of Swords inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to use my credits more wisely, and to not always assume I will agree with a high user rating.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    docrbk 05-28-14
    docrbk 05-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great fun...surprisingly good."
    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Twists, turns, fun.


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

    Interaction with old thieving "friends"...no longer friendly.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Royce and Hadrian both.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh more than cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Please note my review of Rise of Empire is/was premature, and really meant for this book! Will update when appropriate!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Newsom Shreveport, LA 05-18-14
    B. Newsom Shreveport, LA 05-18-14 Member Since 2012

    I love books. hate reviewing books because I hate reiterating what many other's have said. I hate spoiling a review.

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    "New convert. Hooked from the beginning."
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 05-15-14
    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun, Exciting, A Pleasurable Listen"

    I truly like this series and happened to buy the prequel on an Audible Daily Deal day. The characters are funny and charming. Imagine, thieves being charming?

    Love this series.

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  • Adam
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    11/11/14
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    "Worked - in parts"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    The narration was great.


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

    No.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    7/7/14
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    "A brilliant story read beautifully"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I cannot recommend more strongly the Riyria Revelations as it tells the story of good vs bad, the Gods, love and all the ingredients a great fantasy novel should have


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

    I think a comparison that Audible could use that readers/listeners may enjoy would be Homer's Odessey as it shows what a person may have to go through in order to get what is wished for.


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

    Tim Gerard Reynolds's narration was excellent. He incorporated the humour, sadness excitement and the magic of the written word seamlessly and could listen to him all day


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two friends, one job, a whole load of trouble


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to Theft of Swords continue with the other two parts of the trilogy

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amo
    UK
    5/2/14
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • D Mills
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    9/8/13
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    "Superbly Entertaining"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marion
    Woodstock, United Kingdom
    7/22/15
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    "An Unexpectedly Excellent Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

    I have read/heard lots of stories in the same genre but there were twists in this plot that I really didnt see coming. Enjoyable rogues with well rounded characters and a plot that keeps your interest throughout. The pace doesnt really slacken and it remains good right to the end of the final book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the main characters are interesting - the more minor ones also have more depth than usual.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gordon
    Gloucester, United Kingdom
    7/12/15
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    "took a while to get going and then !! i did!!!!!!!"

    I enjoy fantasy and this audio book made it difficut for me to turn it off..
    I used to read and now I listen and this was a good listen. A really good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tony
    3/28/15
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    theft of swords
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    excellent and addictave,i lost all concept of time. lm starting the bext in the series imediatly . i dont know when i will be able to sleep again

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Circos
    Lincoln, England
    2/22/15
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    "Good story, aweful reading"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    No huge surprises for me here. The story is reliably (perhaps comfortably) predictable which suited my listening needs at the time.


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

    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,


    Did Theft of Swords inspire you to do anything?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I suspect I would have enjoyed this book far more if I had read it rather than listened to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr MacKenzie Barker
    2/11/15
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    "great book. can't wait to cracking into the rest."

    can't wait to crack into the other books in the series. need four more words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zac
    tunbridge wells, United Kingdom
    2/4/15
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    "Childs book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing could have worked that kind of Magic i'm afraid. A differant author and a differant narrator.


    Has Theft of Swords put you off other books in this genre?

    It hasn't.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performances?

    No thankyou


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really, no.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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