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
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.
Absolutely. It has a little of everything for a fantasy fan.
I have to go with Hadrian. He's a thief with a good heart. He's an amazing fighter. He's just a very well rounded character.
Royce is also great. Dark, mysterious, and no nonsense.
This series is really great. one of my favorites. This first book starts off a little slow, but it is well worth it. The rest of the books in the series, Rise of Empire and Heir of Novron, just got better and better with each installment. I'm looking forward to Sullivan's upcoming prequels, due out this year.
I'm not sure how I feel about these books. It lacks real complexity and seems more like a series of short stories instead of a book. At the same time, I enjoyed listening to it. The characters went out to accomplish things and they had definite conclusions. It's nice to see this instead of a story where there is one goal and 500 things keep deterring its success.
I would recommend this book but its much more of a relaxing listen then a mind blowing tail.
WOULD BE A GREAT MOVIE
GREAT FROM BEGINNING TO THE END. THE WHOLE SERIES WAS GREAT
An outstanding story, extremely well narrated. The reviews were so good for this series that I took a chance and was not disappointed. The characters were well developed and complex.
You have to love an author that lays out a plan for his book before he drops a bunch of filler into his stories. This one has little quips and quotes that give reference to places later in the book. Be ready to continually think back about what was said ten hours ago in hopes that you can solve the riddles the characters are facing. Enjoy!!!
This has to be one of the best listens on audible. I don't write reviews normally, but this was so well done that I had to share. The humor and banter of the "heroes", the outright evil of the villains, and a high fantasy structure makes this series a must read.
The 6 volume Riyria Revelations is a fast moving adventure tale with wonderful characters who continue to grow throughout the story. The story is tight, fast moving and the narrator is brilliant. He stays in voice for each of the main characters so that you can begin to identify them by the sound of their voices. I found myself deeply invested and rooting for the heroes of this tale. I have rarely listened to a long series that didn't wander, but this series moved right along. Each volume consists of a part A & B, so the series easily breaks into 6 parts if you need a breather between parts. I didn't and now my 12 year old grandson has started "Theft of Swords". He's a bit of a minecraft addict, but the Riyria Revelations has broken him away from the computer.
The setting, story, and characters have great potential for an original fantasy epic. That potential got me through the first book (there are two in this recording). Unfortunately, it never quite lives up to that potential. The two main characters are not well fleshed out, and the glimpses of greatness that you see in them is never fully realized. What is lacking is depth; characters have motivations and histories that are barely glimpsed but never seen, and what results is a lot of action without consequence, and danger without drama. When the dialogue is witty it is funny, but gets lost when it's trying to be meaningful. Narration is okay, but not well served by the material. I had to stop about one hour into the second book once I realized that I didn't care for these characters anymore.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, but I found the narration to be confusing.
The tale of the thieves, Hadrian and Royce, starts off simple enough but it quickly snow-balls when they become embroiled in a conspiracy to kill a king and anoint a new emperor.
I found this story entertaining, and was very quickly caught up in the lives of the characters.
Sullivan's voice runs through the narrative with a quirky sense of humor that had me laughing out loud, and a vivid imagination that had me so caught up in the story I was very disappointed when it ended.
The only negative thing I have to say is that the narrator sometimes confused me. He did a great job, but sometimes the dialogue was difficult to discern. He did voices for different characters, and sometimes they wandered and melted into one another so that it was difficult to distinguish who was speaking.
And it's "Ry-ri-a" not "Ri-year-a"
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