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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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    Kimberly Martin Monterey, CA USA 07-19-12
    Kimberly Martin Monterey, CA USA 07-19-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Back to the Classics"

    This book is just what I was looking for. It's a nice refreshing adventure in a classic fantasy world with plenty of humor and a dash of lightheartedness. The story is on the predictable side, in fact I would say it's more predictable than not, but I didn't mind. I was just happy to have a break from all the gloom and darkness that seems to saturate so many fantasy series today. I narrator is also excellent I think with a nice range of voices. My sister characterizes him as "British but not snooty". Over all a great choice if you want an fun, easy going, epic fantasy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephan Kim Oakland Gardens, NY USA 07-09-12
    Stephan Kim Oakland Gardens, NY USA 07-09-12 Member Since 2001

    TopGun

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    "Excellent"

    I just happened to stumbled on this..just right speed. Kept me interested to the end and rushed me for the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashleah Joshua Tree, CA, United States 07-08-12
    Ashleah Joshua Tree, CA, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Surprise! I'm witty!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the witty characters! I often found my self laughing at the dialog between characters and even anticipating how one will react to an upcoming situation.


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

    I must say my favorite moment in this book is a comment made by a young boy after seeing Hadrian beat his brother in a sword competition...


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

    This is a first listen to Tim Gerard. I found a couple of his voices to be different from how I would imagine them sounding but then again you can only make a male voice so feminine....


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Miracle workers! And that's why I'm not in the film industry....


    Any additional comments?

    When do we get book 3?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Ontario, Canada 06-12-12
    Patrick Ontario, Canada 06-12-12 Member Since 2012

    I'd rather listen to a good fantasy over again than waste time with bad fantasy.

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    "Fast paced and fun"

    This fantasy has a pace and style unlike any others I have read(listened) to. The mood of the book is always light, and the author doesn't slow down the story for the sake of trying to describe the world/ atmosphere. The first half of the book was hilarious and fun. My only issue with the book was that the second half of the book was not nearly as funny and some of the characters disappeared from the story line. Also the second half of the book didn't seem to have the same significance to the major story arcs the first half did. In a matter of taste I am not sure this fantasy shares the style my favorites do but I will certainly read the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim W Cleveland 05-14-12
    Jim W Cleveland 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Disapointingly boring overall"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm not sure I'd change anything. I respect the author's voice, I just think that I'm not the ideal audience for this book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael J. Sullivan? Why or why not?

    I'd most likely pass. There's nothing here I particularly dislike other than I think it's really intended for a late elementary school audience. His writing just seems to frequently parrot semi-cliched dialogue and characterization that seems too shallow and familiar to capture the imagination of an adult reader.


    Any additional comments?

    When listening to this book there was no moment that particularly annoyed me but there also was no moment that I particularly enjoyed. I kept waiting for the point where I would care about the characters but it never really came.

    Nearly every character is a fantasy cliche. The ambitious unethical mid-level noble. The mysterious thieves who also have hearts of gold and semi-unwillingly do the right thing. The spoiled Prince who has to grow up. The hooker with a heart of gold. The naive and sheltered but curious monk.

    At least so far none of the characters really seem to defy their stereotypes.I guess the telling thing about the book is that despite me wanting to find what is special about it, I found that I could rarely listen for more than 45mins before I would realize that I'm bored and stop.

    I think this book will be enjoyed by children but I think it lacks the complexity and intrigue to keep adults that are accustom to the works of George R R Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Tolkien, and the like engaged.

    Lastly I'll make a note about the voice acting performance. Again there is nothing about it that I hated but I think that there is a fine line between using sterotypical voices for the sack of clarity and giving the reader something familiar to grasp on to, and having those voices be so cliched that they make already cliched characters even more one dimensional. Tim Reynold seems to periodically cross this line, particularly in the case of the monk character. None of the voices or accents seemed terrible or super cheesy but they also don't really add to the characterizations or sense of setting in the book either.

    Overall I've been somewhat critical of the book but I do want to emphasize that for me it is a 2 star book. That said I can definitely see it being more enthusiastically embraced by a younger reader or adults that simply have different tastes.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    JPaladin Carpinteria, CA, United States 03-30-13
    JPaladin Carpinteria, CA, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Young Adult?"

    This book popped up a few times when searching for books like Warded Man or Game of Thrones. But boy were those recommendations off.

    Because some reviews said it picked up in the middle I listed for 6 hours. The story line had potential (not breaking any new ground, but hinting at depth), but the characters and dialog were stilted and superficial. I finally gave up due to the extreme predictability, regurgitated characters, and general milk toast nature of the book.

    Not for adults. Perhaps pre-teens?

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    John St. Louis, MO, United States 01-06-14
    John St. Louis, MO, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Beware - this is Young Adult material"

    Based on the reviews, I was expecting something much more impressive. However I soon realized this book is aimed at the young adult crowd....which is fine, unless you're looking for something a bit more 'put together'. The story was entertaining, but I just couldn't get past the fact that I was listening to something better suited for my 12 yr old....

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer benson, AZ, United States 11-24-13
    Amazon Customer benson, AZ, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2011

    Aging hippie

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    "A step backward in storytelling."

    Trite characters battle a lackluster plot. Questions are not asked, because if the characters were smarter the story would never happen. How can a man, after being interrogated about a recent murder, not ask ANYONE who died? Or, anything else about the murder - all leading to misunderstandings and lots more bodies? This is just the beginning of a bunch of contrived plot points that leave the listener to shout at the absent writer.

    The cliches mount up, just as the body count, and the reader needs some chemical assistance to enjoy it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine NanooseBay, BC, Canada 11-17-13
    Catherine NanooseBay, BC, Canada 11-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Why Such Good Reviews?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less obvious format, cliche story and a reader with more depth and less kitsch on the narrative.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds?

    No. It's not that his voice is unpleasant. If it was just his own voice narrating, it would probably be fine. His characterizations just grated on my nerves and I found myself turning the story off very quickly.


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

    Easy to follow, and certainly light enough to accomplish tasks while listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure what I was missing that everyone else who reviewed this book seemed to love. Having recently listened to the first 3 books of Game of Thrones, I guess I expected more of the same calibre.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T. Hodgson Philadelphia, Pa 11-03-13
    T. Hodgson Philadelphia, Pa 11-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I can't take anymore!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The performance could have been better: the reader didn't sound like he had an authentic English accent! He made the best of it, but come on, it was not genuine.
    The story was, at times, interesting; however, the dialog was stilted and mundane. "Show, don't tell" is something I learned long ago, but this author did not. (I'm sure he is a far better writer than me, but he didn't hold my interest)


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

    No, God no.


    What character would you cut from Theft of Swords?

    The Monk, what's his name?


    Any additional comments?

    I tried, really I did. I listed to 3/4 of the book, but for the love of God, make it stop!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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