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Theft of Swords Audiobook

Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

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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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    lewis 04-21-16
    lewis 04-21-16
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    "Fantastic!"

    Fantastic. I have listened to the whole series TWICE. You get really hooked on the characters.

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    Brian Layman 04-21-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book. Excellent narration."

    This is a great classic fantasy book.it contains the first two stories of the series. it is a fun easy read. It feels like an early book for the author. So good things are to come I hope.

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    Tomas Grahn Lerum, Sweden 04-18-16
    Tomas Grahn Lerum, Sweden 04-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very positive surprise"

    First of all this is not one book, but two, following the same characters in different events.

    The books follow the two "charming?" rogues Hadrian and Royce and you get thrown right in to the action. The main characters actions aren't motivated from some greater good, but rather from basic human feelings like compassion and revenge. Nor is there any specific evil to fight, although the Hadrian and Royce always feels like the good guys. They are both extremely likeable without being too good.

    The language is light but not meagre and the story is fast paced, also the narration is quite superb. The world and character building is perfectly moderate which keeps the books very interesting throughout. The story moves on at a very good rate at the same time that you're given bits and pieces painting up the characters and the world around them.There is some parallel storytelling in the books, but all these are equally interesting which I personally find extremely rare.

    Even though the main characters are male, there are also a few strong interesting female characters in a mostly patriarchal world.

    There is no super powerful entities in the story and only a little bit of magic, the main characters rather depends on guile and skill in their success. The story is quite unpredictable without being improbable and you rarely feel completely certain on who to trust. The occurrence of "magical" creatures is quite scarce, but there are both elves and dwarves in this world, with well known features from other fantasy worlds. Very little time is spent on writing the history of these other races which is a strength rather than a flaw in this particular series.

    There are few, to no gruesome descriptions of violence in the books and sexual acts are at most implied so if those are a must for you, these books won't appease you. Even without those this feels mostly like an adult fantasy novel.

    One of the best I've read/listened to in quite some time, I'd say.

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    Sara 04-18-16
    Sara 04-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this!"

    I really like this series. This is my second listen through. Narrator is great and if I could I would give a 4.75 just because there is always room for improvement.

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    Jody Yoxsimer 04-13-16
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    "love it repeatedly"

    I enjoyed the story so much I had to listen to it again (and again). The quality of the narration truly adds to the stories' enjoyability. Bravo to the author and narrator!

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    Andrea 04-13-16
    Andrea 04-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVE!!"

    What a wonderful book! It keeps you engaged the entire time and you end up falling in love with all the characters. Don't tell my husband but I definitely have a love affair with Hadriane. 😉 Tim Reynolds does an exceptional job with all the voices. I am looking forward to book 2.

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    David Woburn , MA, USA 04-12-16
    David Woburn , MA, USA 04-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Corny"

    Not for fans of edgy fantasy with creative world-building and premises. Lots of people love it, but I really found it pedestrian.

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    S. Mortimer Canada 04-09-16
    S. Mortimer Canada 04-09-16
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    "Fun Fantasy, Great Narration"

    The story was easy to follow; not beleaguered by too many unpronounceables (ie. Throngy Thingalborn of Franalap Funrripler). Engaging, simple but still many surprises. the narrator makes definitely elevates it. Excited for the next in the series.

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    Hank 04-03-16
    Hank 04-03-16
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    "Amazing"

    Started rather slow but you quickly start loving the characters. Highly recommend this book and the reader

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    Jessi 04-03-16
    Jessi 04-03-16
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    "Amazing author and narrative"

    love all his books and the narrative bring ngs them to life. a great book

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