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
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"
I'd recommend to a friend. It is a good, easy, clean story where integrity (even among thieves) is the basis for action. I didn't have to listen to careful details and it was enjoyable.
So lets start with my favorite things about this book. It is adult fantasy, and when I say adult I do not mean it is a romance with a few vampires mixed in to be able to loosely call it fantasy. This is not to say I don't enjoy a romance from time to time or YA fantasies but it is refreshing that the fantasy has a strong plot and is not entrenched in the romance to keep the story going.
The book is classic in its structure. You have your thieves who somehow get involved with saving the royal family and the kingdom. You have commoners who have historical royal or noble connections, and you have magic. You may think I am belittling this when I say it that way but I'm not. This story has its own twists and turns and you do have to pay attention.
It is worth the read, and I'm excited that it is an epic fantasy. This is a long story and has several more long installments. It does not appear to be Wheel of Time epic but I think that is more than ok. I loved the Wheel of Time series but it is quite the commitment to say the least.
Read this because the characters are strong. None of them are perfect but you don't hate them either. They just have their own little piccadillos. Neither the women or men are stereotypical versions of their gender roles. Thank heavens! You don't have to worry if you have a teenager reading the books that you will be disappointed by what they might inadvertantly absorb.
The narrator Tim Gerald Reynolds did a fantastic job. I believe this is one I might prefer to listen to than read, but not having read it first, I can't be sure. He is very good at differentiating his characters, and he has quite a few, so that is saying something.
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