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
A strong story that moved forward quickly. It lacks finesse at times, but as this seems to be the first major book the author wrote I'm extremely impressed. His characters are likable, the motion engaging, fight sequences realistic and convincing, and even when at times he goes for over the top he nearly makes it, which is a challenging feat in the world of fantasy. It left me curious about the expansion of this world, and thrilled that the next book is significantly longer! Overall, well done!
This is a great series. The characters are throughly developed the plot is intricate and there is enough humor between the two main characters to offset the realistic portrayal of feudal life in all its poverty, bigotry, and casual attitude about the worth of human life. Many of the secondary characters carry important parts. In fact, no scene can be assumed to be unimportant, it may hold a key to a puzzle in a future book. The fantasy and magic in the series are not explained but shown in glimpses throughout the books. Again, all of this series is great, including the prequels.
The dynamic between the two main characters. The motivation of either are so believable it seems like I know the two personally. Yes each is an Archetype but they are also very deep characters.
Hadrian. I always had that kind of stupid moral certitude since I was a kid.
Royce. Tim Gerard Reynolds just has that cynical bastard voice and attitude down so well. Or possibly Albert, but he has such little dialog.
Yes. I think I actually lost sleep because of this book.
Riyria chronicles are good entertainment. Sullivan's story is not too heavy but does hold some surprises along the way. I thought Mr Reynolds narration was expressive. I didn't find his use of different voices too distracting.
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