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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The interaction of the characters, the humor, the emotions.
Royce probably because there is so much we don't really know about him.
This is an excellent series. Everyone is believable although seems unbelievable. The story line moves along well. I love the characters. I love the heartache, heartbreak, and the surprises. You never know what is around the corner! A great read, even for a 60-year-old who doesn't read much fantasy. A great escape.
Incredible plot twists and character development.
Hadrian Blackwater is a fantastic humble hero.
There is that spot where you find out they have no qualms about working both sides of a job.
This was incredible, and so were the subsequent books.
Picked this book up on a whim. I was looking for something about thieves for some strange reason. I'm glad I did. Sullivan throws you into a world that will be instantly familiar (humans, elves, and dwarfs) to any fantasy reader and doesn't worry about all the details of why the world is this way. It just setups the world, the rules, and scope and runs off.
I'm happy Sullivan did this because what you get is a great story and you don't have to worry about all the little details that often invade fantasy epics. You get a solid story that is heavy on the events. Paces very well without blowing to quickly through what is happening.
T.G. Reynolds does a wonderful job on the reading and gives you a vivid mental picture of what each character. I'm going to read the rest of this series soon.
I absolutely loved this book and i would highly recommend it to anyone, you can't help but fall in love with the characters. The story absolutely grabs you and won't let you go, I've listened to them multiple times and i always find more hints and foreshadows about how the story will go every time i listen. Micheal J. Sullivan is a great author who is actually very easy to get a hold of, i found him on reddit and told him how much i enjoyed all of his titles and he even emailed me an afterword kind of telling you why he went different directions and explanations. I went from listening to game of thrones to this series and i was absolutely stunned. 10/10 will listen to again.
I really enjoyed the characters and action in Theft of Swords. Tim Gerard Reynolds did an excellent job narrating and really brought the characters to life. The story and backlground of the world are original, although the setting contains many familiar fantasy tropes.
This is the first and best of a three book series, but the story in this book stands on it's own so you don't have to feel pressured into getting the next two. The latter two contain some rather contrived plot elements and subplots, a sort of deus ex machina to handle the invincible enemies facing humanity and are somewhat predictable, but they had some really great parts as well and I'm glad I listened to them.
This book reminded me of the Night Angel series in several ways; shady relations between nobles and criminals, an entrepreneurial whore named Gwen, and even a ridiculously o.p. sorcerer named Ezra.
I think this book was the perfect combination of action, politics, and lore. The book jumps to different points of view fairly regularly so you understand the plot from everyone's perspective, even the bad guys.
This volume has the first two books in the series, so don't be surprised when the story seems to end early.
If you are a fan of clever criminals, betrayal, of desperate battles (both physical and political) for the throne, then this series is for you.
Great book if you like a long well thought out story line. This book felt like there were two books in one. Can't wait to get my hands on the next one!
Honestly, I had to stop listening! I did listen to the first story and got part way through the second, so feel it's enough to write a review on.
The story was quite good, though a little formulaic, with some decent characters and good action. It has the bones to go the distance over the next couple of books I would suggest.
There was just something about the narrator's intonations that was wrong and really off putting. His voice was quite easy to listen to - the problem was how he would say sentences and stress various words, particularly in dialog, which sounded unnatural and a jarring. In the end I had to stop listening.
I'd suggest you listen to the sample prior to buying.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This is a contemporary Epic Fantasy with two lead characters that are talented and always in the center of the action. By that I mean that the language is standard 21st century English with few archaisms, and what genre story worth its salt would fail to make its protagonists top flight practitioners of their craft? The book is full of murder, political intrigue, religious corruption, conniving Dwarves, genocidal Elves, brave damsels, and a satisfying plot that drives the action. By the end of this first volume Sullivan takes the listener to see hidden prisons, Elven towers and hideous magical monsters. We are told that the future of mankind is at stake. Most importantly this novel tells an interesting story. The author has stated that this first volume starts slow and that the series really starts to take off in the next. I am anticipating learning what the whole thing is really about when I listen to volume two.
One piece of philosophical wisdom that struck me was this: “A Shark doesn’t eat fish because he likes seafood. He eats them because chickens don’t swim.”
Tim Gerard Reynolds narrates with a pleasant English accent. His various character voicings are easy to distinguish and sometimes brilliant, especially when he is delivering a bit of sarcasm, which the author has served up in plenty.
My first review. Outstanding story if you like stories with settings along the lines of Lord of the Rings, Willow (the movie) with heroes, villains, good versus evil, magic and humor. Also, the narration of this story was excellent. I'm looking forward to Volume 2
The door in the tower. Will not give away anything more.
Both of the thieves.
Laughing and cheering
"Worked - in parts"
This was a decent fantasy romp with lots of the right ingredients. I liked the main characters, the plot was good & unpredictable.
However .... I get really turned off when the main characters do things I wouldn't expect after coming to know them. Or when events just fit (too) neatly together..
For example (SPOILER) .. two thieves, part of a underground hidden mysterious guild, suddenly become kings protectors (really? what about avoiding the limelight?) ... donate the financial reward to a monk (arent they thieves?) ... help a young woman for a couple of silver... It just didnt add up for me - I didnt buy into it. So whilst I kinda enjoyed the story, liked the main guys, it never really held me by the short & curlies.
The narration was great.
"A brilliant story read beautifully"
I cannot recommend more strongly the Riyria Revelations as it tells the story of good vs bad, the Gods, love and all the ingredients a great fantasy novel should have
I think a comparison that Audible could use that readers/listeners may enjoy would be Homer's Odessey as it shows what a person may have to go through in order to get what is wished for.
Tim Gerard Reynolds's narration was excellent. He incorporated the humour, sadness excitement and the magic of the written word seamlessly and could listen to him all day
Two friends, one job, a whole load of trouble
After listening to Theft of Swords continue with the other two parts of the trilogy
"An Old-fashioned Same Old Same Old"
To be honest I'm only a third the way through. Nothing has grabbed me and I'm forcing myself to listen to more of it. It really is all the other books from the '70's and '80's re hashed. I think this is one to send back. Even the narrator is mildly annoying and would do better in children's books. Perhaps it grows further along but I'm not willing to grit my teeth any longer.
My first experience of Michael J Sullivan and I will be returning for more. The adventures of Royce & Hadrian kept me entertained for hours. I really like the pace of the story and how it quickly unfolded but kept the intrigue there, beckoning me on wanting to know more. Hadrian's optimistic character is a good balance for Royce's darkness. A great adventure story with a dark side.
"An Unexpectedly Excellent Story"
I have read/heard lots of stories in the same genre but there were twists in this plot that I really didnt see coming. Enjoyable rogues with well rounded characters and a plot that keeps your interest throughout. The pace doesnt really slacken and it remains good right to the end of the final book.
All the main characters are interesting - the more minor ones also have more depth than usual.
"took a while to get going and then !! i did!!!!!!!"
I enjoy fantasy and this audio book made it difficut for me to turn it off..
I used to read and now I listen and this was a good listen. A really good listen.
theft of swords
excellent and addictave,i lost all concept of time. lm starting the bext in the series imediatly . i dont know when i will be able to sleep again
"Good story, aweful reading"
Not really. I enjoyed the story, but the reading was incredibly distracting. The story pulled me along to the point where I had invested too much of my time to give the story up, although the reading often made me want to.
No huge surprises for me here. The story is reliably (perhaps comfortably) predictable which suited my listening needs at the time.
Tim Gerard's performance ruined this story for me. I found his intonation/inflection hugely distracting and inappropriate. It often trivialised the point and shaped characters into something I'm not sure the author intended. I haven't checked his CV, but I suspect Tim has done a great deal of theatre work, if not perhaps he should. I feel he over played each part and as a result the characters weren't natural or believably,
I suspect I would have enjoyed this book far more if I had read it rather than listened to it.
"great book. can't wait to cracking into the rest."
can't wait to crack into the other books in the series. need four more words.
Nothing could have worked that kind of Magic i'm afraid. A differant author and a differant narrator.
Not really, no.
I got this book because of the great reviews. I lasted longer than normal, presuming things to pick up, but alas they didn't. It is like a children's book, and the narrator talks as though he is reading a children's book to children. My tastes are abercrombie, Martin, Sanderson. This is nothing like them and i'll be returning it i'm afraid.
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