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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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    Mike 11-01-14
    Mike 11-01-14
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    "Excellent"

    What a great series!! It's a complex story with very likeable characters who come to life with believable emotions and lots of humor. Plenty of twists and turns that keep you very interested for many, many hours. I was sorry when Volume 3 ended.
    I Loved the narrator, very talented!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Jay South Louisiana: the heart of paradise 10-10-14
    L. Jay South Louisiana: the heart of paradise 10-10-14 Member Since 2014

    An avid reader of History and dabbler in a bit of epic adventure. Louisianian tried and true.

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    "What A Wonderful Adventure."
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    A Delightful listen. Some of the best character development I've seen in years. You quickly come to love Royce and Hadrian and the bad guys are easy to despise. While those caught in circumstances were ... well ... interesting people and played their parts in character.
    Tim Gerard Reynolds does a fabulous job of catching the character nuances, with just enough voice inflection and variation to help differentiate between the characters without distracting from the story.
    I liked that you could sometimes surmise what lay beyond the next corner. Sometimes - and then only just before turning the corner. Even when one does anticipate what is going to happen, Sullivan still makes it fun, exciting, thought provoking.
    I like books that make me smile or that make me say, "Oooh". Royce and Hadrian kept me doing the former while the yarn itself increased the latter.Case in point: Royce's wit is defined very early in the book with this response to Alenda, "Oh, I'm sorry. Did I say your father? I meant the other marquis, the one with the appreciative daughter." And Tim Reynolds makes it sting. "Ouch!" I found myself talking back to this audiobook quite often.
    All in all, a wonderful adventure. Absolutely Wonderful!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Compute 09-28-14
    Compute 09-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "What a Great Read!"

    What a great read! I am thoroughly enjoying the trials and tribulations of Royce and Hadrian as they conquer the evils placed before them. This is one of those series that I go right from one book to the other and it has been so good that I got the audible version and the book and have been using both so I don’t miss anything, no matter where I am. Great fantasy, great read!

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    Jason 09-19-14
    Jason 09-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Delightful swashbuckling cleverly voiced"
    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    This is a wonderful tale of swashbuckling heroes in the style of the Three Musketeers. Our amiable rogues have the standard sorts of adventures with narrow escapes from death, encounters with ancient sorcery, encounters with beautiful women, and the every present trope of a prophecy nearing fulfillment. Yet, even though you know how it's all going to end, it's great fun!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The light hearted humor and fast paced adventure.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Reynolds is a splendid reader! His character voices are spot on, and his expressions had me laughing so hard that I had to pull of the road while driving.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan montreal, QC, Canada 04-23-14
    Jonathan montreal, QC, Canada 04-23-14 Member Since 2012

    I like any kind of books that are smartly written but the narrator is very important!

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    "Best fantasy book i`ve listened to !"

    I`m happy to have discovered this new author,in the caliber of the best authors in fantasy(sword and sorcery). I find this series more mature in the writing,there is not much magic but i prefer a story somewhat realistic and the characters are all very engaging and close to reality in the middle ages,i also like the bit of humor. Really great story and narration!

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    Gayle 02-27-14
    Gayle 02-27-14
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    "Entertaining!"

    I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy this book so much. Despite the many positive reviews, I hesitated to purchase this, thinking I wouldn't like a story "about a couple of thieves." But these thieves and the rest of the characters were engaging. The plot was compelling. The narrator was very good - distinct voices and appropriate tone.

    I like that this book 1 of the series could stand on its own, but I really want see what's in store for Royce, Hadrian, and the others. I am definitely going to download book 2 of the series!

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    Dynnise Orrington, ME, United States 02-18-14
    Dynnise Orrington, ME, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty good"
    Would you listen to Theft of Swords again? Why?

    probably not. But I don't usually re-read any books.


    What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

    right now, I compare all books to the "Game of Thrones" books and weigh them against them. I would rate this book as pretty good, but not as good as "Game of Thrones".


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Hadrian


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    Julia Freeland, MD, United States 02-18-14
    Julia Freeland, MD, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm hooked"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the characters- the humor- and storyline. It's creative, suspenseful and lots of mystery. The narrator makes the book come alive. Highly recommend!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like both Hadren and Royce!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    One week- I have a hour commute twice a day. This book makes traffic ok!


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    Michael Groton, NY, United States 02-13-14
    Michael Groton, NY, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A+ world building, story lines and deep characters"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely right near the top


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

    Rescue of the princess from the dwarf rigged tower.


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

    The writing here gives him an opportunity to shine even more. He seemed to perceive the characters very well!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Actually, there were quite a few. Royce and Hadrian definitely end up having a Robin Hood like ability to sniff out where the evil is coming from. They then defend the helpless against powerful schemers.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, I'm going ahead in getting into these because they are on audio which is what I have time for in the narrator is very good. I actually thought that the plot twists in this book were extremely funny and well done. For example, having the overly pampered prince rescued from the Castle via the sewer was funny! The dialogue there made me laugh hard and help me to get to know the two main sword thieves.

    These guys are basically Robin Hood types overall in that they always tend to help those who are down and out and are not very supportive of tyrants.

    Generally speaking, his characters are very human in their flaws and good qualities as well. So far, I have really liked the fact that the church is worked into these tales (both Saints and scoundrels) for example, they help a monk named Myron to reconstruct a church library.

    The author has a healthy restrained from being overly graphic and the humor is top-notch. Very entertaining!

    He's also very good at explaining the plights of scullery maids and common blacksmiths. And of course, the swordfights are very well described!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Marietta, GA, United States 02-07-14
    Lori Marietta, GA, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Great writing, great narration, great story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

    The writing is just amazing, there are no annoying author "habits" that can get on your nerves, like catch phrases or bad characters. Tim Gerard Reynolds is a great narrator and is as smooth as glass to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's just good. I mean really good. Fantastic characters, amazing writing, just a perfect book.


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

    This is my first time with Tim Gerard Reynolds, but it won't be the last. I plan to listen to the whole series as well as the follow up series the Riyira Chronicles.


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

    These thieves will steal your heart!


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't be more happy with a book and I'm so pleased that this is a series so I can get to know all the wonderful characters and backstory even more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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