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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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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 02-11-13
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2013

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    "A Refreshing New Fantasy Author!"


    Overall I would give the first volume in the trilogy 4 stars for the enjoyment factor. The first half especially felt fresh, with plenty of wit and humor, and a plot that unraveled at just the right pace to keep you interested. This is a much lighter and more positive fantasy than the dark, gritty, "realistic" stuff that seems to be taking on out there, and to me that is a good sign. The main characters, Royce and Hadrian, really grow on you and become more and more fully fleshed out as the story progresses. Most of the side characters aren't as developed as one might expect in an epic fantasy, though there are a few standouts: the wizard Esrahadden, the princess Arista, and the monk Myron (though he is frustratingly absent from the second half).

    The second half was an interesting quest that tied into the main story and expanded the world quite a bit, even though I felt it dragged on at times and had a few too many common fantasy tropes. But the ending had a couple of twists that redeemed it and gave us a great set up the next books. I am looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.

    I also love how the author, Michael Sullivan, interacts with his readers, more so than I've seen any other author. I love that, and love that it seems to be a growing trend among authors, especially those who have started from a self-publishing background like Sullivan. They seem to connect better with readers, remembering that they were once in the same position and appreciating how hard it actually is to get published.

    I think Sullivan is off to a great start, and am looking forward to seeing him and his work grow as he puts more titles under his belt.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Luv2Read 09-03-12
    Luv2Read 09-03-12

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    "Best fantasy series I have ever read"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the very best Fantasy series I have heard or read.


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

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and cry


    Any additional comments?

    The descriptive prose is outstanding. The dialogue is tight and witty and never became boring or confusion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-09-13
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2015

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "I Laughed, I Cried, I Cringed, I Sighed....."

    Michael Sullivan is a master at bringing the listener (or reader) into the world he has created and quickly sucking the listener into an emotional bond with the lead characters. The beginning of the book had me so hooked that I had trouble turning the ipod off and had me purchasing the next book in the trilogy before finishing the previous book.

    Tim Reynolds was outstanding at bringing the words to the world of audible books.

    Riyria Revelations should be a staple of those who enjoy epic tales of courage, adventure, struggle, friendship, and honor. Spend the credit, you will not be disappointed.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Noah New York, New York 03-03-14
    Noah New York, New York 03-03-14
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    "Slowly, relentlessly wins you over"
    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Relaxed readable epic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main characters are wonderfully vivid and real. The story starts slow and even sounds a little bit generic, but it builds and builds until it's absolutely capitvating. It doesn't really need set-piece battles, world-shattering doom, or magical pyrotechnics; this is a fantasy story you want to get lost in.


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

    He's a great narrator.


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

    "Not your ordinary pair of thieves."


    Any additional comments?

    The sequels are even better...Sullivan is like the Terminator of fantasy authors; he relentlessly batters his way into your heart.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Devin 10-03-13
    Devin 10-03-13

    Avid listener of Scifi and Fantasy. I've found so many great books with the help of member reviews. Hopefully I can return the favor.

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    "Action/Adventure Tale that Grows into Epic Fantasy"

    The Riyria Revelations series begins as enjoyable if not light adventure fantasy, but grows into much more. The story initially centers on a pair of elite thieves for hire who are renowned for doing the impossible. Following one ill advised job their lives become much more complicated as they're swept into the middle of an ancient struggle for the fate of humanity. As the story progresses you are introduced to more characters and a complex intriguing world emerges.

    Michael J. Sullivan has a real talent for feeding you a lot of detail mixed in with action so you don't feel burdened by the number of names or individual histories. While the characters and world are well developed at no point did I have to study the story to make sure I didn't miss anything(ie GRRM). There are no long winded descriptions or data dumps but at the end you realize how much you've learned about the history of the world.

    The author strikes a nice balance between moral ambiguity and an overall sense of right and wrong. While no one would claim that a pair of professional thieves are model citizens it's clear that they are good people when it really counts. In fact it's somewhat refreshing to read a fantasy series that doesn't center on backstabbing politics. There are evil characters and betrayals of course, but this isn't one of those stories where you feel conflicted rooting for the main characters. You really feel as though you get to know the cast of characters and grow to love many of them.

    If I have to admit some criticisms it would be based on a few of the romantic elements. While he does a great job with some of the character's relationships(ie Royce/Gwen), some of the series' early love interests seemed a little forced. I found this improved as the the story goes on so don't worry.

    These books are so much fun they feel much shorter than they really are. Be careful, the hours fly by as you listen. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen. I think any fan of fantasy will really fall into these books.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nils heber, UT, United States 08-11-12
    Nils heber, UT, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A good read - well narrated"

    This was a good book with a well thought out plot, interesting and like-able characters, and terrific narration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 09-06-12
    Paul 09-06-12 Member Since 2014

    Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)

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    "Magic Tease"

    This book spends quite a bit of time talking about magic, but almost none is ever shown. It's a good book overall, but not great. For me, the narration brings it down a notch. I can normally get past most narration, but the narrator has an odd way of highlighting sentences that are meaningless and giving a deadpan delivery to the exciting bits which serves to remind you that someone is "reading" this book to you. Most narrators fall into the background and become the voices of the book, that didn't happen for me.

    My biggest impression is that the book is just not that smart. Not many surprises, the characters are fairly standard for a fantasy book, they have one or two dimensions at most, and at the end I was left with the feeling that the author left many things out on purpose because he knew he was writing another book. Characters are introduced, not fully fleshed out, and some even go away (when they logically would not). Overall, the characters, plot, narration, and lack of detail left everything feeling a bit contrived.

    I'm not a literary snob by any means, but I do have two fully function brain hemispheres that I like to have engaged when reading. This book was good enough so that I have purchased the second book, so there is plenty to enjoy here, just not as much as I wanted. What I really wanted was less talk about magic and a little more actual magic.

    19 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    S. baden valencia, ca usa 11-19-14
    S. baden valencia, ca usa 11-19-14 Member Since 2013

    sbaden

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    "Finished Series - Day after Xmas Feeling"
    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    Do you remember that"day after Xmas feeling" you got as a kid? That's the feeling I can't seem to shake since I finished this book series last week. I found myself charging through this wonderful series always anxious to get to the next line, next paragraph, next chapter, next book and the moment the last word on the last page of the last book left the narrators mouth I felt that "day after Xmas feeling" flowing in. All the build up, the excitement, the momentous conclusion and then... it was done.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    Tim Gerard Reynolds brings such depth and texture to this series. I honestly don't know how he created such different voices for so many characters. When he began to speak I could tell which character was talking. I can't imagine these books being narrated by anyone else.


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

    Not a single flaw in the narrator's performance... Brilliant.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Urban Fantasy Fan 11-19-14
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    "Just Awesome!"

    I really enjoyed this. I spent a credit on it because I LOVED the narrator, Tim Gerard Reynolds on Red Rising, which I'd picked up as a Deal of The Day. Both the author and the narrator are top notch; I'm invested in the series and moving on to the second 2-book audio (can't beat that deal)!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel De Aguiar 10-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Engaging story, enjoyable performance."
    If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Intrigue, action, fun


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

    The Gentelman Bastards series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The interactions between Royce and Hadrian made me laugh on numerous occasions.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect companion for a long commute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Adam
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    11/11/14
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    "Worked - in parts"
    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    The narration was great.


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

    No.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    7/7/14
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    "A brilliant story read beautifully"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


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

    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.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    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


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two friends, one job, a whole load of trouble


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to Theft of Swords continue with the other two parts of the trilogy

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amo
    UK
    5/2/14
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • D Mills
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    9/8/13
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    "Superbly Entertaining"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marion
    Woodstock, United Kingdom
    7/22/15
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    "An Unexpectedly Excellent Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the main characters are interesting - the more minor ones also have more depth than usual.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gordon
    Gloucester, United Kingdom
    7/12/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tony
    3/28/15
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    theft of swords
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    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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Circos
    Lincoln, England
    2/22/15
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    "Good story, aweful reading"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No huge surprises for me here. The story is reliably (perhaps comfortably) predictable which suited my listening needs at the time.


    What didn’t you like about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance?

    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,


    Did Theft of Swords inspire you to do anything?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I suspect I would have enjoyed this book far more if I had read it rather than listened to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr MacKenzie Barker
    2/11/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zac
    tunbridge wells, United Kingdom
    2/4/15
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    "Childs book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing could have worked that kind of Magic i'm afraid. A differant author and a differant narrator.


    Has Theft of Swords put you off other books in this genre?

    It hasn't.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performances?

    No thankyou


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really, no.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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