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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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    Gayle Lodi, CA, United States 02-27-14
    Gayle Lodi, CA, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2009
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dynnise Orrington, ME, United States 02-18-14
    Dynnise Orrington, ME, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2012
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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


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Freeland, MD, United States 02-18-14
    Julia Freeland, MD, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2012
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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!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Groton, NY, United States 02-13-14
    Michael Groton, NY, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2011

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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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    Karen Sarasota,FL. United States 12-13-13
    Karen Sarasota,FL. United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm an LMT originally from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I lived in NYC off and on for 15 years. I decided I had enough of long cold winters so summer of 2012 I relocated and now live in sunny Sarasota FL and loving every moment of it. My favorite thing to do is lay on the beach all day long listening to the waves and a great audible book.

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    "Exciting Foundation - Rewarding and Complete"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend the whole series. I read all 5 books starting with The Chronicles. Now that I have finished both series, I loved it so much, I immediately started reading it again starting this time with the Revelations. Now that I am reading for the second time around there is so much more meaning to little clues that the author left and such deeper understanding to the greater scheme of things.I think it really does not matter which set you read first, these 2 series are so complete and well developed that each set holds it's own.This book is really 2 books in one which adds so much value to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Besides the lead characters, Myron was my favorite in all the books in which he played a part. So pure and almost childlike in his discovery of the world outside the Abby. He is so funny and lovable while just being his brilliant but clueless, selfless and awestruck self.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Royce, Hadrian, Myron and Ulrich journeyed into Grutara to come face to face with the prisoner Ezra. The entire scenery and characters inside the prison was epic and breathtaking. Would love to see it translated into film cinematography.


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

    Swords and Prisons. A story of lost Kings and Warriors and their journey back to themselves.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are 2 complete stories that continue one into the other. Great value and best credits I ever spent!!!...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 04-16-13
    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "VERY ENJOYABLE!!!"

    Very, very, enjoyable tale in the 17th century of, England (?) Full of adventures, chuckles, sword fighting, and light romance.

    For those who like to read about a flying monster that has a appetizing need for meat. All kinds of flesh! That I'm sure will TASTE your fancy...!?!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marian El Cajon, CA, United States 03-12-13
    Marian El Cajon, CA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2008

    Daydreamer

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    "My New Favorite Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Absolutely! In fact, I've already done so, several times over. This is the first book in a fabulous action-adventure fantasy series that hits the ground and doesn't stop. The basics of the story are that, basic. Standard archetypal characters, typical questing story in a world that feels, familiar. However, where I think the author succeeds is in writing a fun, fast-paced story with well-written and vibrant characters. I was totally engaged and found myself looking for every available opportunity to sneak a listen!


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

    Harry Potter series (Jo Rowling), Lord of the Rings, The Dark is Rising series (Susan Cooper), Pillars of the Earth & World Without End, Inheritance series


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

    Hadrian, Myron and Thrace


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

    Yes - I got completely caught up in this story and felt a lil' bit like a drug addict waiting for a fix while I was waiting for Rise of Empire to download. It was bad in the best way possible.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it so much I've started listening to the entire series again, and I only finished it last night!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 02-11-13
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011

    www.newimperium.org

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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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    Paul Flowery Branch, GA, United States 09-06-12
    Paul Flowery Branch, GA, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2003

    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.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
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