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
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!
probably not. But I don't usually re-read any books.
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".
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!
I like both Hadren and Royce!
One week- I have a hour commute twice a day. This book makes traffic ok!
Definitely right near the top
Rescue of the princess from the dwarf rigged tower.
The writing here gives him an opportunity to shine even more. He seemed to perceive the characters very well!
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.
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!
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.
It's just good. I mean really good. Fantastic characters, amazing writing, just a perfect book.
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.
These thieves will steal your heart!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Swords and Prisons. A story of lost Kings and Warriors and their journey back to themselves.
These books are 2 complete stories that continue one into the other. Great value and best credits I ever spent!!!...
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
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...!?!
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!
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
Hadrian, Myron and Thrace
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.
I enjoyed it so much I've started listening to the entire series again, and I only finished it last night!
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.
Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)
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.
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