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 a little hesitant to start this book, as I don't delve into the fantasy genre much. Elves, wizards, and dragons usually don't appeal to me, despite reading rave reviews for many fantasy books out there. I got this book from the daily deal on Audible's website.
Quite simply, this is classic fantasy with a modern twist. The two main characters are an elite unit of "fixers" for hire. From the beginning to the end, they're put in situations that make the reader think it's the end for them, yet somehow they squeeze through the cracks and persevere every time. It certainly had it's similarities with Game of Thrones, but with a dash of Lord of the Rings as well. There’s no major plot twists, just a good & fun mystery involving interesting characters that make for an engrossingly fun romp.
I thought the narrator was excellent. He fit the story perfectly and used distinct character voices that don't confuse the reader (listener.)
Overall: I'm actually quite interested in continuing this series. The book is pretty long so I might check out some shorter books first, but I'm still very interested though. I never thought I'd say this, but I actually kinda like fantasy now...but only by Michael J. Sullivan, so far.
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starting a new series is always hard. new characters, places, etc. dont worry about it. this book is so superbly written that it draws you in and makes you a part of the action.
the down side of the book is that the plot is easily predictable, however there are enough twists and turns with some substance that it is over looked.
Currently studying psychology in Norway. I primarily read fantasy, sci-fi and fictional books
Theft of Swords was a really fun book to read. Royce and Hadrian is introduced in a way that you automatically feel intrigued and impressed, and want to know much more about them. The plot is great fun, and will definitely make you want to keep on reading. Michael Sullivan managed to catch my attention throughout the book and really pulled me into his world, I can recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy book.
I need a good story. I need surprises.
I need you to leave me wanting more.
That is what this book does. Enjoy this adventure.
I was sad when I finished this series. So good!
Though it uses many tropes from classic works of fantasy it puts its own unique pin on them. More than worth the time, though it does feel like it is actually two separate books placed back to back.
I have mixed feelings about this one, but liked it well enough to try the sequel. The characters are likeable and the basic plot is comfortably familiar, so this is a good choice if you're looking for escapism. I did find the pace a bit slow and somewhat over-written in places.
Downtown Dallas Resident, IT Professional, born in Montana and raised in Saudi Arabia. Like books about the world, political and social movements and changes, interested in how people think and how philosophies and belief systems have changed and evolved.
good story. good narration. really keeps an engaging pace. not too much surprising or challenging. but good genre fiction.
Yes, because the narrator brings the characters to life in a brilliant way. Each character has their own voice, and you can recognize who is speaking just as you would recognize the voices of family members in a tape-recorded conversation. Characters from the same geographical area have similar accents, but not the same voice. I am now ordering other books narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds.
I loved the relationship between the unequal "partners in crime", Hadrian and Royce, but I also loved how the story line kept moving forward and remained suspenseful. I'm almost finished with the last book in the series, but I know now that I will listen to the entire series again just to enjoy the characterizations by T.G. Reynolds.
I have two favorite characters in the book one:1. Hadrian: I love his accent and his happy-go-lucky charisma.2. The Bishop of Medford: This is an evil man with a kind grandfatherly manner. The narrator did a stellar job in portraying this complex character, and sends chills down my spine listening to him speak.
I would write the same favorable review about the other two books in the series. It has become one of my all-time favorites.
"Great, brilliant. A must for fantasy lovers"
I have finally got round to stating how fabulous these books are - all hail Royce and Hadrian brought to life by the fantastic Tim Gerard Reynolds from the mind of Michael J Sullivan - I have lost track on how many times I have listened to these books and I am never bored - to all new readers get these books and I guarantee it will be money well spent 😊
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
I liked this book so much I downloaded the next ones in the series to follow on with. I thought the two main characters were interesting and had room for development in further books. This is not as good as Joe Abercrombie in my opinion but that could have been the narrator. I liked Tim Gerard Reynolds narration of Red Rising, but felt that he was wrong for this book. I got used to him but I think his voice lacked the characterisation needed to carry this off well.
This is a good solid fantasy series to get stuck into but it's no Patrick Rothfuss or Joe Abercrombie. This is not going to stop me from listening to all of his stuff though!
A well crafted story that is really fun to read/listen. The next two books only improve. Recommended.
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.
Having picked up The Jester on Audible, simply because it was free, I had to get the full story. I was instantly hooked and loved the two main characters and had to find out more. The Theft of Swords contains the first two books of the six part series and they lived up to my expectations of a great story, and more! Highly recommended if you enjoy fantasy/action and read brilliantly. Now I can't wait to get the rest!
"Brill will be starting the next book straight away"
Great fantasy book very well read would recommend ,not for a young age though has a lot of adult material . The books seems all too follow on after each other making you want too know more about the world and the events that are soon to follow .
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