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
Theft of swords built momentum nicely...started off pretty light, soon developed into a complicated, fast paced story. From a basic sword and sorcery heist caper it soon for me felt like Lord of the Rings + Name of the Rose + Game of Thrones but a bit lighter with more humor. Plot is very clever and clearly thought out well in advance. I found it perfect for long runs where a gripping story takes your mind off the pain...I bought the second one as soon as I was done. Highly recommend if you like the genre.
Certainly at the very top.
'A Tale of Two Cities' 'The Count of Monte Cristo' 'The Walking Drum'
Great storytelling and character development. Great performance and a good ending!
Entire trilogy, even with its great length length, was great.
Look forward to more books like it and a 'Lord of the Rings' type movie series.
Wake up Hollywood.
Absolutely! From the first 15 minutes I was hooked. The only reason I didn't finish this book in one day was the need for sleep.
The dialog between characters is fantastic. I really care what happens to the people in this book and can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.
While I like a book whose story is started, developed and resolved within a single volume, a series of books, be it a trilogy or simply multiple volumes following a single character or group of characters, always makes me smile.... That is, when the opening story is one that holds my attention and makes me want more.
When I finish a lead book in a series I'm excited because I now have a stronger sense of what book I may choose to spend my credit on next.
Theft of Swords was a great start to the Riyria Trilogy. The protagonists were fun to get to know and the storyline moved along without too many hitches. Occasionally attributing a comment to a character who isn't present and continuity errors do bother me, but they were few enough that it did not hamper the telling of a good tale.
Highly recommended if you're into fantasy. Can't wait to dig in to Book 2.
Thank you Audible for suggesting this Author
I am a fan of Robert Jordan since 2002 and he through emails suggested authors like Jim Butcher, Lackey and many more. I put Michael Sullivan up there in my favorite author's category
Tim Reynolds did an outstanding job and I hope Audible doesn't mess the series up by changing readers.
Yes I would but unfortunately my commute isn't that long. I did however take the long way home to finish book 1.
I grabbed this book when it was on sale and loved it. It has a similar feel as Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series. I definitely plan to listen to the second book!
Anyone who likes sci-fi / fantasy should try this one. That is the genre I listen to the most and this was a great purchase. If you listen to books while exercising or doing yardwork, this will make the time go by. The author tells a good story without being predictable, and the reader brings the characters to life.
Kingkiller Chronicles: The Name of the Wind is analogous; Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card has some similarities; Eye of the World readers would like it; and Game of Thrones fans would most likely enjoy it. This is a more light-hearted book than most of those and in that vein, levity is hard to find. It is not a comedy, just a tale that does not take itself too seriously.
The entrance to the hidden prison. It was not for the drama, it was because of the images created. That scene was so well described it stood out as innovative and memorable. I do not want to say more because part of the fun is the discovery for future readers.
Theft of Swords is a great name but I am not coming up with a tag line at the moment.
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It has just the right amount of action, character building and humor to make you never want to stop listening.
Miron the monk. (I don't know if I am spelling his name correctly. When I listen to, instead of read, a book I am often surprised when I see the names of characters in print.) He has such a great personality. He reminds me of my father.
Everything. I am searching for other books he has done. He made the characters come to life without over doing it like so many performers do. Very well done. I hope he does the next series coming out in August. I am usually very disappointed when a new reader takes over a series.
Yes, but the length of it made that an impossibility. I love long books. The author gets to fully define his characters. These three books in the series are actually six books combined into three volumes.
As my headline says: this is my new favorite author. I still love Brandon Sanderson and Brent Weeks, but until they come out with more, Michael is on top.
I bought this because it was on sale and am thoroughly pleased. It was an engaging story with great characters brought to life through talented narration. I especially liked the character of Hadrian and his relationship with Royce, which often added humor to the story. I listened to all three books in a week (which is impressive for me since I work full time and they were unabridged versions). I am looking forward to the prequels and hope they have the same narrator.
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