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 really enjoyed the witty characters! I often found my self laughing at the dialog between characters and even anticipating how one will react to an upcoming situation.
I must say my favorite moment in this book is a comment made by a young boy after seeing Hadrian beat his brother in a sword competition...
This is a first listen to Tim Gerard. I found a couple of his voices to be different from how I would imagine them sounding but then again you can only make a male voice so feminine....
Miracle workers! And that's why I'm not in the film industry....
When do we get book 3?!
I'd rather listen to a good fantasy over again than waste time with bad fantasy.
This fantasy has a pace and style unlike any others I have read(listened) to. The mood of the book is always light, and the author doesn't slow down the story for the sake of trying to describe the world/ atmosphere. The first half of the book was hilarious and fun. My only issue with the book was that the second half of the book was not nearly as funny and some of the characters disappeared from the story line. Also the second half of the book didn't seem to have the same significance to the major story arcs the first half did. In a matter of taste I am not sure this fantasy shares the style my favorites do but I will certainly read the next book in the series.
I'm not sure I'd change anything. I respect the author's voice, I just think that I'm not the ideal audience for this book.
I'd most likely pass. There's nothing here I particularly dislike other than I think it's really intended for a late elementary school audience. His writing just seems to frequently parrot semi-cliched dialogue and characterization that seems too shallow and familiar to capture the imagination of an adult reader.
When listening to this book there was no moment that particularly annoyed me but there also was no moment that I particularly enjoyed. I kept waiting for the point where I would care about the characters but it never really came.
Nearly every character is a fantasy cliche. The ambitious unethical mid-level noble. The mysterious thieves who also have hearts of gold and semi-unwillingly do the right thing. The spoiled Prince who has to grow up. The hooker with a heart of gold. The naive and sheltered but curious monk.
At least so far none of the characters really seem to defy their stereotypes.I guess the telling thing about the book is that despite me wanting to find what is special about it, I found that I could rarely listen for more than 45mins before I would realize that I'm bored and stop.
I think this book will be enjoyed by children but I think it lacks the complexity and intrigue to keep adults that are accustom to the works of George R R Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Tolkien, and the like engaged.
Lastly I'll make a note about the voice acting performance. Again there is nothing about it that I hated but I think that there is a fine line between using sterotypical voices for the sack of clarity and giving the reader something familiar to grasp on to, and having those voices be so cliched that they make already cliched characters even more one dimensional. Tim Reynold seems to periodically cross this line, particularly in the case of the monk character. None of the voices or accents seemed terrible or super cheesy but they also don't really add to the characterizations or sense of setting in the book either.
Overall I've been somewhat critical of the book but I do want to emphasize that for me it is a 2 star book. That said I can definitely see it being more enthusiastically embraced by a younger reader or adults that simply have different tastes.
I read so many positive reviews about this story, I was pretty excited to get started. I was very disappointed unfortunately. The voices in the narration were forced, and the accent sounded like a really bad imitation of british accent. Some of the voices given to people seemed inappropriate, too. the young monk Myron sounds like an old man, and a bit of a moron.
The story itself was a little heavy-handed. Sullivan seemed to HAVE to tell you everything about completely dumb details- who cares that Myron can't figure out stirrups? Glad you mentioned it, but you don't have to spend 10 minutes of narration on it. It was like he felt he needed to prove he had really thought about the backstory by writing it all down.
I think there is a really good story in here, and I really want to hear it. I just think that a really good editor needs to look at it first.
This book popped up a few times when searching for books like Warded Man or Game of Thrones. But boy were those recommendations off.
Because some reviews said it picked up in the middle I listed for 6 hours. The story line had potential (not breaking any new ground, but hinting at depth), but the characters and dialog were stilted and superficial. I finally gave up due to the extreme predictability, regurgitated characters, and general milk toast nature of the book.
Not for adults. Perhaps pre-teens?
Based on the reviews, I was expecting something much more impressive. However I soon realized this book is aimed at the young adult crowd....which is fine, unless you're looking for something a bit more 'put together'. The story was entertaining, but I just couldn't get past the fact that I was listening to something better suited for my 12 yr old....
Trite characters battle a lackluster plot. Questions are not asked, because if the characters were smarter the story would never happen. How can a man, after being interrogated about a recent murder, not ask ANYONE who died? Or, anything else about the murder - all leading to misunderstandings and lots more bodies? This is just the beginning of a bunch of contrived plot points that leave the listener to shout at the absent writer.
The cliches mount up, just as the body count, and the reader needs some chemical assistance to enjoy it.
Less obvious format, cliche story and a reader with more depth and less kitsch on the narrative.
No. It's not that his voice is unpleasant. If it was just his own voice narrating, it would probably be fine. His characterizations just grated on my nerves and I found myself turning the story off very quickly.
Easy to follow, and certainly light enough to accomplish tasks while listening.
I'm not sure what I was missing that everyone else who reviewed this book seemed to love. Having recently listened to the first 3 books of Game of Thrones, I guess I expected more of the same calibre.
Avid audiobook listener and reader. I work in the tech industry, but like to go outside my comfort zone with fiction and non-fiction.
The performance could have been better: the reader didn't sound like he had an authentic English accent! He made the best of it, but come on, it was not genuine.
The story was, at times, interesting; however, the dialog was stilted and mundane. "Show, don't tell" is something I learned long ago, but this author did not. (I'm sure he is a far better writer than me, but he didn't hold my interest)
No, God no.
The Monk, what's his name?
I tried, really I did. I listed to 3/4 of the book, but for the love of God, make it stop!
The book ends with the hint of more adventures for the character. I would certainly want to hear about those adventures and buy the following books if this story wasn't told so poorly. The story held no cohesion. It played out very much like a Dungeon and Dragon game complete with a game master that continued to alter the story with every installment. The three or so quests that the protagonist embark on don't naturally evolve and often seems forced. The main thief characters are introduced as mysterious with no real discussion of their personalities which often change through the course of the story. Their acquaintances are introduced here and there but forgotten then remembered for a line or two later.
The narrator didn't do anything to help this book. I don't understand why all medieval fantasy stories have to be done with accents from the British isles. I don't understand it but at least I can accept it. The performance here is done by someone with a British accent but he is equipped with just variation of other bad British accents. The accents were so bad I was hoping that it was an American doing bad accents but it's not. The narrator often goes from Irish to Sottish to London accents and characters sometimes lose their accents as it goes. Family members from the same household don't even sound like they're from the same reason.
The characters are agreeable and like I said I wouldn't mind knowing more of their stories. But they were poorly put together here in Theft of Swords in a very disappointing manor.
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