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 know I am a lone voice in the wilderness here - these books are described as 'spellbinding' but I have to say I've read quite a lot of the genre and this is nothing new. Perhaps if this is your introduction to it, it would strike you as more memorable. It did not hold my interest long enough to finish it. I did get through to the second book (within this volume 1) so I feel I gave it a fair chance. I think the characters were well developed and I think Mr. Sullivan has good descriptive abilities but I think the story was too weak to sustain my interest or the time to finish it.
Definitely near the top, I look forward to listening to this series again.
Political intrigue and convoluted conspiracies. Feels like you're on the verge of figuring out what is going when a completely different explanation is given making the story that much better.
Narrator was great! Some of the characters get a little confusing in spots but overall he did a very good job. Narrators are usually the kiss of death for me and Mr. Reynolds was very entertaining.
No. There is so much deceit and plotting that you really need to take your time to ponder what's going on before getting more clues.
This story started out slow while learning all the different characters and locations, kings and queens, prisons and towers and castles, bad guys and good guys, etc. Once I got down who was who and where they belonged I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.
I loved everything about this book. I spent way too many nights listening to this book for hours by clicking the 30 minutes sleep timer over and over again.
Adrian and Royce are both my favorite characters. I think it would be difficult to have a story without them together.
I became a fan of the 'odd couple' (Royce Melbourne and Hadrian Blackwater) the instant I listened to this first book in the Riyria Revelations series. Both the main and supporting characters are all so colorful and interesting that I became lost in their world, and the narrator really brings them to life. Be aware that this story starts after Royce and Hadrian were already partners and good friends. If you prefer your story line more linear, you may want to first listen to the two book prequel series (The Riyria Chronicles) which starts at the beginning of their friendship. How ever you choose to listen, you won't be disappointed!
Professor of American and World History at a community college. Enjoys hard science fiction, space fantasy and space opera, fantasy, and historical narratives. Heck, I'll read anything once!
This was an enjoyable book. It tries to walk the fine line between classic fantasy and the newer, Game of Thrones inspired political intrigue / everyone's a bad guy (and no-one thinks that about themselves) style of fantasy. It bridges the two fairly effectively, but tends to drift towards the classic fantasy elements more--which is good! There are genuinely good characters in this book, and virtue and heroism ARE rewarded with something other than a knife in the back.
It's a good palate-cleanser after OD'ing on Game of Thrones and other darker, more gritty fantasy.
TG Reynolds' performance was good in that each of his characters had a memorable voice AND a subtly different accent. Sure, some of the accents were cliche (where is it written that all Dwarves are Scotsmen??!?) but then, so are many of the tropes and elements of the book, so that fit.
Quite worth it. Could it have been better? Sure--but, it was a good way to spend some quality time with an interesting world and interesting characters. It's also nice to see a fantasy world where the Wise Old Mentor character spends most of his time NOT revealing things rather than simply existing as Exposition Man.
I'm looking forward to the next one.
Maybe. Its a good book in it's own right, but it just doesn't hold a candle to the truly great fantasy novels like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings or The First Law. If you're expecting greatness you'll be disappointed.
This was my first read by Sullivan.
Just about everything. His very fake English accent was obvious from the get-go and he has no depth or range making it hard to distinguish one character from another (including female characters). A reader like Roy Dotrice or Steven Pacey could have done this book justice. I found myself being consistently annoyed by Reynolds performance and it really subtracted from this audiobook's potential.
Yeah, find a book with a better narrater next time.
Like i said, a very good book in its own right, but the narration ruins it and makes it worth far less than the $41 price tag.
I would give the book a 7 out of 10 and the narrator 10 out of 10.
Yes, I loved it and would love to listen to it again next year. I just wish the story was longer
The main characters and their relationships/struggles.
The voices were distinctly different. I could tell who was talking in the story by the sound of his voice.
Yes, became a bit misty-eyed a few times. Very emotional story telling.
If you enjoy "medieval" aged books with chivalry and heroic triumphs, then I highly recommend this series!
The character development and new approach to fantasy stereotypes in this series is refreshing and comforting at the same time.
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As I read Theft Of Swords, I got into the book pretty quickly, and the story continued to move along at a good pace. I began to realize though, that there was nothing really new or original going on. The fantasy world is nothing special, featuring kings and queens, princes and princesses, and your usual array of nobles and church leaders. There is a wizard who hints of magic not much used in the story. And of course, your main characters must be bad guys with soft hearts, or a child born of poverty who grows to become hero of the world. In the case of Theft Of Swords, the heroes are the former, thieves who are famous for their ability to steal anything, and are also dangerous enough to scare anyone who might want to stop them.
With this said, I still found myself enjoying the book despite it’s short comings. Though there weren’t any wow moments in the book, it didn’t take long to become comfortable with the main characters Royce and Hadrian. It’s like going on vacation to a new place, and when you get there you realize the attractions aren’t much different than where you usually vacation. But you decide since you are there, you are going to enjoy attractions anyway. This book is much like that, a familiar setting, easy to like heroes, and a fun if not original listen.
The narrator is kind of like the book itself, he’s good, but not great. It took me a bit to get used to his reading, but once I did, all was good.
Overall, I’d say this book is worth a listen, especially with the added value of getting two books for the price of one. I wish Audible would bundle more series like this. Maybe even three books for two credits for trilogies and such. I liked the second book better then the first, as the story seemed to improve as it went along. This is a good easy listen for those who are waiting for the release of the next installment of another series. I’m sure I will listen to the next book in the series to see if it continues to improve.
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