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 read the two short stories, maybe three, and enjoyed the camaraderie between Royce and Hadrian... it seemed to be a focus on the partnership between two different kinda guys! I've found the longer version/story to be a bit more focused on something OTHER THAN the two main characters... almost like the ruining effect of realizing that Indiana Jones didn't matter in Raiders of the Lost Arc! These two existentialists are so pivotal in the stories of all sorts of other characters, but the focus isn't on their friendship in the same manner as occurs in the Viscount and the Witch per se. Regardless, it's a fun twist on the heroes journey archetype. I've also read on blogs/boards about plot twists and spoilers, but am not deterred to indulge Sullivan's duo's adventure. I think some of the obstacles Sullivan has put before SOME characters (Esrahaddon's hands for example) serve to limit the stories potential to really go someplace interesting... while some characters (Hadrian's mercenary with a heart of gold, orphan, young jovial stud) are shallow and serve to only prop up other characters (Royce) when more conflict or need for one another would fill in the story nicely. As is, Royce and Hadrian are a pair of heroes who have ALREADY worked through their differences (via Sullivan's commentary on a blog) and are now just two buddies who have found a journey to spend their time and energy on... but, it is a fun tale so far, so I'll see it through. Maybe the 3 latter stories (albeit prequel in nature) will be more compelling in regards to the nature of the two main characters!
This book was very, very enjoyable with a cast of extremely fun characters. Royce and Hadrian are on an adventure, and they are taking you with. Their personalities are so arrestingly charming (even if Royce isn't trying to be that way haha!) that you will immediately become sucked into the book. You'll root for these characters. You'll laugh at and with them.
Don't expect some deep, introspective character study in this book. While the characters are well-rounded and dynamic, the book does not provide a deep look into their heads. This book is less about the characters and more about the adventure. I wouldn't let this steer you off though, even if you are looking for deep characters in a book. Normally that's what I want--if a book doesn't have deep characters I'm not interested. But I make an exception with Theft of Swords because the book was so darn fun. Additionally, the friendship between Royce and Hadrian is rather "cute."
I am a retired firefighter. I enjoy learning in all of it's forms. I'm new to audible but I love it since I can listen while I drive or work
Oh my goodness!
This book only has a few lag time chapters.
The different characters were recognizable through out the book.
Don't miss this one!
I usually only listen to audio books when I am driving and sometimes working in the yard. I listened to this one while going to sleep, walking through stores and every other opportunity like waiting in doctors offices..
still tilting at windmills, after all of these years.
the first volume, at least, is highly derivative of Tolkien, the Thief series of video games and the Shannara series.
it's a fun read (or listen), but don't expect to have your intellect challenged.
the reader is excellent, the story is hackneyed.
I liked it. there were some odd pronunciations but overall good. takes a little while to get started.
wyoming road warrior
this is a good book! but go for at least 30 minutes - it's starts a little slow - dialog is a little lame in the beginning but if you stick with it takes off and you won't be able to put it down!
Best ever!!++++++Story is great and ever so captivating! Tim is of course awesome as always. A must for each and every fantasy fan. You won't be dissappointed;)
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