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
Good story overall. Seems like the author was finding his feet as the story moved on. Also, it seemed like there was quite a bit of filler as descriptions of some things seemed too long and didn't move the story along or turned out to generally be irrelevant IMO.
What I liked best was the pacing. The characters were never just rushing around doing things needlessly despite long rambles by the author. I plan to buy the next book, so I'm not trying to be overly critical. Just thought I would pass along my observations.
I enjoy fiction including Sci Fi and fantasy (lots of epic fantasy.) I'm also a big fan of some of the spy genre like the Bourne series and some Tom Clancy.
First I have to say the first book is pretty good. On its merits alone I would recommend it. However it seems that they rushed to finish the series. The rest of it becomes very predictable, overly dramatic, characters start behaving unrealistically and do things simply to support the plot. Tired literary devices are prevalent. You have prophecy. You have people not saying things they should say just because it would get in the way of the plot. You have people standing around for "a minute" while they are in shock or thinking and everyone else? Just stands there. Like freeze frame. No one move or say anything until this person finishes standing around for a minute or "a few" even. Oh, you're bleeding? I'm sorry we'll get to that but I have to explain, in narrative format, how I just realized what is going on all along. Shocking! Ok now lets bandage you.
Maybe. Like I said, it starts strong in the first book. There's a lot I liked but the plot and story just falls apart.
Good performance. A little excitable. He yells things out when someone would probably be talking in a normal voice or quieter. Some statements are subtle undervoice rather than declarations to a whole room.
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The predictability got a bit annoying. Honestly if *I* can figure out what is going on, you're telling me these highly intelligence characters living this together wouldn't notice? Can't say I buy that.
I am a hopeless bibliophile and audiobooks are perfect for me. I get to read and keep my hands free. Perfect for a busy mom/ nurse.
Really enjoyable, second time thru now I realize how well woven the story was. Highly recommend. Glad I found this.
I enjoyed this first book in the series. The author writes with a lot of dialog, which I enjoy. The two principle characters are interesting. But the thing that will make me hang in for the whole series is the narration. Great voice. Wonderful selection of accents.
Theft of Swords is the opposite of the song of ice and fire by Martin. It's cliche story is fantastically entertaining, and I say this with complete sincerity. Good vs evil and the like is a told story but Sullivan gives it a wonderful new polish that I found refreshing and fun.
"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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