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
Great character development, fast paced, innovative, Loved it.
Liked it better than The Spirit Thief, but loved them Both!
This is perhaps my most favorite book to which I have listened so far! A book is only as great as the quality of the story. A great audio book is only as good as the way it is interpreted by its narrator. Michael J. Sullivan is one of the best fantasy writers out there and Tim Gerard Reynolds is one of the best audio performers in the industry. The combination of these two to present this story is fantastic!
I LOVE the humor and intensity of the story. The characters became so very real.
It is hard to choose between Hadrian and Royce because they really are the best of friends and I can't imagine one without the other in the story. But if I had to choose, it would be Hadrian. He's kindhearted, funny, a master of swords and weapons, and he doesn't take any crap from either Royce or Alric.
While there were times that I really wanted Hadrian to let Royce throw Alric in a river, the scene where Alric rides into battle was very moving. Without spoilers, I appreciated the depth that Sullivan gave his characters and the way in which Reynolds brought the whole scene to life.
This is a must-read: I travel a lot, it only took me two weeks to get through all 25 hours of this book! It made me laugh more times than I can count, it surprised me, riveted me, and even made me mad (mostly because I had reached the end and was in an area where I couldn't download the next one). If there are audio book awards, both author and performer should be win all the ones for which they are eligible!
Absolutely! The story was fun to listen to and the narrator was very good.
It was predictable but not Too predictable. Good wins but not in the ways you expect.
His character voices are absolutely perfect.
I laughed quite a few times
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good listen
Do you remember that"day after Xmas feeling" you got as a kid? That's the feeling I can't seem to shake since I finished this book series last week. I found myself charging through this wonderful series always anxious to get to the next line, next paragraph, next chapter, next book and the moment the last word on the last page of the last book left the narrators mouth I felt that "day after Xmas feeling" flowing in. All the build up, the excitement, the momentous conclusion and then... it was done.
Tim Gerard Reynolds brings such depth and texture to this series. I honestly don't know how he created such different voices for so many characters. When he began to speak I could tell which character was talking. I can't imagine these books being narrated by anyone else.
Not a single flaw in the narrator's performance... Brilliant.
Intrigue, action, fun
The Gentelman Bastards series.
There were many...
The interactions between Royce and Hadrian made me laugh on numerous occasions.
Perfect companion for a long commute.
I could put it down. I loved it and think i even developed a crush on the main character. Which i've never done with any other character in any other book. I've now read everything that Michael J Sullivan has done.
I held off on writing any reviews until I listened to the entire trilogy, so many of my comments are a collection of observations of all three books (without spoilers!).
While Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria Revelations doesn't contain as grand of a world as Tolkien, the intrigue of Martin or the magic of Jordan, he does create characters that you grow to love and root for. Many of the characters are flawed in some fashion, but you are given glimpses into their past providing you with an understanding of their behavior and each grows throughout the trilogy. The story is fast paced, creative, and often magical. I have only one complaint regarding something explained towards the end, but I am unable to explain further without providing a spoiler. I highly recommend this series and may have even developed a crush on Hadrian Blackwater.
The prequels - Riyria Chronicles - are also worth a listen!
Yes, absolutely. I have fallen in love with this world and the characters. I have given this book as a gift to 7 people after reading it.
Hadrian, but I love Royce too. They are a team, I cannot imagine one without the other.
All the characters were awesome. I have never listened to this reader before these books. He has a new fan. He made the books come alive.
The best thieves in the world have been caught, but nothing can interfere with destiny.
This is an exciting, action packed adventure. The series reminds me of "The Princess Bride" meets "Game of Thrones". Except there is no incest, and you only lose a few of the characters instead of a majority of them. I loved these books!
We all know that characters and storylines are all in the telling. Volume One has a two solid stories told so well that they will keep you listen on well after you should have gone to bed. Many avid fantasy readers will recognize that the characters, Royce and Hadrian, are similar to (close clones?) Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser characters - however, you know that many superhero and sidekick duo adventures are purely archetypal, and honest fun - Despite the cliche pairing, the two characters become more than your typical duo for they are interesting, troubled, fun and attractive. The telling of the story matters: Volume one is rich in detail, plot setup (the first story is a whooper! And the second monstrous!) and character development. The stories are wonderful and fast paced making them a perfect escape from the lame bickering reality of our current world. Fantasy fans will enjoy the archetypal familiars (elves, dwarves and enchantments oh my) as well as fresh new storylines Sullivan weaves his thieving duo into. I will be reading more of the adventures of Royce and Hadrian because it's a great escape.
Easy listen. Would have liked more depth.
Certainly going to continue the series.
The hidden prison.
I would have liked to see more background on the elves and dwarf history.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
"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 .
"great book. can't wait to cracking into the rest."
can't wait to crack into the other books in the series. need four more words.
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