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 love my Girls (dogs), supernatural and horror books ... No chick books here.
Great story line and the naration was great. I loved the main charaters especially Haidrien he was a crack up.
I suppose I would liken it to The Supernaturals in the sense that the book is fast paced a good dirverstity in characters and has characters you can relate to
I like the way he portrayed his different characters not a huge difference in voice change but more attitude change.
I really found it hard to put it down and just kept saying one more minute,,,,,
Its great.... Give it a go.
I think I picked this one up when it was on a sale, not sure I'd like it. I'm now half way through the second in the series. It is well written and balances character/plot/action all pretty well.
I really enjoyed this book as there was some great characters and at times I found myself laughing at parts where the characters did something amusing.
The monk, Myron. I found he was always a great part of the story and a very unassuming character.
Two likeable main characters, Emperors, Princesses, monsters, corruption, murder etc etc etc... our family gatherings. A fun read and future adventures which I can get into right away. Good stuff!
First, if you are going to listen to this book then it's pointless without listening to the trilogy. The character development was my favorite aspect of the trilogy and it only gets deeper the more you listen.
What starts out slowly turns out to be an outstanding book. As you grow more familiar with each character their adventures become more personal and you feel a part of the story. I'm not huge on the Fantasy genre and I wouldn't consider it to be true fantasy fiction. However you classify it, it's good.
Each book is divided into 2 stories with each one accounting for roughly half of your listening time. That keeps the story lines fresh and dynamic. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book because it re-engaged me when the story started to drag a bit.
About what I was expecting. The author didn't throw any last second curve to confuse the reader.
Good characterization, especially for the protagonists.
There were times the book plodded along a little bit. I very much liked the two thieves and their growth. I also thoroughly enjoyed the narrator.
Not sure if the print version would have been better for me. Tim Reynolds did a wonderful job during the performance of this book.
The interplay of the main characters through out the book is great and this became the most memorable for me.
Very engaging story line, narrator is excellent. Story moves along briskly, with cliffhangers and seemingly impossible situations resolved with imagination and intelligence.
I really enjoyed the main characters (which expand over the two books) and the narrator did a nice job with various voices. I plan to acquire the other two volumes in audio book instead of eBook.
This series reminds me of Farfhd and the Gray Mouser. Excellent characters embedded in mesmerizing adventures. A great find. Well done Mr. Sullivan!
"A brilliant story read beautifully"
I cannot recommend more strongly the Riyria Revelations as it tells the story of good vs bad, the Gods, love and all the ingredients a great fantasy novel should have
I think a comparison that Audible could use that readers/listeners may enjoy would be Homer's Odessey as it shows what a person may have to go through in order to get what is wished for.
Tim Gerard Reynolds's narration was excellent. He incorporated the humour, sadness excitement and the magic of the written word seamlessly and could listen to him all day
Two friends, one job, a whole load of trouble
After listening to Theft of Swords continue with the other two parts of the trilogy
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"A stunning start to a Rising start of a series"
as ive never read it ill assume yes
the seamless interaction of the two main characters royan and hadrian to thieves who are two different sides of the same coin.
he is a great narrator i highly appreciate his work
laughter. some of the quip are stunningly good.
two men one a mast swordsmen one a master assassin are the dual team of extreme odd jobbers who steal anything or any one for the right price. this book follows their first adventure ( well their first written adventure). please listen and enjoy people you will enjoy.
Series is outstanding. Totally involved and have a bit of a crush on Hadrian Blackwater he is perfect Royce loveable too
"Thrilling engaging characters"
One of the best fantasy books I have read / listened to in ages. Its the start to an excellent story that is easy to read / listen to and keeps you coming back for more.
It's very difficult to choose between Hadrian and Royce, they are alomst opposites and both can make you laugh, feel for their position, Hadrian's endless optomism and Royce's cautious cynicysm creates a good blend for the pair of adventurers.
His dipiction of Hadrian especially captures the character - an upbeat voice full of enthusiasm for everything he encounters.
Two antiheros captured in events outside their control.
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