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
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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When I was listening to the story, I have to say I was reminded of the days of old when I played D&D to the wee hours of the night. Besides the fondness of that memory, the story was a good solid one. I believe it was due in part to the story being completely written prior to the release. You could definitely see the value of the intricately woven story line that was eloquently told.
I like audio editions because the story comes alive if the performer is good and you can listen to them on the go.
I will continue to buy this series.
After not being able to complete the last book I started (Gardens of the moon - o first for me) I was looking for something that I could follow with out taking notes. This book has typical races in it but the story is fun and characters are likeable and engaging.
I love longer books and detail. If you are looking for something new this book is worth a shot. Starting the next book in the series today.
Absolutely. It has a little of everything for a fantasy fan.
I have to go with Hadrian. He's a thief with a good heart. He's an amazing fighter. He's just a very well rounded character.
Royce is also great. Dark, mysterious, and no nonsense.
This series is really great. one of my favorites. This first book starts off a little slow, but it is well worth it. The rest of the books in the series, Rise of Empire and Heir of Novron, just got better and better with each installment. I'm looking forward to Sullivan's upcoming prequels, due out this year.
I'm not sure how I feel about these books. It lacks real complexity and seems more like a series of short stories instead of a book. At the same time, I enjoyed listening to it. The characters went out to accomplish things and they had definite conclusions. It's nice to see this instead of a story where there is one goal and 500 things keep deterring its success.
I would recommend this book but its much more of a relaxing listen then a mind blowing tail.
WOULD BE A GREAT MOVIE
GREAT FROM BEGINNING TO THE END. THE WHOLE SERIES WAS GREAT
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I read this book immediately after finishing "The Name of the Wind" and its sequel, so my bar for fantasy writing was set pretty high. Theft of Swords was a lightweight in comparison.
The story is exciting enough... and it does keep you guessing. The plot starts off strong, and the main characters are likable. It's fair to say that the book kept me engaged the whole time. Not as much of a page turner as some, but I didn't find myself getting bored.
I was a bit bothered by the over-use of cliches: elves, dwarves, dragons and wizards. I also felt that Sullivan did a mediocre job building suspense. I was never nervous for the characters, despite the perils in the plot.
The two main characters are really fun, and I their unflagging confidence was the highlight of the experience for me. It brought a bit of humor to the story, and it's what set the tone for the book.
As with any book series, my feelings about the first book are really solidified when its time to decide if I want to continue on to the second one. In this case I'm fairly sure that I will read the second book.... but I also wanted to take a break and try something different first. That kind of sums it up, doesn't it?
An outstanding story, extremely well narrated. The reviews were so good for this series that I took a chance and was not disappointed. The characters were well developed and complex.
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