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
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
Don't know I enjoyed this version and look forward to the next book
Well, when they both were strung up in the dungeon and both escaped was pretty interesting
Who wouldn't like both Royce and Hayden he did a great job on all of them a serious professional reader
No Too long but did get as much as I could when I could
Look forward to the next one great story line
Interesting, action wordy
The story was good and the characters likeable. The reader did very well. But I got the strong impression she was being paid by the word and trying to make as much money as possible. I was getting frustrated by the end of the book.
Never read the print version.
I haven't reviewed many books. I felt I needed to with this particular book. The story was excellent. Some parts dragged a little bit, but Tim Gerard Reynolds's narration was one of the best that I have ever heard.
Too me, the narration is just as important as the story. After all... it is an audio book. Most of the fantasy narrators are over the top. Reynolds was spot on. Great work.
Excellent world building, great characters, interesting use of standard fantasy lore and a great story! Narration provided by Tim Reynolds was also excellent. Looking forward to the next in the series!
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Quite a lot happens to our "heroes" Royce and Hadrian (who happen to be very good thieves). They take on a job that sounds too good to be true and without even knowing it quickly get scooped up in a plot to kill the King. The plot succeeds and King is murdered. Suddenly Royce and Hadrian aren't thieves, they are assassins, caught and to be painfully executed the next day. The King's daughter, Princess Arista, who loved him greatly and was not involved in the murder, plots to release the assassins and have them kidnap her brother. Before you know it a monastery is destroyed, a magician known to have terrible power is unchained, people die in gruesome ways and some mysteries (big and little) are solved while new ones arise. This barely scratches the surface of a nicely complicated plot (that is still a fairly easy listen) in which our heroes take most events with good sense, great ability and an entertaining if not yet fully revealed relationship. If you want your fantasy books to reveal some deep truth or to bubble over with magic, this book probably won't do it for you. But if you want an entertaining read with two enjoyable rogues and a bit of magic, this is a fine place to stop.
One of the best audio books I have ever experienced
Brought life to each character and each little change of tone and inflection was spot on
I'm strictly a science fiction fan. Normally can not stomach fantasy books but this was suggested by another science fiction fan. This book shattered my long time belief that fantasy was not for me! The performance did nothing but enhance my enjoyment and make me impatient for my next credit to get sequel!
Theft of swords isn't so much an actively bad book as it one that sabotages every bit of momentum it ever acquires. When grilled down to its essence, it actually has the hallmarks of an enjoyable (though not noteworthy) fantasy romp. Two thieves are framed for the King's murder, and end up with a second chance, to protect the heir to the throne from the real assassins until he can assume his throne. There is a great deal more to it than that, which focuses largely around the politics of religion, with fantasy analogs for Judaism and Christianity in the wake of the fall of the Roman Empire (though without the same antagonism toward the Jews).
The problem with the story is in the way it is written. The author almost never allows the reader to be surprised - the story is written almost entirely from the perspective of the thieves, but switches to the antagonist to spell out his plans just to take out all the dramatic tension when the two meet. Add to this that the author has very few original ideas - a character will open his mouth and you'll practically be able to finish his sentence along with him, it is so predictable. There are some fun bits of humor, primarily from the misanthropic Royce and the exaggerated naivety of cloistered monk Myron, but tedium plays a disproportionately large role in the dialogue.
None of this is helped by the narration, which, like the book itself, is not actively bad, but rather lacks any noteworthy qualities. Tim Gerald Reynolds' lack of enthusiasm only adds to the story's banal plotting, and he seems only capable of a handful of voices, which sometimes was enough to confuse me when dialogue was between the wrong pair of characters.
In all, only listen to this if you're a total sucker for anything fantasy and are looking for something lighthearted and low-impact.
A Sci-Fi Win!
He was able to give the characters true personality.
Sci-Fi channel needs to pick up this book and make it a mini series! The characters are amazing and there are so many back stories that it branches off nicely.
Theft of swords built momentum nicely...started off pretty light, soon developed into a complicated, fast paced story. From a basic sword and sorcery heist caper it soon for me felt like Lord of the Rings + Name of the Rose + Game of Thrones but a bit lighter with more humor. Plot is very clever and clearly thought out well in advance. I found it perfect for long runs where a gripping story takes your mind off the pain...I bought the second one as soon as I was done. Highly recommend if you like the genre.
"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.
"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.
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.
"An Unexpectedly Excellent Story"
I have read/heard lots of stories in the same genre but there were twists in this plot that I really didnt see coming. Enjoyable rogues with well rounded characters and a plot that keeps your interest throughout. The pace doesnt really slacken and it remains good right to the end of the final book.
All the main characters are interesting - the more minor ones also have more depth than usual.
"took a while to get going and then !! i did!!!!!!!"
I enjoy fantasy and this audio book made it difficut for me to turn it off..
I used to read and now I listen and this was a good listen. A really good listen.
theft of swords
excellent and addictave,i lost all concept of time. lm starting the bext in the series imediatly . i dont know when i will be able to sleep again
"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.
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