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 grabbed this as a suggestion from the site it didn't take long for the story to suck me in I've since listened to this series 3 times , the story is well written and equally told very well I would encourage any fantasy fan too listen you won't be disappointed
The two main characters, Royce and Hadrian, are both amusing and interesting. Unfortunately, some of the other characters felt a bit cardboard-y and cliche to me, and the plot occasionally had me rolling my eyes. However, I enjoyed the romp well enough that I'll be continuing with the series.
The narration is outstanding. I am very critical of narrators who over-do voicing and accents in an effort to differentiate between characters. It so easily dips into farce. However, Mr. Reynolds has a light touch that offers just enough differentiation among the characters to make them unique and recognizable without making them ridiculous. I would love to read more books by this narrator.
minimal character depth, the action might be thrilling enough for a soccer mom somewhere. the main characters are parodies of themselves. the dark quiet introvert and the laugh out loud do gooder. an under developed magic system. I felt like the only thing he got right was a somewhat correct medieval political system. this is a fine young teen entry to the fantasy genre.
Theft of swords is not a complicate, epic tale, but don't let that deter you. I've listened to it many times. It's quite entertaining and doesn't require the investment of books that are 25-30 hours long. I recommend it.
Time well spent and worth every minute; that goes for whole series. I feel like it's been too long since I've enjoyed an ending as much and so I'm adding this review to first book also.
If you enjoy this genre, in this the characters come alive, you forget that you are reading or listening and you are seeing the action, tears, embraces and kisses.
I feel that our world today could really use a lot more thought on forgiveness, inner nobility, honor and the fact that 'sometimes people are just people for goodness sakes'
Please don't give bad reviews if you don't like the idea of Knights, elves, dwarves, magic and long ago... This story isn't for you so don't ruin it for those of us who remember that almost childlike way to imagine, dream and get lost in wonderment.
Thank you Michael J. Sullivan
It was very entertaining and I had a hard time putting it down. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Lord of the Rings, Eragon, and the Davinci Code.
My daughter and I listened to this together during vacation and were pleasantly surprised. Classic fantasy with a special twist since the heroes are thieves.
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