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Royce Melborn is a superb thief, his partner; Hadrian Blackwater is a skilled mercenary. They make a profitable living as agents-for-hire to wealthy nobles until someone sets them up to take the blame for the murder of the king. Sentenced to death, the two are saved by an unlikely woman with a simple demand that will change the course of a kingdom, and the foundation of an empire.

©2011 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2012 Recorded Books LLC

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Wonderful ! !

Exciting, funny & tearful. Enchanting story and engaging characters. The narration is expertly done and encorages the emagination to flow. I am in love with the whole series and the narator.

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  • graham
  • 05-27-13

Its not Game.Of Thrones-but I really enjoyed this.

Having complained that the actor narrating the Game of thrones books uses cliched voices and then changed accents/voices mid story GRRRHHH..However Tim Gerard Reynolds is FANTASTIC and consistent. Sullivan's writing is a league or two lower than Martins, but the story follows on to the next two volumes and concludes quite well, but there is an option to re-enter the world after that I believe but i have not done so..yet
only quibble would be that when he write a romantic scene ( twice through out the 3 books) it's excruciating...too long..like a teenager dreaming an encounter, rather that a genuine adult encounter.
I took this on a chance, then bought the two sequels..well that's not the exact word as they are ll one story ..INSTALLMENT...Give it go

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  • Christopher
  • 02-16-15

Light Entertainment


Story – 4/5

I may have been a little too generous with my star rating on this one. It lacks originality, it can be over detailed with description in places and then provides barely anything at all in others and it does feel a bit episodic. Even despite all these issues though, I still found it highly entertaining. Some of the characters are especially likeable and humorous, which I think is this story’s strong point. The young Prince’s character is developed very nicely.

You actually get 2 for 1 when it comes to this story, as it is in fact an omnibus of 2 originally published stories. You will notice the distinct ending of one, and the start of the other when you are listening. The First half/story is definitely the stronger of the 2, and will be the reason I continue with the rest of the series, but the second didn’t continue with the over-arching story enough in my opinion, although it did hint towards it here and there.

I would recommend it to fans of the genre who are looking for a light, entertaining read – but it isn't ground-breaking in my opinion.


Performance – 3.5/5

Tim Gerard Reynolds is a good narrator. He performs the story very well, and the vast majority of the characters have a distinct voice. I did find that they merged a bit during scenes with heavy dialogue, but the story was easy enough to follow and so it didn’t have a negative effect.

This audiobook was clearly copied from the CD version, as you still get the “Change to disk 2” comments through it. I thought this was a bit sloppy from the production company personally – and not something that I have come across before.


Overall – 4/5

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  • CS
  • 10-15-13

Ok as fantasy goes

What did you like best about Theft of Swords? What did you like least?

The story is reliable epic fantasy of the newer style - i.e. no wide eyed innocent hero, but a pair of sell-swords out to redeem themselves after a botched job. Enjoyable, trundles along at a decent pace, no unwelcome surprises a la George R R Martin!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration is, unfortunately, laboured. Is seems as though the reader is trying to be careful to get all the words right and in the correct order, meaning it sounds pedantic and slow. He also makes some glaring errors with pronunciation which, although amusing at first, began to really annoy me.

Any additional comments?

Worth a listen if you have a few free credits but don't put it at the top of your wish list.

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  • Mark Brady
  • 11-14-17

Great old school fantasy done well!!

Very enjoyable story with great characters. Better Dungeons & Dragons style novel than the actual D&D novels themselves.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-21-17

Couldn't stop

This is the first book since the king killer chronicles and gentlemen bastards that hooked me!!

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  • Nat79
  • 10-03-17

loved this book then listened to more - addictive!

Narrator was excellent. Story was light and rolled along marvellously. One of the best I've listened to.

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  • Mr. C. Crook
  • 09-23-17

Just couldn't get in with the narrator

What disappointed you about Theft of Swords?

Its irritating and may be only me but I just didn't like the narrator. It reminded me a little of watching Portland Bill as a child. Some bits sort of remind me of Bill & Ben. Again it might be only me but I honestly gave it a few hours but the inflections and voices annoyed me to the point of stopping.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael J. Sullivan again?

I don't know as I couldn't get away from the narration.

How could the performance have been better?

I don't know that it was bad as such. It just didn't agree with me.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Give the narrator a try before you buy. It could just be me but I didn't like it.

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  • Chris MacDonald
  • 08-16-17

Good story, strange reading.

Really enjoyed the story, but the cadence of the reading is strange, I'm assuming it's where they have stitched takes together, but it ruins the flow of any conversations or narrative passages. These are noticeable on most audiobooks, but very prevalent here and threw me out of the story a few times thanks to the sheer number of them. Witty quick banter between characters becomes slow retorts and silence. Shame, but the story beneath the reading is great!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-17

reveiw

liked the voice of the narrator and the stories but the haslte I've had trying to download and redownloaded an install and reinstalling the apps has been horrible

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  • Kakaroto
  • 06-14-17

Great stuff

Great listen. Have them in hard copy. Now I can sit back and listen. nice

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  • Brendan
  • 11-28-17

Very enjoyable (provided you like a LOT of detail)

Fantastic narrator. Very detailed story telling. Not recommended for people looking for a swift story/plot.
Keen for the next book!

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  • Rosee
  • 12-04-16

Couldn't stop listening

Incredible story. Couldn't "put it down". Immediately bought the next instalment.
I honestly wish I listened to the recommendations and picked this up sooner

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  • Kitty
  • 03-31-16

Theft of Swords (Unabridged)

Quite different to the abridged novel, in plot, as well as length… appears to be more like a rewrite. However, I did enjoy the extended, more nuanced, and *put together* novel. I look forward to more of the same as I continue to read the unabridged versions of the Riyira Revelations books. (With better editing comes a more complex and complete story 😉)

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  • Paul Douglas
  • 07-04-15

Light but enjoyable

Very light fantasy with enough interest in the characters to keep it enjoyable. Good background story for when you're engaged in chores.