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Publisher's Summary

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

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What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

The story is amazing. It blends a fast paced story with action, humor and political intrigue. Tim Reynolds does a superb job of drawing you into the story.

Any additional comments?

Great book. I recommend highly! (Big fan of George RR Marin and History books)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Fantasy Read!

This omnibus version was terrific. The writing is fast-paced, the dialogue fun and witty, and the characters drew me into the story from the first page. There was more than enough pathos to balance the humor, and I can hardly wait to listen to Rise of Empire. Tim Gerard Reynolds did a great job with the narration, although a few of the character's voices were so close in tone I lost who was speaking for a moment or two. On the whole, a great fantasy read!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Greg
  • Yukon, OK, United States
  • 01-23-13

Great beginning

This was a great beginning to a series. I can't wait to listen to the next book.

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  • Clayton
  • Millgrove, Ontario, Canada
  • 09-25-12

An amusing read

A quick and fun read. There is enough here to make me want to continue reading the series. I think that is a testament in itself - that there is some entertainment value here.

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Innovative? No. A great deal of fun? Certainly!

What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

There were times withing this book I found myself saying "this series hits every fantasy cliche ever conceived and... I just don't care!". If you are in the mood for pure swashbuckling fun in a deep, fully realized world, or you're looking for a palate cleanzier after a George R. R. Martin/Joe Abercrombie marathon, then series would make a fine addition to your library.

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  • Robert
  • ROSWELL, NM, United States
  • 03-26-12

Fun Adventure

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a good story and the characters are ones that you can enjoy. There is enough comic relief that it doesn't become to dry and you can actually like the characters. It was a fun listen.

What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

Any classic thief become hero's book.

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does a good job fleshing out the characters and adding nuances that you wouldn't get from reading the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Swashbuckling adventure

Any additional comments?

As an avid listener of books, I enjoyed this one a lot more than I did other ones, it doesn't take long to get into it and you can guess the bad guys but the writer has done such a good job that it really doesn't matter. I look forward to audible getting the next book or books in the series.

16 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Cayce
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 04-30-14

Do yourself a favor and listen to these books!

I just went back and listened to the entire series again (something I almost never do) after the Riyria Chronicles came out. I'm so glad I did! I had forgotten what a treat these characters were. I had also forgotten how sorry I was after it was over. You know something is good when you mourn the loss of the characters in your daily life.

Enough people have given a synopsis of the books, so I'll skip that part. I'll just say if you're on the fence about whether or not to buy these books, don't be. You'll drive further or sit longer at your desk (I listen to books while editing photos) because these stories are like visiting with wonderful old friends. You never want them to go home.

If you've had a bad experience with fantasy, don't worry, you'll be fine with these books. The story and the characters will carry you straight through any willing suspension of disbelief you need during the process. And Tim Gerard Reynolds is superb at rendering the different voices. I would recognize Royce and Hadrian anywhere, just by hearing them speak.

A note to Michael J. Sullivan: More please!

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Benjamin
  • Silver Spring, MD, United States
  • 02-06-15

Not Polished, but Extremely Readable

First of all, I think it's admirable how author succeeded through self-publication. Way to go! That in itself makes a good story for believing in yourself and your product.

The story itself is a good yarn with fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles... It's one giant and true love short of being the Princess Bride. To make up for this, Sullivan offers the intrigue of an evil church conspiracy bent on remaking the world to conform to their will. So it is a very interesting story that keeps you engaged.

The characters are well composed and endearing. Both the author and the reader play their parts in bringing them to life. Reynolds really brings the individuals into contrast with very subtle changes in voice. His characterizations are not super bold, but they are enough to make individuals recognizable. I am not the largest fan of his overuse of the British, West Country for low-born accents, but that is a very minor thing. Mostly very good.

My only issue with the book is that it lacks a bit of polish. Sullivan tends to overuse the word "guy," which sort of messes with the medieval setting. There are also editing flubs in the track, where words are repeated. The text could be tightened up a little bit. But all this is just quibbling; if you don't sweat the small stuff, it is a really fun read.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan
  • CA, United States
  • 05-23-13

Nice fantasy series, well read!

I'd definitely recommend this series to a fan of the fantasy genre. It's essentially a buddy tale about a warrior and assassin, each one masters of their craft who make their living as elite thieves. Their abilities are renown and sought by the wealthiest clients, letting the pair rub elbows with upper crust nobility. Yet they also know their way in the criminal underground.

The two have hearts of gold though. So one can't help but grin when their clashing personalities cause them to banter and bicker while they get into and out of trouble, despite being fast friends.

The setting is fantasy-familiar with enough new perspectives on magic, other races like elves and dwarves, and geography to keep things interesting. Add to that murder-mystery intrigue, action-adventure rescues, and a relatively lighter air than Joe Abercrombie or George RR Martin, and this makes for a really nice listen.

An additional bonus is a great narrator, and a pretty impressive length that stays engaging. Add to that the fact that this is only the first in a trilogy, and I think you'll find it's a great deal.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Lots of fun in this light hearted Series

This is an excellent series if you're looking for something engaging, but also not too mentally draining.

Some of the great perks of this series:
Consistant and hilarious characters and banter, I actually found myself snorting aloud!
A LOT of delightfully unexpected turns! For being a rather light-hearted series, there are a lot of things that I just didn't expect to happen, I was happily surprised, and it kept me on my toes
These characters aren't undefeatable. But at the same time, they are wholesome-ly likable
The series has a clear ending, it's NOT 15 books long
There is light magic that doesn't run amok. It's powerful, but limited
There are strong female characters. (although, this doesn't really show up as much until later in the series. It's slow to rise, but believable)

Will I listen to this series again? Absolutely, I had a lot of fun with it the first time, and I can't wait to do it again. It's not sophisticated reading by any means, but it's a really fun lark that really wants you to enjoy yourself while you listen.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Frances
  • 08-15-16

A hidden gem

Great book; in some ways, what you expect of fantasy meaning you can settle in a bit and not be constantly striving to work out what the hell is going on and how this new world works, but sufficiently different in some key areas to make it interesting and intriguing.
The characters are varied, well developed with varying motives and personalities, again, all adding to the interest for the reader.
I have to be honest, not the best narration I've ever heard. I don't think the narrator was neither consistent or varied enough with his accents to make this a truly fabulous piece of audiobookery, but good enough that it wasn't irritating and it didn't detract from the enjoyable story - put it this way, it hasn't stopped me from ploughing on and buying the next one in the series as soon as my credit came through :)
I would definitely recommend :)

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  • Jason
  • 07-13-16

My favourite book I have listened to. So far.

Love the story, narrator and characters. It all flows so well. Can't wait to get into the second book.

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  • avidreader
  • 07-08-16

volume 1 only

i download vol 1 only in error with the comment at the end that it is downloaded in two parts. disappointed with that, as i have downloaded books much longer with ease. however vol. 1 was interesting with gobbets of humour and unexpected twists. it also had the heroism of the main characters which gave a 'feelgood' factor to the story. i have since found the whole book in one volume with a different title, so be aware.

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  • gordon
  • 07-12-15

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • tony
  • 03-28-15

<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />theft of swords<br />

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

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  • G Roberts
  • 05-12-16

Wonderful story told to perfection.

I absolutely loved this book and the narration. The character and scene descriptions were so intricate it really made the story come to life. so detailed, so imaginative and utterly gripping.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful