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Theft of Swords

Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
Written by: Michael J. Sullivan
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (189 ratings)

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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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Debut book issues but fun listen

Vast tale of two secretive theives who get caught up in the net of religion and politics. They lead with their wits, skills, and hearts into a set of events that will change the course of their world.

Narrator was fantastic and made bearable a debut script full of long sections of exposition (tell instead of show) and modern phrases in a fantasy world that didn't fit. That being said, the plot was pretty good, the characters are enjoyable and having read a couple of the author's short stories, and seeing the fan appetite for his subsequent works, he does get better. The conclusion of Theft of Swords will definitely convince me to continue reading (listening).

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  • Bob
  • 2018-10-24

Great!

This was my first fictional book I listened to so the narrator took some getting used to but now I love all the voices he does. The story was gripping and the characters were likable and memorable! Nothing I didn't like about this book!

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Typical Fantasy

Didnt deviate from standard fantasy tropes. the characters were sometimes interesting, but generally devoid of flair and fun.

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refreshingly great

not sure what I was expecting but I was pleasantly surprised by the great characters and plot. great way to get through my work day

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Sucks you in.

Give the story time and you will get sucked in. Reminiscent of Game of Thrones.

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I never comment... But...

Of late I've been listening to quite a few audiobooks, and I haven't been this impressed by one in ages. Great pacing, fantastic voice acting, and a thrilling story that makes you just want to keep listening.

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love this series

Series take me an adventure i don;t want to give up, i love to see more of the story go on to when Royce and his daughter an Hadrian,

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Great Fun!

Absolutely loved the main characters! I started listening to the free Riyria short stories on audible and got hooked on the the duo - enough to purchase the first volume. The first and second book have been fantastic fun to listen to! never a dull moment and moves along at an excellent pace. I'm looking forward to finishing the series!

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Amazing!! Looking forward to the sequel!!!

awesome storytelling! fantasy at its finest! anyone who is a fan of Tolkien or Lewis needs to read/listen to this!

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Omg so good

So Sullivan is my favourite author atm and I’m totally in love with all his books. I honestly can’t get enough of these books. It’s my second time going through the series and just in time for he fourth book of Chronicles <3 #Audible1

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  • Randall
  • 2018-12-24

A GOOD START TO A SERIES

I got this book as an on sale item, and sometimes these are disappointing. This was a easy to listen , fun book.This book follows Royce and Hadrian as they mistakenly enter an epic adventure. Royce and Hadrian are Michael Sullivans reoccurring characters. This is the first of three books in this tale.

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  • Benjamin
  • 2015-02-06

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.

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  • Theblackersheep
  • 2013-02-04

Fantasy without detailed battle scenes?

I like the fantasy genre. A lot. Unfortunately, much of the time fantasy=detailed, long, drawn out battle scenes that I usually wind up pretty much skimming (in the case of audio books, ignoring). That's why I was so pleased to find this series. I'm working on the last one right now and all the way through it's been about the story, not about the fighting. Leaving out the bits about who whacks whom with a sword when and which flank is being attacked by which of the enemies leaves Sullivan time to really develop the story and the characters. He gets the reader to become emotionally involved, or interested, in the characters and then puts them in situations which create all of the suspense and drama needed. It's a really good listen and I can recommend it to anyone who doesn't thrive on the violence. Not that there isn't any violence at all, but at least he doesn't go on and on and on and on about it like so many fantasy writers seem to do. I've loved every minute of the whole series.

The narrator is really good. Easy on the ear and well spoken. A good choice for these books.

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  • Lori
  • Marietta, GA, United States
  • 2014-02-07

Great writing, great narration, great story!

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

The writing is just amazing, there are no annoying author "habits" that can get on your nerves, like catch phrases or bad characters. Tim Gerard Reynolds is a great narrator and is as smooth as glass to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

It's just good. I mean really good. Fantastic characters, amazing writing, just a perfect book.

Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first time with Tim Gerard Reynolds, but it won't be the last. I plan to listen to the whole series as well as the follow up series the Riyira Chronicles.

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

These thieves will steal your heart!

Any additional comments?

I couldn't be more happy with a book and I'm so pleased that this is a series so I can get to know all the wonderful characters and backstory even more.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • 2014-11-01

Excellent

What a great series!! It's a complex story with very likeable characters who come to life with believable emotions and lots of humor. Plenty of twists and turns that keep you very interested for many, many hours. I was sorry when Volume 3 ended.
I Loved the narrator, very talented!

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  • Jonathan
  • 2014-04-23

Best fantasy book i`ve listened to !

I`m happy to have discovered this new author,in the caliber of the best authors in fantasy(sword and sorcery). I find this series more mature in the writing,there is not much magic but i prefer a story somewhat realistic and the characters are all very engaging and close to reality in the middle ages,i also like the bit of humor. Really great story and narration!

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  • Roy Scorup
  • Nebraska
  • 2013-04-23

Good Clean Fun!

If you are in the mood for a light, fun read without gore, sex, and foul language, this is the book for you. It is clean enough for an 8 year old to listen to it, exciting enough to keep a pre-teen enchanted through the entire telling, and deep enough to entertain adults.

Theft of Swords is probably the worst of the trilogy, but it really is a very good book (4 stars out of 5). The two that follow it are even better. This is one book (and series) that won't disappoint

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  • David D Thomas
  • Roseville, CA United States
  • 2013-02-20

Longer Commute Times Are a Joy

If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

Likable Characters, Splash of magic, Good adventure

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the way Royce's life is revealed as his adventure is unfolded. You will find he is a loyal friend and a man who has deep love for one woman. If you were a leader, you would want Royce's council and witty character as part of your life. You can sense that he is a friend who would make trials bearable and that he would tell you the hard truths. At the same time, he seems to know when to give his best friend, Hadrian, the space he needs to figure things out. Lastly, if you were in a battle, you would want Royce at your side.

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

Royce was my favorite.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This audio book makes long commutes a joy. I found myself listening in the car and at home. The story and characters compelled me to turn off the television and play just a few more chapters before bed.

Any additional comments?

Some of the puzzles that Hadrian and Royce must solve are a bit predictable. A few you are even able to figure out before the character does. It does not make the book any less likable, but it does demonstrate that Sullivan is still in the process of mastering the unexpected.

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  • Magpie
  • 2012-08-21

Two books in one - keep listening!!

If there were a way, I'd have given the story 3.5 stars. It says it in the description, but in case you missed it - this audio is two books combined into one audiobook. Which is good choice on the part of the audio publishers. If I'd listened to just the first book, I may not have continued. It's not bad, it's just not something that would inspire me to listen to 5 more books. I didn't really care about the characters and it seemed like a pretty cookie cutter sword and sorcery.
HOWEVER - in the second book, the story really hits it's stride. It's nothing revolutionary, just solid writing with fun characters and an enjoyable storyline. Which, in my opinion, is more than we're getting from a lot of fantasy writers of late. By the time I got to the end of all three audio books I was hoping to find more by this author.
To quote from the author himself about this series: "The Riyria Revelations, especially in the beginning, is little more than fast-paced light fantasy. As the series progresses, I think you'll see more depth both in the world of Elan and the characters. This was a purposeful decision and a dangerous one. It means that by design the first book is the weakest of the set, but enables me to end it with a resounding bang."
And he absolutely did.

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  • Eliza
  • 2015-11-29

Bored and annoyed

Somehow I got through the whole story, mainly on the strength of Tim Gerard Reynolds' skilled narration, but the rambling storylines, the substitution of physical description for actual character development, the bloated, pedestrian writing--so many wasted words and almost as many incorrectly used words. Also, Sullivan has no idea how to name characters. There's more, but don't bother. Try Guy Gavriel Kay instead.

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