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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 (140 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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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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On the lighter side

This was my first experience with Sullivan’s work, and I was hooked right from the start. The relationship between the main characters is enduring and often hilarious. Loved the story and the narrator. #audible1

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Just Amazing

I have read all the stories published in the three series and they are so beautifully told, you can't help but fall in love with the characters. As I had read them I talked to my very interested 12 yr old daughter but I couldn't do it justice. So... I signed up with audible and my first spent credit was on the Theft of Swords, the first published book. We listen to it together whenever we can steal some time together and she is really into the book! And so am I (again)! Gerard the narrator brings the story to life when I thought it couldn't get any better. This book has an amazing balance of hardship and triumph and the right tone of humour throughout. Michael Sullivan by far is my favourite author.

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  • PRG
  • 2018-09-13

Excellent Read

An easy listen, following the storyline and enough action to keep you interested. In other words, I brought the next book in rhe series.

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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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  • Jax
  • 2018-09-21

good ole swashbuckling fun!

if your looking for a innovative plot, this is not the book for you. However, despite the evil church doing, unlikely heroes saving the day. and a dwarf - this is quite good. Full of elven references and stellar character development.

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  • Josh
  • 2018-09-03

Not bad, not amazing

The performance was fine, however the story of each individual story feels short as if the author is writing for a movie adaptation. He fails to make me care about the characters as well. The main characters don't go through any real growth and as such leaves the reader (or listener) with a story that feels cheap. There are worse books to listen to, but that doesn't mean you should listen to this one.

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  • Jenna Ward
  • 2018-10-13

Slow start, but it won me over in the end!

Let’s be clear, this book (really, these books I suppose since it’s a two in one) is full of cliches. This means that the beginning is frustrating and predictable at times and getting started is not as easy as it has been for many other Audible books I’ve listened to. However, it hooked me eventually and I am a HUGE fan of the cliffhanger at the end of this volume! A good end pushed it from a 3 to a 4 story-wise, but I’ll give it a 5 overall because of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s consistently phenomenal narrating (as always) and the fact that Hadrian and Royce make me laugh even if I may not be as big of a fan of some of the other characters!

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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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  • T.Stick
  • 2016-02-11

Better than many, not as good as some.

Some fun and witty banter between main characters and some (and I mean some) complexity of plot. A bit predictable at times with typical rehashed characterizations represented in Tolkien style fantasy.
Overall a worthy listen for some decently paced storytelling.
One thumb up for "Theft of Swords"

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  • A.L. Peterson
  • 2018-10-31

Don’t get the hype

I found this story very dull and the narration was terrible. The plot and characters were thin, so I didn’t care even a smidge what happened. The narration didn’t help at all - characters blended together.

Maybe it’s because I just ended the Gentleman Bastard series, which is superb, but I just don’t see where the positive comments are coming from.

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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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  • L. Jay
  • 2014-10-10

What A Wonderful Adventure.

Any additional comments?

A Delightful listen. Some of the best character development I've seen in years. You quickly come to love Royce and Hadrian and the bad guys are easy to despise. While those caught in circumstances were ... well ... interesting people and played their parts in character.
Tim Gerard Reynolds does a fabulous job of catching the character nuances, with just enough voice inflection and variation to help differentiate between the characters without distracting from the story.
I liked that you could sometimes surmise what lay beyond the next corner. Sometimes - and then only just before turning the corner. Even when one does anticipate what is going to happen, Sullivan still makes it fun, exciting, thought provoking.
I like books that make me smile or that make me say, "Oooh". Royce and Hadrian kept me doing the former while the yarn itself increased the latter.Case in point: Royce's wit is defined very early in the book with this response to Alenda, "Oh, I'm sorry. Did I say your father? I meant the other marquis, the one with the appreciative daughter." And Tim Reynolds makes it sting. "Ouch!" I found myself talking back to this audiobook quite often.
All in all, a wonderful adventure. Absolutely Wonderful!!

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