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Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations box set…

Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations box set Book 1) (utgåvan 2011)

av Michael J. Sullivan (Författare)

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"Two thieves in the wrong place at the wrong time are on the run in this fact-paced adventure fantasy"--Provided by publisher.
Titel:Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations box set Book 1)
Författare:Michael J. Sullivan (Författare)
Info:Orbit (2011), Edition: 1, 694 pages
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Theft of Swords av Michael J. Sullivan


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Sullivan, Michael J. Theft of Swords. Riyria Revelations Nos. 1-2, Orbit, 2011.
Theft of Swords is the combined title for the first two novels of a well-told sword and sandal adventure with the requisite number of dwarves, elves, monsters, feuding aristocrats, endangered villages, suspicious clergy, wizards, and spooky towers. To complain that we have seen it all before would be like complaining that space opera has spaceships. Novels like these do not depend on set dressing, though fans may complain if they are internally inconsistent. Pacing is important, and Michael Sullivan handles it well—the world-building never gets in the way of the action. The cast of characters is also important. Again, we have seen their like before, but our two sword-slinging hero thieves are drawn well with just enough back story to almost prepare for the surprise revelations about them, especially in the second novel. The minor characters are not bad, though secondary characters tend to get lost as the plot complications push them aside. The opening novel has a much tighter focus than the second. The first read very quickly, but the second dragged a bit. I really enjoyed the secondary character of the innocent librarian monk with a photographic memory and wish he had played a bigger part in book two. I am always happy to see self-published writers like Sullivan find a publisher who will take a chance on them. 4 stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Aug 25, 2021 |
I thought this was a fun start to a new series. Hadrian and Royce are a pair of contemporary Fafhrd and Grey Mouser type characters in a well conceived world. I really enjoyed their adventures, misadventures and the general plot. This is a 2 book omnibus of the first 2 books in the Riyria Revelations series, which makes sense as the two of them together call themselves Ryria. ( )
  Karlstar | Jul 24, 2021 |
OK, probably a 4.5 to be truthful. Good adventure story, with excellent lead characters, who are portrayed as mercenaries, even though they are of high morals: Hadrian Blackwater, a top caliber swordsman, and Royce Melborn, a thief from a fabled sect. First they are hired to recover a sword and become patsies for regicide in the first of two stories; however, they rescue the prince and go off to seek the truth. Then, in the second story, they work for next-to-nothing to save a heart-broken father and their village from a conjured demon. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Sometimes you just want something that is easy to read and doesn't require a spreadsheet to keep track of who is who. This is very much classic tropes fantasy, easy to read, not many surprises. It is light but very enjoyable. ( )
  infjsarah | Jun 26, 2021 |
This was another one of my series-sampling audio listens, to see if I might want to pursue it in print someday.

Audio Narration
The narrator is Tim Gerard Reynolds. I had some minor complaints, but he was a pretty good narrator. He didn’t seem to have quite as wide a range of voices as some narrators do, so some characters were difficult for me to distinguish, but the main ones were recognizable enough after I’d been listening a while.

I felt like his narration over-emphasized the traditional character archetypes that the book is populated with. I’m not sure how much of that impression came from the text and how much from the narration, but I think the two combined together to make it feel like a really old-school fantasy. This was especially noticeable with the antagonist characters, for whom you could practically hear all the moustaches twirling. As with other audiobooks, the effect faded after several hours of listening and I didn’t notice it as much, but there were quite a few eye rolls in the early hours.

Theft of Swords is an omnibus of what was originally two separate but related books: The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha. The main characters are Royce, an exceptionally skilled thief, and Hadrian, an exceptionally skilled fighter. Together they take on difficult jobs for whoever will pay them. The jobs they take on in this omnibus, both of which involve two different swords, get them into an exceptional amount of trouble.

For me, the character banter was the best part. Royce and Hadrian are especially great fun and grew on me quite a lot throughout the audiobook. Some of the secondary characters were fun too, but more so in the first book than the second. The characters were pretty generic though, and the story didn’t feel very unique. The first book was originally published in 2008, but it felt more like something from the 80’s or 90’s by its tone and in the way it pulled together a lot of classic epic fantasy elements and archetypes.

Some aspects of the story and some of the character backgrounds were a bit difficult to believe, even within the context of a fantasy world. The main characters seemed remarkably ignorant about their world in order to allow other characters to explain things to them for the benefit of the reader. There were also some things that were over-telegraphed. I mean, obviously the author really, really, really wanted us to know that Royce has Elvish blood. I got the hint bright and early in the first book, so I didn’t need all 500+ subsequent hints. (500 may be an exaggeration. Then again, it may not be!) The Hadrian hints got a bit blatant in the second book too. When hints are more subtle, then either I can feel smart when the official revelation proves my suspicions correct, or I can enjoy being surprised. When the hints are too blatant, especially if they come up frequently, it just gets a little exasperating. The first book wraps up pretty nicely, but the second book left more plot threads dangling than I would have preferred.

So, will I come back to this series someday? Probably. The main characters’ dialogue made me smile a lot, and I would hope the author’s writing has improved with subsequent books. I suspect I would have enjoyed this more in print where I could have put my own spin on how I read it. If nothing else, I probably would have managed to read the villains’ parts with less of a moustache-twirling tone. I’m rating this at 3.5 stars. I had trouble deciding whether to round up or down, but I decided to round down. I did enjoy it quite a lot, but the writing also has a lot of room for improvement and I wasn’t as immersed in the story as I wanted to be because of some of the issues I described above. ( )
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To my wife, Robin, my partner in life and in the adventure of making this series, whose hard work and dedication made it all possible.

To my daughter Sarah, who would not read the story until it was published.

To Steve Gilllick for his feedback, and Pete DeBrule, who started this whole thing

And to the members of Dragonchow, my original fan club
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Hadrian could see little in the darkness, but he could hear them -- the sanpping of twigs, the crush of leaves, and the brush of grass.
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Includes The Crown Conspiracy (first published Oct. 1, 2008) and Avempartha (first published Mar 31, 2009).
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