Billy | 11/14/2016
" I found this novel very enjoyable. Before I get into the story, I would point out that this audiobook includes 2, discrete, novels. Calling this "volume 1" is not a marketing ploy as standing in for "Book 1." Both are excellent.
The first novel really draws you in while introducing you to the world. While there is a place for the kind of fantasy that just throws you into the world and waiting for you to catch up, that's not what this is. The world itself is understandable and relatable at the start, with hints of something much bigger. As an example, the magic is, at least while you are getting acclimated, but a glimmer in your peripheral vision.
As you would expect in this genre, as things develop, especially as we move to the second novel, things start to become more complex. You are introduced to what might be going on behind the curtains. Unlike some other fantasy novels, I found this to develop naturally and the "world-building" doesn't feel like it is being forced as a method for the story to keep on going.
As for the narration, I found it engaging and a great fit for this material. For some reason, fantasy narration is often done in a monotone, kind of high-brow style (I sometimes think publishers hear "fantasy," think "wizard," and pick someone who sounds like one). Thankfully, that is not the case here. The characters are disguisable, and the mood is right for the story. "
Chap | 10/26/2016
" Hat's off to the members of audiobookstore.com! I was just finishing a Diana Galbadon book from the Outlander series and noticed the "readers who enjoyed this book might like" section and it said "Theft of Swords". it got great write-ups so I said to myself, why not. I abosultely loved it! I can't wait to get to the next in the series. "
Bookwirm | 2/18/2014
" Fun story, light hearted read. "
Cnelsonquilt | 2/5/2014
" very fun dialogue between the two thieves. They are chivalrous, bodacious, courageous, and very committed to their word. This is the first book in a trilogy. am looking forward to the next 2 "
Skip | 2/4/2014
" 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 morales: 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. "
Stephen Smith | 1/20/2014
" Loved this book. Having seen the amount of good feedback on good reads, I thought I better give it a try. The characters are brilliant and you find yourself dying to turn the next page to keep up with their epic adventure! The storyline is great with just enough magic and sorcery as to not take over the characters. Please give this book a try and I know you won't be disappointed. I'm already in the process of downloading the next instalment. "
Ben Arispe | 1/18/2014
" This one was pretty good. I mean from page one it was pretty good. Royce and Hadrian are memorable characters that the reader will instantly identify with. Now I must admit, by the end of the book, you really see what's coming a long way off. Even so, it didn't make the story any less enjoyable! This is a series I'll definitely be getting the next book as soon as I'm able to. My only compaint is that we don't see a lot of detail when fighting comes up. It's mostly block, parry, riposte in that order. I would have liked to have see a little more in the details about how magic works in this world. But besides that, It was a great read and an excellent start to the series. Really looking forward to the second volume! "
Maralee | 1/9/2014
" 5 stars. This was a great book. I loved the world the author created. It wasn't overly complicated but still interesting. And I loved the thiefs! Can't wait to learn more about them. "
Sa'id Cortijo | 12/20/2013
" very good book. i really like the story. the characters were not too in-depth, but the good story really made up for that fault. the fact that the cover art is actually from a scene in the book is nice too. overall a really good solid book to read. "
Emily | 11/25/2013
" I got sucked in, great story! "
Hamilton | 9/10/2013
" Super fun fantastical read. So masterfully written I wanted to cry. Michael J. Sullivan draws the reader in to the world he's created and makes them wish they didn't have to leave. I miss reading a book with good dialogue and Michael J. Sullivan is a pro. "
John O'malley | 5/25/2013
" Started reading series as $1 e-book. Was pleasantly surprised by the likeable characters, great story and humor. Turned into a great series and highly recommend if you enjoy fantasy books. "
Thomas D Sinex | 4/1/2013
" OK start, we'll see how it develops... "
dksport03 | 1/16/2013
" Just finished reading The Crown Conspiracy and I loved it!!! It was funny and adventurous. I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!!!! "
Bobbi | 1/14/2013
" This is a volume that contains the first two books of the series. I enjoyed it, or them, and I will read the next one. The characters are interesting, the story is good, even though certain parts are predictable. The writing is clumsy at times, but the pace is good. "
Natty Farnsworth | 11/14/2012
" This series is AMAZING! Even my husband loved it and he barley reads and definitely is not usually a fantasy series fan. Great character development, humor, action and just the right touch of romance. HIGHLY recommend "
Rick | 10/2/2012
" Sullivan's mix of humor, mythology, religion, and action, along with great characters and story made this series a great read! "