I give this book three stars not because I believe it is an "average" book, but because as I progressed through this novel I found myself either completely loving it or loathing it. I found the beginning very tedious, as there is an enormous cast of characters, and their melding, back-stories, interweaving, and relationship is a long and over detailed process. The beginning is a teeth gritting process and I actually had my doubts about continuing. I think the beginning is so hard because you do not really relate to any of the characters or feel for them until the middle of the book.
However by the middle of the book I'm hooked. The characters go from just telling stories to living the story and this is the best part. By the end, I love the flash backs and love that you get to know the dead man, for whom you think you know already. I am not sure if this book would ever be on my read again list but overall I enjoyed it.
If I had to write a book... it would be this book. The characters and the story do not disappoint. This book is funny, sad, intense, clever, and over way too quickly!
The only thing that I might suggest is that if you have not read the The Riyria Revelations then start with this book. The Riyria Revelations series is one of my absolute staples to reread when I'm looking to be lost in a good novel. Having read the Crown tower, I feel like the anticipation of knowing what all the characters do and become is gone. Why is it so important that these two men who hate each other start working together? Well that mystery is gone for those who have read the novels that come later.
I was not expecting Gwen to be in this book (not sure why as her and Royce's story start before Revelations). Even though she is an important character in the The Riyria Revelations, I don't really feel like you get to know her, as she flits in and out of the story. She actually was not my favorite in Revelations, however I love her development here and cannot wait for more.
This novel has just the right balance of everything. You will find yourself laughing out loud at the witty banter between Royce and Hadrian and shedding tears for heartbreak in the book. Unlike some novels, the battle scenes are just perfect, not too lengthy in description and gore, but convey the scene and event perfectly.
I cannot wait for more!
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