Hadrian, a warrior with nothing to fight for, is paired with Royce, a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm's most prized possessions. But it isn't gold or jewels that their employer is after; if he can keep them from killing each other, they might just get him his prize.
©2013 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2013 Recorded Books LLC
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"rubbish! but i liked it"
like my TRex records, this is simple juvenile nonsense but i enjoyed it.
the novel is full of holes and the plot is at time unbelievable -but i loved listening. sadly the authors little dialogue at the beginning has convinced me that he is just a poor writer who thinks he is better than he actually is. However, that said i loved listening to this and the other stories with Hadrian and Royce.
No where near quality or GRR Martin or Abercrombie..but read this -or listen and enjoy it-i didi. incidentally i listened to Bernard Cornwell's Pagan Lord in his Saxon series and the sheer quality in comparison to Sullivan was obvious, like FORD KA compered to a Volkswagen Touran ..if you want a quality Epic try Brian Ruckley
"Good time Killer"
Good Time Killer
A few twists and turn.
some interest .
The author's introduction. pretentious much, my god be proud of your work but be magnanimous in success. really put my nose up.
"Excelent Prequel or Sequel to the Riyria series"
Having listened to the other three books in the series I was at first disappointed that I hadn't started with this one as it technically comes before the three books in the series chronologically speaking.
But I wasn't disappointed when I listened to it as it fills in things alluded to in the revelations books and also stands on its own as a very well written book. Whether you have listed to to Revelations series or not you will enjoy this immensely.
The author narrates his own introduction to the book which I thought added a personal touch as he explains his reasons for writing the prequel after the Revelations series and give us some insight into how he views the charters etc.
If you are unsure about reading the Revelations trilogy which are incredibly good value in terms of length give this a read as it's only 12 hours long and if you enjoy it you can look forward to the rest of the series.
If you are like me and have read the other three books and enjoyed them you will love this book. Can't wait to listen to some more.
"A great prequel"
Story – 5/5
Considering I wasn’t exactly swept away by the original trilogy (although still enjoyed it well enough), I absolutely loved this prequel. It is a lot shorter, therefore I felt the pacing was spot on, and I thought there was a bit more brutality, which Sullivan seemed a bit reluctant of in his first set of stories.
It is set 10 years before the events of the Riyria revelations – and tells the story of when Hadrian and Royce first met. My favourite part had to be the backstory of Gwen though – but I am a sucker for backstory.
According to something I read on the internet, Sullivan plans to write 10 of these chronicle books to represent each of the 10 years prior to the Revelations trilogy. Lots to look forward to then…
Tim Gerard Reynolds did a great job. I felt he trivialised danger in the original trilogy, which wasn’t the case in this story – which makes me think I was a little hard on him in my previous reviews. It must have been the prose.
His voice acting is great – very consistent with his other readings thus far – making it all the easier to get back into this world.
Overall – 5/5
A nice balance to the book.
I particularly liked the banter between the two main characters.
The story kept my interest all the way through and the best tale I've enjoyed on from the Audible site.
I love these stories so much i've listened to them all twice and will recommend to my friends
This is my first book by Sullivan I really enjoyed it , easy to get into, I am looking forward to reading the next.
"Maybe good as a prequel, but else it's rather poor"
Not so sure. It is well read, but the story is poor. I suspect it makes a lot of sense if you've read the original series, else you've just got a book with an annoying proto-hero, which has been written solely with the view that you must read the next.
Made it more stand alone. Not tried so hard to make it a prequel. A presumably strong character (in the originals) here is weak and annoying.
If you're a fan of the original series then this, the first of a prequel series, maybe good, but as a new reader to Riyria it is not very good.
"Left me wanting more!"
The characters in this story have real depth which matches the
Story line which leaves you wanting to read more
I got completely wrapped in this one straight away.
The perfect narrator for this epic tale he really
Brings the characters and story to life.
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