Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.
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The narrator is brilliant and the story exciting. I was skeptical to going back in time but found the story to be up to the rest of the series. Strongly recommended.
I bought this on a lark and wasn't expecting too much. I found the world as well as the people in it to be surprisingly interesting and engaging. To be blunt the the tale was shockingly good and I was very intrigued by its many twists and turns.
As good as Riyira Revelations. Has all the situational humor, epic storytelling, amazing characters, and fast pace I have come to love from Michael J Sullivan!
This book is awesome. It explores the lies of two enemies who become friends and v partnership and bond that they've created.
I love these characters and looked forward to getting their "back stories". It was a fine book but seemed thin overall.
Yes I would recommend this book but I would tell them to read it or listen to it after they read the entire revelations series. I think that is the better way to do it.
I don't know what to compare this book too, it really sets itself apart. I guess because of the scope of the world and the depth of the characters I would liken it to The Lord of the Rings (although I enjoyed reading these books MUCH more than that series).
I loved Hadrian and Royce, but all of the characters in this series are well developed and show significant growth as we proceed through the books. Characters that are week in the early books develop strength through their experiences.
This book made me laugh several times. It is filled with nice nuggets of social commentary and wit. The interaction between Royce and Hadrian is filled with good humor and bromance. Very good depth and they feel like real people that I think about often. I listen to the books over and over just so I can relive certain scenes.
I wish there were more Riyiria Chronicles books, but I found out after listening to The Rose and the Thorn that I like the books that focus more on Royce and Hadrian. While it was okay to have other characters developed such as Hilfried I just didn't find it as interesting.
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