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The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1 | [Michael J. Sullivan]

The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

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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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.

©2013 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Mel 06-01-15
    Mel 06-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    Great to hear more about Royce & Hadrian love these stories, can't wait to listen to the next couple of books!

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    Gaute Tangen 05-06-15

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    "Just as good as the rest"

    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.

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    G. Parish 04-22-15
    G. Parish 04-22-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Shockingly good"

    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.

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    Yehuda Cohen Johannesburg, South Africa 03-12-15
    Yehuda Cohen Johannesburg, South Africa 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Michael J. Sullivan is the best!"

    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!

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    Sam 03-10-15
    Sam 03-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "never gets old"

    a wonderfully written and narrated story that I just couldn't get enough of . I had to listen to it twice!

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    Thomas Blanco 03-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Better then GOT. for having minimal cast members.."

    This book is awesome. It explores the lies of two enemies who become friends and v partnership and bond that they've created.

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    A. Silverman Alameda, CA United States 03-04-15
    A. Silverman Alameda, CA United States 03-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A bit light on plot"

    I love these characters and looked forward to getting their "back stories". It was a fine book but seemed thin overall.

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    Paullinator 03-01-15
    Paullinator 03-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "awesome!"

    great book and rwading peeformance. reads well as first or fourth in sequence I sets everything in motion

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    Tarot Altamonte Springs, Florida United States 02-25-15
    Tarot Altamonte Springs, Florida United States 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this Book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Crown Tower to and why?

    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).


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    jws 02-21-15
    jws 02-21-15
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    "Wondeful"

    Great story. Great narration. Enjoyed listening so much did it twice. After listening to the next 2 works (rose & thorn and theft of swords) wanted to go back to review how it all began.

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