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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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!
The books they are all great and are well worth your time ,cash or credit. I look forward to more adventures with the Riyria. Very funny and a good story too. Great narration also.
Having read the other Books about Riyria, I was hoping to see how they got started and I was not disappointed. They were the younger , less refined but still the same in essentials, characters I have grown to love.
This was really great. The story was compelling and the narration was excellent. The history of the book with the author's self published version shows what a hunger there is for good stories.
There is an expectation that origin stories and prequels are written for fans, to satisfy their curiosity, yet I find them often lacking in substance. However, this tale is one of those rare gems that is nothing short of bloody brilliant. Hadrian and Royce are back! Their banter alone is worth the price of the book, but they are joined by a wonderful cast of characters who I fell in love with more and more as the story progressed. This story and amazing performance surpassed all expectations, and for that, it gets five stars from me.
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