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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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    John C Cleveland, OH 08-15-13
    John C Cleveland, OH 08-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Same quality as the original series"
    Any additional comments?

    If you liked the original series and wanted more (I'm in this boat), then this book is for you. The quality of writing and narration is excellent, just as in the originals.

    One note: this book is shorter (the original series in audio were two books grouped into one audio book, resulting in a much longer read - this is a single book, about half the length).

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 08-13-13
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2007

    Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.

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    "Old Friends in a New Light"

    It was very easy for me to slip back into Sullivan's world. This first prequel was great fun to listen to and the characters were old friends but still new to me. I was hesitant after the author's long introduction. I've read prequels that are just back-story published to extend a series and this is NOT the case here. It is, as promised, a complete novel, beginning to end, and not the beginning of another "Wheel of Time." (For those who are not familiar with the reference, that series was finished by Brandon Sanderson after Robert Jordan died. Jordan knew he was dying and set the stage, but the chances of another epic being finished that way are slim.) Other series go on and on like zombies, and this author wants to avoid both situations. Sullivan proposes to write a large number of prequels, all complete novels. I applaud that. I have abandoned series in the past, particularly if I have met the author and it is clear that there never will be an end to the story. I like these characters and look forward to hearing more of their adventures. I already know how the story ends, but now I'm beginning to know how it began. I am not going to email him with a request for more. This review and my purchase will have to serve.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-09-13
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2013

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "Riyria Rules even in the early years"

    OUTSTANDING!!! A simply wonderful first prequel to the fabulous Riyria Revelations with superb narration by Tim Reynolds.

    Michael Sullivan weaves a most wonderful tale, the first of the early years. I can't wait for the next to be released & grateful it is only a month away.

    Two men, Hadrian & Royce, forced together by a mutual acquaintance, fighting & kicking all the way and very determined not to like or need each other. You also get great background information & insight into Gwen and Arcadius as well as others.

    I, like the author's wife, definitely have a crush on Hadrian,

    Riyria Revelations & Riyria Chronicles should be a staple of those who enjoy epic tales of courage, adventure, struggle, friendship, and honor.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-22-14
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-22-14 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Back to the beginning."

    As explained in the prologue narrated by the author, Michael J. Sullivan was very satisfied with the way he ended the Riyria Revelations series so his only option for continuing with these characters was to go the route of prequels. He also explained that he penned this book in such a manner that it works well for both readers new to Riyria as well as veterans of the first series. I listened to this one as the latter and having Tim Gerard Reynolds back at the mic made me feel right at home.

    Many hints are dropped throughout the Revelations series about how Royce and Hadrian first met and at last here is that tale. Revealed within is the "what" and the "how" behind the forming of Riyria, while series veterans will bring along their own knowledge about the "why." New readers can start here and just listen in "chronological order" and learn the "why" over time. This is well done by Sullivan who continues to endear himself to me due to the way in which he approaches his craft.

    I don't go to 5 stars for this one simply because the characters of Royce and Hadrian are not as interesting as they will eventually become after they exert influence on each other for a while. The basic premise of an "odd couple" pairing of the cold blooded killer with the honorable knight stereotype is nothing new, but Royce and Hadrian are unique enough to overcome this cliché and make it worth your time. Veterans and newbies alike should pick this one up with the expectation of continuing on.

    I have already started book 2 of this series and I am enjoying it immensely as the melding of these two opposite individuals is taking shape and forming the pair of thieves that I have come to know and love. Did I say thieves? My bad, I should have said "creative problem solvers."

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie Rio Rancho, NM, United States 08-26-13
    Bobbie Rio Rancho, NM, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I couldn't quit listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend it to a friend. I have read the last three books and even though I already knew the "final" outcome, I was enthralled with the beginnings.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Crown Tower?

    To me, one of the most memorable moments came when Royce realized that Hadrian had come back for him. Royce would not have done the same for Hadrian and found it so hard to believe that someone could be good, to care about another person enough to endanger their own life to save them.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, He is awesome!


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

    I laughed out loud through out my reading and cried with both Hadrian and Royce. It was wonderful


    Any additional comments?

    I am dismayed that the next two books are not yet available.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    shane BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 08-12-13
    shane BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "More of the backstory"
    Where does The Crown Tower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good book a backstory


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

    Rest of series


    What about Tim Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    Yes very good performance


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it is short


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Todd 08-07-13
    Todd 08-07-13
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    "Loved it, can't wait for more."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Tim Reynolds's and the team involved in producing the audio book did a great job. Coupled with Michael Sullivan's writing makes for a great experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Whether you've read/listened to the Riyria Revelations or not, Book 1 of the Riyria Chronicles is great. Can't wait for the next.


    What about Tim Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    Tim Reynolds's did a great job as he did with the Riyria Revelations audiobooks.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Kershaw Toronto, Canada 08-09-13
    Dan Kershaw Toronto, Canada 08-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "What a wonderful way to start a legend!"
    If you could sum up The Crown Tower in three words, what would they be?

    Joyful return of 2 great characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The origins... and the easter eggs for those who have already read the other books.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-02-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-02-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "A Fearless Venture"

    A wonderful start to a fantastic series that is centered around two very audacious characters. Hadrian Blackwater was raised by his father who taught him the blacksmith trade but beyond that, demanded relentless, everyday practice, in the art of combat. Royce Melborn is an odd fellow, never accepted by society and raised by a group of thieves called, The Wolves. These two men are brought together by Arcadius, a Professor, (who some think to be a wizard), at a college for Royals. Arcadius often visited Hadrian and his father when he was but a child and now has summoned him to return from a foreign battlefield. Arcadius has also rescued Royce from a salt mine for criminals, where he was serving a life time sentence for thievery. Neither Hadrian nor Royce know why he has chosen them for a mission to steal a book from the Crown Tower, only to have them return it, but both know that they are indebted to Arcadius and must complete his request. The obstacles that they encounter during their quest are deadly and endless, and somewhere along the way, they realize, that their strength as a unit is undeniably beyond compare. These two men are not at all fond of each other, have completely different morals, and would both like nothing better than to be rid of the other, and yet, as their journey comes to an end they understand that together, they may just make an infallible team.

    I loved the Riyria Revelations so this is a treat to go back to the beginning and see where it all began. All of the books in this series are always excellent and over far too fast because the characters and their daring adventures are so exciting, humorous, and addictive. These stories do not have a great deal of magic like some fantasies but Michael Sullivan's meticulous writing and Tim Gerard Reynolds skillful narration make for a splendidly, rare coupling.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Bessemer, AL, United States 08-17-13
    Mike Bessemer, AL, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow!"

    Can Michael J Sullivan tell a story or what. Loved the way he way able to tie in the first three and still was able to set up this book as a stand alone story. Can't wait for the next one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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