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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Nailed it again!
Have read all of his books so far and loved them and this one didn't disappoint! Really looking forward to the next book!
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.
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.
Yes, He is awesome!
I laughed out loud through out my reading and cried with both Hadrian and Royce. It was wonderful
I am dismayed that the next two books are not yet available.
Good book a backstory
Rest of series
Yes very good performance
Yes it is short
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.
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.
Tim Reynolds's did a great job as he did with the Riyria Revelations audiobooks.
I love Fantasy. I guess you can say that makes me a fantastic lover... ;)
A more interesting core plot would have been nice.
For people who have read the original Riyria Revelations, it was a nice background into how Riyria came to be, and what brought Hadrian and Royce together.
Other than that, though, I didn't think the book was very interesting. The plot was too simplistic, and there was very little that was engaging.
When Royce and Hadrian are on top of the Crown Tower and are accosted by the guards, and Hadrian gets to show his stuff.
This book has none (None!) of the charms of the earlier Royce and Hadrian tales. It suffers from most of the defects one finds in prequels. The first half was so tedious that I had trouble wanting to finish it. The second half was better, but not good enough to convince me to spend money on the second book of this prequel trilogy.
Audible subscriber with dozens of books listened to. Mostly non-fiction but with a number of epic fiction titles.
I recommended the Riyria Revelations series, and even gifted the first book to someone once. The Crown Tower, however, is definitely not on the same level as those books. Half of the book was about Gwen, my least favorite of the main characters in Revelations, and her story just wasn't what I was listening to the book for. I already have a distaste for prophetic characters, and was not at all interested in following the story of a magical fortune-telling whore who was struggling to build a brothel. I liked the other half of the book that actually featured Riyria, though, just as well as the Revelations books. I suppose I just felt kind of cheated by the amount of time spent on the least believable and least compelling main character of the series. So I wouldn't recommend this book as an introduction to the series, but would say that the good parts (the ones that featured Riyria) are definitely worth reading to those who are into the greater story line.
Hadrian. Pickle was great too though.
No, I don't think so. Sullivan didn't pace this book as well as Revelations books. I think this is due to the focus on Gwen.
If you are considering this book and haven't read or listened to the Riyria Revelations books yet, start there. That is one of the most satisfying Fantasy book series I have listened to lately. I was hoping for more out of this book, but you may want to consider this one if you really like the Riyria Revelations like I did.
I found this book boring and slow. ABSOLUTELY nothing happens to keep your interest in the first 5 hours.
The dialog is forced and I think Michael Sullivan was paid by the word for the conversations and arguments...it's all 'you can't do that' and 'yes I can' 'no you can't' and 'yes I can'...
What a waste. I recommend not waste money nor credits.
This is the first installment of 7 prequels to The Riyria Revelations and it does not disappoint. Witty humor and eloquent writing capture the imagination and suck you into a bold new universe of fantasy. The charectors are relatable, hilarious, and developed beautifully. Tim Reynolds knocks it out of the park as always with his performance. MUST READ!
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