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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This is medieval fantasy, which I do enjoy. The first volume kept my interest because of the two main characters, Royce and Hadrian. The story is not complicated, but will hopefully become more so in the following books. The reader is very expressive and creates the characters' individual voices. Hopefully, all the books will use Reynolds as the narrator.
The book has hooked me enough to order the second volume.
Two lost am almost forgotten misfits who do extraordinary things and sometime even for the right reasons!!
There are some voice actors who do a good job, there are some who do a great job and then there are the few who do the best job. Gerard is one of those voice actor's who I actually search for before I do the author. I want to see what he has recorded and often buy based on that!
I love the characters most of all. The entire premise is entertaining, and unique, but the characters won me over.
I've literally laughed out loud multiple times, and I find myself fully invested in the characters. They seem very real, genuine, and consistent in their actions to the type of people they are written to be.
I love books. hate reviewing books because I hate reiterating what many other's have said. I hate spoiling a review.
Didn't read the print version.
DD Barant's Dying Bites. Mainly cause Hadrian is thrown into a completely new situation and meets a person whose reactions and life outlook are so completely alien from his own that coping and communicating are an adventure outside the storyline.
Riyria Revelations and the characters are the same. Wonderful.
YES. This is one of those classics like The Lord of The Rings that is so well done you will never tire of revisiting these wonderful characters.
Listening to how the characters became partners. Hearing how their friendship grew from disdain and misunderstanding to mutual respect and admiration. Their banter is classic!
Yes! He has become my favorite narrator! What I believe makes a great narrator is one who can seamlessly and effortlessly change his voice to such recognizable, individual characters. Finding the perfect tone, accent & fluency to match how the author meant the characters to be. He obviously studies the material, knows when change pitch etc. Rather than just reading and not knowing what the next few words will be or what the scene truly is about, as so many average narrators seem to do.
An incredible story of love, friendship, bravery, all tied into an amazingly thrilling adventure.
This is by far one of the best books and best Audible performances I've ever experienced. I have over 240 Audible Book titles and this ranks in the top three! Magnificent story, humorous, thrilling and unpredictable. I couldn't wait to listen every day and hated to have it end. I highly recommend starting with this book in the series and not in the order of when the books were written. This book is the true beginning of the wonderful story.
I don't usually like to write reviews but I felt it only fair to the author that I do so. I kept skipping over this book and reading other ones until I finally decided it was time. Now I can't wait to read the second book. This book had so many twist and turns and a great ending that I really didn't want it to end. I enjoyed the fact that the author took time to explain the why and how of this series.
I got the first 2 books and then listened to the Crown Tower and Rose and Thorn and I want more. I found myself agreeing with Hadrian like he was a friend, these books are exceptional in my opinion and lets hope the author doesn't end this series.
I can't possibly say enough about this series. I was a little apprehensive about this set of books being a pre-quel to the "Theft of swords" in that maybe it would be another failing trail to string out the original story, but it is wonderful in it's own right. You could read these first and have the story in order or read them after Theft as a background fill in for all the characters and places. This is the most entertaining series that I have read in a very long time.
Music and book connosieur
Took me about 50 pages to get going but then I was completely hooked. Now on the 2nd and will listen to all of them. Really like the reader. Loved the relationship between Hadrian and Royce. This is a really a fun story and so well told!
Hurrah for Michael J. Sullivan! He has taken so much care with his characters. He has maintained their essences while allowing them to evolve into the men they are in the Revelations. The author also has taken great care not to reveal anything prematurely in the Chronicles while at the same time providing us with greater insight into both the characters and the plot.
I was very hesitant about listening to the prequels, but I enjoyed this almost as much as the Revelations. As always, I was engaged from the very start. I was amazed that I liked Hadrian and especially Royce as much here as I did in Revelations. I'm giving an overall four stars instead of five, and I'm not sure why. Maybe because it ended way before I was ready (it is shorter). I do know, though, that I'm very glad I decided to give the Chronicles a try. Thank you, Michael J. Sullivan, for your wonderful craftsmanship and care you have taken with Royce and Hadrian and their lives (and thank you to your wife for loving Hadrian, too!).
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