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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I am new to the world of Riyria, and am aware that this is the first book of a prequel to another series. I chose to start hear and was not disappointed. I enjoyed Crown Tower very much. Well worth the credit. The narration was outstanding and the book kept my interest from the start. Having never read any of the series before, the author’s intro had me guessing as to where the book was leading. Michael J. Sullivan’s writing style and character development was outstanding. I look forward to enjoying many more hours with the characters. I am starting the Rose and the Thorn right now.
Excellent writer; excellent narrator. Audio Books bring the characters to you with great reality. I probably will never read another book, I love the books being read to me. Thank you.
This book has a nice flow, good character development and interesting story line. I was looking for something entertaining and this fit the bill. The reader is easy to listen to and brings the characters alive with his accents.
I listen to these types of books when I am working on art work, doing housework or exercising. The characters are easy to delve into and the story keeps you going. It adds wonderful entertainment.
Every reader tends to bring his/her own talent to each story. Finding the right reader to build the atmosphere for your storyline is very important. Tim Gerard Reynolds is exceptional at creating a wonderful listening environment.
I rarely add authors to my must read list but I believe Mr. Sullivan will be my newest edition. Thanks for all the hard work on this storyline. It has created a wonderful escape for me.
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.
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