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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Well, would you look at that, an exception to my rational hatred of prologues.
This is a 4.5 star rating, that I feel goes ahead and deserves the rounding up. Again, this is a swords and sorcery (light on the sorcery) novel that does nothing new, nothing unique, nothing more than a good vanilla fantasy novel. And it works. I mean it worked for Tolkien and the Hobbit, and this is somewhat in the same vein. It is just a light, entertaining story.
If you read the Riyira Revelations, then don't be scared off by this being a prologue. Just because you know how it ends won't ruin it one bit. Supposedly there are some nods and easter eggs to those who have finished his original trilogy. I don't think I caught them all, but they are there.
But if you like reading books chronologically, and haven't read the original series, fear not! Fore there isn't even a hint of a spoiler in this book.
If you like the genre, start this book, go, go now.
So, I just finished a book, and need a new book to listen to before the release in one of my favorite series comes out in a few weeks. I need something not to long, but that I know I will enjoy. I decided to come back to the Riyria series that I loved so much with the first trilogy.
Beginning this book, it was like coming home. While the Riyria books aren't complex like the Wheel Of Time or A Song Of Ice And Fire, there is something endearing about these books that just simple make you happy when you read them. The tales of Royce and Hadrian are like following along with two old friends on grand adventures.
Author Micheal J. Sullivan has created a wonderful series in the Riyria Revelations and Riyria Chronicles, especially in the audio format. It's just the right mix of setting, characters, and narration, that makes you want to come back again and again.
Hope for many more of these books.
Loved the story, loved the characters, loved the narration. An excellent study of human nature. A great listen!
Fantasy Novels 4 Life
I really like them. Great to listen to.
the first set of 3
everything. I can never actually read these books he is that good. perfect!!!!
Thank You Michael J Sullivan!!!!!!
I did not read the print version
He gives each character a personality.
I have read every book featuring Hadrian and Royce and have loved them all. These share the number one spot with just a few other great reads.
This has been my favorite series that I've listened to on Audible so far. The friendship between Royce and Hadrian is very well written and entertaining. The writing and narration effectively bring them and the world they live in to life.Its a fun series with lots of action and a variety of interesting characters. I would highly recommend this, and the other audiobooks in the series.
You so have to read this book especially if you have read any of his other book. These are just as good, great humor, swash buckling, epic adventure!
Delightful, entertaining, captivating
There was so much action, it's hard to say which moment stood out the most. The beginning of the story captured me and wouldn't let me go!
Everything. I think he did a splendid job on creating a personality for each character.
Hang on to your seat, it's going to be a fast, fun ride!
I have read all the books in the Riyria series and I have loved every one of them. I was so caught up in the characters, their lives, the adventure that I actually started listening to them in bed-- you could say I became a little obsessive about them. I hated to see this series come to an end.
I ran across the Riyria books by chance, and was completely hooked by not only the story and humor, by by the EXCELLENT narration by Tim Reynolds.
The Riyeria books have the same feeling as the Gentlemen Bastard series, without the extra graphic violence. I like them very much.
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