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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Having recently finished the preceding trilogy, I was most pleased that Michael Sullivan took on the task of writing prequels starting with the Crown Tower. I had very high expectations for this first in the new series and was not disappointed. The combination of Sullivan's story development and Tim Reynolds narration is unsurpassed. I did find the story pretty dark though it worked well in the context of the complex relationship between the two main characters. I would strongly recommend reading the other series first, the sequence that it was written. There are definitely some pretty violent parts but are not gratuitous or over the top. I highly recommend this series but it is not appropriate for young readers (IMO). I look forward with anticipation to the second in this series.
Time well spent
The developing relationship between Hadrian and Royce and the background to all the other characters. Makes Revelations a much deeper story so I am going to listen to the whole series again.
Audible PLEASE PLEASE hurry and get the 2 other books in this series. It is cruel to only give us just one :)
A perfect "introduction" to two of my favorite characters ever. I loved the Revelations trilogy and loved this book. The banter between Hadrian and Royce feels so natural and fits the characters and the setting. I don't think a new reader should start with The Crown Tower, there are too many "in" references to themes and details from the Revelations. I can't wait for the next book.
Tim Reynolds continues his superb reading. If I had any criticism of the narrations, it is that Gwen's voice seems a little harsher than in the Revelations books.
If I had to write a book... it would be this book. The characters and the story do not disappoint. This book is funny, sad, intense, clever, and over way too quickly!
The only thing that I might suggest is that if you have not read the The Riyria Revelations then start with this book. The Riyria Revelations series is one of my absolute staples to reread when I'm looking to be lost in a good novel. Having read the Crown tower, I feel like the anticipation of knowing what all the characters do and become is gone. Why is it so important that these two men who hate each other start working together? Well that mystery is gone for those who have read the novels that come later.
I was not expecting Gwen to be in this book (not sure why as her and Royce's story start before Revelations). Even though she is an important character in the The Riyria Revelations, I don't really feel like you get to know her, as she flits in and out of the story. She actually was not my favorite in Revelations, however I love her development here and cannot wait for more.
This novel has just the right balance of everything. You will find yourself laughing out loud at the witty banter between Royce and Hadrian and shedding tears for heartbreak in the book. Unlike some novels, the battle scenes are just perfect, not too lengthy in description and gore, but convey the scene and event perfectly.
I cannot wait for more!
The books they are all great and are well worth your time ,cash or credit. I look forward to more adventures with the Riyria. Very funny and a good story too. Great narration also.
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.
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).
Riyeria Chronicles is great addition to the story, or fill in. Tim Reynolds does a great job on the narration.
The author does a nice intro explaining his thoughts and direction to the series. As the author explains you can start with this book if you have not read the previous books in the series.
The book itself is well done and shows that Michael Sullivan still has the juice.
I just wish Audible would complete the Riyeria Revelations series.
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