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The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1 | [Michael J. Sullivan]

The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

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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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.

©2013 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Cassi PA, US 12-17-13
    Cassi PA, US 12-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I love this series"

    I really couldn't properly express how much I loved this book, the characters, the overall story. If you haven't been introduced to Riyria, start here. If you read the Revelations and want more, read this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 12-14-13
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Won't be dissappointed"

    A bit more slow moving than the Riyria Revelations but is still a good listen with the same lovable characters and engaging story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jude Gaithersburg, MD 12-11-13
    Jude Gaithersburg, MD 12-11-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent/Engaging Story; Reynolds is Fabulous!"
    What did you love best about The Crown Tower?

    A great story; well told and exciting. Wonderful all the way through. No dead, dull, or confusing spots. The narrator has wonderful voices for the various characters and sticks to them. You really get a sense of the personalities and characterizations of the players and an understanding of the culture of the time. I purchased the first book and loved it. I came back yesterday for the 2nd book and it is equally good because the first book just wasn't enough. Great series.


    What other book might you compare The Crown Tower to and why?

    The quality is similar to the Wheel of Time for the story without the padding.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Tim Reynolds is one of the best narrators ever in my book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. BUT I also want to savor it and make it last.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Michael Sullivan! Could we have more, please?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 12-06-13
    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another winner."

    You know what is special about Michael Sullivan's writing? He writes characters and dialogue extremely well. Think Quenton Tarantino or Martin Scorsese. I love their movies for the fast paced witty sarcastic banter between characters. Sullivan knows how to do this and does it well. Most fantasy writers fail miserably at this (ie Patrick Rothfuss, whom everyone seems to love, which for the life of me I can't understand). I digress.

    This books tells the origin of the partnership of Hadrian and Royce, the Butch and Sundance of the fantasy world. If you have read the others you will not be disappointed. If you have not I suggest you do. Start with the original Ryria Revelation trilogy and them come back to this one.

    Keep them coming Mr. Sullivan. Bravo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Fuller CT USA 11-27-13
    Steven Fuller CT USA 11-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hadrian and Royce are back!"

    It is so good to hear the familiar voice of Tim Reynolds bring back the beloved characters of Royce, Hadrian and Gwen, et al! If Michael Sullivan really does as he plans and graces us with twelve years of their lives in the form of one novel each, I hope Tim will hang with us as well. Wonderful story full of witty repartee between our two heroes who hate each other at the beginning of this book. As a plus we find out the back story of Gwen's relationship with the two and her beginnings in "the world's oldest profession." Delightful! Keep them coming back, Mr. Sullivan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Milledgeville, GA, United States 11-08-13
    Louise Milledgeville, GA, United States 11-08-13
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    "THE CROWN TOWER"

    The stories are never long enough I just enjoy listening to them. After I finish The Rose, i will re-listen to the "first" three books,
    Thank your wife for me, for persuading you to continue!!!!:)

    And hast off to Tim on the narration

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 10-07-13
    Jim 10-07-13
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    "loved it"
    If you could sum up The Crown Tower in three words, what would they be?

    I love the entire story, the sense of adventure, the characters, the setting ... it was a constant roller coaster, but was well thought out and did a good job of paying attention to the details. This is a 3 book series, and I loved them all. And I liked how the last book ended ... it pulled things together in a way that was satisfying and rewarding.


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    Jayden NY 10-02-13
    Jayden NY 10-02-13

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    "So thankful for the book."
    Any additional comments?

    I don't review too many audio books. I stumbled across Theft of Swords about a year ago. I listened to the trilogy of books and when they were over, I found myself missing them. So I loaded the first book up on my iPod and started again. Four times through the series, I found that The Crown Tower was available.

    The writing and narration are terrific. I hope that Mr. Sullivan will keep the series going. You have a lifelong fan.

    Thank you very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DiAnne arvada, CO, United States 09-26-13
    DiAnne arvada, CO, United States 09-26-13
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    "Love these books!"
    What did you love best about The Crown Tower?

    The series is brilliant in every way. Great characters. Funny, exciting and well just very well written. Narration is wonderful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Royce and Hadrian are fantastic. The perfect opposites that make a great team.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Smooth with perfect pitch to fit the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I didn't want it end.


    Any additional comments?

    Just spend that credit...you won't be disappointed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce gadsden, al, United States 09-18-13
    Bruce gadsden, al, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I love these characters!"

    very enjoyable prequel to a great series! i hope we get all 12 or so years worth of stories that may be coming!!
    i am very happy they got Tim Reynolds back for these books, he really gives both of the main characters the voice and presence i get from reading the books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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