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The Rose and the Thorn: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 2 | [Michael J. Sullivan]

The Rose and the Thorn: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 2

For more than a year, Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner, Hadrian Blackwater, from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception - Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn't realize is what the two are capable of - but she's about to find out.
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Publisher's Summary

Two thieves want answers. Riyria is born.

For more than a year, Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner, Hadrian Blackwater, from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception - Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn't realize is what the two are capable of - but she's about to find out.

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

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    Cecil Rochester, NY, United States 10-16-13
    Cecil Rochester, NY, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Series but don't start here"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I definitely would, and have. The story is fast paced and hard to stop reading. Perhaps the worst thing about this book is how tired I am at work since I can't find a good place to stop for the night. The characters are extremely funny but deep in a very real sense. Unlike in some Fantasy stories where the main characters are some sort of untouchable demi-gods Royce and Hadrian just seem like average Joes that aren't so average, in fact nothing like average....wait what is average anyway? The point is I like the characters, and I feel like I could sit down and have a beer, or two, with Hadrian, or be adequately unnerved by Royces presence, They feel real, and while the story may at times seem implausible the restraint shown on the use of magic by the author to connect plot dots and a world populated with similarly fully developed characters makes everything work beautifully.


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

    The narrator does a great job of putting you in the time period, I'm not sure exactly what that means but his voice just makes me feel like I'm in the medieval ages. A certain drawback however is he does not have a good variety of male voices, but I never had any trouble figuring out who was talking.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't start with this book or you may find the beginning boring, as you have not yet been introduced to the characters and will likely completely miss certain jokes that were intended to make a scene. Also the whole barge trip would probably seem slightly interminable if you don't know Royce and Hadrian yet. As that whole adventure is comprised mainly of trying to figure out who's who based on given clues and character traits you've learned in previously (or post-viously I suppose is more accurate) situations, Kind of like murder mysteries aren't any fun if there's no character depth.Anyway for Maximum enjoyment start with Theft of Swords, it's the best way I promise.And now off to read The Rose and The Thorn. can't wait any longer.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 09-29-13
    Robin 09-29-13
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    "So sad this is the last one for now!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rose and the Thorn to be better than the print version?

    The story is great on its own, but I could never conjure up the personalities the way Tim Reynolds does. His tone of voice for Royce and Hadrian is always perfect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fans sometimes call themselves Team Hadrian and Team Royce, I'm torn as I adore them both. I especially liked seeing Royce fall in love in spite of himself and have no idea how to cope with that.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    I think his performance of Hadrian, with his genial attitude, is most distinctive.


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

    Yes, if I could have, although I also wanted it to last.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Audible, I doubt I would have discovered this author in print or appreciated him half so much. The whole works of Sullivan are probably my favorite listens of the year!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 10-20-13
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2008

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "How To Succeed in the Middle Ages"

    If you read the first three books you know the outcome but WOW the details leading up to those three books make this & the first prequel hard books to stop listening to (aka put down). Just when you think all is lost (though you know it is not because you read the first three books) something truly inspired (with a dab of insanity) happens.

    Michael J. Sullivan's books with awesome narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds are brilliant, unforgettable, action packed, a discovery of love and self, showing the struggles of the low & mighty and are definitely riveting.

    I would start with the original books and then go onto the prequels as they will have more meaning that way; otherwise you will find yourself re-reading the prequels after you finish the original 3 anyway..... oh wait... you will want re-read all of them again & again.

    This series goes way beyond 5 stars on all counts.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 12-22-13
    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What??? No more??"

    This whole series is great. These are some of the best this genre has to offer. You will not be disappointed. I would recommend reading them in the order of publishing starting with the Ryria Revelations Trilogy. I hope Michael Sullivan keeps writing these because I love his characters, world, and stories. If you haven't read any of this series yet you are in for a treat.

    Enjoy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Haydhan Fire Southern California 09-19-13
    Haydhan Fire Southern California 09-19-13 Member Since 2012

    I read/listen purely for enjoyment and any reviews are based on that. Mostly fantasy, mystery, suspense.

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    "Royce being Royce!!! Read this 5th"

    Another great adventure with Riyria. I love seeing the things happen that we only heard about in Revelations. This installment was a look back at how it all started and a look into Royce's extremely violent past. It was great! I highly recommend this book to all Riyria fans. On a side note, if you are going to read this don't bother with The Viscount and the Witch as it is one of the sections of this book.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan 10-25-13
    Brendan 10-25-13

    Professional Disc Golfer from Maine. Fantasy/Epic/War History are the preferred genres.

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    "Sullivan Shines Again!!"

    If you have not read or listened to this one yet, I am incredibly jealous, as I will never get to experience this as a first timer ever again. There is something to be said for going through a book for the first time, you might get to see the layers of the book exposed, but you always know whether they go left or right at the fork of the road.

    The Rose and Thorn is the next installment in the Royce and Hadrian experience and Sullivan does not disappoint. The story continues where it left off and takes you in directions that you never expected. Familiar faces from the Riyria Revelations pop up and garner extra enjoyment for those who have previously met some of them. By the conclusion of this book, you'll once again be chomping at the bit for the next installment.

    And a point also worth noting is the stellar job that Tim Gerard Reynolds has done narrating this book. He really brings alive Royce and Hadrian - giving them distinctive personalities and memorable scenes.

    Purchase with confidence.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 11-28-13
    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 11-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very satisfying, thrilling story"

    The saga of Royce and Hedrian continues. The second in this series is actually more balanced than the first (Crown tower), not quite as dark, and provides the context for the loss of the Queen. The narration adds great depth to this story. What a pleasure. If you are looking for an epic with complex characters and intriguing plot twists, give this series a try. Don't start with this story, start at the beginning. You won't regret it. My highest recommendation for all ages. A wonderful story about two odd characters that are thrown together and become inseparable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lesa M. Scheifele 11-05-13
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    "Can't wait for the next one!"
    Would you listen to The Rose and the Thorn again? Why?

    YES! Royce and Hadrian are written so well that they seem like friends...I miss them in between books and it is difficult to find other books as engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The friendship and comedy between the two leads.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Hadrian or Royce...hard to choose.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, both!


    Any additional comments?

    Even though each story is stand alone, these books leave the reader craving more. The author suggests reading the first three books, Riyria Revelations, first even though chronologically the others come first, and I agree. There are minor points in The Rose and Thorn that won't mean anything on their own, even being invisible to a first time reader, but that add a lot to the understanding of the characters when you have already read the three Revelations.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 10-19-13
    Jennifer 10-19-13
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    "Superb storytelling and plot"
    Where does The Rose and the Thorn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has got to be the best audiobook I've ever listened to. Perfectly captures the feel and essence of the world and the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seemingly simple yet so intricate with all the details in just the right places and just the right amounts. The plot is very well planned and moves along at just the right pace. I didn't want to stop listening!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce gadsden, al, United States 09-24-13
    Bruce gadsden, al, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great story!"

    if i have to give one negative remark on this it would be that it is just too short!! i want more! I am loving these prequels so much!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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