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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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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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    Bruce gadsden, al, United States 09-24-13
    Bruce gadsden, al, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2012
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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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    The Rev. Craig Williamsport, MD, United States 07-07-14
    The Rev. Craig Williamsport, MD, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2014

    The Rev

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    "Great Standalone Sequel"

    (Not to be confused with a Sandilands squel!)

    I like a good story and the quasi-medieval/premodern mixed setting works. BUT I couldn't put my finger on why I liked this book so much until I realized I was listening to Cary Grant and Victor McLaughlin in their roles as British Lancers in the movie Gunga Din. The Riyria play off each other like the movie characters.
    There is a sense of fun here but there is a darkness which not only cannot be denied, it may be hard to stomach. The heroes aren't super. They get bloodied, they hurt emotionally, they simply screwup at times. This is a darkly fun tale which eludes to more danger and deceit in the next installment. Once you begin to feel the characters, there's no stopping. It becomes a listening obsession until the end when you say, What's next? A dead King? BUT DO read "The Crown Tower" first. If you don't you'll end up doing it anyway! This series has hooked me so it's off to "Riyria Revelations". Later.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-30-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-30-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Wonderful Epic"

    What can I say about this whole series that will do it justice? The characters and storyline are so intriguing that Michael Sullivan cannot write them fast enough.

    A rouge thief and a true hearted swordsman are paired up to take us right into a wonderful adventure. Excitement, humor and just a great plot make this epic fantasy one to not be missed.

    I have read both series and would suggest starting with, The Theft of Swords in the Riyria trilogy. I will miss these books like an old friend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    spyros 03-22-14
    spyros 03-22-14 Member Since 2013

    Fantasy Novels 4 Life

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    "I will buy every book this guy writes period"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rose and the Thorn to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator is amazing. Storyline amazing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rose and the Thorn?

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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Start from the beginning go by release date

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 02-26-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2014

    Don't miss the Bino Phillips series by AW Gray. They are largely unknown, but as good as any ive read!

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    "Outstanding, again...."

    If you've read the Riyira Chronicles, this is another back story involving the two Muskateers, Royce and Hadrian. The author suggests you read the trilogy first, and I heartily agree.

    I love this entire series because I love the two main characters. In fact, the author's wife fell so hard for Hadrian she inspired her husband to write this prequel. Their banter and swashbuckling are fun, funny and exciting.

    And this is exactly why it's important to listen to the Chronicles first. This story confines explains the history of the partners as well as that of their lovers.

    While this story has little in the way of elves, trolls, magic, warlocks and witches, it is a terrific adventure that captured my imagination.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maryellen Kissimmee, FL, United States 12-27-13
    Maryellen Kissimmee, FL, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Bravo...Most Excellent Read!!!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you have already read the Riyria Revelations this book gives the background for those books. All of the same players in this book but it explains how they all met and formed friendships and relationship in Revelations. But this a stand alone book and you don't need to have read Revelations first. So pick this book and get read for a truly most excellent read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James MARIANNA, FL, United States 11-04-13
    James MARIANNA, FL, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Michael J. Sullivan has done a brilliant job with these prequels. In each book we learn a little more about Hadrian and Royce’s past, and have a great time in doing so. If you have read the first series, then events in the story pop into place. If haven’t listen to the first series and are starting with these, then you’ll understand a little more when you get to them, but personally I would want to wait that long. Another great job Mr. Sullivan, keep them coming.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 10-25-13
    Marie 10-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great addition to the Riyria saga"

    I love all the Riyria books. After listening to and being addicted to the Riyria Revelations series, I jumped on the audio books for the two prequels in the Riyria Chronicles. And I wasn't disappointed. Michael J. Sullivan has created characters that become like old friends. I think much of this is due to the superb narration of Tim Gerard Reynolds.

    Truthfully, I'm not sure I would enjoy reading these books as much as I enjoy listening to them. When Hadrian and Royce speak, I feel as if I know them. When I finished The Rose and the Thorn I went back and listened to all 60+ hours of the Riyria Revelations; the second time was a good as the first.

    Unlike some reviewers, I think it is best to read the books in the order they were written. The Riyria Chronicles focus on the backstory of several important but secondary characters in the Revelations series. I think it is more powerful to understand the fate of these characters, such as the Pickerings, Hilfred and Count Albert Winslow, first in the Revelations and discover their backstory later in the Chronicles.

    I can't wait for the next book be it prequel or sequel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah 10-20-13
    Hannah 10-20-13
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    "Outstanding! Cannot get enough!!"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved this book! I love this series- my only concern is that I finished all of the books and am upset that there aren't any more!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-03-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-03-14 Member Since 2014

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "ACCUSATIONS ARE EASY TO THROW ABOUT"

    THE WORDS THAT CAME OUT OF HIS FACE MADE SENTENCES, BUT THEY DID NOT MAKE SENSE.
    This Sullivan guy can write. He tells an interesting story, he always entertains and he is full of wisdom, but he does not preach at you or hit you over the head with it. This was just a great pleasure to listen to and Reynolds was an excellent narrator. I liked this book better then the first book in the series and I liked it a lot. You want to start with THE CROWN TOWER, as that will help you to enjoy this book even more. I love the new character, Reuben.

    When I am old and buried and the academics look back at this time period, Michael J. Sullivan will be consider a Classic Writer. Even if you take away the character development, the funny stuff or the story, you have a great use of the English language. This has probably been looked over by many others since he does so well at the rest. He draws a picture in your mind so well that you don't even think about the manipulation of the words. He also knows how to make you think. This is one of the highest ranked books at audible and for good reason.

    HE LIKED TO THINK OF A LOT OF THINGS, JUST NOTHING USEFUL

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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