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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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    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 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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    Which scene was your favorite?

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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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    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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    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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    Hassan 03-23-14
    Hassan 03-23-14 Member Since 2015

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "Great Addition To The Riyria Past!!!"

    This wasn't only about Royce and Hadrian, it was also about a boy in a castle who's in love and wants to protect the princess. To those who red the Riyria Revelations will know who this boy is and will finally get to know more and more about him and his life before the thingy happened.

    I do believe that whom ever wants to start reading these books would be better off starting the Riyria Revelations first.

    The great thing is you finally get to know how Royce and Hadrian start Riyria and their business.

    Looking forward to a next addition to the past. :)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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