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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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    Amazon Customer PARKERSBURG, WV, US 01-13-14
    Amazon Customer PARKERSBURG, WV, US 01-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "WOW!"

    All Michael Sullivan books are just awesome! Great world building, epic fighting and just plain fun! Worth getting!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Cape Coral, FL, United States 01-11-14
    Dan Cape Coral, FL, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I loved this book. Although, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if i hadn't read Riyria Revelations first. This book answered most if not all the questions I had about how Royce and Hadrian actually met. Fantastic story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Royce and Hadrian equally. I cant bring myself to pick a side.


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

    Yes and this is just as good if not the best I've heard.


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

    Yes. but I couldn't.. took me a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    plenty of action in this book. The fight scenes were perfectly written from every point of view. And the dialog between Royce and Hadrian is priceless!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MCC northern Calif, United States 01-01-14
    MCC northern Calif, United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Country girl, rock hound, farmer, hairdresser. I almost always have a book going.

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    "Instantly hooked."

    Some books take time to warm to, but not so with The Riyria Chronicles. Engaging and fun are a few of the traits I enjoy about the writing. This author is new to me and so far I just want more, more, more. That hasn't happened to me in quite some time. I go through a lot of books so, ya, pretty darn pleased with this series so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 11-03-13
    Cheryl Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Alert, overlaps The Viscount & the Witch -1star"

    If you like the first series - you'll like this one, but it does seem rather tidy that virtually all the threads were woven so tightly in the one 48 hour period.
    I was disappointed that I paid for the Viscount & the Witch story twice. Once as a Kindle book and then as part of this audio book. Fortunately Gerard Reynolds is so nice to listen to I almost didn't mind. But I did knock off 1 star for it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew PRAIRIE GROVE, AR, United States 03-30-14
    Matthew PRAIRIE GROVE, AR, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The Riyria Parts Were Wonderful"
    Any additional comments?

    Well, half the book is superb.

    I generally dislike books that are written with multiple Point of View story lines. Sullivan's books tend to be the exception, but sadly not in this case. It is cool that Sullivan is writing about and fleshing out minor characters from the Riyria Revelations. I mean, it really worked out in The Crown Tower, I love Gwen now. This book however featured one of my least favorite characters, the worthless Hilfred, you know, Arista's bodyguard? Yeah, he sucks even more in this book, and takes up half the page count. And unlike in the first book, there is no meeting of Riyria and Hilfred.

    It's a shame that Royce and Hadrian had at most 40% of the page count, because their parts were so much fun.

    Read it if you've read the other ones, just know that half the book sucks.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Modesto, CA, United States 03-04-14
    Kathy Modesto, CA, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "BAD RECORDING"
    What disappointed you about The Rose and the Thorn?

    The many pauses some lasting up to 10 or 15 seconds very disconcerting. I found myself looking at my phone to make sure it was still working. Found it very hard to listen to!


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

    I liked the story from being to end as I have done with all the riyia revelations and riyia chronicles. Except for "The Rose and the Horn.


    What didn’t you like about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance?

    no problems with the performance except the "dircetions" left much to be desired. It felt as if they were trying to add time to the lenght of the book by add long pauses. As if we wouldn't figure it out!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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