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The Rose and the Thorn Audiobook

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

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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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    Mel S. 03-19-14
    Mel S. 03-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant! But foreknowledge is frustrating!"

    Tim Reynolds is absolute magic! I have read and reread Sullivan's books, and I love that, but Reynolds has a way of making Royce and Hadrian just jump from the pages. He perfectly captures Royce's dark humor and intimidating demeanor and Hadrian's optimism and idealism in the same stroke.

    Let me first say that this book is fantastic! It is exciting, has intrigue and adventure, and lots of interesting back story on all the characters from the original trilogy. That being said, I don't think I've ever been more frustrated! If read after the original trilogy, which takes place 9 or 10 years in the future, this book sets the stage for events that will happen then, so you are forewarned of plotters and saboteurs and all you want to do is get the characters to realize which people are lying scumbags. There are several points where I was desperate for anyone to catch them, knowing that the future is fixed anyway. But I think that is the mark of a great story, that it makes you get involved, and be desperate for someone, anyone, to realize what's happening!

    This is another great installment is the Riyria Chronicles, and I love the more lighthearted feel these books have, since so many fantasy sagas are currently leaning to the dark and gritty. Definitely recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert San Dimas, CA, United States 03-14-14
    Robert San Dimas, CA, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2013

    A truck driver who listens to a lot of Audiobooks

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    "Happy to have more Riyria"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rose and the Thorn to be better than the print version?

    As a truck driver, I don't have much time to read, but lots of time to listen. So, of course I consider the audio edition better


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the story of how the Rose and Thorn was built


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't think I have a favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't know.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. McCormick Texas 02-22-14
    M. McCormick Texas 02-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "All of the Hadrian and Royce books are a must read"
    If you could sum up The Rose and the Thorn in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely fantastic fun.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I suggest going to the author's website and looking up the order he suggest reading the books in. I have read them as they have been released and after reading this book I would definitely suggest reading the first book published first (which is what the author suggest).

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    garth 02-20-14
    garth 02-20-14
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    "A good story."
    Any additional comments?

    This is a good story well written with memorable characters. The story is exciting and constantly moving. Surprises along the way keep suspense up. Satisfying experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Atwater, CA, United States 01-24-14
    Jon Atwater, CA, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Riyria is still rolling!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended the original Riyria trilogy to people-- I have never heard a trilogy that was so beautifully, intricately assembled. This book is the 2nd stand-alone book after the trilogy. I found it more entertaining than the first, but not up to the excellence of the trilogy.


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

    The interplay between the two main characters is always entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hadrian is my favorite character. His optimism is refreshing. Even when it's misplaced.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "What would happen if The Odd Couple were two thieving knights?"


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the original trilogy. It's amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TC53 WINDSOR, IL, United States 01-20-14
    TC53 WINDSOR, IL, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Great epic series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Action, Adventure, intrigue, well deserved laughter, heartache, just the right blend of emotions from the two central characters who compliment each other perfectly. I don't think a movie could be made that would do this story justice. It's a great listen! I was just confused as I read this book second after reading Theft of Swords first. This one should have been read before Theft of Swords, as it deals with the earlier lives of the two main characters and their supporting cast.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is great. He does a wonderful job with the voices, both male and female.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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!

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    Dan Cape Coral, FL, United States 01-11-14
    Dan Cape Coral, FL, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2017
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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!

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    Amazon Customer 01-01-14 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Kristoffer Vermont USA 04-24-17
    Kristoffer Vermont USA 04-24-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Fourth time listening to series"

    I could listen to these books read to me over and over . I absolutely love them. Micheal J. Sullivan and Brandon Sanderson are (in my opinion) the top two fantasy writers of all times. If you love this series then you should give the Demon Cycle series a listen starting with "The Warded Man" by Peter V. Brett, another amazing author.

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