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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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    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

    Tell us about yourself!

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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!

    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 01-01-14
    MCC 01-01-14

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, great series!"

    I loved all of the books in this series. Surprises, laughter and adventure. Great characters.

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    Grisel Mccain USA 07-08-15
    Grisel Mccain USA 07-08-15 Member Since 2014

    bookworm

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    "awesome story,"

    the story line is perfect for the next series. suthe did a really good job

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    EAS 07-04-15
    EAS 07-04-15 Member Since 2014

    Elizabeth Shimon

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    "Loved it!"

    I have loved all the books in this series and enjoyed the short stories that give background info.

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    Michelle 06-30-15
    Michelle 06-30-15
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    "my favorite books fallow riyria"

    never stopped listening best narrated for it and u will finish all of his books in a month just because you just can't stop I personally listen to all 5 books once every 2 or 3 months

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 06-14-15
    Joe 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "an amazing prequel."

    great prequel the Riyria books have been an amazing and great story series. the only thing I can hope for is more journeys for the duo even a sequel with more "Kyle" twists as well. amazing job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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