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
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.
The interplay between the two main characters is always entertaining.
Hadrian is my favorite character. His optimism is refreshing. Even when it's misplaced.
"What would happen if The Odd Couple were two thieving knights?"
Listen to the original trilogy. It's amazing.
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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.
The narrator is great. He does a wonderful job with the voices, both male and female.
All Michael Sullivan books are just awesome! Great world building, epic fighting and just plain fun! Worth getting!
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.
Both Royce and Hadrian equally. I cant bring myself to pick a side.
Yes and this is just as good if not the best I've heard.
Yes. but I couldn't.. took me a few days.
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!
I almost always have a book going.
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.
This is one of the best series of books that I have ever read. Thank you Michael J. Sullivan for creating this world.
After hearing a few other duds it's a pleasure to get back to a fun book. However, I would read the others in the Series first, so you will be familiar with the characters and their quirks.
Very, very enjoyable.
Not tons of slicing and dicing but an enjoyable listen and I look forward to the next in the series.
I just finished listening to the Crown Tower and couldn't say enough good things about it.
The Rose and the Thorn however is a different beast. I felt like Sulivan was too hemmed into the timeline he created earlier and characters that come into play in future stories.
The Rose and the Thorn does occasionally hit the sweet spot. Royce and Hadrian, whenever they are the focus here, the story just sings.
But Royce and Hadrian really only take up 30-40% of the story here. The rest is plotting we already know the outcome of from stories that have already been written but have not yet taken place on this timeline.
I really couldn't find myself interested in the stories of the King, the bishop, the plotting of the court, the dude with the fire mangled face...
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