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The Crown Tower Audiobook

The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

©2013 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Dan Kershaw Toronto, Canada 08-09-13
    Dan Kershaw Toronto, Canada 08-09-13 Member Since 2017
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    "What a wonderful way to start a legend!"
    If you could sum up The Crown Tower in three words, what would they be?

    Joyful return of 2 great characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The origins... and the easter eggs for those who have already read the other books.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Colorado 08-09-13
    Terri Colorado 08-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Riyria Rules even in the early years"

    OUTSTANDING!!! A simply wonderful first prequel to the fabulous Riyria Revelations with superb narration by Tim Reynolds.

    Michael Sullivan weaves a most wonderful tale, the first of the early years. I can't wait for the next to be released & grateful it is only a month away.

    Two men, Hadrian & Royce, forced together by a mutual acquaintance, fighting & kicking all the way and very determined not to like or need each other. You also get great background information & insight into Gwen and Arcadius as well as others.

    I, like the author's wife, definitely have a crush on Hadrian,

    Riyria Revelations & Riyria Chronicles should be a staple of those who enjoy epic tales of courage, adventure, struggle, friendship, and honor.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    NaMc United States 08-13-13
    NaMc United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read!"
    If you could sum up The Crown Tower in three words, what would they be?

    Nailed it again!


    Any additional comments?

    Have read all of his books so far and loved them and this one didn't disappoint! Really looking forward to the next book!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie Rio Rancho, NM, United States 08-26-13
    Bobbie Rio Rancho, NM, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I couldn't quit listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend it to a friend. I have read the last three books and even though I already knew the "final" outcome, I was enthralled with the beginnings.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Crown Tower?

    To me, one of the most memorable moments came when Royce realized that Hadrian had come back for him. Royce would not have done the same for Hadrian and found it so hard to believe that someone could be good, to care about another person enough to endanger their own life to save them.


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

    Yes, He is awesome!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud through out my reading and cried with both Hadrian and Royce. It was wonderful


    Any additional comments?

    I am dismayed that the next two books are not yet available.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ivandoga 08-12-13
    ivandoga 08-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "More of the backstory"
    Where does The Crown Tower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good book a backstory


    What other book might you compare The Crown Tower to and why?

    Rest of series


    What about Tim Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    Yes very good performance


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

    Yes it is short


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Todd 08-07-13
    Todd 08-07-13
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    "Loved it, can't wait for more."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Tim Reynolds's and the team involved in producing the audio book did a great job. Coupled with Michael Sullivan's writing makes for a great experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Whether you've read/listened to the Riyria Revelations or not, Book 1 of the Riyria Chronicles is great. Can't wait for the next.


    What about Tim Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    Tim Reynolds's did a great job as he did with the Riyria Revelations audiobooks.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher McDowski 03-06-17

    I love Fantasy. I guess you can say that makes me a fantastic lover... ;)

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    "Simple entertainment"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A more interesting core plot would have been nice.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    For people who have read the original Riyria Revelations, it was a nice background into how Riyria came to be, and what brought Hadrian and Royce together.<br/><br/>Other than that, though, I didn't think the book was very interesting. The plot was too simplistic, and there was very little that was engaging.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Royce and Hadrian are on top of the Crown Tower and are accosted by the guards, and Hadrian gets to show his stuff.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I suppose.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Brown 01-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I love this series"

    I love this series. Both Royce and Hadrian are characters that are so real. I laugh and cry as they come forge their friendship. Royce's dry wit keeps me howling even upon my third reading. The development of the minor characters' personalities is so well done that you left feeling that each fully fletched out. Please give us more of Royce & Hadrian.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Small Mountain Orlando 11-08-16
    Small Mountain Orlando 11-08-16 Member Since 2014

    Audible subscriber with dozens of books listened to. Mostly non-fiction but with a number of epic fiction titles.

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    "Half of What I was Hoping For"
    Would you recommend The Crown Tower to your friends? Why or why not?

    I recommended the Riyria Revelations series, and even gifted the first book to someone once. The Crown Tower, however, is definitely not on the same level as those books. Half of the book was about Gwen, my least favorite of the main characters in Revelations, and her story just wasn't what I was listening to the book for. I already have a distaste for prophetic characters, and was not at all interested in following the story of a magical fortune-telling whore who was struggling to build a brothel. I liked the other half of the book that actually featured Riyria, though, just as well as the Revelations books. I suppose I just felt kind of cheated by the amount of time spent on the least believable and least compelling main character of the series. So I wouldn't recommend this book as an introduction to the series, but would say that the good parts (the ones that featured Riyria) are definitely worth reading to those who are into the greater story line.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Hadrian. Pickle was great too though.


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

    No, I don't think so. Sullivan didn't pace this book as well as Revelations books. I think this is due to the focus on Gwen.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are considering this book and haven't read or listened to the Riyria Revelations books yet, start there. That is one of the most satisfying Fantasy book series I have listened to lately. I was hoping for more out of this book, but you may want to consider this one if you really like the Riyria Revelations like I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julius 04-18-16
    Julius 04-18-16

    A straight-tailed slick-Hog knuckle dragging mouth breather; and proud of it!

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    "Royce & Hadrian together for the first time"

    I chose to listen to Michael J Sullivan’s books in published order, The Riyria Revelations prior to The Riyria Chronicles. Either way will work, but I’ll say The Riyria Chronicles are the more polished stories. Like any good author MJS has honed his craft over time and it is noticeable.

    The Crown Tower brings the unlikely pair of Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater together for the first time. Ride along as the duo is sent on their first mission by Professor Arcadius. Although you will recognize Royce and Hadrian, they are not yet the friends they will come to be. Not only do we get to watch as Hadrian and Royce come to learn about each other, but we also get Gwen origin story. If you enjoyed The Riyria Revelations you will be more than pleased with this first story in The Riyria Chronicles. If you have not listened to Revelations feel free to try The Crown Tower. You won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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