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The Crown Tower Audiobook

The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

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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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    Oliver Wood NY 10-02-13
    Oliver Wood NY 10-02-13 Member Since 2014

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    "So thankful for the book."
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    I don't review too many audio books. I stumbled across Theft of Swords about a year ago. I listened to the trilogy of books and when they were over, I found myself missing them. So I loaded the first book up on my iPod and started again. Four times through the series, I found that The Crown Tower was available.<br/><br/>The writing and narration are terrific. I hope that Mr. Sullivan will keep the series going. You have a lifelong fan.<br/><br/>Thank you very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DiAnne arvada, CO, United States 09-26-13
    DiAnne arvada, CO, United States 09-26-13
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    "Love these books!"
    What did you love best about The Crown Tower?

    The series is brilliant in every way. Great characters. Funny, exciting and well just very well written. Narration is wonderful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Royce and Hadrian are fantastic. The perfect opposites that make a great team.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Smooth with perfect pitch to fit the story.


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

    Yes and I didn't want it end.


    Any additional comments?

    Just spend that credit...you won't be disappointed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce gadsden, al, United States 09-18-13
    Bruce gadsden, al, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I love these characters!"

    very enjoyable prequel to a great series! i hope we get all 12 or so years worth of stories that may be coming!!
    i am very happy they got Tim Reynolds back for these books, he really gives both of the main characters the voice and presence i get from reading the books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 09-14-13
    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very satisfying"

    Having recently finished the preceding trilogy, I was most pleased that Michael Sullivan took on the task of writing prequels starting with the Crown Tower. I had very high expectations for this first in the new series and was not disappointed. The combination of Sullivan's story development and Tim Reynolds narration is unsurpassed. I did find the story pretty dark though it worked well in the context of the complex relationship between the two main characters. I would strongly recommend reading the other series first, the sequence that it was written. There are definitely some pretty violent parts but are not gratuitous or over the top. I highly recommend this series but it is not appropriate for young readers (IMO). I look forward with anticipation to the second in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 08-25-13
    Sharon 08-25-13
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    "Another wonderful series."
    If you could sum up The Crown Tower in three words, what would they be?

    Time well spent


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

    The developing relationship between Hadrian and Royce and the background to all the other characters. Makes Revelations a much deeper story so I am going to listen to the whole series again.


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

    Hadrian Blackwater


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Audible PLEASE PLEASE hurry and get the 2 other books in this series. It is cruel to only give us just one :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 08-25-13
    Marie 08-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Welcome Back Hadrian and Royce"

    A perfect "introduction" to two of my favorite characters ever. I loved the Revelations trilogy and loved this book. The banter between Hadrian and Royce feels so natural and fits the characters and the setting. I don't think a new reader should start with The Crown Tower, there are too many "in" references to themes and details from the Revelations. I can't wait for the next book.

    Tim Reynolds continues his superb reading. If I had any criticism of the narrations, it is that Gwen's voice seems a little harsher than in the Revelations books.

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    heather norman, OK, United States 08-23-13
    heather norman, OK, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The way all books should be."

    If I had to write a book... it would be this book. The characters and the story do not disappoint. This book is funny, sad, intense, clever, and over way too quickly!

    The only thing that I might suggest is that if you have not read the The Riyria Revelations then start with this book. The Riyria Revelations series is one of my absolute staples to reread when I'm looking to be lost in a good novel. Having read the Crown tower, I feel like the anticipation of knowing what all the characters do and become is gone. Why is it so important that these two men who hate each other start working together? Well that mystery is gone for those who have read the novels that come later.

    I was not expecting Gwen to be in this book (not sure why as her and Royce's story start before Revelations). Even though she is an important character in the The Riyria Revelations, I don't really feel like you get to know her, as she flits in and out of the story. She actually was not my favorite in Revelations, however I love her development here and cannot wait for more.

    This novel has just the right balance of everything. You will find yourself laughing out loud at the witty banter between Royce and Hadrian and shedding tears for heartbreak in the book. Unlike some novels, the battle scenes are just perfect, not too lengthy in description and gore, but convey the scene and event perfectly.

    I cannot wait for more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Yukon, OK, United States 08-21-13
    Greg Yukon, OK, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I love Riyria"

    I was so happy when I heard this book was coming out and I wasn't disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    donna Lake Orion, MI, United States 08-18-13
    donna Lake Orion, MI, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Get all"

    The books they are all great and are well worth your time ,cash or credit. I look forward to more adventures with the Riyria. Very funny and a good story too. Great narration also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Bessemer, AL, United States 08-17-13
    Mike Bessemer, AL, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow!"

    Can Michael J Sullivan tell a story or what. Loved the way he way able to tie in the first three and still was able to set up this book as a stand alone story. Can't wait for the next one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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