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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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Great Addition To The Riyria Past!!!

This wasn't only about Royce and Hadrian, it was also about a boy in a castle who's in love and wants to protect the princess. To those who red the Riyria Revelations will know who this boy is and will finally get to know more and more about him and his life before the thingy happened.

I do believe that whom ever wants to start reading these books would be better off starting the Riyria Revelations first.

The great thing is you finally get to know how Royce and Hadrian start Riyria and their business.

Looking forward to a next addition to the past. :)

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great Dual Stories

This is a solid book telling to very disparate stories on a parallel track. The stories interweave and effect each other, but tend to remain separate. While both stories have a nice Hollywood ending, ones resolution leaves a bit to be desired. Overall though it was both well written and read and I wholly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Prequel

Don't be confused...this starts years prior to the first book. It provides fascinating backstory details. It was a little challenging as you know how the larger story ends. I would have preferred to read this one first. Great characters and plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Same story told again

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I was looking forward so hearing some of the smaller adventures that took place before the big story kicks off in Theft of Swords. This book starts off promising with the couple meeting the Viscount and investigating something for Gwen, but the fun chapters with Riyria are alternated with filler chapters from points of view of people at the castle who will be important in later books. Instead of telling new stories, this book adds more backstory to events that were sufficiently covered in the initial series. I much prefer the Riyira short stories since those have new adventures and aren't just a re-hash of event we already know. Disappointed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • charles
  • Edison, NJ, United States
  • 08-28-15

Like always f'in amazing

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.


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Insider info

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire Riyria series. I usually like everything to be chronologically in order, but I'm glad I read the books in the order that I did - Revelations first, then Chronicles.

As I was listening to The Rose and the Thorn, I enjoyed feeling like I was receiving insider info and making connections with what comes later. I liked learning more about Royce and Hadrian, the connections they made, and how Riyria came to be. I also liked the glimpse of Hadrian's future that was revealed through Gwen's eyes.

Having now listened to the entire series, I think the narrator has done a remarkably good job. Royce and Hadrian's voices have remained consistent throughout. He imbues each voice with just the right touch of whatever is intended - sarcasm, humor, etc.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone. Oh, I guess I should mention there is sometimes a bit of gore. But I definitely would not let that deter me from sharing in the adventures of these wonderful characters.

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  • Jason
  • Des Moines, IA
  • 04-18-14

Don't mess with Gwen!

'nuff said. If you're looking at this book I assume you've already read "The Crown Tower" and probably the Riyria Revelations series starting with Theft of Swords. I've listened to the books in the order written and am amazed at how well Sullivan has fleshed out the early adventures of Royce and Hadrian. I didn't like books two and three of Riyria Revelations as much as "Theft of Swords", but these earlier books stand up. Tim Gerard Reynolds does an excellent job at narrating as always.

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  • susan
  • Port Perry, ON, Canada
  • 04-06-14

Great series

Loved the book. The characters and storyline kept me coming back to see how it would end. Can't wait to see what happens next...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Okay, Its got me!

If you could sum up The Rose and the Thorn in three words, what would they be?

Very good story, very good introduction to these characters.

What did you like best about this story?

I found that I was interested and concerned about the fate and future of the main characters. I liked the interplay and dynamics of the characters and was caught up in the story.

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

Good performance that really helped listening.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Though she was not one of the main two characters, I was interested in the story of Gwen DeLancy. I wanted her to succeed and win and was wondering how she was going to "solve" her problem.

Any additional comments?

I commute to work so go through lots of audiobooks. I got this book not knowing anything about the author, characters, or series but because it was the first in a series. I really enjoyed this book and if the series is as good as this book, I am looking forward hearing the whole series.

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  • tom
  • ODESSA, TEXAS, United States
  • 03-31-14

fantastic

What made the experience of listening to The Rose and the Thorn the most enjoyable?

Long well developed story. My interest was grabbed in the first five minutes.

What other book might you compare The Rose and the Thorn to and why?

Sort of reminds me of the belgariun. Well developed characters seems like I have known them for years

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

His ability to express emotions by the tone of his voice

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

No. It was to long. I'm a long haul driver and I want books that take a while to tell. The entire series took thousands of miles

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best stories I have ever came accross. I hope this author can come up with more

1 of 1 people found this review helpful