The Riyria Chronicles

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 44,056 ratings

The Crown Tower 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.

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  • Book 1

    • The Crown Tower

    • The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1
    • By: Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,159
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9,462
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,465

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake

    • By Tango on 08-07-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Crown Tower

    • Riyria Chronicles, Volume 1
    • By: Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232

    Hadrian, a warrior with nothing to fight for, is paired with Royce, a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm's most prized possessions. But it isn't gold or jewels that their employer is after; if he can keep them from killing each other, they might just get him his prize.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A slog and a half.

    • By Rob Hayes on 04-06-16

    Regular price: $22.27

  • Book 2

    • The Rose and the Thorn

    • The Riyria Chronicles, Book 2
    • By: Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8,489
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7,940
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,915

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So sad this is the last one for now!

    • By Robin on 09-29-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Rose and the Thorn

    • Riyria Chronicles, Volume 2
    • By: Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    For more than a year, Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner Hadrian Blackwater. Unable to stay away any longer, they return to Medford to a very different reception - she refuses to see them. Once more she is shielding them, this time from the powerful noble who abused her. But she doesn’t know the rules Royce would break to see her safe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing as always!

    • By Tina on 04-13-18

    Regular price: $22.27

  • Book 3

    • The Death of Dulgath

    • The Riyria Chronicles, Book 3
    • By: Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, Michael J. Sullivan
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,986
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,690
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,679

    Three times they tried to kill her. Then they hired a professional. She hired Riyria. When the last member of the oldest noble family in Avryn is targeted for assassination, Riyria is hired to foil the plot. Three years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and the cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start life as thieves for hire. Things have gone well enough until they receive the odd assignment to prevent a murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Consistently Awesome!

    • By Jake Hartwell on 12-22-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

    • By: Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Michael J. Sullivan, Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,725
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,527
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,515

    When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • By Mar! A brilliant addition to my favorite Chronicle

    • By Gina on 12-30-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

    • By: Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8,690
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,732
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7,751

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • What Jester?

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-20-14

    Regular price: $0.00

    • FREE: Professional Integrity (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

    • By: Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,572
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,796
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,788

    One of the genre's favorite pairs returns in a classic fantasy short for both Riyria veterans and first-time readers. Several years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start their thieves-for-hire organization better known as Riyria. Things have gone well enough for the team as they do "jobs" for various nobles throughout Elan. Usually that means stealing something, but when a young heiress asks them to steal her…well, that's a first for the pair.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WEREWOLF?

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-24-15

    Regular price: $0.00