The Crown Tower

The Crown Tower TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION A LEGEND IN THE MAKING A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose Together they must steal a treasur

TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION A LEGEND IN THE MAKING.A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm s most valuable possessions But it isn t goldTWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION A LEGEND IN THE MAKING.A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm s most valuable possessions But it isn t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men Now if Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.The Riyria Revelations and The Riyria Chronicles are two separate, but related series, and you can start reading with either Theft of Swords publication order or The Crown Tower chronological order.

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  1. Did you miss The Disappearance of Winter s Daughter Kickstarter You can buy copies from our online store, now The book will be in the retail chains in October 6 time Goodread Choice Award Nominee I m honored that Age of Myth was one of the 200 most popular books of 2016 Thanks for visiting my page I m Michael J Sullivan, and I first opened the door to my imagination with typewriter keys while playing hide and seek and finding a black behemoth when I just ten years old These days I use computer keys and write classic fantasy and sci fi with unlikely heroes.I m thrilled with the reception my books have received, and delighted that they have appeared on than 150 best of or most anticipated lists including those compiled by 4 Choice Award Nominations , Barnes and Noble, and Audible Here s a bit about my series THE LEGENDS OF THE FIRST EMPIRE A new adventure begins 3,000 years in the pastSince time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between men and those they thought were gods changes forever Now, only a few stand between humankind and annihilation Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people The Age of Myth is over the time of rebellion has begunE RIYRIA REVELATIONS CHRONICLES The best friendships are forged in blood.They killed the king They pinned it on two men They chose poorly.There s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just two guys in the wrong place at the wrong time Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they re framed for the death of the king Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it s too late.

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  1. Obviously, I m not going to post a review as this is my own work but I did want to take just a minute to comment on the book and the new series.When I finished The Riyria Revlations I secretly hoped that they would be successful enough so that I could write stories with two of my favorite characters Royce and Hadrian The books have been out for less than a year, but already it looks like a big success By my calculations the series has sold than 200,000 copies including the self published versi [...]


  2. That was so good Getting to read how my loves, Hadrian and Royce, met was so wonderful I love them so much and it was just a wonderful treat to read their beginnings together I also loved reading about how Gwen got her start but it was sad and brutal, but she did it This is a happy, sad, funny book And Pickles let me just give an excerpt for Pickles I already know I don t need an ignorant peasant boy to confirm my education I also don t need your filthy presence at my table Take your stolen pie [...]


  3. You realize I m just taking you to die I hope to disappoint you You won t Thankfully Hadrian did disappoint Royce, and thus Riyria was born After a long and hectic week, getting back to Elan and reading the first adventure of my beloved pair of thieves was like coming home Thank you Mr.Sullivan for giving us another high fantasy mastepiece Excuse me My name is Hadrian Blackwater Congratulations Um what s yours Leave me alone The Crown Tower offered us a great insight into the beginning of Royce [...]


  4. The Riyria Revelations is my favorite series and reading it I always wondered how did Royce and Hadrian met so I was very excited to read this book.In my experience prequels aren t usually done right and they somewhat diminish that awesome feeling you got from the original so I was hoping this would be a good origin story and I m glad it delivered This book made me love Royce and Hadrian even , I loved how they hated each other when they met because as a result their conversations, or accuratel [...]


  5. Hey Audio buffs this is part of the best 200 daily deals on Audible right now for 3.95 audilble deal 8 26 16Read with some of the fantasy buffs at Buddies Books BaublesI was a little worried to read this prequel I totally LoVeD Hadrian and Royce in the Riyria Revelations and it is a completed series Did I really want to go back to their beginnings to see how it all started And the answer is.MJS is not that author who couldn t figure out what to write next and so decided hey I ll write books in [...]


  6. TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION A LEGEND IN THE MAKING If you read the Riyria Revelations and wondered how Royce and Hadrian met, then The Crown Tower is the book to read They are an unlikely pair in many ways and never would have partnered up if not for the wizard Arcadius, who sets them on a quest to steal a book from the Crown Tower, which no one has ever broken into.It takes a while to get to this point in the book First we follow Hadrian on his journey to the university t [...]


  7. All the stars Royce and Hadrian are my favorite duo in the fantasy world I say this without any trace of doubt at all MJS could write 30 books about these two unlikely Heroes and I would happily devour them with glee And after reading The Crown Tower, this installment will take it s rightful place on my favorites shelf.Michael J Sullivan has a way of telling a story that just really connects with me He doesn t make it complicated or try to do anything that hasn t been done before, but I can just [...]


  8. A great BR with amazing GR dwellers, Craig and Alex All I wanted was to live I d forgotten everything else A clod of dirt doesn t have dreams A bit of broken stone doesn t understand hope Each morning, all I wanted was to see the next dawn But you changed that When I finished Riyria Revelations, I was so eager to meet the characters again and dived into Riyria Chronicles with pleasure If you have, like me, read Michael J Sullivan s Riyria Revelations series already, you ll know that Hadrian and [...]


  9. This was a really fun read with an interesting, fast paced plot and a number of likeable characters The story was made enjoyable by the fact that I was already invested in the 2 main characters from the main Riyria series however I actually think this book might be a better entry point in light of the fact that it does a better job of establishing Royce and Hadrian as distinct characters although the story is only tangentially related to the main plot of the series with the focus of this one be [...]


  10. Old lunatic was rightWe did make a good team And thus a legend was born I love origins stories of beloved characters and having read the Riyria Revelations first enabled me to have a greater appreciation of the two foremost and main characters, Hadrian and Royce While one can start their introduction into the world of Riyria through the first Chronicles book, I find that having hindsight in this case really does, oddly, elevate the reading experience It s awesome being able to pick out seemingly [...]


  11. The best Riyria story yet Michael J Sullivan s storytelling ability just gets better with each book Compared with his first self published novella The Crown Conspiracy which begins his six now three part Riyria Revelations, this is just better again I really loved being back in this world I loved being back with Royce and Hadrian I loved being back with audio narrator Tim GeraRd Reynolds Over the course of The Riyria Revelations we got little snippets and references of the story that became a le [...]


  12. Originally published at Bookwraiths ReviewsTHE BUTCH CASSIDAY AND SUNDANCE KID OF FANTASY For all of you familiar with the Riyria Revelations books, Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn are the Dynamic Duo of fantasy Hadrian the great warrior with three swords for any occasion and Royce the dark, mysterious assassin waiting to put a dagger in you Two partners who are as polarly opposite in their personality and outlook on life as in their styles of fighting No matter their differences however, t [...]


  13. Each killing steals a bit of humanity until a murderer is nothing than an animal A hunger replaces the spirit A want for what was lost, but as with innocence, the soul can never be replaced 3.5 Stars I was initially torn on whether or not I wanted to read the Riyria Chronicles, simply because the Riyria Revelations had such a perfectly complete ending After waiting a few months, I saw the first two books on an Audible sale and figured I might as well pick them up, because they seemed to be a go [...]


  14. Ahhhhh Royce and Hadrian my old friends Lovely to see you again I think it a testament to an author when characters become so loved that you become excited to be reading about them again The first book in the Riyria Chronicles is an absolute gem and hearing all about how our two heroes met really feels like it is a story that should be told.If you have read the Revelations series then this series jumping the gun a bit here is a must read One of the things that I have enjoyed, apart from reading [...]


  15. Rating 4.5 5The Crown Tower is the first story of Hadrian and Royce It s the story of how the met and decided to work together, even if reluctantly, for the first time in order to steal a book from the Crown Tower This was the first Riyria book I ve ever read and I am glad to say it did not disappoint This book lives up to its hype I loved pretty much everything Especially the characters The dynamic between Hadrian and Royce is what keeps this book alive Those two are so different and can t stan [...]


  16. full reviewWhat do you get when you join two completely different characters together one and assassin and the other a soldier into a partnership The answer is the Riyria Chronicles , a fast pace fantasy ,thrill of a ride that kept revving up the engine into the very end I was really impressed with this first novel and to be honest wasn t quite sure the series was for me before I started it After many recommendations from my GR friends to read the Riyria Revelations I decided to switch things ar [...]


  17. Final rating 5 5 starsFinal rating for the whole series 5 5 starsThe claw slipped again It came off the edge of the stone and Hadrian felt his stomach rise as he fell He dropped less than two stories and landed in a thick pile of straw, but it still hurt With the wind knocked from him, he lay staring up at the sky and the wall.Royce s shadow crossed his face That was pathetic You re enjoying this a little too much for me to think you re honestly trying to help Trust me I want you to improve I wa [...]


  18. Holy fun this was so goood D The beginning of Riyria, Im in awe Whenever I could I picked up the book and was eager to continue After reading revelations, this is a very veeery satisfying book to be reading about the duo again How they met Royce is so cruel And Arcadius 3 Next to that we were also following Gwen, strong and so clever



  19. The Crown Tower is the first book in the The Riyria Chronicles which is the prequel series to Michael J Sullivan s highly entertaining Riyria Revelations series The Crown Tower was just as good as any of the books in the Riyria Revelations It was packed with all the action, adventure, intrigue, and the humor readers of the Riyria Revelations have come to expect from a book featuring Hadrain and Royce This was set 12 years before the start of the events told in The Crown Conspiracy It was the sto [...]


  20. Riyria, it s elvish for two And what a duo these men are Some of you may know that I inhale read the Riyria Revelations series It s hard to read about Royce and Hadrian and not fall in love Damn near impossible actually I certainly did, and I knew I wouldn t leave it long before jumping into Chronicles I did actually try to start this one towards the end of October but I went to Japan then fell into a HUGE reading slump Anyways, I picked this up again yesterday and what do you know Inhale read S [...]


  21. 3.5 StarsThe Crown Tower is a prequel of sorts to the Riyria Revelations series We get to see how Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn become the unlikeliest of partners Anyone who loved The Riyria Revelations series will love the chance to see how the best bromance in the business first came to be The author includes a note stating that while Revelations was published first, the Riyria Chronicles of which The Crown Tower is the first book can be read either as standalone, read before Revelation [...]


  22. So far I ve put every one of these on my favorites shelf The story here goes back to the beginning of Riyria view spoiler in the book an elvish word It means something like 2 working together as 1rt of I gather it doesn t translate directly hide spoiler.Before I elaborate any , I ll say I recommend this It s an excellent read and a good addition to the epic fantasy genre.Now, in detail It s possible to start here with this volume as it s labeled Book 1 or to read the series first As The author [...]


  23. I received a free ebook ARC copy of this book from NetGalley Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book 4.5 stars Very nice, satisfyingly fun read.I really enjoy these books Sullivan does have some great world building going on, but it comes up in snippets, not bogging down the story Otherwise he keeps it at a brisk pace and character driven The characters are enjoyable and I really get invested Royce and Hadrian are great together, compliment [...]


  24. Urgh, I love them I love them so damn much It feels SO good to be back with one of my favourite duos in fantasy After hopelessly falling for the Riyria Revelations series and its perfect ending, I was super reluctant to read a prequel series I was afraid that the element of surprise would be lost on me since everything was revealed Well, I couldn t be wrong cause Sullivan came back with a bang and with as much intrigue, fun and adventure as the first series The dialogues, insults and banter bet [...]


  25. 3.5 sIt took a while for this one to get going Part of that was that there was no Royce the first 30% of the book and nothing from is perspective the first 75% Having read and love Revelations this left a sense of the book lacking that Riyeria spirit for most of it At the end we saw it coming together Since this was the formation it s not entirely unexpected That said I wouldn t have minded Royce There was some good background and character building for Gwen who is Revelations is important but [...]


  26. I read the book practically in one sitting, which says a lot about the talent of mr Sullivan as a natural storyteller, making it seem so easy to get involved in the fate of his characters, sucking you in the adventure and making you read just one page, just another chapter, just to see what comes next and how the heroes will get out of that tight corner It s true that my computer was also kaputt on Sunday and I didn t have the distraction of internet and social media to tempt me away from readi [...]


  27. I can t thank the publishers enough for letting me read the advance copy of this amazing book The Crown Tower was my first foray into Michael Sullivan s Riyria series and it was such a delightful read Many of my friends who are into fantasy seem to have read the Riyria Revelations and they all have very nice things to say about the series So when I saw the ARC of the new Riyria Chronicles book offered at Netgalley, I jumped at it The Riyria Chronicles is the prequel to the Riyria Revelations ser [...]


  28. I was surprised by the traditional fantasy tone of the Crown Tower For some reason I d been expecting it to be on the grimdark side of the genre Although,it still was gritty enough for me The Crown Tower was an excellent escapist read with plenty of exciting action The sequence where our heroes climbed the tower made me feel genuinely tense and the author really captured how scary it can be working at height I ve had some experience of this as I d spent some time in hospital after a fall from h [...]


  29. Hey guys, I finally finished it Well, let s face it I can t write great reviews or even comments, so I m just going to say that This book is amazing,the characters are incredible I m attached to them even , I loved every minute of it.So, for those who have never read The Riyria Revelations or The Riyria Chronicles, please do yourself a huge favor and read it because it is 100% worth it It was an incredible adventure This book is definitely going to stay with me for years I can not recommend it e [...]


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