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ISBN13: 9780316243711
ISBN10: 031624371x
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Two men who hate each other. One impossible mission. A legend in the making.

Hadrian Blackwater, a warrior with nothing to fight for, is paired with Royce Melborn, a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Hired by an old wizard, 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 prized possessions. But it isn't gold or jewels that the wizard is after, and if he can just keep them from killing each other, they just might succeed.

Chronological Order
  • The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
  • The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)
  • Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 and #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha
  • Rise of Empire (Riyria Revelations #3 and #4): contains Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm
  • Heir of Novron (Riyria Revelations #5 and #6): contains Wintertide and Percepliquis

*** Fantasy Faction's Top 10 Anticipated Books for 2013 ***

*** BestFantasyBooks.com Most Anticipated Books of 2013 ***
*** Ranting Dragon's 50 Fantasy and Sci-Fi Novels to Look Forward to in 2013 ***

Review:

"Hadrian Blackwater is already a veteran at a young age. Returning home after the death of his father, he's disillusioned with soldiering and not sure what to do next. Luckily, Professor Arcadius, a friend of his father's, has an idea: team up with surly murderer Royce Melborn to commit crimes. The first in a series of prequels to Sullivan's Riyria Revelations series adds nothing to Royce and Hadrian's stories. Hadrian spends over 100 pages wandering the countryside, meeting an adorable orphan named Pickles and traveling on a barge before he is finally introduced to Royce. Meanwhile, Royce's future love interest, Gwen, spends the entire book building a brothel, completely separate from the plot. When Hadrian does meet Royce, he turns out to be a sulky figure who wants to murder anyone who gets in his way, lacking all of his future warmth and personality. A disappointing outing from a good author, this prequel is of interest only for the most devoted Riyria fans." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Michael J. Sullivan has lived in Vermont, North Carolina, and Virginia. He worked as a commercial artist and illustrator, founding his own advertising agency in 1996, which he closed in 2005 to pursue writing full-time. The Crown Conspiracy is his first published work. He currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and three children. The author's website can be found at www.riyria.com and on twitter @author_sullivan.

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MelHay, September 22, 2013 (view all comments by MelHay)
Hadrian returns to Vernes from Calis to visit Arcadias in Sheridan at the university, an old friend of his fathers and family. Hadrian travels by barge up the river with jewel merchants who claim the strange dark caped man is the killer Vernes is looking for. Hadrian believes in all people, but when people start disappearing and dying Hadrian wonders of this man.

Gwen is a young prostitute who wants out from under the employment of her boss, and the men he lets in his establishment. When another girl is killed and he threatens Gwen, she decides it's time to make her move. But she can't leave Medford. She's waiting for something, someone.

Royce is quiet, sneaky, quick, and deadly thief. He has an evil in his eyes. He trusts no one but himself.

Arcadias puts the fighter and the thief together, thinking they would be a good team. They might be good for each other, IF they can accomplish the job as a team, not separate, and live through it.

Gwen younger before she's on her own. Her life in Medford as a Calian, the prejudiced is so strong. How Gwen has come to her own, a hard story. Gwen's tale of coming to Medford and learning her talent.

We follow Hadrian and Gwen more than Royce. But Royce is the one we always have a mysterious feel of, and he's not much of a talker. It takes a bit to get our favorite duo together and the banter flowing, but when they do, the blooming of their quick wits are there.

Oh, for those who have read the first six (or three Orbit) books, we know the secrets and get to see the forming of them. Those who haven't read the books will have so many clues to what's to come. You will WANT to know more about these characters. I love seeing the clues now and Michael has dropped more in to connect later in the series as well.

We learn more of Calis being Hadrian fresh off ship from there. Even touches from Gwen as her mother was from there.

Through the over all story plot there are mini-plots, which Michael is amazing at. I really enjoyed these as they are used to tell the story of our characters growth, personalities, world drawing, and to bring the characters together. There's the murderer mystery going on with Hadrian on the barge. Gwen fighting for her own life and those of the girls around her, then coming into her own. Also, Hadrian and Royce meeting and training and trying to compromise to do the job Arcadias requests. There is even troubles at the university that stir.

The secrets in Gwen's character! Oh my. She has links that I had never really thought of. Great. Wonderful. Amazing to see this. Her story is a secret that is well to be known. And the grace she is left with, that person could be explained in reading the series - if you haven't yet.

I don't know how Michael does it, but when we finally get Royce and Hadrian banter it is wonderful! Just like old friends for me. They click so easily for me as a pair, even when they hate each other and think of ways to kill the other.

This is an amazing addition to the Riyria world. The way it all began. I could say you could read this one before or after the series, but if after you might catch more connections.
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blatant fool, July 16, 2013 (view all comments by blatant fool)
Loved Riyria Revelations, can't wait to read the new series.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316243711
Author:
J. Sullivan, Michael
Publisher:
Orbit
Author:
Sullivan, Michael J.
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Series:
The Riyria Chronicles
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1.25 in 0.86 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hadrian Blackwater is already a veteran at a young age. Returning home after the death of his father, he's disillusioned with soldiering and not sure what to do next. Luckily, Professor Arcadius, a friend of his father's, has an idea: team up with surly murderer Royce Melborn to commit crimes. The first in a series of prequels to Sullivan's Riyria Revelations series adds nothing to Royce and Hadrian's stories. Hadrian spends over 100 pages wandering the countryside, meeting an adorable orphan named Pickles and traveling on a barge before he is finally introduced to Royce. Meanwhile, Royce's future love interest, Gwen, spends the entire book building a brothel, completely separate from the plot. When Hadrian does meet Royce, he turns out to be a sulky figure who wants to murder anyone who gets in his way, lacking all of his future warmth and personality. A disappointing outing from a good author, this prequel is of interest only for the most devoted Riyria fans." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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