Title: The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles #1)
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
Release Date: August, 2013
Acquired: Purchased from Amazon
Read Dates: Sept. 25-Oct. 6, 2013
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 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 Arcadias can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.
Let me start by saying I fell in love with The Riyria Revelations series a couple of years ago. Michael Sullivan self published the series and I read 5 of them and was waiting with bated breath for #6. Then Orbit picked up the books and re-released them as a trilogy. Michael Sullivan, being the awesome author his is, demanded that they also release the 6th book (Percepliquis) as a stand alone for all his fans that had been eagerly awaiting the release of the final book of the series. He did not want us to have to re-purchase #5 just so we could get #6. I was forever endeared to Michael J. Sullivan for that act of kindness to his fans.
With that being said, The Crown Tower is chronologically a prequel to the The Riyria Revelations series. It goes back in time and tells you how Royce and Hadrian teamed up. According to Mr. Sullivan you could start reading all the Riyria books with this book, however, I would not recommend it. I would read them by release date, not chronologically. I think you would miss A LOT of what is being alluded to by reading The Crown Tower first. So if this review is your first intro to the Riyria books, go buy Theft of Swords and get started immediately! If you love Fantasy, you’ll love all of these books.
I had mentioned in a previous post that reading this book was like getting together with old friends. I really had not realized how much I missed these characters. When you spend six books with just a handful of main characters and with Michael Sullivan’s wonderful development, you really get attached. I was so excited to spend more time with Royce and Hadrian. (I would totally marry Hadrian Blackwater if he were real. Shhh! Don’t tell my husband!) Another perk in this book was Gwen DeLancy’s back story. She was an extremely strong female character in The Riyria Revelations series, but never got much focus overall. I was happy Mr. Sullivan decided to let her have a spotlight in this one.
The opening chapters were a little slow, but about a quarter into the book, it picked back up to the pace I expect of Mr. Sullivan’s writing. He has a way of leaving you wanting more at the end of almost every chapter. To top it off, there was Royce and Hadrian’s witty banter which made me laugh out loud in a couple of spots.
I am giving this book 4 1/2 stars out of 5. I only knocked off a 1/2 star because it was a tad slow in the beginning. Other than that, it is a 5 star performance. My advice to you is this…If you have read The Riyria Revelations and are wondering whether this one will measure up, the answer is yes, read it. If you have not read The Riyria Revelations, read that trilogy asap and then come back and read this book. 😉
COMING NEXT: The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (Just in time for Halloween!)