The Crown Tower

The Crown Tower

Book One of the Riyria Chronicles

Book - 2013 | First edition.
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Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316243711
Characteristics: 414 pages. ; 21 cm.


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Jun 11, 2016

The characterization was amazing. I had a huge smile on my face so often because the writing was so brilliant. The scenarios the characters are thrown into paint comedic irony very well. I loved the banter between the two main characters, Royce and Hadrian. Also, they're really badasss, the kind of characters you want to follow. Some rip offs of "Assassin's Creed”?...possibly.

This story had two main sequences: The perspective of Hadrian and Royce, and the perspective of Gwen and the brothel. I liked all of the story, but I felt the story was almost written as a standalone adventure following Hadrian and Royce (which I wouldn't have minded). Then, as if Gwen's story was later added. It was a very short novel, so I can see how it'd be hard to follow all these fascinating story trails, but it was a little disappointing to feel like some of the side story was cut short. The ending was good, but it was very abrupt. It felt as if the last couple pages could have been stretched into 50 more, easily.

I felt like the author was a little bit needy in the extras in the book. Like, self-centered almost. It included an author's note. The ending was followed by a glossary of terms (Which I thought was cool), acknowledgements, an extensive interview with the author, an "about the author" and lastly, part of the next book of the series. He goes on about the struggles of writing and how he doesn't write for the money, only for the enjoyment, but I'm not really buying it. It's almost like this sad plea "Oh, look at me, writing's so hard and I'm just struggling by to make great novels, thanks for everyone's continued support". It all seems a bit over the top.

Overall, a really enjoyable read. I'm definitely excited to read more from Riyria.

bjabfidel Jul 11, 2014

I would recommend reading this before reading the Riyria Revelations books,even though the author wrote it later.

bookfanatic1979 Dec 10, 2013

A prequel to Sullivan’s “hugely popular” Riyara Revelations series. If you aren’t already familiar with Royce and Hadrian, I highly suggest you start with the Revelations series first. I should have heeded the advice Sullivan gives in the introduction and done the same. This entire book seems to be nothing more than a heavily contrived attempt to get Royce and Hadrian together. The plot is weak, and there’s so much background and history that first-time visitors to this world (like me) are likely to be overwhelmed and leave feeling rather cheated of an actual story.

JCLJakeE Sep 13, 2013

Michael Sullivan's initial series the Riyria Revelations was an outstanding effort of simple, adventure fantasy built around a small cast of well-developed characters. Sullivan's 1st prequel, The Crown Tower brings back the same cast of characters, twelve years before the introductory novel Theft of Swords. Like the original series, it is built around the easy-to-latch onto characters Hadrian and Royce, the focus of the original series. The book is a fast-paced read, and highly enjoyable. I recommend beginning with the initial series before beginning the first of what is a planned series of prequels.


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