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The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Whether you read the series or not, READ these. How our duo met.

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 ...
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.

posted by Melhay on September 22, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I am a complete newbie to this author. I¿d seen the books from T

I am a complete newbie to this author. I’d seen the books from The Riyria Revelations series and thought about buying them. This book is the first in a pair of prequels to that series, and I am glad I read this first. I prefer to read a series in chronological order rat...
I am a complete newbie to this author. I’d seen the books from The Riyria Revelations series and thought about buying them. This book is the first in a pair of prequels to that series, and I am glad I read this first. I prefer to read a series in chronological order rather than it’s published one. If you’re like me and this is your first taste in this world it is extremely important to remember that this is a prequel and that there are four more books to read after this.




The story has a very slow start and at times it was hard for me to focus. While it was well written there really wasn’t very much going on action wise, but main characters were being established. The action does eventually pick up, but it occurs in little bursts. And although there was danger it wasn’t until the very end of the book that I felt a sense of urgency. If I had read this book thinking it was a stand alone novel with the potential for more books I would have thought the ending was lame. This book is 400 pages of set up, but from the style of writing and the lovable characters I can see how people fell in love with this series, and I will be sticking around to read the punch line.

posted by Eloise_In_Paris on August 6, 2013

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  • Posted September 22, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Whether you read the series or not, READ these. How our duo met.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    a good beginning for Riyira fans

    Very good, but changed more details of the events as hinted in the Riyria Revelations than I would have liked

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

    A terrific introduction to some of my favorite fictional charact

    A terrific introduction to some of my favorite fictional characters. There is a certain loss of suspense in a prequel, but plenty of excitement anyway. I'm not sure that someone new to the series would have patience with the long setup, and might want both more action and character development early on -- it does take Hadrian a while to smarten up, and it stretches belief that a seasoned soldier and gladiator can still be so naive. Still, adventure is key, humor seasons the mix, and I've plenty of questions for the next episode to answer. As an established fan of the Riyria world, I enjoyed every minute of this well performed listen. Tim Reynolds does an exceptional job as reader

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    Posted September 1, 2013

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