The Rose and the Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan
4 Stars , Reviews / September 18, 2013

  The Rose and the Thorn is the second half of Riyria Chronicles, a duology prequel to the previously released Riyria Revelations, by Michael J. Sullivan. I loved Riyria Revelations, so I was very eager to read these. One of the aspects that make these books so enjoyable is that Sullivan has created a very fun and interesting dynamic between his two main characters, Royce and Hadrian. This is by no means the only merit to his books. But if you read my review of The Crown Tower, the first half of Riyria Chronicles, you know that I did not love it as much as I did the books in Riyria Revelations. I suspected it was because I missed the interactions between Royce and Hadrian. And now that I have read The Rose and the Thorn, I find further support for that theory. This book was every bit as enjoyable to read as Riyria Revelations, and had just as much of Royce and Hadrian. The Rose and the Thorn is full of mystery, adventure, betrayal and just plain awesome. The story moves at an excellent pace and Sullivan’s characters and their interactions are excellent as well. The world and politics that exist here and how Royce and Hadrian move within…

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan
4 Stars , Reviews / August 6, 2013

  This review was originally posted on Fantasy Faction I’ll start off by saying that I am a big fan of Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria Revelations. Most of the books I prefer are dark, gritty and have characters, that are at best, morally ambiguous. Riyria Revelations is not that. (Although a strong argument could be made against Royce’s moral compass, so perhaps he does hit that check mark.) Seriously though, Riyria Revelations is a straight up adventure story with a very fun duo of thieves in the middle of it. You could try to label them with the typical roles that duos fall into Good Cop (Hadrian), Bad Cop (Royce), Brawn (Hadrian), Brains (Royce), and so on. However, Sullivan turns the characters into more than just the generic stereotypes, and the interplay between the two is great fun. Because of my high opinion of Riyria Revelations, I was very excited to hear about Riyria Chronicles.Riyria Chronicles is a duology that consists of The Crown Tower and The Rose and the Thorn. The pair of books serve as a prequel story, telling the tale of how Royce and Hadrian met and became the team of thieves we are familiar with from Riyria Revelations. My review covers the first of those books, The Crown…