You might have noticed by now how much I enjoyed reading the Riyria Revelations series by Michael J. Sullivan. I finished with that and thankfully, I wasn’t the only one not yet ready to part ways with Royce and Hadrian!
Sullivan wrote a second series, the Riyria Chronicles, detailling some of things hinted at in the other novels as well as giving us origin stories. The first installment in that series is The Crown Tower!
The Plot (according to Goodreads):
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 Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.
I love love loved this! As the title if The Crown Tower, I knew this would be about the infamous heist that was referenced a lot in the Riyria Revelations. You have no idea how curious I was to finally learn what went down that one time when Royce and Hadrian first stole something and then put it back!
But it’s not only the story of the heist that we get. This is how Hadrian and Royce met. We get some insight into their past (I mean, we all know that is a very limited process whenever Royce is concerned), which gives the characters even more depth. Sullivan already did a great job in terms of character development in the books I already read, but this is more about understand how the became who they turned out to be, what their motivations are, etc. So good!
What I hadn’t realized (which in hindsight is a bit stupid of me) is that this would also be Gwen’s origin story. I knew that her story is intertwined with Riyria but I hadn’t expected Sullivan to go all out and dedicate a good portion of the novel to her. Again, I am so excited about it. Gwen is an amazing character and I had always wanted to know more about her, so this is perfect for me.
I have absolutely no complaints about this book, other than that it had to end at some point. The writing is concise, the plot is smart, the characters are intriguing. There are chapters that are downright heartbreaking, there is funny banter. This doesn’t feel like an easy to cash in on fans who already like his characters. This is the first book and what I hope will be another amazing series.
Honestly, I cannot wait to read the remaining books in the Riyria Chronicles. The Crown Tower was insanely good and I’m sure the rest of the series is as well. Sullivan nailed it again!
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!