The Rose and the Thorn : The Riyria Chronicles

  • by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Series: The Riyria Chronicles
  • 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two thieves want answers. Riyria is born.
For more than a year, Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner, Hadrian Blackwater, from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception - Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn't realize is what the two are capable of - but she's about to find out.

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On par with the best Riyria Revelations books.

My experience with the Riyria books started with Theft of Swords and proceeded forward in publishing order, which means I finished the Riyria Revelations series before starting on the prequel stories of the Riyria Chronicles. I believe such a path increased my enjoyment of The Rose and the Thorn simply because of the knowledge I have regarding a lot of the main characters. Arista, Gwen, Reuben Hilfred, and even Percy Braga are fleshed out in this book and I really enjoyed learning more about them. This is a prequel story done right.

Unlike the Crown Tower, the time Royce and Hadrian have a more established relationship which allows Michael J Sullivan to really bring to life the world around them. This approach combined with a compelling story line makes this book as good as the latter works of The Riyria Revelation series. It also reveals the root causes for certain events that will happen much later in the series so MJS is working his magic in both directions making both Chronological and Publishing viable listening orders.

Either way you can't go wrong with this book. Tim Gerard Reynolds is well established as the voice of the Riyria characters and he does not disappoint. Note that if you pick this one up then there is no need for you to also grab The Viscount and the Witch as that is fully contained as a chapter within this book.

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- Lore

ACCUSATIONS ARE EASY TO THROW ABOUT

THE WORDS THAT CAME OUT OF HIS FACE MADE SENTENCES, BUT THEY DID NOT MAKE SENSE.
This Sullivan guy can write. He tells an interesting story, he always entertains and he is full of wisdom, but he does not preach at you or hit you over the head with it. This was just a great pleasure to listen to and Reynolds was an excellent narrator. I liked this book better then the first book in the series and I liked it a lot. You want to start with THE CROWN TOWER, as that will help you to enjoy this book even more. I love the new character, Reuben.

When I am old and buried and the academics look back at this time period, Michael J. Sullivan will be consider a Classic Writer. Even if you take away the character development, the funny stuff or the story, you have a great use of the English language. This has probably been looked over by many others since he does so well at the rest. He draws a picture in your mind so well that you don't even think about the manipulation of the words. He also knows how to make you think. This is one of the highest ranked books at audible and for good reason.

HE LIKED TO THINK OF A LOT OF THINGS, JUST NOTHING USEFUL
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-17-2013
  • Publisher: Recorded Books