The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

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  1. DurzoBlint

    DurzoBlint http://tinyurl.com/363ogv

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    Just thought I would post this so everyone who enjoyed Michael's first series are aware of his follow up series.

    Here is the blurb:

    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 Arcadias can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.

    The Crown Tower is the first book in a new series, The Riyria Chronicles, based on characters from The Riyria Revelations. Unlike the previous series, which was a carefully choreographed interconnected series of books, the Chronicles are designed to be stand-alone stories that can be read independent of each other or the prior novels.

    The Crown Tower has an expected release date of 3 August 2013 and will be published by Orbit. It is a two book series with the second book The Rose and Thorn to follow.

    The official orbit announcement can be found here
     
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  2. sullivan_riyria

    sullivan_riyria Creator of Worlds

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    Thanks for the re-post. It's been a busy day...and I've been thrilled with all the well wishes from people for the next series. I'm very excited to be reunited with two of my favorite characters.
     
  3. Contrarius

    Contrarius You talkin' to me??

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    I have *got* to get busy and read the Riyria books, dangit.
     
  4. Ochos

    Ochos Hell!

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    Ive not read the Riyria books yet, they get a few mentions in the various threads on here. Someone tell me why i should?? you too Michael!!!
     
  5. DurzoBlint

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    It's a complete series so, no waiting for more books to come out. Great characters, plot, mystery, and action. Has an updated feel to Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Just name a few reasons. Give it a shot, I doubt you will be disappointed.
     
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    I won't tell you that you should go read them, because I don't know what your tastes in books are, but I can tell you what I enjoyed about the series. The series is a return to a more traditional fantasy feel, with a simple exterior and great characters. Royce and Hadrian are honestly one of my favourite fantasy duos, and they have some great moments of dialog. I also really enjoyed how most of the side characters were handled, and how I really felt connected to them and was made to care about their fates. The characters are mostly portrayed as either evil or good, but sometimes extended exposure sheds light on different aspects of their personality and motivations.

    The plot has a great pace and I never felt the urge to skim through to a more exciting part. While the plot appears to be fairly simple, there are quite a few layers and the overarching story line is more complex than it first appears. There were some genuinely shocking moments for me as I read. For me this is what made the series better read in sequence. I would never suggest that someone read the books out of order, despite being marketed as episodic. There are definite starts and ends to aspects of the plot in each book, but they are all heavily connected. I found that a series such as the Dresden Files handled this aspect a little better.

    All of this isn't to say the book doesn't have its flaws. There were some cases of characters not appealing to me, that seemed inconsistent and lacked the depth that most of the others had. Some of the slang used grated with me, which often seemed to creep in during Royce and Hadrian's bantering. Other than that though, I had few issues.

    To summarize: A great, light, easy to read series with a quick moving plot and fun characters.
     
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  7. D-E-M-Emrys

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    One of the best fantasy reads of 2012 was the Riyria Revelations series.

    Everything about it was engaging - I didn't put the books down until I finished them...and then I wanted more.

    Thankfully my wishes were answered.

    Now, where did I put that magic lamp...I've still got 2 more wishes to cash in on.
     
  8. sullivan_riyria

    sullivan_riyria Creator of Worlds

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    This was a "Top 10" list that I did a while ago. It sums up my thoughts pretty succinctly.


    1. A traditional fantasy that’s not a Tolkien clone, but also isn’t morbid to the point of having to down a pair of Prozac to get through.
    2. All six books were written before the first was ever published, enabling the weaving of threads and planting of clues about ongoing mysteries, allowing readers the added pleasure of trying to unravel the plot twists.
    3. Unforgettable characters that provide scenes both heartwarming and heart-wrenching that will make you cry in the end—not because they die horrible deaths (although some do), but because you don’t want to leave them.
    4. A story that is gritty to the point of killing off half the cast, and yet always leaves the reader feeling people are basically good and heroes can and do exist.
    5. A finished series with a designed arc that ties up all loose ends and as such provides a truly satisfying conclusion.
    6. Written for adults, but without gruesome violence, sex, or profanity so that it can be read by people of all ages and shared with the whole family.
    7. Lacking the overly grim portrayal of some fantasy worlds, it is infused with humor including witty banter and laugh-out-loud moments even during dire and serious moments.
    8. Designed such that each book is better than the one that came before, so if you like the first, you won’t be disappointed with the last.
    9. Written to be an “easy read” it lacks the intimidating wall-of-world-building-information, utilizes modern dialog rather than archaic speech, and is paced like a thriller to keep the pages turning.
    10. Written with an emphasis on character and plot it packs an emotional punch focusing on reading entertainment rather than intellectual allegory.
     
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  9. fuddy duddy

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    Those descriptions nail it! Michael, I don't think I've ever enjoyed a fantasy series as much as yours. So much fun with so much depth. I'm eagerly awaiting your next books!
     
  10. Ochos

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    Im sold, if you could PM me the reading order, just to make sure I read them properly. I'll hopefully have them by weekend. damn i cant wait now!!!
     
  11. sullivan_riyria

    sullivan_riyria Creator of Worlds

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    Nice!! I'm honored. Thanks so much for the ego boost.
     
  12. chris777

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    And once again you're making me add to the configuration that is my 'to-read-list'. After reading the Malazan(I'm on the last book now) I need a break with some books/series that's a bit easier to read. I also wanted to make sure my next book has an audio version...so this may be the perfect next read.
     
  13. sullivan_riyria

    sullivan_riyria Creator of Worlds

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    Great to hear...The narrator for the audio versions has been getting very high marks. I'e enjoyed listening to him. It really brings a whole new dimension to the experience.
     
  14. Heather Myst

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    Being a HUGE fan of the first Riyria books I went right to Amazon to try and pick this up but all I could find under Riyria Chronicles was another title that was available in Kindle format only.
    Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thank you very much!
     
  15. sic's mom

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    Really, I have to wait till next August? Boy is that going to be hard. But wait I will have to, but to look forward to another Royce and Hadrian story. Nothing sweeter!!! Thanks Michael.
     
  16. Andols

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    ive been looking for some new stuff again. you sold a few more copies with this thread mr. sullivan.
     
  17. sullivan_riyria

    sullivan_riyria Creator of Worlds

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    Preorder pages are not up quite yet - but I think they should be "any day now" according to my editor. You can add the book to your goodreads shelf from this link.
     
  18. sullivan_riyria

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    It will go quickly...at least I think it will. I have released the first chapter - if you send an email to michael (dot) sullivan (dot) dc (at) gmail (dot) com I'll send you one.
     
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    Thanks for the information Michael. It is so nice to see your books getting the attention that they deserve. Congratulations and thank you for hours of great reading.
     
  20. KatG

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    Wait, wait, is Crown a prequel series or sequel?

    I've read Thief of Swords which is, I think, the first two? short novels/novellas of the first series (they're interconnected). They're quite good, I feel. They are not "traditional" fantasy, as opposed to "non-traditional" fantasy because, as I've explained to Mike, the dark stuff has also been a long time regular fantasy "tradition" and Mike's line of "tradition" is still very current and common. (I still owe him a list.) And it's also dark. There's violence and black humor, and genocide and other fun stuff. People who like Abercrombie or Erikson are not going to find Sullivan's stuff strange at all. But if you are looking at antecedents, then yes, Fritz Lieber is obviously it, along with Zelazny, C.J. Cherryh, Peter David, Trudi Canavan, more recently Jon Sprunk, Chris Wooding, Felix Gilman, Scott Lynch, Douglas Hulick, Patrick Rothfuss, etc.

    There used to be a saying: "Han Solo with a sword stories" (which is funny since Han Solo is based on Robin Hood and other rogues with swords.) Sullivan's series could definitely fit that. The dialogue is very good. The first scene, which was apparently added for the publisher edition, got me to buy. And what's nice is that he doesn't just stick everything into his two leads (who bicker lovingly like fishwives,) but that he has a lot of really good side characters and other majors. The second part of Thief has a whole village of characters and it might have been kind of cloying, but Mike avoids that for me and pulls off a combo that is poignant, darkly comic and sometimes scary intense. He knows how to work a scene and his military stuff is pretty good. And he comes up with really odd, interesting situations. I'm thinking particularly of a set of stairs (those who have read it will know what I'm talking about.) Quite often, you have thief characters who don't really show off any fancy thieving skills -- that's not an issue in this series.