Thursday is Thor’s day: A weekly look at my TBR stacks. The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles 1) and The Rose and the Thorn (The Riyria Chronicles 2) by Michael J. Sullivan

Ok, It’s that time of the week where I explore my ever-growing TBR stacks. I think we all probably have these huge stacks of books lying around that “one of these days” we will read. I hope it is not just me anyways. I thought each week I would just pick a book or series and shed some light on them and why I got them to read in the first place. I hope everybody will share what they think and get me reading them or maybe stick them back in the TBR stack. Thanks everybody!

This week I am going with The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles 1) and The Rose and the Thorn (The Riyria Chronicles Book 2) by by Michael J. Sullivan . I know I should have read these books a long time ago, but I have not for some reason. I know I really need to read them. Seems like everybody is always recommending them and telling me how great they are. Another reason to read these books is the author is such an amazing guy! These books are definitely at the top of my TBR stacks. I can’t wait to dig into them (someday soon I hope!).

These books are out now!

The Death of Dulgath (The Riyria Chronicles #3) by Michael J. Sullivan Expected publication: November 15th 2015 by Riyria Enterprises, LLC. There is an awesome Kickstarter for this book, so go check out the link below!

New Riyria Fantasy Novel: The Death of Dulgath Kickstarter.


About the books:


The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles 1)

  • Series: The Riyria Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031624371X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316243711

Two men who hate each other. One impossible mission. A legend in the making.
Hadrian Blackwater, a warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with Royce Melborn, 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 prized possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels that the old wizard is after, and if he can keep them from killing each other they become a legendary team.
This is the first book in the new series, The Riyria Chronicles, from best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan. It takes place twelve years before the events of The Riyria Revelations and no prior knowledge of those books is required. You can read in either chronological order or order of publication, although the author suggests reading in publication order.


The Rose and the Thorn (The Riyria Chronicles Book 2)

  • Series: The Riyria Chronicles (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316243728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316243728

A dear friend is brutally beaten. 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 Royce will ignore any danger and seek revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to protect them once more. What she doesn’t realize is what the two are capable of, but she’s about to find out.
The Rose and the Thorn is the second book in The Riyria Chronicles, a prequel series featuring the early adventures of Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater. Taking place twelve years before the events in Michael J. Sullivan’s bestselling The Riyria Revelations, the books can be enjoyed either in order of publication or chronological order.


The Death of Dulgath (The Riyria Chronicles #3)

Three times they tried to kill her. Then they hired a professional. She hired Riyria. When the last member of the oldest noble family in Avryn is targeted for assassination, Riyria is hired to foil the plot. Three years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and the cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start life as thieves-for-hire. Things have gone well enough until they receive the odd assignment to prevent a murder. Now they must venture into a forgotten corner of southern Avryn—a place whose history predates the empire. As usual, challenges abound as they try to anticipate the moves of an unknown assassin before it’s too late. But that’s not their only problem. The Countess of Dulgath has a dark secret she’s determined to keep hidden. Then there’s the little matter of Riyria’s new employer…the Nyphron Church.
From the best-selling author of The Riyria Revelations comes the third installment of The Riyria Chronicles. Although part of a series, it’s designed to thrill both new readers and Riyria veterans wishing to reunite with their favorite rogues.


About the author: Michael writes classical fantasy and science fiction with unlikely heroes and epic adventures. His debut series, “The Riyria Revelations” has sold more than half a million English language copies and has been translated into 13 foreign languages.

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