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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Nov. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GN0ZZR4
The Rose and the Thorn: Riyria Chronicles, Volume 2 Audio Download – Unabridged
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Firstly, you can tell that something has changed Royce and Hadrian's partnership. Although their bond is not as strong as the one they will have much later, you can see how things have improved and it's pleasantly surprisingly. After a year, Hadrian is able to understand Royce to a certain extent, observing that the man only smiles and wears his hood up if someone is going to suffer, and even learns from his partner how to move with a little more stealth and awareness of his surroundings. What I found particularly impressive was the observations of Wintertide through Hadrian's perspective and how differently he thinks from the way he did in the previous novel. While things are more toned down with regards to Gwen in the story, you can see just how wonderfully the connection between herself and Royce forms, delicately presented in a way that is not eye-rolling at all or boringly derivative - it is genuinely enhancing.
In addition to Gwen and Royce, there is the unrequited love that Hilfred has for Arista and also King Amrath's restrained affection towards the queen. Tellingly, the romance here is somewhat melancholic, hesitant, and self-conscious. Neither man knows how the other person feels, despite being united by duty and marriage, and they each endure what feels like a mortal blow to their hearts when events come to pass.Read more ›
I really do hope that Michael releases all the planned books he has worked out, more importantly I hope book 3 of the Riyria Chronicles is not too far off as I'm experiencing withdrawal symptoms !
The Riyria books started as my quest to find a GOT replacement till WOW, but I quickly purchased all the released books after reading a few chapters. It's given me countless hours of enjoyable reading and holds a place in my favorites.
In The Rose and the Thorn, Hadrian and Royce return to Medford, where a year ago they were saved from the brink of death by brothel owner Gwen, whom Royce has since fallen for. On their way they meet landless and penniless viscount Albert Winslow, and the three strike up an agreement to benefit them all. Arriving in Medford though, Hadrian and Royce find that Gwen refuses to see the pair, much to their confusion, and they seek to discover the reasons why and rectify the problem. Meanwhile, at the castle, Reuben Hilfred is about to turn 16 and begin life as a castle guard. He soon makes some unlikely friends and finds himself caught up in an unusual situation, forced to re-consider everything his father told him...
I LOVED this book. I've read all the previous Riyria books (the entire Riyria Revelations series as well as The Crown Tower), and I loved this chance to revisit the world and characters I'd come to love. Again it was a good, enjoyable adventure in itself, and even if you haven't read the entire Riyria Revelations, and just read The Crown Tower (or even just this book maybe...) it's still really enjoyable. Sullivan still throws in a few little hints that veterans of the books will enjoy, hinting at things that happen later without revealing everything to readers new to the series, which I think is best and works well.
I loved seeing Hadrian and Royce's relationship continuing to develop and looking out for hints for what happens in later books.
Overall, an amazing read and a great adventure. It was a great read for a veteran of the series, full of hidden references, but also a enjoyable romp for those new to the series as well. A step up from The Crown Tower in my opinion. I loved it!
Thoroughly enjoyed, not sure if I read it very quickly or if the book was a bit short.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another highly enjoyable book from Michael J. Sullivan. I am so glad I came across his Riyria novels by chance while researching ebooks!Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
The greatest duo on the scene. Riyria adventures keep me reading into the early hours! Every book is a delight.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the authors writing style and this doesn't disappoint either. In my opinion, it's not as good as the other 4 books, however it's still very enjoyable to read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Guy
Continuation of great story. Characters very good and good sense of humour.Published 12 months ago by J Craughwell