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The Rose and the Thorn: Riyria Chronicles, Volume 2 Audio Download – Unabridged

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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

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As one reader aptly named their review, reading this series is indeed like spending time with your best friends - what could be better than finding out how Royce grew to care about Gwen when he doesn't even care enough to name his own horse? The excellent writing's still there, taking us deeper into the lives of the characters and magnifying details of their interesting settings.

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.
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I started out with the original 3 (6) Riyria Revelations books, I highly recommend anyone first touching the Riyria books, start in that order. I loved The Crown Tower, The Rose And The Thorn was just more icing on the cake. More characters from the original books, detailed, rich history of their early years and events which shape the events to come. Littered with hints and little rewards that made me ahh and smile.

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.
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The second book in Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria Chronicles book, but the eighth published Riyria book overall. Another amazing Riyria book. Loved it! Great for fans of the series and those who are new to the series as well.

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!
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The difficulty with any "prequel" is that we know how things will turn out eventually. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the Riyria Tales, so this volume is a welcome addition. I love the counter-play between the two heroes and that is what makes these books great in my opinion.
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I love these Ryria books. I find myself laughing to myself at the witty dialogue, rubbing my hands together in excitement or talking to myself about the plot lines. They really keep me enthralled. I love the characters and try to spend time with them whenever I get a spare minute. I completely recommend them.
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Great read, its good to read about the two main characters in the early days, the darker side or royce and the far too trusting Adrian. However there are a few added gems on the way through like the quiet and brooding Hilfred from the revelations series gets his tale told.

Thoroughly enjoyed, not sure if I read it very quickly or if the book was a bit short.
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