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The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  7,309 ratings  ·  532 reviews

The Crown Conspiracy is book one of the multi-book saga: The Riyria Revelations. The series is told through six novels conceived as a single epic tale. Across the entire chronicle, mysteries build, characters evolve, and plots thicken, but each is self-contained and can be read independent of one another.

Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Aspirations Media Inc (first published 2008)
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Stacy Jones It is available as part of an omnibus of the first two books in the series called "Theft of Swords."
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I have a problem with fantasy. I do like the genre, but I can't stand multi-volume epics with 900+ pages per volume. I don't like spending 25 pages in a cave or 150 pages fighting a battle. I don't need a six-page description of a tavern. I don't like struggling to figure out how a name is pronounced. Since the fantasy genre seems to be dominated by what I don't like, I tend to approach it with extreme caution.

In my opinion, fantasy authors and publishers could take some lessons from Michael Su
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
The Crown Conspiracy is perfect for readers who enjoy epic fantasy, but in a smaller package. When you have the time and energy for a 500 or more page epic, why not? But if you want a good historical fantasy tale that is shorter but doesn't lack what you enjoy in the genre, then it's great to find one. This is a good choice if you have encountered that dilemma. When I developed a renewed taste for fantasy as an adult reader, I looked at different fantasy novels that many established fans of the ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay, in the spirit of complete disclosure I actually read Theft of Swords which includes this book and Avempartha. Last night however I finished The Crown Conspiracy and have to say I'm exceedingly pleased.

Of late I've read a string of mediocre books. They weren't "bad", I didn't hate them but neither could I get into them. Often I'd get to the point I just didn't care. That's not the case here and if the quality holds up I may become a fan of Mr. Sullivan.

The characters here are not only "well
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
Apr 15, 2009 colleen the contrarian ± (... never stop fighting) ± rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to colleen the contrarian ± (... never stop fighting) ± by: Reading Group
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16Mar2012: the 6th book finally came out in Jan of this year, so I'm re-reading the series in order. I hadn't realized it had been 3 years since I first started reading this series. I didn't read it in order nor did I read the final copy, except this book. I started out by ARC reading book 2, then read this book, then ARC read the rest of the series except book 6. IOW, I get to read this just for fun this time & enjoyed it very much.


4April2009: It's a fun, quick fantasy read. The sett
I loved this book! So much fun, but not without a harsh brutality that lends weight to the story and truth to the world they live in. I adore Royce and Hadrian and find myself invested in them in a way I haven't been in a long time. The other main characters were equally endearing in their own ways and I was never too impatient to get past their stories to get back to my favourites.

I feel like there is still a huge amount to discover about Royce and Hadrian in the following books and I can't wa
Mar 30, 2013 Jon added it
Recommends it for: fans of heist stories with a fantasy flair
Recommended to Jon by: Fantasy Book Club March Selection
David Sven
“It’s those thieves, those damned thieves,” the Earl of Chadwick called out as he ran after Braga. “They’re demons! Magicians! Evil mages! They are like smoke, appearing and disappearing at will.”

Hadrian and Royce are Riyria - professional thieves extraordinaire. They steal from the rich, and give to...the other rich...or whoever's rich enough to pay for the job - usually nobles who want special items from other nobles. And they say thieves have no honour!

This is sword and sorcery - rogues and w
Dec 09, 2013 Lee rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
It has me very interested in continuing the story for sure. It is really a 3.75 stars, but at this stage I can't give it a 4. I am hoping, from reading all of my friends comments that the series develops well. I can see that happening. There has been some very nice character building (the narration on audio is excellent), but I really want to see a development of said characters now to push this story into the 4 star realm. Secondly, I want to see a bit more depth to the story, this did feel at ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
Is this a tribute to Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser? If not, it should be.

This book has received a fair share of glowing reviews, with reviewers praising, among other things, its lack of unnecessary exposition. And it is an enjoyable book, for the most part. However, some attention to detail would not have been amiss.

Is this a Young Adult novel? I’m not sure. Everything is just skimmed over. We hardly have any idea what anybody looks like or how things work. This is a shame, really, since there are
Maggie K
I so enjoyed this book..and it's all due to what it lacks!

So much sword and sorcery fantasy these days feels like it has to be uber-descriptive. They remind me of the frozen turkeys that when you unthaw them just drain off water they have been 'plumped up' with.

So it was with great pleasure that I read this book: Despite an evil plot to overthrow the throne, sinister manipulations, secret prisons,a bratty prince and princess, an uber-magician, and a tenacious dwarf, the book seemed as refreshin
Lindsey Rey
I really enjoyed this one and I am excited to continue the series!
Thrilling, Captivating, Amazing are some of the first words that came to mind when I finished this book last night. I stayed up late into the night to finish this book, so that is a sign that I loved it. One of the better sword and sorcery books that I have come across in a while.

This book was a take back to the fantasy books that have quests, magic, and great characters and plots. At first I wasn't sure if I was really going to bond with any of the characters, but to my delight I found myself
Overall this story is more like 3.5 star for me with promising development of a series. There are many introductory explanations about the setting and backgrounds, either by telling or showing, coated with the plots. This approach is both good and bad. The good thing is, this approach gives reader promising big unexplored Riyria Universe, so I believe a lot of readers crave for more. But on the other side, this approach is sacrificing the story itself into a mediocre one. The main story is prett ...more
The Crown Conspiracy is a worthy debut in the fantasy genre. It's simple (no getting bogged down in the complicated names and geography that so many fantasy novels have), yet totally engrossing. I actually put it down a few times because I didn't want to reach the end too quickly. I always appreciate some good political intrigue, and my favorite part of the book involved a secret prison decorated with the faces of the people who built it. It's a self-contained story, but I picked up on several t ...more
Anthony Ryan
Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria Revelations are an entertaining, fast paced and very welcome addition to the ranks of modern fantasy. Sullivan combines the character and world-building skills of Fritz Leiber with the plotting and humour of Dashiell Hammett.
Apr 23, 2009 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a great fantasy or adventure
Recommended to Chris by: the GoodReads Fantasy Book Club
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The Crown Conspiracy – Michael J Sullivan
I will admit, that over the last few years I have grown away from the fantasy genre, so this book sat in my “to be read” pile a bit longer than it should have. However once I opened it up, I was thrilled with the story. What we have here is a very well thought out tale of intrigue… regicide, battles over the throne, conspiracy, and two thieves thrown into the mix keep the story line moving at a rapid pace.
A short summary: Two expert thieves are commissio

Fun romp from the beginning to the end. I enjoyed it a lot and did not put it down since it is a fast, light, not very deep way to pass 2-3 hours. I am in for the next novel in the series.
See my review (with spoilers) of the book itself. This re-read was for the audio version.

The book itself was right on the cusp between 4 and 5 stars. I originally gave it 4, then bumped it up to 5 after I'd given it time to sink in.

So why 4 now? This 4 is for the audio experience only. The story is still just as good. The reader wasn't bad, and I didn't struggle with him really, but at the same time he didn't wow me like some readers I've listened to in the past.

I've also read books 2 & 3 i
3.5 stars

I actually enjoyed this book much more than I thought that I would. I will admit that I had some issues with it, but for the most part, I was pleasantly surprised. I had expected something very different, and something much less entertaining than this was.

Issues first: The characters were a little bit 2D, and I wanted them to be a bit more unpredictable and have a bit more personality. There were also some situations that just didn't really make sense, but seemed to be put in to ratche
My original assessment of this book stands, it's too darned short! It's a nice story, I just wish it would have been fleshed out more. Unfortunately, it, like so many other great stories, fell victim to that "first publication by a new author" problem that so many writers fall into these days. Publishers don't want to take a chance on a new author by publishing a true epic fantasy of 300,000 or more words so they put the word out that they want 80,000 to 100,000 word manuscripts and that's what ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Skilled thieves and occasional assassins, Royce and Hadrian take a job for a nobleman on short notice and are framed for the murder of the king of Melengar, Amrath. Amrath leaves behind his first-born, Arista, and his only son and heir, Alric - who, at nineteen, is arrogant, demanding and pretty self-centred. Caught by the body of the murdered king, Royce and Hadrian end up chained to a dungeon wall, awaiting quartering and death in the morning.

Hope comes from unlikely quarters, in the form of
Paige (Enchantology)
This was a lot of fun! It's quite a straightforward and simple story, so it doesn't offer much in terms of originality or characters with a lot of depth... but for what it is, it's pretty great. Probably a good read for anyone looking for a fun fantasy adventure without all of the density that can come with these sorts of books, and also those inexperienced with fantasy & hoping to change that. Looking forward to continuing this series soon.
First off, I found out about this book through in a contest that I signed up for. I did not win, but was emailed by the author’s wife that I could purchase a signed copy of the book from them and took advantage of it. The Crown Conspiracy is the first book in a 6 book series, the second Avempartha scheduled to be released in April 2009.

The Crown Conspiracy main plot line is about two thieves who are hired for a job and end up framed for the murder of the king. There are some sub pl
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
'The Crown's Conspiracy' was guest reviewed by TJ from Dreams & Speculation. Rating 3/10 on the blog - Goodreads still doesn't offer half stars!

I'm sorry to say that, all around, The Crown Conspiracy didn't work for me. However, it seems that I'm in the minority, because the book has been nominated and given several awards. Plus, just a quick glance at The Crown Conspiracy on Amazon shows a wealth of five and four star ratings. But I just can't really see why. Now, I figure my job as a revi
Found The Crown Conspiracy while browsing several fantasy groups on Goodreads. The cover description piqued my interest. A tale about two thieves who find themselves being blamed for the murder of their king! The beautifully created cover illustration also caught my eye. Both of these factors promised a great read. This fantasy didn’t disappoint!

I enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters of Royce and Hadrian. I particularly liked reading their dialogues. Their easy banter is beli
Heard about this from a friend of mine. They enjoyed it so I'll check it out. So far I'm very impressed with this book - it is a fun fast-paced read. If it weren't for the fact that I'm incredibly busy at work right now I would have read the whole thing in one sitting. I find the story just propels me along and I don't want to spoil anything but for instance I'm trying to decide if one of the characters is good or evil and I keep flip-flopping between the two.
This is a very fun to read fantasy/adventure story that follows the adventures of two ordinary rogues thrown in to extraordinary circumstances. No dark lord here, fantastic armies, or farm boy destined to save the world. No fancy names I can't pronounce either. Just to rogues that get blamed for the murder of the king and are doing whatever it takes to stay alive. There is a fantastic setting in the back, but you learn about it as you go, so no need to take a course on it before reading the firs ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Riyria Revelations (6 books)
  • Avempartha (The Riyria Revelations, #2)
  • Nyphron Rising (The Riyria Revelations, #3)
  • The Emerald Storm  (The Riyria Revelations, #4)
  • Wintertide (The Riyria Revelations, #5)
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“The abbot told me once that lying was a betrayal to one's self. It's evidence of self-loathing. You see, when you are so ashamed of your actions, thoughts, or intentions, you lie to hide it rather than accept yourself for who you really are. The idea of how others see you becomes more important than the reality of you. It's like when a man would rather die than be thought of as a coward. His life is not as important to him as his reputation. In the end, who is the braver? The man who dies rather than be thought of as a coward or the man who lives willing to face who he really is?” 16 likes
“I just want to say, for the record, as far as Royal protectors go, you're not very good."
"It's my first day," Royce replied dryly.
"And already I am trapped in a timeless prison. I shudder to think what might have happened if you had a whole week.”
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