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Blood of Thieves

(The Riyria Chronicles #1-2)

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Discover how the Riyria Revelations began! BLOOD OF THIEVES collects two complete novels containing the earliest adventures of the heroes of Michael Sullivan's smash-hit epic fantasy saga!

THE CROWN TOWER: 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 thiev
Hardcover, SFBC Edition, 537 pages
Published December 22nd 2013 by Hachette Book Group USA
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Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book contains both The Crown Tower and The Rose and the Thorn. I initially read these as separate books that I borrowed from my library. I remember the day I walked into the library and saw The Crown Tower propped up on the “new release” shelf. The mysterious, hooded guy on the cover caught my eye, I read the synopsis and checked it out. I had never heard of Riyria before, but little did I know that I would come to love this series. Not to mention fall head over heels for two very unforgett ...more
Jeff Briggs
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read Game of Thrones and the rest of the Song of Ice and Fire series the year before the TV show came out. I talked my wife, who has never read fantasy outside of Lord of the Rings, to read the series afterwards.

She LOVED it, and when when she finished found the Riyria series for her Kindle. She loved these books so much that she took the liberty of naming MY kitten Hadrian Blackwater! I thought that since the kitten was a gift TO ME, that I would have the honor of naming him!

I read the Riyri
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Omnibus of the first two Riyria Chronicles novels - I have two hard copies and read them all.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love that he keeps writing backstory for two of my favorite adventurers! He does such a great job making them quick, fun, and action packed, while still maintaining depth, character nuance, and clever plotting. A+
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Крепкое приключенческое фэнтези без изысков — то, за что я полюбила оригинальную гексалогию, сохраняется и здесь. А ещё я люблю формат историй без глобального сюжета, объединённых миром, и это именно то, из чего состоит эта книга.
«Коронная башня» описывает первую встречу героев и нравится мне меньше. Из-за воспоминаний об их будущем и, главное, из-за морализаторства Адриана. Я ничего не имею против морализаторства в целом, но не такого, как здесь. И не в серии, подающейся как приключения воров!
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Class: L-B1 (FP)

(first two books of the Riyria Chronicles, prequels to the Riyria Revelations)

These books are a prequel of the original Riyria Revelations series; while they're not per se an epic fantasy like the original they certainly are a great Fantasy novel.
I recommend it after reading the original Saga but you can read it first too.

The world (3,75) is a good classic fantasy world, with real history and legends. Well built and interesting.

The characters (4,25) are really great, p
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While I enjoyed the Riyria Revelations immensely it was not the case with these two prequel stories. I did enjoy reading about some of my favorite characters again, this book just seemed to lack the same magic as the others. Maybe the new wore off for me? I imagine it is very hard to write prequel with much depth because you have essentially painted yourself into a corner because you have to stay within the established story and characters. I recommend it if you have read the Riyria Chronicles ...more
Paula Letterman
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very descriptive of an imaginary world, yet you could find it anywhere during the dark ages. The characters are diverse and perfectly written. The action is plentiful and always in the right place. Although written about two main characters the author didn't forget about the rest. The story is full bodied. ...more
Aileen Dodge
I have read this entire series written by Michael J. Sullivan and I loved it. I know if you are a first-time reader of books written by Michael J. Sullivan that you will be wanting to read more of his books! Don't worry he has a written other series that you will find just as intriguing! And you will love the adventures his books take you on as you read them. So read on and ENJOY!!! ...more
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun adventure, perfect for escapism. You get knife fights, sword fights, fist fights, conspiracies, revenge, narrow escapes, and so on.

This volume contains the first two Riyria Chronicles (The Crown Tower and The Rose and the Thorn). They take place before the Riyira Revelations, and you can read these either before or after reading those. While "Revelations" is very epic in scope, "Chronicles" is more episodic adventures. You could start here if you're not sure you want to commit to t
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This is the omnibus version of The Riyria Chronicles book 1 and 2.
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Riyria Chronicles 1

Riyria Chronicles 2
Russell Moll
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm usually not a fan of prequels as knowing what is happening down the road causes the story to lose something. However, this one is worth reading for Royce and Hadrian- especially the first book as we learn how they meet. ...more
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