Review: The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

The Crown Tower

Michael J. Sullivan

The Riyria Chronicles #1


368 pages (minus extras)



Challenge(s): Pingel Sisters Reading Challenge: A Book You Haven’t Read By An Author You Love

I think we all know by now that my reviews of the Riyria books won’t actually be reviews, rather just me squealing about how much I love them and The Crown Tower is no exception.  I bloody loved it.

Summary: A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with 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 valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.


Total Reading Time: 3h 32m

Reading Speed p/h: 108.6

Most Pages Read in a Day: 100

Most Minutes Read in a Day: 61

I adored the Riyria Revelations.  It was one of those series that I instantly fell in love with and enjoyed the entire story.  I couldn’t put it down so I decided to get the Riyria Chronicles for Christmas (three of them as presents for myself) and I have been dying to sit down and read them.  The Crown Tower did not disappoint.

Royce and Hadrian have got to be one of my all time favourite book friendships.  They just work so well together and I just loved how different they were yet how close they were so to read how it all begin hit just about every button for me.  Hadrian is lovely, Royce is closed off and I absolutely adored seeing their initial antagonism towards each other thaw slightly throughout the course of the story.

The plot is simple and if you’ve read the Revelations you’ll have heard it mentioned but it was nice to read the story in full.  Hadrian has just returned from fighting in Calis and is paired up with Royce by Professor Arcadius to steal a book from the Crown Tower, the seat of the Head of the Nyphron Church.  If you’ve read Revelations then it adds a nice layer to an already wonderful story and if you haven’t then it is a wonderful beginning to start from because there are no spoilers.

There’s nothing more that I can really say.  I’ve said so many times how much I love Riyria and every review after this one will probably say the same.  These books have become automatic five star reads for me and that will probably continue for as long as I read them.



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