The Rose and the Thorn : The Riyria Chronicles

  • von Michael J. Sullivan
  • Sprecher: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Serie: The Riyria Chronicles
  • 11 Std. 53 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


For more than a year, Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner Hadrian Blackwater. Unable to stay away any longer, they return to Medford to a very different reception - she refuses to see them.
Once more she is shielding them, this time from the powerful noble who abused her. But she doesn’t know the rules Royce would break to see her safe.


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Also it was in a way my least favourite of the Riyria Chronicles, obviously it focuses less on Royce and Hadrian. Hilfred was never that interesting to me. I always found him predictable. Nevertheless the story of Rose
took me in, although tragic and hopeless.
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- Hooded Crow

Riyria is Born, High Noon in Medford

No big surprises in the second book of the Riyria Chronicles. Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater became a real team now and do, what they know best, kill the bad guys and save damsels in distress. But in all fairness, Sullivan spins a good yarn and knows, how to tell a story. He skillfully presents two separate storylines and artfully merges them at the great finale. He also is extremely talented in creating colorful, lifelike characters, which are not black and white, but come in all shades between. There is Gwen, the prostitute, who shows kindness and empathy and is filled with the unquenchable thirst for a better life, there is also the young member of the royal guard, who shows courage and loyalty, when all others step back and of course, there are a lot more, who might be worth mentioning.

The first storyline shows us Royce and Hadrian on their way to Medford, where they want to see Gwen DeLancy again, the young prostitute, who saved their life once. To their dismay, they find out upon their arrival that there is something completely wrong. Gwen does not want to see them. Gwen made powerful enemies, her life and the life of her girls is in great danger.

The second storyline is about a conspiracy in Medford. Powerful nobles and representatives of the church intend to kill the king and his family, but one of Gwen’s girls overheard part of the plot and everybody is hunting for her now mercilessly.

If you liked the “Crown Tower”, you will like this book as well. Good entertainement, funny at times, but also moving and touching at other times.

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- BikerJoe

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 21.11.2013
  • Verlag: Whole Story Audiobooks