Meet Hadrian and Royce.
They are complete opposites who are thrown together by happenstance (and a wizard) and form a unique bond. This bond reveals itself during their many adventures as thieves (but it is okay as they put the stolen book back). Hadrian is a blacksmith’s son who turned mercenary who turned thief who turned into a do-gooder. Royce is an orphan who turned into a murderer and thief and then a do-gooder. Each has secrets that aren’t even known to them and through this book and the rest of the series the reader keeps learning a bit more about this unlikely pairing until finally the secrets are revealed. Hadrian and Royce’s adventures span years and include meeting a prince, a princess, an empress, goblins, elves and wizards.
The Crown Tower is the prequel to a trilogy that was written earlier called the Riyria Revelations. The second book of the prequel is also available and is called The Rose and the Thorn. You can read either of the prequels or the trilogy first.
This is a series that you don’t want to put down and you don’t want to end. The author writes in his postscript that if the fans want him to continue writing the adventures of Hadrian and Royce then he will so here is hoping that fan outcry continues these exciting, funny, fabulous stories.
Review by Annette from Mission Branch