Release Date: 06/08/13
Two men who hate each other. One impossible mission. A legend in the making. Hadrian, a warrior with nothing to fight for, is paired with Royce, 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 prized possessions. But it isn't gold or jewels that their employer is after, and if he can only keep them from killing each other, they might just get him his prize.
I had a lot of fun reading the original series when it was picked up by Orbit so as a reader I was more than intrigued to see what Michael would produce in the prequel that explains how the heroes from the original series came to forge their alliance. As with the series it works wonderfully well, brings a whole new area of trouble to the fore and when added to a whole host of chaos really gives the reader chance to get behind familiar friends.
The only real problem with this book, as far as I’m concerned is that because this is a prequel we know that our duo are never in any real danger which takes a lot away from the book in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong it’s a lot of fun, the pace is solid and with good action sequences I was more than happy but the best bit, the internal conflict between the heroes.
Release Date: 17/09/13
Two thieves want answers. Riyria is born. For more than a year, Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner Hadrian Blackwater when all other doors were closed against them. 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. She was right to suspect Royce wouldn't care about rank and privilege or fear any repercussions from reprisal. What she didn't realise is what he was capable of - until now.
The concluding part to the prequel duology and as with the first, I had a lot of fun reading this. The characters are great to hand around, have some wonderful movements of humour and levity and when backed with great pace alongside plot aspects all round works delightfully well.
Add to the mix a whole host of dilemma’s, some cracking twists and an authors writing style that really does keep you glued all round makes this something that’ll deliver on all your reader demands. As with the first book in the series my gripe still stands but with everything else that I’ve enjoyed within it can be quite a minor one.