Monday, March 4, 2013

The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations, #1) by M. J. Sullivan {REVIEW}

*This review was originally written by me on my Goodreads Reviews.*
Book Title: The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations, #1)
Book Author: Michael J. Sullivan
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Historical
Publication Date: October 1st 2008 
                      by Aspirations Media Inc



There's no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just two guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they're framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it's too late.
"The Crown Conspiracy is great fun and a romp end to end...Highly recommended and another positive surprise for 2008 I hope the author enjoys a well deserved success and we get to see all the planned volumes in the series." -- Fantasy Book Critic
"A fast paced and riveting fantasy, "The Crown Conspiracy" is well worth reading." -- MidWest Book Review
The Crown Conspiracy is book one of the multi-book saga: The Riyria Revelations. Instead of a string of sequels this six-book fantasy series was conceived as a single epic tale divided into individual episodes. All were written before the first was released so that plot elements are intertwined, yet each is self-contained with it's own conflict and resolution.
The Riyria Revelations and The Riyria Chronicles are two separate, but related series, and you can start reading with either Theft of Swords (publication order) or The Crown Tower (chronological order).

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

I haven’t read fantasy books for a while now. I just don’t like them…I LOVE them!
I am always afraid to start a book that seems interesting because I think I will stop my every other work in order to finish that book first. This is what pretty much happened after I started reading The Crown Conspiracy. One of my Goodreads friends is the guilty!
A friend of mine recommended this book to me and I started reading it after which my fear became true. I had started piling up my assignments, being late for mealtimes just so that I could finish it. To be honest, I have no problem with the length of a book if it is a good one. But thank goodness it was not as lengthy as other fantasy stories or my studies would have gone camping in forest!
The concept of stealing and re-stealing of a bunch of letters seems to me quite interesting. I am not a fan of ‘thy-thou…’ type of language in conversation, and I am happy the author didn’t use one. I am not fully satisfied with the character portrayals though. I feel there was much space left unfilled. But I guess more will be revealed as the series progresses. I have just finished this one from the series and a few pages from the next one. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to spend a good 4-5 hours (the time it took me to finish this including). It may not be long enough, but the story is pretty awesome.

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