The Rose and the Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan
Riyria Chronicles #2
Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
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, from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception – Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn’t realize is what the two are capable of – but she’s about to find out.
Once again Royce and Hadrian are up to no good. Gwen has been beaten, which Royce finds out about despite her turning them away refusing to see them. He then forces his way in to see her, and one thing leads to another. Before you know it Riyria are hunting down some detestable individuals. (I’d say more, but don’t want to spoil things. ?)
Once again I loved the writing and the story. Everything just works together. If I ever publish a book, this is the kind of pace, and style I want to write. (Which is probably why I keep stopping in my writing because I fall way short of my expectations.) Everything just feels intricate how it all works together. I can’t imagine what the outline must have looked like; if Michael J. Sullivan even writes outlines…(after a quick Google search it seems he does, or does now. Check out this post I found of his where he talks about outlining.)
Tim Gerard Reynolds is fast becoming one of my new favorite narrators. He does these voices so well. Each one sounds like their own person. And we meet some new characters, but none sound a bit like each other. Sometimes when listening to series, when new characters are introduced, or the narrator changes, the voice does not change. This is a peeve of mine because then I have to concentrate a little harder, and sometimes think it would be better if I had just read the book. It never fails, when a voice is too close or is exactly like another, I keep picturing the character it was last used for as being the one speaking, and throws off the story for me. I’ve yet to have this issue with the Riyria books, and I’ve listened to most of them now. (Yes, this is only the second book, I’m way behind on writing reviews for the books.)
This series is addicting. I love these characters. I just want to live in this world and not leave. I want to somehow join the Riyria team, and go with them on these journeys. Alas, I will have to satisfy myself with reading the books about their adventures.