I didn't like the first in the series. Too many POV switches. Although I didn't hate what I read, I didn't get captivated by anyone character enough to continue!
It is a good cover.
TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION. A LEGEND IN THE MAKING. A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with 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 valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.
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).
What I Expected: I expected a “the meeting of” story – characters that you enjoy reading about are interesting, especially those who interact with each other as Hadrian and Royce do. They respect each other, trust each other, but while reading the Riyria Revelations, you can tell that they think very differently about everything. As a fan, of course I’d be interested in their “early years.”
What I Got: I got what I expected, but some of it happened a bit differently than I had thought – always a good thing.
What I Liked: I really liked Arcadius, the very clever and fun professor. I also liked that while the reader is learning something about the two characters and how they came to be, this book does not spoil any of the important story pieces from the Chronicles. I also enjoyed having Gwen as one of the POV’s and enjoyed her part in the story, as well.
What I Did Not: I can’t really say that there was anything I did not like. I was, admittedly, shocked at some portions of Royce’s character, a bit stunned at a twist in the story, but none of that equals something to dislike.
Cover Talk: The cover works. It matches the branding of the first series. I preferred the jewel tones of the other series to the silver and gold of this one, but that is just a personal thing. The two characters fit well in the image, and it is pretty clear from that what and who they are to most fantasy readers.
Recommend: Absolutely. However, I would not suggest reading these before the first series, even if they are chronological that way. I feel that readers coming to this series by this book first may have some hesitations in how they enjoy the characters – even though there aren’t any spoilers [at least in this first book] for the first series.