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The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles #1)

The Crown Tower - Michael J. Sullivan
Read in September, 2013

Word count: about 130 000? or something...
Rating: I really need all three swords

It ate my review! I had one and it ate it! *huddles in a corner crying* Goodreads hates me...

ARC provided by NetGalley

Were up all night to the sun
Were up all night to get some
Were up all night for good fun
Were up all night, I got lucky!

Were up all night - I got lucky!
Were up all night - I got lucky!
Were up all night - I got lucky!
Were up all night - I got lucky! (*Yes, I’ve changed the lyrics a bit. No, I don’t need you to tell me I got it wrong.)

I really hate writing it again. I truly do. Tomorrow on the news... *a young woman... Bodies were found... police couldn’t stop…*

I badly needed to read a good fantasy book (there’s only so much mindless, repetitive romance for teen twats I can take). And I found it *gasp*! This was my first encounter with Sullivan’s writing, and I WANT MORE! Since new books published today are like a minefields, I got lucky with it. Really lucky. It was just lying there to be taken! No pending requests necessary. I was fully prepared for this book to suck, and was pleasantly disappointed.

Writing was good. Language nice, pretty, graphic, but to the point. You know you’re reading a good book, when sword fights suck you in and have you all pumped up. It was impressive. Not once felt I lost or were overwhelmed by excessive amount of details slowing down the action. Props to the author.

I also enjoyed the fact, that characters had diverse personalities. And I don’t mean main characters – I mean an entire fictional world. You know how in books people are either nice, good-natured with a few rotten apples here and there? Or the world is a cold, dark place where everyone’s out to get you? In this case... Neither. There are all kinds of people in Sullivan’s world – good, bad, kind, brave, cowardly, selfish, selfless, dedicated, scheming, straightforward, lying, cheating, honest, strong, weak... I liked it. There’s just a right mix of crooks and lawfuls. Not all sunshine and rainbows, but not enough to kill your faith in humanity.

This book was predictable (much), but execution of a concept was perfect. I’m a sucker for a good story about genius/talented/deadly/special characters that save the day, win against the odds, overcome all sorts of impossible obstacles. I had a blast reading it. Sue me.