The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan – Review

Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Publication Date: August 2013
Pages: 384 
My Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis (1)

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.

Goodreads link: The Crown Tower


I picked this book after one of my favourite YouTuber recommendations. They especially raved about the friendship in the books and I do love a good friendship in my story. And I wasn’t disappointed. I loved both Hadrian and Royce. Hadrian is the nice ex-soldier that is tiered for killing and don’t quite know what to do with himself and Royce is the mysterious and dark assassin that won’t think twice before cutting your throat. They couldn’t be any different and this is why when they come together they are amazing.

Things I liked:

  • The writing was simple and nice, and the plot, as well as the world-building, were also simple which made the story very easy to read and follow. If you do like complicated world-building and magic system, though, you won’t find it here.
  • I think I made it clear that I love Hadrian and Royce. They are both amazing and very well written character with their own distinct personality. 
  • I love seeing them getting to work with each other, and slowly turning this hate to a very strong friendship.
  • This is the first book of the prequel series and this was a very nice story to introduce us to where it all started. The plot was simple and easy to follow but did its job.

Things I didn’t like:

  • Throughout the story, we jump between Hadrian’s and Gwen’s POV. Her POV was interesting but unfortunately, the two stories don’t connect until the very last pages. Which, for me, felt like I was reading two different books in one. While reading Gwen’s POV I found myself counting the pages to see when I’ll be back with my two favourite characters because their story was the one I wanted to be reading about.

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