The Rose and the Thorn, Paperback

The Rose and the Thorn Paperback

Part of the Riyria Chronicles series

4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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 when all other doors were closed against them.

Unable to stay away any longer, they return to Medford to a very different reception - she refuses to see them.

Once more she is shielding them, this time from the powerful noble who abused her.

She was right to suspect Royce wouldn't care about rank and privilege or fear any repercussions from reprisal.

What she didn't realise is what he was capable of - until now.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780356502281



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Dec 2013: I'm finally getting around to reading the published edition.<br/><br/>It's another fun book &amp; answers a lot the questions that lead up to the main series. Well done!<br/><br/>Dec2012-Jan2013: This was a beta read so my rating is a bit of a guess. There are some things that will likely be changed. It was fun doing a read at this stage of the game &amp; it's another grand part of the story. Fits in well with the rest of the books &amp; gives some grand, action-packed background on the events leading up to the first series.

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Another entertaining installment of the Riyria. I hope for many more. <br/><br/>Again, this one fills in the back stories of Revelation series and is the second prequel. <br/><br/>My memory is not great, but I think most of the major back stories have now been filled in from Revelations. <br/><br/>Unlike Crown Tower, when the story follows the Riyria it is mostly following Royce now, not Hadrian, which naturally makes the tone a bit darker. There is less humor and more horror and pathos. <br/><br/>Royce is definitely darker in these prequel stories than he is in the Revelations, when he has has 12 years of influence from Hadrian and 11 from Gwen. He is an unqualified anti-hero here, with Hadrian valiantly trying to be heroic in a most unheroic career. <br/><br/>But what is clear is that both of them are evolving, and while deep inside of Hadrian are core values of good, Royce is scratching around inside a dark and demon filled soul and he only sees light and good from two sources. But he follows those lights and does end up, in the best anti-hero fashion getting good done in a terribly evil manner. <br/><br/>If I was disappointed in anything, it was that there was less interaction between Royce and Hadrian that I would have liked. In other words, just revealing their growing friendship through moments. The best ones are in the second chapter, (which is the short story the Viscount and the Witch)where Royce decides to teach Hadrian a lesson. <br/><br/>In any event, I look forward to reading their future adventures.

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I enjoyed this very much.

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