Review: The Crown Tower

Title: The Crown Tower

Author: Michael J. Sullivan

Date Published:  August 6, 2013

Amazon Link and ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0316243711

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Point of View and tense: Third Person Past Tense

Genre: Fantasy

Subject matter / Setting:

Two men who hate each other. One impossible mission. A legend in the making.
Hadrian Blackwater, a warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with Royce Melborn, 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 prized possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels that the old wizard is after, and if he can keep them from killing each other they become a legendary team. (retrieved from amazon)


Adventures, Polar opposites, Friendship, Poverty, Survival.

Intended audience:

This is an adult book, but not overly “adult”. It would work well for older teenagers as well. If you enjoy a fantasy setting with not a lot of “high fantasy” then this will fit well. There is some very faint signs of a type of non-earthly power but no blatant magic.

Author’s style:

Sullivan is all about character building. The scenes are well written but the people in the story is what makes the story. There does exist two separate points of view which will flip-flop every couple of chapters, but it’s very well done. Both are interesting on their own but when they’re weaved together they stand even stronger.


Very solid pacing.  This is a book that could be read in a single sitting – if time allowed. There are no low points in the book which might make the reader want to “just get through it”. However, the action scenes are semi-rare. Meaning that the non-action scenes are interesting enough to keep the mind occupied and wanting more.


Without a doubt I want to continue the series. This is well written fantasy and I need more of it. I’ve heard that all the other books are on par or better, so it will be a grand adventure for me as a reader. If a reader is looking for an introduction to fantasy reading this would be a great starter book. More experienced readers will find the themes familiar but not overdone in any way.

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