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Summary

For more than a year, Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner Hadrian Blackwater. 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. But she doesn’t know the rules Royce would break to see her safe.

©2013 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2013 Recorded Books LLC

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Reasonable follow up

Story was fine when Royce and Hadrian were involved but dragged when they were not - the other main characters did not get my interest

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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still brilliant

Although the second chronologically, this was the third book I listened to and I'm now completely hooked! All three have been thoroughly enjoyable and I like the fact the narrator is the same throughout.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I just cannot stop

Okay so I'm supposed to listen to my audio books as I'm driving to and from work, to pass time stuck in traffic, but I find myself sitting in my car at my offices car park, stealing 5 minutes extra and the same again when I get home! incredible characters, wonderfully engaging. Get it now !

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A good story but I miss some new story lines

The story is good, but it is frustrating that it covers events already described in the original series. It means that you all the time know the gist of what is going to happen, thus taking away surprises and making me keep thinking about when the different events will occur instead of focusing on the moment and the story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic .... Pity's so short(!)

Where does The Rose and the Thorn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Considering Tim's narration this definitely comes out top, even though as a book it might 'only' rank amongst my favourite dozen or so...

What did you like best about this story?

Everything is so alive. And while the story itself is good, the imagery of each character and their interplay make Michael one of my favourite authors; his style is just superb....almost to be outdone by Tim's mesmerizing gift as narrator.
I'll probably have the Riyra & their contemporaries as my dream-fellows for a vfery long time {years probably, considering that the first three [or 6] books did that to me :-) }

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favourite?

Each character is so vivid, their voices painting pictures in my mind, I couldn't pick just ONE; so, The King, Marvin, Rose, Gwen, Tom Feather, Hadrian, etc are all favourites ;-)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I pretty much did... ;-)

Any additional comments?

A great ending.
Endings are amongst the ratest things even great authors gain mastery over. This 'final' installment [or so one might believe following the foreword of The Crown Tower] has the finest ending I've yet read/heard.

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Wonderful, love these books

Wonderfully written as we continue to develop a deeper relationship with the characters. Can't wait to start the next book

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  • Andre
  • United Kingdom
  • 19-02-18

A must read

If you loved lies of Locke Lemora or the name of the wind, then you will love these books while you wait for their next instalments. The characters are well formed, the books are well paced and with excellent threads running through. 5 star books.

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Good stuff

Cracking story and plot. Only criticism is that the author sounds like he got a cold half way through performance.

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Loving this series

The story & characters are very engaging. I find myself becoming more & more attached to the two main characters & how their relationship is developing.
I look forward to listening to book three.

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It is OK

The story is OK. A bit predictable but what isn't these days. I didn't like the narrator that much. I don't think his performances are good match to the characters, especially Hadrian. Half his male characters sound like they have some kind of dyspraxia.

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  • Tina
  • 13-04-18

Amazing as always!

I laughed and I cried, yelled at my phone in anger and clapped in relief, what more is there to say?

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  • Wolf
  • 04-09-16

Absolute entertainment

perfectly timed events in a story line so wonderfully pitched that I am discovering even greater pleasure on my fourth reading.