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They killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.

There's no ancient evil to defeat, no orphan destined for greatness, just two guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles until they become the unwitting scapegoats in a plot to kill the king. Sentenced to death, they have only one way out…and so begins this tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.

The Crown Conspiracy is book one of the six-book saga: The Riyria Revelations. Eschewing recent trends toward the lengthy, gritty, and dark, the Riyria Revelations is a return to traditional fantasy combining great characters, humor, and drama in appropriate measures. The series is told through six novels each a separate episode in a single epic tale . Across the entire chronicle, mysteries build, characters evolve, and plots thicken, but each is a self-contained story that can be enjoyed in its own right.

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  • The twelfth Earl of Chadwick has plans to advance his position by blackmailing the Marquis of Glouston. What he doesn't count on is Riyria, a team of theives who steal his evidence right out from under his nose.

  • Royce and Hadrian, otherwise known as Riyria break their standard conventions to take a "rush job" that promises to provide them ample funds to see them through the approaching winter.

  • Royce and Hadrian escape the dungeons of Essendon Castle and take an unusual cargo on their way out of the city.

  • Royce and Hadrian continue their journey to Gutaria Prison and a meeting with the mysterious Esrahaddon. Finding the prison is one thing. Getting in is quite another.

  • The party discovers the secret beneath the mountain and Alric finally questions Esrahaddon. They soon learn getting into the prison might have been easier than getting out again.

  • The identity of who is responsible for the death of King Amrath is revealed. The question is what to do about it.

  • Alric seeks support from his father's staunchest supporter and takes refuge at Drondil Fields to prepare for war.

  • The Archduke begins the trial and Royce finds a spider in the stonework.

  • The Prince comes home to Melengar and faces a ring of steel around the city. Royce and Hadrian race against time to save Arista from the stake.

  • Melengar settles in under the new king. This is the end of The Crown Conspiracy but only the beginning of The Riyria Revelations.

Great job on the audiobook of 'The Crown Conspiracy'! I was attracted by a comment that touted there would be no "chosen one" nonsense and indeed that was the case. Instead I heard a fine tale firmly in the old-school-fantasy tradition, well-stripped of tedious embellishments. I hope you get the ...
Michael, I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to to 'The Crown Conspiracy'. It didn't hurt that you had Nathan Lowell reading it; he could probably make the phone book enjoyable! The store was fun, a great mix of intrigue, adventure and fighting and the ...
I'm bummed that I missed this podcast version, seems like everyone enjoyed Nathan as a reader. I look forward to the Orbit version. I enjoy audiobooks of my favorites on the long drive to work and the Riyria series definitely fits into that category.
Loved the book. I do hope the rest of the series comes out in audio form. I have just pre-ordered all three books but I listen to a lot of audiobooks and would love these to be available. Free or buy, just make it so that they are not DRM ...
Hello, I came here to leave praise part way through The Crown Conspiracy, and found a reply from the author listing the series of books (yay). The link to the author's blog-site is no longer active but if you like me are happy to purchase the series (I bought the ...
Loved the book, bought the second one in PDF format converted it to audio. Certainly not the quality of Nathan but makes for excellent reading anyway
I need to check with Ridan about whether or not the new book deal with Orbit makes a difference. I suspect it will ... now that the contract is signed, I'll get a definitive answer.
I enjoyed this book so much that I've been back to check for updates on the next months every once in a while for the past year. I keep hoping to find the next part up, and yet I've never left a comment. Well, this book is fantastic, even for ...
Awesome book and an awesome narrator. I enjoy Nathan Lowells voice and this book left me wanting to hear the next book.
Loved. This. Can't wait to hear more :) Rich storytelling and good writing--thanks so much!

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