Gathered from actual comments made about The Crown Conspiracy from people I’ve never met.
This was quite possibly the worst written book I have ever read and am absolutely amazed at the high ratings others have given this.
Although I have only read your first book I must say that it is probably one of the absolute best books I have ever read!
Do yourself a favor and avoid this atrocious book.
On it's own The Crown Conspiracy is good but as a series The Riyria Revelations is brilliant.
No serious fan of the fantasy genre will enjoy this book.
THE CROWN CONSPIRACY re-kindled my love of the Fantasy genre in a way I didn't even realize it needed re-kindling.
But worse, far worse than any of that, is the actual writing style. It is, quite simply, the worst I have any seen in any printed material in my entire life.
The writing is easy and flows with a voice that is decidedly deft. Sullivan has produced some great writing that is efficient and to the point.
These made me rethink my initial opinion but were short lived and again ruined by the poor writing.
The pacing is pitch-perfect. There is not a page unused or wasted in the whole book. In a less skilled author’s hands, this could have been a far longer and more tedious read, but again Sullivan leaves me in awe as there isn’t a sentence I’d say isn’t required.
The English language was absolutely butchered in an almost insulting way.
The man creates the world with a simple prose that brings to mind things like woodsmoke from a stone chimney, rain spattering a windowpane, snow gently falling outside while a candle burns silently away in a shop window, or a lazy river meandering its way through the lush countryside.
It's amazing that such a poorly written book could receive such high ratings.
Michael J. Sullivan has written a book I will read over and over again and it most definitely will always reside on my favorite’s shelf.
The characters are like cardboard cutout stereotypes and entirely predictable. There is absolutely no subtlety at all and, if the characters are easy to understand, it's because they have so little depth.
Royce and Hadrian are two well-developed characters shrouded in mystery and written with a delightful dry wit that few veteran authors could emulate.
For me, the characters never evolved from simple, ordinary constructions found in any fantasy novel to somebody with life, reasoning skills, or emotion.
The characters are entertaining and evolving, without turning cheesy and predictable like they do in so many fantasy series.
They were as dead as paper. Honestly, I couldn't bring myself to care about a single one.
At first I wasn't sure if I was really going to bond with any of the characters, but to my delight I found myself loving Royce and Hadrian.
I felt the characters weren't as developed as I would have liked.
Royce and Hadrian, the two protagonists, are complex
I could not get behind the shallow characters and their motivations.
The characters were witty and likeable, and the story was very believable, something you could actually see happening.
For the most part, the prince was the same character all the way through and then just developed all of a sudden at the end.
That’s not to say the supporting cast aren’t equally impressive, as I think Alric’s personal transition is amazing.
Characters made in a completely stereotypical cookie cutter form. They are completely lacking in motivation and actually just downright stupidly unlikable.
One of the great things about the novel is its realness, the characters are alive in their own right whether it be the silent and snarky Royce or the warmer Hadrian, the sometime hindrance Prince Alric or the lovable and curious monk Myron; you'll fall in love with the characters as much as the action.
There is not one believable character who talks or thinks like a living being.
Your characters are intriguing, touching, and real: My heart ached for Hilfred when he was on the stand; I felt Myron's sorrow at not being able to become a part of the world in which he is now thrust; and Royce reminds so much of my best friend during high school that it is his face I see speaking Royce's lines.
I could not get behind the shallow characters and their motivations.
Perhaps it is simply that the characters’ presence in the here and now is so fully-realized that everything else is merely secondary; regardless I’m excited to learn more rather than disappointed that I learned so little.
His portrayal of an ancient wizard, using what he thinks is archaic English, made me cringe from start to finish.
The wizard has been locked up for 900 years and the way he communicates with the heroes is realistic and funny.
I almost never found myself being really blown away or surprised by the plot twists and turns it was rather predictable.
The plot was not straightforward and it kept me on my toes trying to figure out which characters were good guys and which were bad guys. It takes a great writer to weave a tale that surprises me, that keeps me in suspense.
If you like new fantasists like Peter Brett and Robert Redick, or skilled world builders like George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Guy Gavriel Kay and Joe Abercrombie, there's a high likelihood that you will find this as unreadable as I did.
It reminds me of George R R Martin's "Song of fire and ice" except on a lighter, much less confusing and difficult to comprehend at times scale. Needless to say, if you just want a good fantasy novel, pick this one up.
I have always loved fantasy and I enjoyed this book as much as I did when I first read Tolkien.
It was like combining the styles of Neil Gaiman to that of George R. R. Martin, and it really worked for me.
The writing/imagery is basic, the characters are one-dimensional and undeveloped, and the dialogue is tired old cliche after tired old cliche.
It doesn't follow the regular rubric of so many fantasy books.
Characters banter painfully in modern American English
The characters are fresh and engaging, I absolutely loved the banter between the two main characters.
As this book stands, it's too darned short!
It may be shorter then some of the books I have read but it sure does pack quite the punch. I say “The smaller the package, the greater they are”.
What can an author take away from all this contradiction? I can take solace in the idea that this list consists of almost all the negative comments I have seen, but doesn't begin to scratch the surface of the positive ones.
One final note:
There are two emails I received this year that, in all honesty, make everything here appear so trivial it’s silly. They are private and very personal messages from fans that I refuse to tarnish by making public, but I am glad to say they were very positive and more than any other comments or money earned--made my year. Thanks Renee & Cort and thanks Major Hill.