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Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2 | [Michael J. Sullivan]

Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.
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Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

Rise of Empire contains Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm, books 3 and 4 of Riyria Revelations.

©2011 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Joy 09-26-14
    Joy 09-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "best ever series"
    What made the experience of listening to Rise of Empire the most enjoyable?

    I couldn't put it down. I loved it and think i even developed a crush on the main character. Which i've never done with any other character in any other book. I've now read everything that Michael J Sullivan has done.


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    Compute 09-20-14
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    "Outstanding Read!"

    What a great read! I am thoroughly enjoying the trials and tribulations of Royce and Hadrian as they conquer the evils placed before them. This is one of those series that I go right from one book to the other and it has been so good that I got the audible version and the book and have been using both so I don’t miss anything, no matter where I am. Great fantasy, great read!

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    Jonathan Sandgate, Australia 05-05-14
    Jonathan Sandgate, Australia 05-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A tale of two more books"

    Two more books in one. The characters in these novels develop a bit more complexity than the previous pair of novels but still there is not a lot of development. It surprises me how the author assumes so much naivety on the part of the people to allow massive conspiracies to take place in complete ignorance. Of course there are only two people that can be turned to fight the conspirators. The plot doesn't twist too much and the outcomes are fairly predictable. Completely new people groups and lore are invented on the fly as necessary to add coherence to the story. There is still a lacking depth and those who want complexity and intrigue will want to pass over this novel. For others its still a good read and the exploits of our favourite heroes is interesting as they plod through a "not too challenging" adventure.

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    Amazon Customer Bayonne, NJ, United States 04-01-14
    Amazon Customer Bayonne, NJ, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2014

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Much better than the first book"

    I enjoyed the first book, but it took me about a year to pick up its sequel. I'm glad I did.

    This novel felt much more mature than the first. The story was richer and and the characters more engaging. The plot grew to fill the scope of the world described in the first book. Everything just seemed to work better.

    I immediately dashed into the third book as soon as this one was over. The series as a whole is captivating and has a very satisfying conclusion. I highly recommend this book.

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    Eileen ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 03-28-14
    Eileen ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "So. Good."
    If you could sum up Rise of Empire in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Suspenseful, BADASS.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So many things! I loved the nautical adventure of the Emerald Storm section. Arista's character development was really great. We also get more back story for both Royce and Hadrian, and I especially liked Hadrian confronting his past in Calis. And of course, the best thing about this series is the wonderful friendship between Hadrian and Royce - a bromance for the ages.


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

    Tim's Royce has to be one of my favorite audiobook characters of all time. Just perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    Rise of Empire continues to build on the solid foundation set up in Theft of Swords. Absorbing, fast-paced and spectacularly escapist. You will want to start the next book right away, so make sure you have a credit available before finishing this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    michael Huntleys Cove, Australia 03-18-14
    michael Huntleys Cove, Australia 03-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Better and better!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended it. I've even gifted it. It is the perfect book 2 of a series. By the end I wanted more. A great read!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rise of Empire?

    Where can I begin?! There are so many! The whole book is a wonderful journey through developing plot with skillful character exposition.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It turns out that Tim is the perfect narrator of this series!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a few. "Human" moments. Some on the core storyline and some seemingly side stories. I feel like I really know Royce and Hadrian well.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't want to start the 3rd and final book too soon, as I didn't want it all to end.

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    Gayle 03-05-14
    Gayle 03-05-14
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    "Still engrossed"

    I'm impressed with the author's ability to provide so much detail and information while maintaining a good pace. This is definitely a middle book of a series in that it develops the characters and the plot more, engrosses you in their lives--all so you are compelled to continue with the saga. Even though I dislike "cliffhangers," I did enjoy the experience in the present--the characters, the story, the narrator--and will be downloading book 3!

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    Noah New York, New York 03-03-14
    Noah New York, New York 03-03-14
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    "The series just keeps getting better!"
    Would you listen to Rise of Empire again? Why?

    Yes; I would listen to the entire series again. It's just so listenable and engaging.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is definitely Arista. She's my kind of girl.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yep; they are all excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh in several places.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jessica TEMPLE, TX, United States 02-02-14
    jessica TEMPLE, TX, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Must read!"
    Any additional comments?

    Please don't pass this up! you'll be so thankful you bought this and can listen to it numerous times

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    jazmaan Santa Monica, CA United States 01-29-14
    jazmaan Santa Monica, CA United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "An easy and fun listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. This is not high literature like Game of Thrones. It's a breezy and engaging listen. The plot is not terribly convoluted. But its a fun listen. It's quite suitable for kids too. Makes good bedtime listening.


    What other book might you compare Rise of Empire to and why?

    Game of Thrones without the sex, violence and heartbreak.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure because I haven't finished it yet!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it was just pleasant and breezy listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well narrated. Nothing at all annoying about the narrator!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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