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
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.
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!
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.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
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.
Exciting, Suspenseful, BADASS.
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.
Tim's Royce has to be one of my favorite audiobook characters of all time. Just perfect.
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.
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!!
Where can I begin?! There are so many! The whole book is a wonderful journey through developing plot with skillful character exposition.
It turns out that Tim is the perfect narrator of this series!
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.
I didn't want to start the 3rd and final book too soon, as I didn't want it all to end.
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!
Yes; I would listen to the entire series again. It's just so listenable and engaging.
My favorite character is definitely Arista. She's my kind of girl.
Yep; they are all excellent.
It made me laugh in several places.
Please don't pass this up! you'll be so thankful you bought this and can listen to it numerous times
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.
Game of Thrones without the sex, violence and heartbreak.
Not sure because I haven't finished it yet!
No, it was just pleasant and breezy listening.
Very well narrated. Nothing at all annoying about the narrator!
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