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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Scaramouche239 11-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Think Riyria Can't Get any Better? Think Again!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend in an instant! The team of Sullivan and Reynolds are their own Riyria, making this the best Author/Performer mix!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is intense and the characters are ones you either love or love to hate. The humor throughout is perfectly balanced with lots of wit, and I often find myself cheering out loud for some of the characters.


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

    He brings EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. to LIFE!!! It's just a great experience and I really can't imagine being introduced to this series without his portrayal of these characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Wow . . . tough question . . . I'm sure there are a lot of great ideas, but this pathetic offering is the only thing I could come up with right now:
    Love, Betrayal, Loss, Friendship, Family, Magic, Beasts - Battles come in all shapes and sizes, but the outcomes have only two alternatives: Win or Lose.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't until this set that I realized just how much research Sullivan has done! Most of my graduate work was in the Age of Sail and the nautical terminology, the feel for life on board ship, and the way ranks worked were worthy of O'Brian and Forester.

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    L. Jay South Louisiana: the heart of paradise 11-01-14
    L. Jay South Louisiana: the heart of paradise 11-01-14

    An avid reader of History and dabbler in a bit of epic adventure. Louisianian tried and true.

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    "The Riyria Slump?"
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    Ok, we lost a star in the story category. The story seemed to bog down a little with the whole adventure to Calis. Not damaging, but slowed up a bit. While there remains plenty of action, I kept asking myself, "Is all this necessary?" It almost seemed as though I was reading two different books. But plug on...it's worth it.

    Hadrian took a little while to come to life for me, as he was out of character at the beginning of the book; or more accurately he didn't seem to "snap out of it" until well into the story. Once again, not damaging to the overall story, because when he did "show up" he did so in his typical flare.

    And the cliff hangers.....

    I'm plowing straight in to "Heir of Novron" and looking forward to meeting up these old friends again as we continue on this absolutely wonderful adventure.

    Once again, Reynolds' performance was riveting. Not to be missed.

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    Mountain Mom Truckee, Ca 10-13-14
    Mountain Mom Truckee, Ca 10-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Love swashbucklers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Already have


    Any additional comments?

    The Three Musketeers has been my favorite for 30 years. This comes mighty close. Michael J Sullivan has written pure fun, adventure, excitement, suspense, and intrigue in this series. Good humor throughout. Husband and I look forward to our listening time together. We recommend this.

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    James Freeport, ME, United States 10-07-14
    James Freeport, ME, United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "great series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have listen to this complete series at least twice. Characters great, believable. Story gripping and once you start hard to put down.


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

    Hard to say, I have listened/read most all the best of the fantasy series. This one stands alone.


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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
    Compute 09-20-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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