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
Possible to walk away from without missing it too much. That said the fleshing out of the characters and the introduction of new plot twists is quite intriguing.
loved this story. Giving closure while making me crave the next book, I'm a huge fan of Michael's writing. I have become an advocate for this humorous
The Witch of Melengar is on her own adventure as ambassadress (and more) while Royce and Hadrian have adventures on ships and fights with mythic beasts. Treachery abounds. The narrator of the audio book, Tim Gerard Reynolds, is superb. I'm enjoying Riyria Revelations and look forward to the next (final?) book in the series.
If you haven't read the first book in the series I highly recommend you do that first.
The two stories in this book take off about a year after the end of the first book. We still get to follow the same two rogues (Hadrian and Royce) as in the first, but a few female characters are introduced as protagonists as well. The narration is just as good as in the first book as well.
These stories takes place in a much larger part of the world than the first two stories did and accordingly we get to know more about the world, it's politics and history. Also the story evolves simultaneously in different locations and for different characters in a larger extent than in the first two stories. Although all of the developments are equally exciting and you never get the feel that you want to skip a chapter just because some storyline is less interesting, neither are you left away from any part of the story for too long.
As in the first book there is no sex or gore, but magic gets a larger part in these two stories. As you learn more about Hadrians and Royces background you get a stronger implication that these rogues aren't just any two guys, they seem to be more important to the outcome of historical events than they or the reader first suspected. Still what this outcome could be is very much left for the reader to find out by continue reading.
Excellent follow up to Theft of swords. If you liked the first book you won't be disappointed by this second part.
I am a retired firefighter. I enjoy learning in all of it's forms. I'm new to audible but I love it since I can listen while I drive or work
Though being slower, this was still a great story. The ideas werent as fresh and new as the first book were. That being said it was still hard to put down. Now I will start book three. :)
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