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
If you like fantasy and Sherlock Holmes, this is the adventure for you. Great twists, amazing characters, and a very believable world. The narration had also improved greatly from the first book.
At first it was a fun romp, and then it grew in scope and depth. I've greatly enjoyed seeing the characters evolve as the story has progressed. Very entertaining!
I love this series. We listened to this book driving across and around the Southwest. The characters are complex and the story exciting. While the second installment has more clichés than other parts of the series, there are constant surprises and plot twists that keep you hanging on every word. The strong female characters nicely complement our heros Royce and Hadrian. I also find it interesting that the dwarves, elves, wizards and goblins add historical and geopolitical context to the story, not just a fantasy element. The narrator, Tim Gerard Reynolds, is fantastic. His voices are "just right."
This book leads into my favorite parts of the story. Masterfully woven with crucial story lines littered throughout. My third time through the series and it still leaves me wanting more.
This has become one of my favorite series with only the Red Rising series being slightly ahead. This series is well written, deeply thought out, and the characters are so well defined that you will understand them as well as your own family. I will be greatly disappointed when I reach the end of the books. If you like fantasy you should love this series.
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