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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
An avid reader of History and dabbler in a bit of epic adventure. Louisianian tried and true.
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.
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.
I have listen to this complete series at least twice. Characters great, believable. Story gripping and once you start hard to put down.
Hard to say, I have listened/read most all the best of the fantasy series. This one stands alone.
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.
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