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
tim reynolds performance is flawless...
the plots and suspense will have you listening every moment you can and drooling for next book
former nuclear scientist
I really enjoyed Theft Of Swords, the first installment of this series. The main characters, Royce and Hadrian, have an enjoyable banter - if literally superhuman skills and luck - and a skill for adventure. This set of two books further explores the mystery set up in the first two: mainly, there is some big event coming that threatens humanity, and a powerful manipulative force fighting for chaos, and the duo known as Riyeria are needed to save the world as they know it.
The book further develops the back story and explores the relationship of the partners, as well as the characters Arista, Thrace (Modina), Magnus the Dwarf, and minor but crucial characters such as Myron and Saldor. The adventures of the cast are tempered by sad tragedies, and the author doesn't shy away from depicting the senselessness of death and the grotesque bloodthirstiness of certain elements of humanity.
I've read a short story by Michael J. Sullivan, and he is careless with his grammar and punctuation to a degree that is distracting. I'm so glad that I listened to these books instead. The narrator does a great job of creating distinct voices for everyone and imbuing each scene with appropriate shades of everything from humor to heartbreak in a way that enhanced the experience.
Maybe - the story is good and entertaining, but I'm not sure there is enough depth to listen to the series over and over again. As another reviewer mentioned it's sometimes annoying in how easily the conflicts are overcome.
It might be one worth bringing out again later when I just need a fun "light" listen. The adventures are fun and move at a good pace.
Yes, but I wouldn't expect to be wowed.
I'm not sure, but he is a very good narrator and would like to see what other stories he's narrated.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
Sometimes I pass up books just because they are fantasy. It's not that I don't enjoy the genre, I do. This second book in the trilogy, like the first, stands on its on as just a fantastic story for any lover of fiction. It's no wonder its one of the best rated books on audible.
Sullivan weaves magic, trolls, elves into the tale so subtly that it seems more natural than supernatural. The characters are so well developed, their conversation so modern that I had no problem believing in the validity of the tale.
There are obvious parallels between the fantasy empire's totalitarian rule and that of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. In this case, elves and dwarfs are considered "the problem" by the ruling class. And like the European jews in the early 20th century, all the ills of the world are blamed on them. There are even extermination camps.
Then there is the power of the Church. However, though there are cathedrals, bishops, monks and priests, there is no semblance of Christianity that i could find. There is a sense of it's goodness and how it is used to manipulate and gain power by a few evil men.
The two Ryiria Muskateers are once again back with all their cavalier charm. They bring humor and inject life into every scene.
I have to cut this short, but let me say I enjoyed this book as much as any mystery/thriller
I've ever read. The narration is great.
5 Stars all the way.
More of the same from the first book, which in this case is a good thing. Like-able characters, good plot, great narration - what's not to like?
This volume contains "Nyphron Rising" and "The Emerald Storm." With these books, the story really begins to develop toward the ultimate climax (which I'm hoping will be released on Audible sometime soon). Volume one fleshes out the players and leads us to the goal of the various players. Volume two is more plot driven than character development. But that's not to say that the characters don't develop, they do. But it's more of a lateral movement rather than a growth toward betterment. The end of "The Emerald Storm" leaves you hanging! If you don't like cliffhangers, hold off on this series until all three volumes have been released (or see if you can find it in print). Still, I'm rather enjoying this series. No dreadful mid-series lull that is so often found in fantasy series.
This is Book 2 in the Riyria trilogy and it's as good as the first. It was great to spend more time with Hadrian and Royce.
Another long dual-installment of stories of the charismatic duo Hadrian and Royce. The Riyria tales are quality high fantasy: large, sweeping worldbuilding with all the requisite kings, princesses, maidservants, pirates, priests, knights, mercenaries, magic users, prostitutes, merchants, spies, soldiers, and thieves. Hadrian is the big strong mercenary with incredible luck, and Royce is the dark, aloof sneaky lock-pickign master-thief, and together they go by "Riyria", available to do tasks if you are able to pay their fees. Somehow they end up usually getting embroiled in a bigger pickle than the job was originally described as, and often doing something because it seemed "right" despite being dangerous. Their friendship and banter is fun, and the intricate political intrigue deepens with each story. This is some great high fantasy. A bit reminiscent of Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Thieves series or GRR Martin's ASOIAF. Excellent narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds brings every character and peril to life.
I really enjoyed all of the books up to this one. But somewhere in the middle of this book I began to get...distracted, unable to suspend my disbelief and enjoy the story. Or maybe it was that nagging feeling that the author had to "tell" us how Royce was instead of showing us.
It became really hard to believe that Royce was bad at all. We're constantly told that he has no morals or conscious and is really dark, but its tough to reconcile this with the fact that he always begrudgingly makes the right choice.
amazing really good book would highly recommend. good story line lots of twists and turns
"Continues on from the 1st book just as good."
Micheal J Sullivan nows how to wtite and Mr Reynalds reads well.
The audio book was such fun to listen to.
If you like fantacy you'll love this and even if you don't this is a fun series to listen to.
"Good story well told"
overall it won't light the world on fire, but it's an interesting story, which is also well narrated.
"Hope it never ends"
my English isn't the best as you can maybe see, but as the title says hope it never ends, the characters and the plot/storyline is awesome, the reader is great his old guy voice is just perfect, totally worth buying.
"Not the fast paced read of the first instalment."
This second book in the trilogy promises much but delivers way less than the first part of the story.
The 'Americanisms' in the story are pretty cringeworthy with the use of terms like 'cookie' for biscuits, 'crazy' in stead of mad and 'honey' to give an affectionate term, all seem totally out of place in the context of the tale's setting.
Perhaps I'm being a little picky but I did not rate this as highly as the first part.
It's all very tongue in cheek, easy reading /listening anyway but it looses its grip and ability to enthuse about half way through this particular book, for me anyway.
It's still well read and a good performance but I just didn't enjoy this as much as its prequel.
Here's hoping the next book and the final one in this trilogy reverts back to the pace of the first.
"So good, I was ready to rate it 5 stars before finishing it!"
I must admit, I was a teensy bit on the fence about the narrator's skills in the first performance, but this, the second one, I thought was excellent. The story is superlative fantasy fare, with royalty, conspiracy, battles, intrigue, double-dealing, journeys and new cites and peoples to get to know, all expertly woven into a rapid pace tale that kept me sat in the car, outside my house, rapt, and not able to tear myself away from the listen.
The reluctant and basically indentured Empress Modina is a great twist to the tale, and Royce and Hadrian are the best pair of linked protagonists I think I've come across since Robin Hobb's Fitz and The Fool.
Super reading, definitely recommended
another solid and highly entertaining installment from both author and narrator, well worth the credit.
"Riyria Revelations series gets even better"
I loved this second volume of the Riyria Revelations - Rise of Empire. Tim Gerard Reynolds does a brilliant job of narrating the characters, each with their own voice and character. War in Melengar, a continued search for the Heir of Novron, Princess Arista, Amelia, the Empress - wow what a story. I couldn't stop listening. I'm now onto the final instalment of the Riyria Revelations and it just gets better.
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